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IELTS Speaking Task Cue Card October 2017: Sports You Like To Watch.

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Talk about sports that you like to watch on TV. Please say

– What sports do you like to watch?
– Why do you like to watch these particular sports?
– Who do you usually watch the sports with?

Answer:

Answering this cue card is not a difficult task if you have planned properly. I suggest writing six to eight points and explaining them thoroughly. Take one minute to plan.

You are supposed to answer the three questions. However, the exam demands you to stick to the main statement. Do not deviate. Moreover, you can mention more than what is asked in the three questions. Here are my points to answer this question.

  1. Cricket – international matches, Indian Premier League, Australia cup, NEVER MISS.
  2. Why? Team Sport.
  3. Why? Culture in India.
  4. Why? My dad was a cricketer (Yes, you can lie.)
  5. Why? Hobbie.
  6. With whom? Friends and Family.

Your answer should be clearly communicated using connecting words such as firstly, secondly, finally, moreover. Do not deviate from the question statement. USe correct grammar. Remember, the principles of writing are applicable to speaking as well.

Please answer this question and feel free to share with me.

Follow-up Questions:

Do you think there is a difference between watching sports live or on TV? Of course, live matches are more exciting than television – crowd’s excitement seeps into your mind. More clarity on television.
What is the main difference, in your opinion? This question is asked if you’ve failed to answer the previous question correctly.
Do you think commercialization of sports is necessary? Important since: Greater reach among people, better remuneration to players, more jobs.
– What are its pros and cons?
How can schools promote sports among children? Compulsory sports period, Frequent inter-school competitions, better sports instructors.
Some people think sports are a waste of time. What is your opinion about this section of society? Healthy body = Sound mind, break monotony, Increase focus.
Do you think it is justified that athletes are paid very high salaries? Good remuneration increases motivation to perform, Very high salaries = sometimes loss of focus on sports and more concentration on luxuries.

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IELTS G.T Task 1: Letter to Delivery Goods Company.

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Write a letter to a company manager with whom you arranged a delivery of goods and say

– Inform him/her what items you have purchased that were supposed to be delivered.
– What issues did you face with the delivery service?
– Suggest what can be done about the matter.

20 minutes, 150 words at least.

Answer:

Dear Manager,

I am a regular customer of your company and I am writing this letter to complain about an inordinate delay in delivery of goods.

Last month I purchased an Apple laptop and ordered a courier to my brother as a surprise gift for his twentieth birthday. The laptop was supposed to be delivered at his Chennai home a week ago. However, my brother is yet to receive it. When I called your customer care centre to inquire about the reasons for the delay, your staff informed me that the item was yet to be dispatched. Moreover, the staff member did not even apologise for the company’s negligence.

This is one of the poorest services I have ever received from your company. Though the gift has lost the element of a ‘surprise gift’, I request you to dispatch it as soon as possible. Please note that my brother is leaving for the United States in a fortnight. Kindly ensure that the product safely reaches him in time.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

ABC.

Total Words = 172 words.

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IELTS Task 2 Essay: Mature Age Employees or Younger Employees.

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Some people are convinced that mature age employees are beneficial to a company. Others think that younger employees contribute more and hence are more beneficial to a company. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Answer:

Introduction: (Introduce the topic and MENTION reasons supporting both views. Also state your opinion.)

Employees play a central role in the economic progress of any business. While some people believe experiences staff is beneficial since it has a better understanding of business and has strong field contacts, others prefer younger employees since they are more energetic and have better knowledge of the latest techniology(50 words.)

Body Paragraph 1: (Explain reasons supporting view 1)

Mature team members are in a better position to entertain customers and solve their problems since they have more experience than younger team members. Psychologists have proved that a mature person with relevant business experience listens more and speaks less. This helps them solve customers’ problems. Moreover, they have strong and extensive field and business contacts developed during years of cultivating networks. These contacts are extremely useful to the employer in winning new customers and business contracts. (77 words.)

Body Paragraph 2: (Explain reasons supporting view 2)

On the other hand, young employees play an instrumental role in infusing energy and excitement in the business atmosphere. Unlike mature team members, youngsters have the zest to achieve goals and the attitude to get things done. Moreover, they have a better know-how of the latest technological developments and are, thus, better equipped to take the business into the future. For instance, the average age of residents of the Silicon Valley in California, which is the home to the largest technology companies in the world, is just 35 years. More than half of the employees are under 30 years of age. (101 words.)

