IELTS Actual Test at BC & IDP 28.10.2017 (with sample paragraph)

IELTS Actual Test at BC & IDP 28.10.2017 (with sample paragraph)

 Task 1: Maps

The diagram shows proposed changes to Foster Road.

Write a 150-word report describing the proposed changes for a local committee.

 

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The graph illustrates proposed changes in an effort to transform Foster Road between SE 84th and 85th Avenue. The suggested developments are focused on increasing greenery with a tree-lined avenue proposed and improved infrastructure to increase the safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The first potential upgrade is the sidewalk. Planners propose the widening on both sides of the road and the addition of bicycle lanes. This is targeted at reducing the number of lanes for both public and private transport.  A pedestrian crossing is to be installed at the south end of the street , adjacent  gas station. This crossing is set to include a raised island located  the center where walkers can wait in safety.

In addition to the first changes put forward, developers also want to plant trees along both sides of the road. These trees will transform the appearance of the surrounding area as well as provide shaded areas for pedestrians. It will also help to reduce pollution by absorbing nearby pollutants.

Overall, the proposed changes will address issues in a positive manner by making by making Foster Road a safer and more cleaner environment.

 

Overall

9.0

Task Achievement

9

Coherence and Cohesion

9

Lexical Resource

9

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

9

 

All of the requirements of the task are met. All key features are fully detailed and extended. Nothing could be reasonably added to improve it.

The message can be followed without effort. A wide range of cohesive devices [The first…| both sides | This is targeted | This crossing | In addition to the first changes] is evident and paragraphing is managed skillfully.

A wide range of lexical resource is evident, with complete control and natural use of features such as style and collocation [potential upgrade | raised island | put forward | transform the appearance].

There is a wide range of simple and complex strcutres [reducing the number of lanes | where walkers can wait in safety | by absorbing nearby pollutants]. There are rare minor grammatical errors [adjacent gas station | located the center] that do not affect communication.

 

Task 2: In some countries, students have to pay their own college and university fees while in others, government pays. Do the advantages of government spending their money on college and university fees for student outweigh the disadvantages?

Nowadays, many experts and in particular, parents are conflicted about whether government subsidization of tuition fees for students is advantageous or somewhat damaging. While I agree that this trend has the potential to cause a number of problems, I believe that both citizens and society benefit from the allocation of a nation's budget on university fees.

From one point of view exists a multitude of reasons why college tuition should be paid by the student themselves. One reason is that the government budget is already stretched in areas such as healthcare or developing infrastructure. Substantial sums of money spent on education fees could inevitably lead to serious financial deficits in other vital public services and as such, impair the general quality of a citizens life. In addition to this, students themselves do benefit greatly from the struggle of having to put themselves through third level education. As a result, they gain an understanding and foresight into the real world that follows after graduation and allows for time to prepare. This can only help to serve in a positive way when they start down their career path.

In contrast,  I am of the opinion that financial aid for tertiary education has many advantages. Firstly, receiving financial support helps to ease the burden on families who otherwise would not be able to afford to send their children to college or University. In addition to receiving help, these households could invest what money they have in improving their own quality of life while their loved ones receive a higher education at the government's expense. Secondly, it is inevitable that such a commitment from the government would ensure a more prosperous, skilled and in a sense, higher quality of the workforce. Because of this financial assistance many more people have the opportunity to become qualified in a variety of fields. Therefore, the knock-on effects result in a better and more equipped labor force.

In conclusion, subsidy and grants for a college education can possibly result in drawbacks to a nation and in particular, its economy. However, given the positives both in the short and long term that are to be gained once done at responsible and realistic expectations,  seems quite clear to me that tuition fees should be a government responsibility and its policies irreversible.

Overall

9.0

Task Response

9

Coherence and Cohesion

9

Lexical Resource

9

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

9

 

All parts of the task are addressed fully and sufficiently, with a clear and well-developed position. Nothing could be reasonably added to improve it.

The message can be followed without effort. There is a clear overall progression, with sufficient paragraphing and a wide range of cohesive devices [One reason | other vital public services | as such | their loved ones | Because of this].

There is a very wide range of vocabulary used with precision and control [nation’s budget | gain an understanding | knock-on effects | realistic expectation | irreversible]. Style and collocation are sophisticated. There are no obvious errors of word choice and form.

Grammatical range is wide and used with full flexibility [a multitude of reasons why tuition should be paid | these households could invest what money they have]. Any errors are extremely rare and do not affect communication.