IELTS Writing Actual Test 09/02/2019 (Business)

Task 1

The graph below shows the production levels of main fuels in a European country from 1981 to 2000.

Sample Answer

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The given line graph shows the production levels of three main types of fuel (petroleum, coal, and natural gas) in a particular European country, from 1981 to 2000.

Overall, it can be seen that petroleum was by far the most produced type of fuel, while the amount of natural gas being produced was increasing rapidly.

In 1981, the amount of petroleum being produced was around 100 tonnes. It increased steadily over the next few years to reach around 130 tonnes before dropping back to just under 100 tonnes in 1989. It then rose up again to around 130 tonnes in 1995, where it fluctuated slightly until the end of the period.

Coal was the second most produced fuel in 1981, at 80 tonnes. Coal production remained constant until it dropped suddenly down to around 50 tonnes in 1985. It rose back up to just over 70 tonnes in 1987 before slowly declining over the next 13 years to just under 40 tonnes. The production of natural gas remained unchanged at about 40 tonnes until around 1991 when it began to rise exponentially.

Task 2

In most successful companies, some people think that communication between employers and workers is the most important factor. Other people say that other factors are more important.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Sample Answer

Some people think that effective communication between managers and subordinate employees is the most important feature of an organization’s success. However, there are other contributing factors to an organization’s success that may be more important. I will discuss both sides of this argument in this essay.

Managers make decisions about the direction of an organization and employees implement those decisions. Consequently, it is important that, when a decision is made, this decision can be communicated effectively to the workers. (1) If the workers misinterpret a decision, the consequences could range from a minor discrepancy, to a serious setback for the organization. Effective communication and implementation of decisions will result in the organization running as the managers want it to be run.

There are many other factors that contribute to a company’s success, some of which could be considered more important than effective communication. (2) For example, the competency of managers themselves contributes significantly to success. It does not matter if a worker can effectively employ a policy if the policy, created by the manager, is useless or detrimental to the organization’s success. (3) Another contributing factor to success is the reliability and availability of good workers. An organization could have the best managers in the world, but if there is not a skilled and reliable work force available to them, progress will be slow and success difficult to come by. I believe that both of these factors are more important than communication between managers and workers itself.

Communication between managers and workers is an important factor in an organization’s success. However, in order for communication to be effective, an organization needs competent managers and a reliable, skilled workforce.

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