Conclusion: (Give your own opinion and explain it)

In conclusion, I think that to a company needs the wisdom and experience of mature employees and zest, energy and technical know-how of young teammates to be sustainable and grow responsibly. While mature employees teach the need to listen to the customer, the youngsters infuse the need to get things done quickly. (52 words.)

Total Words = 280 words.

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IELTS Task 1 Academic Correction: Recycling Aluminum Cans.

The flow chart below shows the process of recycling aluminum cans. 

Write a report describing the information shown below.

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20 minutes, 150 words at least.

Please go through the sample answer HERE.

Answer:

The diagram depicts the method of recycling of aluminum cans. There are six steps in the reprocessing of aluminum cans commencing with the collection of used cans by collectors and ending with new bottles after processing in various machines. (37 words.) You can avoid repeating aluminum cans twice by connecting the two sentences. This will also increase cohesion. Rephrase: The given diagram depicts the method of recycling of aluminum cans in six steps commencing with the collection ………..

Firstly, garbage collectors gather empty cans from houses, schools, and gardens. After that, they , and (Oxford comma. Discuss or read the article) handover them to scrap dealers and recycling centres. (Confusion in your sentence: they handover them….. Same pronoun refering to two nouns. Discuss.)

These cans are crushed as well as flattened into bales. Then bales are passed through crusher making into small chips. Further, chips are subjected into furnace and heated at mild temperatures to remove paintings and coatings. (56 words.)

Later, the Melter heats the chips at 350 degrees Celsius and melts them to helps in melting the chips and casts cast them into ingots which are placed on a sheet compressor and roller to cast into new sheets. Finally, these sheets are subjected to cutting and moulding (OR are cut and moulded) to make new aluminium cans. Again, vicious cycle repeated(46 words.) Vicious = vice, bad. Wrong word usage.

In conclusion, recycling of aluminum cans is a complex process which involves many steps such as crushing, heating, compressing and moulding.

Total words = 160 words. Bands = 7.0

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IELTS Essay Task 2: A few People Earn Huge Salary.

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In some countries, a few people earn extremely high salaries. Some people think that this is good for a country, while others believe that the government should control salaries and limit the amount people can earn. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Answer:

Please go through a student’s answer correction HERE.

Introduction: (Introduce the topic with reasons supporting both opinions.)

These days, increasing income disparity has become a heated issue. Some people opine that only a few individuals earning an extremely high salary is beneficial since it increases motivation to perform and attracts the best global talent. Others think it has adverse effects of rising inequality and discrimination. (48 words.)

Body Paragraph 1: (Explain reasons supporting opinion 1.)

The Greater salary for top executives certainly plays an important in motivating employees to work harder and achieve goals. Business research has proved that financial incentives are a basic need and greater the salary, more is the employee driven to achieve organizational goals. Moreover, higher salary also attracts and retains globally scarce top management talent. Organizations such as the Public Sector Undertakings which do not pay globally competitive salary often suffer from losses as compared to private enterprises that pay huge pay and bonus. (84 words.)

Body Paragraph 2: (Explain reasons supporting opinion 2.)

However, paying greater salaries has the adverse effects of increasing income inequality that leads to social unrest. The concentration of wealth in a few hands results in disproportionate power to a few individuals and discrimination of the masses. The common citizens, who earn normal salaries, often feel disenchanted and dissatisfied in such an atmosphere. For instance, the societies such as Syria and Libya which have extreme income inequality are more unstable socially than other such as the Sweden and Finland. (80 words.)

Conclusion: (State your opinion and conclude)

In conclusion, I think high salaries are a great motivating factor that attracts talented and skilled people. However, an extreme salary should be avoided since it makes a society unstable. Striking a balance between the two is the path for the economic and social progress of a country. (48 words)

Total Words = 260.

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IELTS Essay Correction: A few People Earn Huge Salary.

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In some countries, a few people earn extremely high salaries. Some people think that this is good for a country, while others believe that the government should control salaries and limit the amount people can earn. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Please go through the sample answer HERE.

