IELTS Actual Test at BC & IDP 02.11.2017 (with sample paragraph)

IELTS Actual Test at BC & IDP 02.11.2017 (with sample paragraph)

Task 1:

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

Write at least 150 words.

 

test

 

The two pie charts illustrate the proportion of internet-based sales across four retail sectors in Canada, for the years 2005 and 2010.

 

Overall, it is clear that there were statistically significant changes to the relative proportions of on-line retail transactions in all four sectors over the five-year period. The market share of sales for food and beverage and video games both increased, while the remaining two sectors experienced a decline.

 

The share of internet-based sales in the food and beverage sector climbed by 10% over the period, to reach a figure of 32% by 2010. The proportion of video games sold on-line also increased, rising from 18% in 2005 to occupy 23% of the market by 2010.

 

By way of contrast, the other two sectors both saw a reduction in the percentages of their on-line sales, with home furnishing retailers, in particular, suffering a substantial decline. In 2005, this sector accounted for 25% of all online transactions, but by 2010 it had fallen to just 15%. The electronics and appliances sector also experienced a decrease in market share, from a figure of 35% in 2005, to 30% by 2010.

 

Overall

9.0

Task Achievement

9

Coherence and Cohesion  9

Lexical Resource  9

Grammatical Range and Accuracy   9

 

All parts of the task are covered fully and sufficiently. The main increases (food/beverage and video games) are categorized and contrasted with the declining sectors. A clear summary/ overview is provided.

The message can be followed without effort. Paragraphing is fully appropriate and there is a wide range of cohesive devices [in all four sectors | over the period | also increased | remaining two sectors | By way of contrast | this sector].

There is a wide range of lexical resource, with precision and flexibility evident throughout [statistically significant | experienced a decline | occupy 23% of the market | a substantial decline].

A wide range of structures is used with full control over accuracy [while the remaining two sectors experienced a decline | rising from 18% in 2005 to occupy 23% of the market]. Complex forms are used flexibly and without any errors. 

 

Task 2: The aging population is good for business, the economy and society. Others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion

 

The majority of governments in developing countries regard their increasingly ageing populations as an economic and social threat. Others, however, view this phenomenon as socially and economically advantageous. This essay will argue that while there are limited economic and social benefits flowing from an ageing population, the overall impact on these societies is profoundly problematic.

 

To begin with, there are some economic and social rewards associated with an ageing population. Firstly, businesses servicing the elderly, such as aged residential care, have seen demand expand significantly over the past 15 years, and this increase will continue in the future. There are also some positive social impacts, such as increased community and familial cohesion. A significant proportion of retired people are actively involved as volunteers in a wide range of community organisations, while Grandparents often help their immediate families with informal child care and other assistance.

 

On the other hand, the negative implications of an ageing population are numerous and diverse. One empirical impact is on the provision of health care. As people live longer, they require more services for longer periods from the health industry, thereby increasing the financial and personnel burdens on the system. Additionally, the declining participation of elderly people in the workforce results in lower tax revenue, at the very time when social welfare costs are rising. Finally, there is also a direct impact on business revenues, as older people tend to spend less on consumer goods, particularly substantial purchases such as property and vehicles.

 

In conclusion, while there may be some benefits associated with an ageing population, they are outweighed by the large number of negative economic and social problems it creates. In my opinion, governments should focus on initiating long-term strategies to manage this growing issue.

 

Overall

9.0

Task Response

9

Coherence and Cohesion  9

Lexical Resource  9

Grammatical Range and Accuracy   9

 

A clear position is presented throughout, clearly highlighted in the introduction and the conclusion. All sides of the question are considered and ideas area extended well. Nothing could reasonably be added to improve the task.

The message can be followed with ease, with a clear central topic in each paragraph, logical ordering of sentences and a wide range of cohesive features [however | this phenomenon | this increase | their immediate families | thereby | Additionally].

The lexical resource is used flexibly and with full control over accuracy in terms of word choice, form and spelling. Excellent style and collocation are evident [profoundly problematic | businesses servicing the elderly | informal child care | substantial purchases].

A wide range of structures is evident with full flexibility and precision [this increase will continue in the future | there is also a direct impact on business revenues | benefits associated with an ageing population].