IELTS Cambridge 15 – Writing Task (Test 1)

Writing Task 1

The chart below shows the results of a survey about people’s coffee and tea buying and drinking habits in five Australian cities.

Summaries the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

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Sample Answer:

The given bar chart illustrates the percentage of residents’ coffee and tea purchasing and consuming habits in last 4 weeks in five different cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Hobart) in Australia.

In general, it is evident that going to a cafe to have coffee or tea was the most common habit, except in Adelaide. Additionally, the percentage of people buying instant coffee was always higher than that of those purchasing fresh coffee in all cities.

In terms of Sydney and Melbourne, while the percentage of Sydney’s people drinking tea or coffee at a cafe was about 61%, the figure for Melbourne was slightly higher, at around 63%. Meanwhile, above 45% of citizens in Sydney and Melbourne had a habit of buying instant coffee, whereas the proportions of those purchasing fresh coffee in these two cities were around 44% and 43% respectively.

Moving on to the remaining cities, having coffee or tea at a cafe accounted for the largest percentage of people in Hobart, followed by Brisbane and Adelaide, at approximately 51% and 49% respectively. At the same time, around 53% of people in Brisbane and Hobart chose to buy instant coffee, compared to nearly 50% of those in Adelaide. Finally, a close similarity can be seen in the percentage of people buying fresh coffee in Brisbane and Adelaide, at around 34%, while Hobart’s figure was higher, at roughly 38%.

Estimated scores:

TA: 8.0 CC: 8.0 LR: 8.0 GRA: 9.0
Overall: 8.0

Writing Task 2

In some countries, owning a home rather than renting one is very important for people.
Why is this the case?

Do you think this is a positive or negative situation?

Sample Answer:

People in some countries now consider owning a home to be more important than renting one. This essay will discuss the underlying reasons for this preference and elaborate on why it is a negative development.

There are two main reasons for people’s preference for home ownership. First, for some people, owning a house or an apartment means that they do not have to waste time on accommodation hunting when a rental contract expires. Therefore, they can just focus on their career goals or other important things, such as marriage. Second, nowadays many people buy a home with a mortgage, and so they know the exact amount of money they owe and also the regular amount they have to pay. This allows people to make a clear long-term financial plan for the future. However, this is not the case when they rent a home because they are subject to changes in the rental price made by landlords.

The trend that many people value home ownership over rented accommodation is negative due to the following reasons. Most houses or apartments have low liquidity, which means they cannot be easily exchanged for cash. As a result, people who are still redeeming their mortgages may not be able to spend money on other big investments.

In addition, while a tenant can easily terminate a rental contract and find a new place if they are not satisfied with their current accommodation, it is very difficult for home owners to do the same. In other words, once a person makes an unwise decision and buys a home that they later regret, they are usually left with only two options: either make the home available for rent or accept living in a place they are not happy with.

In conclusion, people in some countries now prefer to buy their homes because they value stability that owning a home provides and want to have clear future plans. However, unless thorough considerations are made, home owners may have to face undesirable outcomes from such a decision.

Estimated scores

TR: 7.0 CC: 8.0 LR: 8.0 GRA: 9.0
Overall: 8.0

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