An very low extremely small number of employees take the highest earn high salaries in some nations. Some people opine that this is useful for that country since it helps in retaining skilled workers, whilst others think that the government should have regulations over regulate salaries as it develops in bringing equality among people. Let us link these two sentences: While some people opine that a few individuals earning high salaries in a country is beneficial since it helps in retaining skilled workers, others think that the government should as it leads to inequality in the society. (IT should refer to the same thing – a few people earning high salaries.)

In my opinion, I firmly believe (I firmly believe = my opinion. Repetition.) that authorities should not put any objection for paying the highest salaries because better salaries mean good workforce for the country. (75 words. Too long. Keep it short and invest more in the body paragraphs.)

Nowadays, an intelligent and hardworking person are is highly paid in any country because the skilled workforce is limited and they it (refers to the skilled workforce) can be retained only by offering huge pays an attractive income. Moreover, these employees work sincerely in building up products and services by maintaining standard operating procedures. For instance, an American company (There is no GOOGLE in this sentence. Hope this is clear.) Google’s chief executive officer, Mr. Sunder Pichai, who was born in India, is the highest paid person in the world who is the Indian born. He developed the business to next level by making increasing profits three times in just one year. (82 words)

The government must regulate incomes because equality is the an essential part of good governance. Furthermore, companies violate the basic rules and regulations of employment and harass the people who are getting the most earnings for not making the profits within a limited period. For example, Tata motor’s company managing director Mr. Sirus Cyrus was the highest paid employee in India but was fired by the top management within six months as he was unable to make turn the company into profits. (77 words.)

In conclusion, while some people opine that government should monitor pay scales since it helps in bringing equality, others think that the highest wages attract the best individuals as it makes the company and nation into profits. (You can paraphrase the introduction. But you can’t repeat it word for word.) Paraphrase: In conclusion, higher salaries for a few results in greater inequality on one hand and attracts the best global talent on the other.

In my opinion, I strongly think that the governments should give freedom to the companies regarding the payment because better salaries mean good workforce for the country. (64 words.)

Total words = 298.

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IELTS Essay Correction: Save Money or Spend it on Enjoyment?

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Some people prefer to save money. Others prefer to use the money on things they enjoy. What is the best approach towards money? discuss both the views and give your opinion.

40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Answer.

Money is the most important factor for running a every people’s person’s life. Many people consider saving money as much more important whereas some like prefer spending it on entertainment. In my opinion, saving money is significant than spending in a sense that since it provides a secure and a comfort comfortable life to in the long term. (Can improve the introduction using fixed structure.)

Firstly, saving helps making the life of people more luxurious in the future. As an illustration, if people make a saving, they can afford various types of equipments like such as washing machine, micro-oven and so on which ultimately ease their living style. Secondly, advocates of this approach believe that saved amount not only help helps to run daily life but also can be applied for enhancing enhances offspring’s career (Parallelism – helps is parallel to enhances). For example, many middle class parents of moderate class family save money for their children (Word repetition: save). Moreover, saving provides security during old age. As people become physically weak with aging, they may suffer from death causing unexpected diseases, during which deposited amount can be used. (Can’t suffer from death)

However, there are also some people preferring to prefer to spend and live a sophisticated life with full of recreation and enjoyment. They think that life is to enjoy. So, they want to experience everything either to go all around the world or to buy expansive expensive and high brand clothes or even have expansive expensive cuisine every day. This can be seen in most of the high-class families of our country. (Learn connecting SIMPLE sentences to create a complex sentence using CONNECTING/ LINKING words. This will promote cohesion in the essay) Connect 3 sentences to create one sentence: Individuals from the high-income families believe that life is meant to be enjoyed and they prefer experiencing various things such as expensive cuisines and branded clothes across the world.

Furthermore, people struggle and do hard work to earn and they think through this all hardship why not to prefer spending that money to enjoy and satisfy ourselves themselves. As a result, people they do not care how expensive it is but try to spend money to every extent to have fun. That means they want to equalize their struggle with recreation. Connecting the last two sentences: Consequently, they equalize their struggles with recreation by investing the money in various sports, adventure, and recreational activities. 

In a nutshell, personally, what I think is it is very important to have saving. However it does not mean we should not spend money, it implies we should also think about the future and invest our earning in productive sectors rather than to spend in enjoying and entertaining. Rephrase your conclusion using linking words: In conclusion, it is important to strike an optimum balance between preserving wealth and spending it on recreational activities since it will not only save funds for the rainy day but also keep a person motivated to work more. (Use fixed conclusion structure to write better.)

