IELTS Writing Recent Actual Test 01/12/2018

Task 1:

  • Level: Easy
  • Type: Bar graph

1. Sample:

The bar chart compares the recycling rates of four different kinds of waste material (plastic, cans, paper, and glass) in a city, from 1992 to 2002.

It is clear that the percentage of all types of recycled waste generally increased over the period. While glass was the most recycled waste material, the opposite was true for plastic during the majority of the period.

Paper and glass were the two most recycled types of waste material during most of the period. Beginning at approximately 14% and 15% respectively, both figures rose considerably to 21% and 29% five years later. By the end of the period, the recycling rates of paper and glass were almost double that of plastic and cans, at approximately 40% and 50%.

Plastic and cans were recycled far less, with the figures beginning at around 10% and 18% respectively, in 1992. While the figure for plastic slightly increased by about 2% in 1997, the figure for cans dropped by about half. In 2002, the figure for recycled plastic remained the same, however, the amount of cans recycled jumped back up to around 20%.

(185 words)

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Task 2:

Some people think that it is more effective for students to study in a group while others believe that it is better for them to study alone. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

  • Level: Easy
  • Type: Discussion essays.
  • Topic: Study
  • Keyword: Study in a group; study alone.

1. Sample:

People have different views about whether students should work collaboratively with each other or whether they should study on their own. In my opinion, each studying method has its own advantages, and therefore, choosing which method to employ depends on the student.

On the one hand, studying in a group can bring students many benefits. Firstly, if students study with others, when a question regarding the subject they are learning arises, they can discuss that question and have it fully and immediately answered, which can greatly facilitate their learning process. Secondly, students can have further discussions over the issue raised in their textbook or by their instructor if they study in a group. For example, a group of law students can discuss whether the practice of abortion is a violation of human rights or not. Each student will have a chance to listen to the views of others with regard to the problem, present their own Ideas and discuss those Ideas with other students. Thanks to this, all students will have a more thorough insight into the issue.

On the other hand, studying alone also proves to be effective for many students. Some students prefer to study alone in a quiet environment in order to be able to better concentrate on studying and prevent themselves from being disturbed by others. There are also other students who study more effectively if they are alone because this allows them to work at their own pace. For example, when studying independently, a student can spend more time researching a topic that he or she is interested in or does not adequately understand. This is nearly impossible if that student studies in a group where members have to stick to the group’s studying schedule.

In conclusion, studying in a group or studying alone can be equally advantageous to students. Students should adopt the studying method which they consider to be more effective and suitable for them.

(322 words)

2. Vocabulary

  • • collaborative (adj)
  • • To facilitate their learning process
  • • To have a more thorough insight into the issue
  • • To concentrate on something
  • • To disturb somebody
  • • To stick to the group’s studying schedule