IELTS Actual Test 09.12.2017

 

 

Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table shows the Proportions of Pupils Attending Four Secondary School Types Between Between 2000 and 2009.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

 

Secondary School Attendance

 

2000

 2005

 2009

Specialist Schools

12%

11%

10%

Grammar Schools

24%

19%

12%

Voluntary-controlled  Schools

52%

38%

20%

Community Schools

12%

32%

58%

 

The illustration depicts the percentage of school children attending four different kinds of secondary schools from 2000 to 2009. It can be clearly noted that community schools became the most vital providers of secondary school education whereas specialist, grammar, and voluntary-controlled schools all experienced a decline in attendance.

First of all, voluntary-controlled schools started out as the most frequented institution but fell from 52% in 2000 to 38% in 2005 to 20% in 2009. The number of pupils in grammar schools started at 24% in 2000, decreasing to 19% in 2005 and bottoming out at 12% in 2009 while specialist schools stayed relatively steady going from 12% to 10% between this time period.

On the other hand, community schools rose up from the lowest position of 12% in 2000 to 58% in 2009 during this period. In conclusion, specialist, grammar, and voluntary-controlled schools all slumped in attendance whilst community schools soared.

 

 

Overall

8.5

Task Achievement

9

Coherence and Cohesion

8

Lexical Resource

9

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

9

 

All aspects of Task Achievement are met fully and sufficiently. The only additional point to emphasise might be that Community Schools took first place in 2009, however this was clear enough in context. Band 9 is awarded.

The message can be followed with ease.  There is a wide range of cohesive devices [whereas | First of all | but | while] with one minor inaccuracy [between this time period]. Paragraphing is appropriate, but could be improved by separating out the conclusion.

There is a wide range of lexical resource [experienced a decline | the most frequented institution | relatively steady]. There are no obvious errors of word choice/form.

A wide range of complex structures is used with flexibility and precision [all slumped in attendance | while community schools soared]. Any errors of grammar/ punctuation have no effect on communication. 

 

Task 2: People think that children nowadays have more freedom. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

A child's freedom is and has always been a major concern for society at large. Some people feel that youngsters have more freedom in this day and age compared to the past and I partially agree with this opinion.

In many ways children are more free now than they were in the past. First of all, technology plays a major role in this phenomena. An example of this can be seen in cell phones as they are an incredible connection between offspring and their caretakers. Examples of this can be seen in the fact that parents can reach their children from any location via cell phone and thus allow their offspring the ability to travel to more places due to this technological advantage. In my experience children are able to do things not imaginable in the past due to connectivity and instant communication of one's whereabouts.  

On the other hand, many children are not moving about as much due to technology and their parents monitoring of them. When I was young my friends and I walked around our city freely whereas these days the youth are highly regimented and organized in their movements. This can be seen in the fact that they are monitored by their technology and their parents control over it. Furthermore, most of their entertainment interests are in the computer world and they spend much more time exploring things online than they do out in the real world.

In a nutshell, some children are more free in the modern era and some are significantly more limited due to technological trends. If a balance can be drawn then in my opinion the youth will be best served and this in turn will have positive ramifications on society at large.

Overall

8.5

Task Response

7

Coherence and Cohesion

9

Lexical Resource

9

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

9

 

All parts of the prompt are addressed fully, however there is a lack of focus in supporting ideas. There is a contradiction between the notion that children are free to move thanks to technology and are monitored at the same time, and this paradox is not clearly explained.

The message can be followed effortlessly. Ideas are grouped fully sufficiently by paragraph and there is a wide range of cohesive devices [compared to the past | an example of this | one’s whereabouts | whereas | than they do out in the real world].

A wide range of lexical resource is in evidence [offspring | caretakers | imaginable | connectivity | instant communication | highly regimented]. There are rare errors that have no effect on communication [this phenomena].

There is a wide range of grammatical structures used with flexibility and precision [more freedom…compared to the past |not moving about as much | their parents monitoring of them | they are monitored by their technology]. There are no obvious errors of usage.