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IELTS Essay Correction: People Prefer E-books Over Paper Books.

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More and more people prefer to read ebooks rather than paper books. What are the reasons for this? What problems can this cause for libraries?

40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Answer:

With the advent of technology, many people choose their electronic gadgets to read downloaded books instead of printed books. This essay will describe the causes for their this choice, and will also elaborate the problems this trend making for libraries(Prefer mentioning REASONS. Though a few books and teachers recommend writing “this essay will describe ….”, this is a wrong approach.) Prefer: … printed books since the electronic books are convenient and easier to purchase than paper books. This trend has resulted in closing down of several traditional libraries. (Mention in the introduction, Explain in the body paragraphs.)

One of the main reasons for this preferance of readers is convenience(No need of this line after making the above changes in the introduction.) That is to say, the reader has does not need to carry heavy paper books, rather he can use his mobile or laptop to read ebooks easily while travelling, or sitting comfortably in his room. This can be exemplified by my own case that I don’t like carry printed books while on a journey, instead, I use my mobile to read downloaded books easily. (This is not an example. This is a mere repetition of the statement made earlier with “I”. A good example has FACTS to link to the essay. Example: A recent survey in Germany has revealed that 77 percent youngsters below the age 18 read only electronic books and have never read a paper book.)  

Furthermore, it gets sometimes difficult to buy certain paper books from a bookshop due to their shortage or non-availability. In that case, it gets quite handy to buy purchase (word repetition: buy) the book online and download it to read.

With increasing number of e-book readers, e-libraries are also increasing and are negatively (adversely) impacts impacting (Parallelism violation) the traditional libraries. Firstly, the traditional libraries face decreased members of them membership. In other words, only a few people visit them and get their membership (repetition) and only few paper books are issued by to them, this causes loss to libaries economically. (Need to combine sentences using correct connecting/ linking words to score well on Cohesion and Coherence.) Rephrase: Firstly, the traditional libraries suffer from a decrease in membership which results in fewer visitors, lesser number of paper books and greater economic losses. Use WHICH to connect the main idea with the sub-ideas.

In addition, the libraries having only a few members are now getting closed and replaced by (Passive voice. Please avoid it.) other constructive buildings. For instance, a quite old library in Pakistan was at financial crisis due to its almost no member a drastic fall in its membership since 2012, and that it is now closed and the building is sold (Passive voice) to a marriage banquet hall company.

To sum up, the ebooks has have replaced traditional books in this modern era due to its their easy availability and convenient to read. However, they have raised economic issues for libraries which governments should sort out in order to preserve them.

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IELTS Essay Correction: Smoking at Public Places.

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In many countries, it is now illegal to smoke in public places. It is only fair that people who wish to smoke should have to leave the building. Do you agree or disagree?

40 minutes, 250 words.

Answer:

Please go through the Sample Answer as well.

 

Generally, smoking in public areas is not that much of better one for anyone harmful not only for active smokers but also passive recepients. I think that it is better to make strict rules for the people smoking in public area because this public smoking it (use referencing) gives causes health problems to passive smokers as well as and nobody respects the people who smoke in public places. (lost parallelism score. Please read the article on parallelism to improve your grammar)

Firstly, public smoking gives a huge causes severe problems to the passive smokers because a lot of carbon components deliver from the smokers. Sequentially they get health problems. Link the two sentences to create COHESION: Firstly, public smoking causes severe health problems such as respiratory disorders and cancer to passive smokers since soot/ pollution from the smoke deposits in the lungs. 

For instance, a person smokes in the at a bus stop. The smoke comes from him reaches the other people in that place. Even though they do not smoke the cigarette directly, they breathe the polluted air indirectly. Let me link the two sentences: For instance, a person who smokes at a bus stop forces others to inhale the pollution indirectly even if they are not engaged in the activity directly. (prefer not repeating the word “smoking”. Use activity.)

Secondly, they face disrespect from the other people in the society because as smoking is not a fair one in any considered an unhealthy activity in every nation. People do not talk with them properly. Every time smokers are being blamed by some people who want to comment on other’s bad habits. (Can you try connecting these simple sentences using connectors? Please rewrite in the comments box below.)

For example, if a person has a small clash with a smoker, he blames that person everywhere by this smoking issue. (This is not an example. An example contains data, facts. For example, in Sikh religion smoking is seen as a taboo activity and any Sikh who smokes is declared an outcast.) Can you recreate an example and write it in the comments box below?

