IELTS Actual Test 12.08.2017 (with Sample Paragraph)

IELTS Actual Test 12.08.2017 (with Sample Paragraph)

Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Below is a map of the city of Brandfield. City planners have decided to build a new shopping mall for the area, and two sites, S1 and S2 have been proposed.

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

Write at least 150 words.

 

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Two possible locations for the development of a new shopping complex in Brandfield are illustrated in the map. The first area under consideration is to the north of the city centre close to a residential area, while the other suggested site is situated on the southeastern edge of the city near an industrial zone.

 

When looking at the S1 site, it can be seen that it lies between an area of housing and the centre of the city. The shopping centre would be accessible via a main road entering the city from the east, or from the south, as well as the railway line. The eastern side of the mall would be adjacent to the river that flows through Brandfield. This location is unlikely to be affected by the park and golf course, which is located in the west of the city.

Band: 9.0

Task Achievement: 9

Coherence/Cohesion:  9

Lexical Resource: 9

Grammatical Range and Accuracy:  9

 

The response addresses the task fully and sufficiently, making clear comparisons between the two shopping centre sites. There is nothing that would reasonably improve the response.

All aspects of cohesion are managed well, with clear paragraphing and sophisticated cohesive devices [The first area | the other suggested site | When looking at the S1 site | as well as…].

There is a wide range of lexical resource with flexible and precise use at all times [shopping complex | southeastern edge | accessible | adjacent | close proximity].

There is a wide range of grammatical structures with precise use [This location is unlikely to be affected | which is located in the west | smaller than in the first location], and only rare errors that do not impact on communication (such as the missing full-stop at the end).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving to analyse the S2 proposal, it is clear that the land available for development is smaller than in the first location. This is due to its close proximity to the main road to the west of the site and the train tracks to the east. Another road entering the city from the east could also provide viable access to this location. This site is also a significant distance from the golf club and parkland

 

 

Task 2:

Solving environment problem should be the responsibility of an international organization rather than each national government. Do you agree or disagree?

 

Whether environmental protection should be controlled governments, or be managed globally by an independent body is an interesting topic of debate. I would argue that although having one central point of control could be advantageous in numerous respects, it is also vital to ensure that national authorities are held accountable.

 

There is no doubt that creating a global organization focused on issues relating to the environment would be beneficial in a variety of situations. The principal reason for this is that many concerns, such as global warming and air pollution, are too large for local solutions. These problems are not confined within any one country’s boarders, therefore any action taken would also benefit from being managed internationally. In addition, the actions of every nation directly impact other regions of the world. If one country worked to reduce their environmental impact but others did not, any gains would be quickly offset. As a result, a worldwide authority is required to ensure every national government takes the necessary steps to protect the planet.

 

Despite the aforementioned facts, it is also essential that each government remains liable for the environmental impact of their nation. This is primarily because unless national authorities fully commit to reform, no improvements will be made. This is due to the fact that every country around the world has the potential to either help or hinder progress, and as such should be active in managing their own solutions. Secondly, national governments are better placed to implement measures that are suitable for their state. Examples of this can be seen where domestic authorities have introduced specific green taxes, directly aimed at improving the most polluting industries in their particular country.

 

To conclude, while implementing worldwide solutions is crucial to fight pollution and climate change, I also maintain that every country must also take responsibility and work towards improving the quality of the environment.

Band: 9.0

Task Response: 9

Coherence/Cohesion:  9

Lexical Resource: 9

Grammatical Range and Accuracy:  9

 

The response addresses all parts of the question, with a clear and fully-developed position throughout. All aspects of the topic are explored, and nothing could reasonably be added to improve the response.

There is a clear progression throughout the response with fully logical sequencing of ideas, and appropriate paragraphing. There is a wide range of cohesive devices [although…it is also | The principal reason for this | In addition | As a result | Despite | This is due to the fact that].

Lexical resource is used flexibly and precisely throughout, with only very rare errors [boarders] that do not impact on communication. There is some sophisticated style and collocation [aforementioned facts | help or hinder progress | implement measures | worldwide solutions].

Structures are very accurate and with a wide range throughout. Only one obvious slip is apparent [should be controlled governments], but otherwise there is some very sophisticated usage [national governments are better placed to implement measures that are suitable for their state].