In conclusion, if the government makes strict rules about public smoking, people will not only smoke in private places (Wrong usage of if…., then….. Correct usage if …(present tense)…, then ……(future tense – will)…..). then will not only the government rules give best results (what are best results? Try avoiding generalizations. Be specific. Concrete. You will lose bands for generalizations.) but also the smokers take the responsibility towards this issue (need to discuss this sentence once you’ve read the Parallelism article). This will help a lot for public. Moreover the respect between people will increase. (Again too generalized. Help how?) This will improve people’s health and reduce health expenditure.

 

Total Words = 228. You will lose bands for writing less than 250 words.

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Main Functions of a University.

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Some people think that universities should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills for the workplace in the future. Others think that the true function of a university is to provide access to knowledge for its own sake. What do you think are the main functions of a university?

40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Answer:

Let me present a suitable structure for this question along with an explanation of “knowledge for its own sake”.

Introduction: Introduce the topic with a general statement on the CORE of the topic – University Education’s Function. This should be followed by your opinion. What are the functions of a university? Let me present a sample introduction:

While some people believe that higher education institutions are meant to prepare students for a long and prosperous career through professional education and skills, others opine universities should promote the pursuit of knowledge. I think these institutions should be an amalgamation of the two approaches. (45 words.)

Body Paragraph 1: Please explain why universities should promote professional education. Try writing about 80 words. Two sentences in general followed by an example in two sentences.

Body Paragraph 2: Please explain why universities should promote knowledge for its own sake. What exactly does this mean? Let me explain.

There is a belief that knowledge should be an end in itself and not a tool to achieve something. That is, it should not be used for tangible or career benefits. A person must learn things because he is in love with the process of learning. For my Indian readers, this refers to learning engineering Phunsuk Wangdu (Amir Khan) style in “The Three Idiots”. I’m sure the idea is much clear now.

Again, write 80 words. Two sentences in general explaining the idea and two sentences giving an example.

Sample Paragraph:

The progress of human civilization can equally be attributed to the selfless pursuit of knowledge. Universities have always nurtured creative and dedicated individuals who study and research subjects and topics in detail to solve humanity’s problems rather than securing employment. For instance, Albert Einstein pursued research in Physics at the Harvard University not to secure job in a corporation but to solve humanity’s pressing problems. Similarly, Amartya Sen, a Nobel prize winner and a renowned economist, studies welfare economics at the Oxford University to find out ways to eradicate poverty. (90 words)

Conclusion: 40 to 50 words. About two sentences using the elements of future and impact.

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IELTS G.T Task 1: Unpaid Work at Hospital.

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Your local hospital has advertised for people to do unpaid work helping at the hospital. You would like to do some work at the hospital in your free time.

Write a letter to the hospital. In your letter:

1. Explain why you would like to do the unpaid work at the hospital.

2. Say what type of unpaid work you would be able to do.

3. Give details when you would be available for this work.

20 minutes, 150 words at least.

Answer:

Dear Sir,

I am writing this letter with reference to your advertisement in The Times of India on 1st October regarding part-time voluntary work at your hospital. (Introductory sentence)

I am deeply interested in joining your institution since it will give me not only contentment and personal satisfaction but also relevant experience. I intend to use this experience along with my one-year training in the emergency ward of the Ivy hospital, Chandigarh, to secure employment in a reputed hospital in Mumbai. (Why you would like?)

Moreover, I understand the functioning of various intensive care equipments and know the emergency protocols. I will prefer to work in your hospital’s Intensive Care Unit so that I can use my experience at the Ivy hospital to serve the patients. (Type of unpaid work.)

Currently, I am pursuing a masters degree at the Dayanand Medical College and have classes from 8 am to 5 pm. Consequently, I can serve only during the night shift. (Work time.)

I will feel privileged if you provide me the opportunity to render my services. (Closing sentence)

Yours Faithfully,

XYZ

Total Words = 162.

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IELTS Essay Correction: Health Education and Preventative Measures – 2.

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“Prevention is better than cure.” Out of a country’s health budget, a large proportion should be diverted from treatment to spending on health education and preventative measures. Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS: 40 minutes, 250 words at least.

PTE: 20 minutes, 200 to 300 words.

Please go through a related essay as well: Medical Care and Life Expectancy.

Please go through the sample answer as well as another student’s answer.

Answer:

While some people believe that spending a big proportion of huge amount on health education and preventative measures is not a good thing, instead of better than giving allocating the budget to health care. I think that creating health awareness and taking preventative measures help a lot in country’s growth. (While some people believe X, I think Y. Rephrase: While some people believe allocating budget to healthcare is vital to maintain public health, I think investing/ spending funds on education and preventative measures is equally important.)

Spreading awareness on benefits of a good health is useful. Because because it helps in not only building a nation’s economy but also promoting individual growth and people live with full of happy and mentally strong(Learn the concept of parallelism. Please read this article and discuss with me.) (73 words. The introduction should be around 50 words.)

The Cost of medical care is too (extremely/ exorbitantly) high both for individuals and governments. Most people are poor and government budgets are in deficit (Link the first two sentences using since). By promoting health awareness and preventative methods like such as giving vaccines and other medical support, people do not get catch big health deadly diseases (diseases are always related to ‘health’) with this country’s economic growth increases automatically. (write a fresh sentence or use a proper connector) For instance, if the number of people getting illness falling ill (catching illness) increases, they do not are unable to work properly. Their , their income reduces, and certainly national economy also suffers decreases. When people have good health country’s growth increases(Your ideas are fine. The expression is poor due to inadequate vocabulary.) (79 words.)

Some of the people do not (Red Flag: overuse of “do not”) happy with their family’s health and growth. They get depressed sometimes. (Rephrase: Poor physical health not only adversely affects the patient but also the family members since it results in/ leads to financial distress.) It is important to have a good physical health in families to be stable psychologically mentally. With the awareness of some personal care among family members, it is possible (Rephrase: Awareness about the benefits of a good health through government campaigns in hospitals, social media advertising, and television programs can reduce the economic/ financial burden of curing a disease.). For example, in some families, they use single soap for the entire family. If anyone has a skin disease the whole group gets catches it. With awareness, it should not happen because everyone must use their separate soaps. (80 words.)

In conclusion, health education and preventative methods can help to control the medical expenditure of individuals, government and the mental stability of people. If it is done future will be bright. (Conclusion is not strong. Need to improve it. 31 words. Short. Write about 40 to 50 words.)

Total Words = 263. Your sentences are too small. Connect two simple sentences to create complex structures.

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IELTS Speaking Advice …..

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Okay, here are a few important tips and answers to common IELTS Speaking questions.

IELTS Speaking Test is not a test of content or knowledge. It is a test of your language ability. Students are often worried about the quality of their ideas. Do not worry whether your answer is relevant or not as long as it is delivered in correct English.

Moreover, it is not a test of how accurately and truthfully you give an answer. In other words, you can LIE. Just make sure you do not make any grammar mistake or lose fluency while thinking of something creative.

Do not repeat your statement and/ or words. “I believe the sports are important because ….. important because …….”. No. You’ll lose score for that. Even if you’ve said something wrong, do not try to correct it. Doing so will unnecessarily create stress and will consume energy that you could have used in delivering the right answer (right = correct English).

Should I repeat the question statement? Well, try not to. Repeating the question statement is often construed as the candidate’s inability to present an answer in her own words. Practice speaking in your own language. Develop your vocabulary.

Speaking English is not meant for the IELTS class only. I advise students to speak on various common topics at home. Observe the things around you closely – family, technology, neighbors, city, television, newspaper, furniture, clothes, jewelry, books, college, job. The list is endless.

Record your voice and you can share it with me. I’ll be happy to offer some feedback. My WhatsApp number is +91 9888922203.

The more you practice speaking on these topics, the better will be your command over the language. This will not only give you greater firepower to extend your answers, but also develop the ability to talk about likes, dislikes, habits, and opinions.

Best wishes for your endeavor!

IELTS Essay August 2017: Illegal to Smoke in Public Places.

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In many countries, it is now illegal to smoke in public places. It is only fair that people who wish to smoke should have to leave the building. Do you agree or disagree?

40 minutes, 250 words.

Answer:

Introduction: (Introduce the topic with a general sentence and state your OPINION. MENTION the reasons supporting your opinion that you plan to explain in the body paragraphs.)

Several countries have banned smoking in public places since it is harmful to not only the active smokers but also the passive recipients. It must be prohibited in populated areas since it has detrimental impacts on the vulnerable sections such as patients and children. (44 words)

Body Paragraph 1: (Explain – detrimental impacts on patients)

Patients in hospitals, homes and care centers have a weaker immune system and are prone to infections. Consequently, pollution from a burning cigarette can severely impact their health condition. For instance, a recent All India Institute of Medica Science (AIIMS) study has found that the critically ill patients who live in an atmosphere of passive smoking live at least six months less than other patients. In the interest of these patients, governments must prohibit smoking inside all buildings. (77 words.)

Body Paragraph 2: (Explain – detrimental impacts on children)

Youngsters have an impressionable mind and are more psychologically prone to smoking if they come across active smokers. Moreover, their immunity is not as strong as adults and have greater chances of catching life-threatening diseases if they are exposed to passive smoking. The Ministry of Health in India declared in 2016 that children and teenagers who are exposed to smoking either at home or in the community have at least forty percent greater chance of becoming active smokers. Consequently, banning smoking in public places will reduce the probability of children falling prey of this deadly habit. (96 words.)

Conclusion: (Conclude the essay with FUTURE and IMPACT)

In conclusion, if smoking is prohibited in buildings and public spaces, it will not only reduce the probability of smoking among youngsters but also improve the physical health of the non-smokers. This will eventually seriously decrease the health bill of a country and boost the economic productivity of its citizens. (50 words.)

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Reading Exercise: Mountain Hare

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The following passage has been extracted from the B.B.C. Visit the B.B.C website to read the complete article. Please read the following passage in 1 minute and mark the keywords.

Mountain Hare

Answer the following questions within 6 minutes.

Write:

True: If the statement agrees with the passage

False: If the statement contradicts the passage.

Not Given: If there is no information on this.

  1. The shooting estates have effectively conserved the species.
  2. The international law mandates the governments to protect endangered species.
  3. The number of hares killed during the past few years cannot be estimated.

Complete the following sentences in no more than three words.

The principle of …….(4)….. has been poorly implemented and has failed to protect the mountain hare. This has resulted in reckless culling and ………..(5)…….. leading to potential local extinction. The unregulated killing of mountain hare means that the Scottish government is violating …….(6)…………

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IELTS G.T Task 1: Volunteer for a Sports Event.

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Apply for a volunteering work for a sporting event that is going to be held in your city next month. In your letter say

– Why are you interested in this work?
– How could you help during the event?
– Suggest an improvement in some area of the event.

20 minutes, 150 words.

Answer:

Please go through a similar G.T. Task 1 question asked in August 2017 IELTS Exam: Advertisement Recruiting Volunteers.

Dear ……..,

I read your advertisement about recruiting volunteers for the upcoming Australia Open Tennis Tournament to be held next month in Sydney. I wish to participate in the event since I have been playing professional tennis since five years of age.

During my tennis career, I have volunteered for several local, provincial, national and international tennis tournaments ranging from the Sydney Tennis Club matches to Australia Open in 2016. I have carried out activities such as managing the crowd at these events and ensuring adequate facilities for the players. Consequently, I have enough experience not only in actual volunteering work but also in training other volunteers. 

Using my experience of the past events I suggest the organizers of this year’s event must pay greater attention to residential facilities for the international players. Last year the players informally complained about non-functioning airconditioners and inadequate water for morning ablutions. 

I look forward to participating and offering my valuable services in this event.

XYZ

159 words.

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Reading Exercise: Justin Trudeau and Feminism.

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The Following passage is extracted from The Guardian. Please visit the British newspaper to read this article. Read this extract in less than 1 minute and mark the keywords (Proper nouns and numbers).

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Please take not more than 5 minutes to complete the following questions.

Write:

True: If the statement agrees with the passage

False: If the statement contradicts the passage.

Not Given: If there is no information on this.

  1. The Canadian Prime Minister emphasized that the male gender is responsible for the culture of gender discrimination.
  2. If boys learn the virtue of gender equality, they will also develop the feeling of compassion.
  3. The culture of sexism involves giving same opportunities to both men and women.
  4. The Trudeau administration has been successful in implementing its promises on gender equality.
  5. Canada has a dogged salary gap that has resulted in a lower position in the gender gap rankings.

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IELTS/ PTE Essay: The Internet has Revolutionized the World.

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The internet has revolutionized the modern world but it has also created new problems and inequalities. Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS: 40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Answer:

Let me present a suitable structure for the question instead of offering an answer. You can either agree or disagree or take a middle ground. Whatever your position, here is a structure along with suitable vocabulary.

Introduction: (40 to 50 words; 2 sentences.) 

Please write one general sentence and one sentence supporting your opinion. Mention two reasons supporting your opinion.

Body Paragraph 1: (80 to 90 words; 5 sentences.)

EXPLAIN reason 1 that you mentioned above to support your opinion. Try writing an example to make your answer stronger.

Body Paragraph 2: (80 to 90 words; 5 sentences)

EXPLAIN reason 2 that you mentioned above to support your opinion. Try writing an example to make your answer stronger.

Conclusion: (40 words.)

IDEAS:

Positive:- online banking; Communication; Online shopping; Airline booking; Concert booking; Theatre ticket booking; distance education; research.

Negative:- hackers; Pornography; productivity drops; terrorist communication.

NOTE: IELTS grades essay for explaining the point you have raised. Please pick two or three points from those mentioned above and explain them completely.

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IELTS Essay Correction: Violence in Video Games and Television.

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Nowadays the level of violence is increasing in video games and some TV programs. What are the reasons behind this? What can be the effects and solutions?

40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Please go through a similar question HERE.

Answer:

Undeniably, visual objects and scenarios put great influence on the psychology of humans. In spite, several children like watch TV programs and play video games which are full of violence, hence, both poise and these have a  negative impact such as aggressiveness on their immature mind. Parents use the different type of methods to tackle with this immense problem. Learn to connect sentences using “and”. Avoid “hence” in the introduction (52 words.)

Firstly,  since, mostly both most of the parents are working nowadays, children have lots of spare time to do indoor activities. So that they start watching watch (tense: Simple Present) some of the favorite programs in which they like full such as action movies and violence filled video games during this time. Consequently, they start imitating of imitate the heroes and trying try to perform their stunts and brutality in real life. The anger and violence automatically come in their life which blur while playing with their peer groups. For instance, children easily lose their temperament and become aggressive, hence and they injured injure (tense: Simple present) their own friends. (90 words. Read the question carefully. The question is not on “children” but on “violence on television and video games”. These are the EFFECTS.)

Secondly, parents should set limit or regulate and control what their children watch in on television and guide them that these violence is not an appropriate solution to deal with problems. and They must give proper counseling when they feel their child is showing aggressive or violent behavior in daily life. Moreover, parents should ensure that their children play outdoor games and carry out academic works in their meantime as well, so that their children become polite and calm, and show exhibit good manners while playing interacting with their peer group. (77 words. Avoid word repetitions – show, play. SOLUTION.)

In conclusion, this it is parents responsibility that they do not give advance gadgets for playing online games which is are full of violence and save their lives of the children. for example, the blue whale and Pokemon games (Do not give examples in the conclusion section) are spreading everywhere in the world which results the deaths of many young children. similarly, Governments should ban on these violence filled games globally, because, these  children are the future of the world. (68 words. Too long. You’ve violated the conclusion structure that we discussed in the class. Please follow it strictly.)

Total Words = 287 words. 

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Reading Exercise: Calypso Music

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The following passage has been extracted from the B.B.C. Please read the complete article HERE.

Please read this passage using the technique of skimming. This technique involves reading really fast by ignoring the regular words and noting down numbers and proper nouns such as names of people, places, organizations, events, etc. Take 30 seconds and mark keywords. I’m sharing the keywords at the end of the passage.

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Keywords: Carribean, Calypso, Cold War, Harry Belafonte, 1956, LP album, Banana Boat, Jamaica, Trinidad, 1993, Mighty Chalkdust.

Once you’re done with the keywords, you have a fair idea of what the passage is about. You need not understand every word. Let us proceed to the questions.

Take FIVE minutes to complete the following seven questions.

The Calypso music, which was born in ……(1)….. has ……(2)……… and ……(3)…….. foundation. It touches various issues ranging from …..(4)…… to …..(5)……. that concern the life of a common citizen. The first album of this genre of music that sold more than a million copies was that of …..(6)…… 1956 album though it was actually a ……(7)……

Congratulations if you completed the reading as well as questions within 5 minutes 30 seconds! I’ve mentioned the answers in the comments section below.

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