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IELTS exam questions 1 november 2014

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IELTS exam questions dated 1 November 2014  # 1

Academic test

Task 1

Two diagrams about Australia and China’s import and export.

Task 2

It is better for people to be unemployed than people to be employed but they do not enjoy.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS exam questions dated 1 November 2014  # 2

17 Responses so far.

  1. Kashif says:

    GT Writing Task 1


    You are going to spend holidays out of country. You are also expected to meet your friend there. Write a letter to him and describe the following:

    1. When you are planning to go?

    2. What you are planning to do during your stay?

    3. Ask him about some sightseeing places in the country you would like to visit during holidays.

    GT writing task 2

    In many parts of the world shopping is no longer considered as buying what you need. It has developed to a form of an entertainment.

    What do you think about this?

    is it a negative or positive thing?

  2. reeta says:

    In recent times people like to live by themselves, what are the causes? Does it have positive or negative effect on society?

    These days number of people of all ages from different places has begun setting down as singletons, most of them are youngsters due to study or work demand prefer to live away from their home town. Some people think this infatuation is creating some bed effect on the society. I agree with this opinion because these negative influences have quite obvious since last 2 to 3 decades.

    First of all, people living separately from their family for the purpose of studies, apart from studies they have to face so many others expenditures. For example, for accommodation student has to arrange an apartment he or she has to pay share like in rent and bills. In addition to this, it is habit if so many students to show off themselves by well dressing ,keeping high range smart phones, to cope up large amount of costs he may need job because family may not support financially fully as a result students loss concentration
    towards studies.

    Secondly, while living alone, people are no longer under supervision of their parents hence more prone to be influenced by negative activities For instance people who are staying in other country or city away from their parents may involve themselves in crime and deleterious activities as they do not keep themselves in connection with their family regularly as a result unconnected living can damage moral foundation too.

    Last but not least, impact on parents, such as parents who pass their whole lives by struggling in looking after of their children and to fulfil the demand of their children, but unfortunately 2 to 3 spouse c cannot able to care old aged parents, live them alone, innocent parents find themselves without spouse.

    In conclusion, I would like to say living alone make people isolated and considerate as they think about themselves, this is turn would lead to unhealthy altitude toward society.

    Clifton, Karachi

    • Alam Alam says:

      Look at the question which says “what are the causes” and second question “is it positive or negative effect on society” i think second question has not been answered…

  3. reeta says:

    Some people think that a sense of competition in children should be encouraged other believe that children who are tough to cooperate rather than compare become useful adult……
    The main purpose of education to gain higher studies and achieve goal of life to become a successful, some people think that by creating competition in children to become a confident
    There are advantage and disadvantage for these arguments.
    To begin what is advantages? Taking an example competition is always in between two friends or students, both always try to do better from one another, they give extra time to study, like hire a teacher to pay extra as they can learn extra or in other sense in advance as they can respond well. Furthermore, during vacation students interested to work as an intern voluntarily somewhere outside that will be beneficial for them in future. If they have experiment of outside it is one of the greatest opportunity to go famous higher school for study as well as in further job finding.

    On the other hand, So much busy and competed life made some students selfish and careless because they only touch with their studies always think to win prize, they do not have enough time to think not only about their families but also themselves and live independent life because of this they lose their friends and always live alone.

    In conclusion i strongly agree with that competition in children to study is must live successful life along with that we have to face everything that happen in our life, Parents should encourage their children to cope up with every step of life along with study.

    Clifton, Karachi

  4. reeta says:

    Young people are involved in criminal activities what are cause of it? What solution would you suggest?

    Over last few decades mostly big cities around the world have seemed to involve in corruption and terrorist work that increase the level of youth crime .However, there are reasons for this through that young people has to involve in dreadful activity and also some possible solution.
    The first reason is connected with the families, when child grows up in the balanced way, it is very important that he or she should look after carefully in growing age by parents. However, Nowadays it is often seeing that children are mostly neglected may be because of hectic schedule of parents. Even though both mother and father do all effort for children, as the can accomplish their desires but unfortunately due to live alone most of kids follow wrong way that take them towards crime side.
    Second reason to watch T.V, Nowadays every country of the world broadcast crimes shows in real they want to intent country people from terrible crimes. Conversely youngsters try these awful activities for example drug abuse, sexual assault and murder etc.
    However, there are ways to tackle such problems. Firstly, one of the ways to combat this problem is to have stricter punishment. Although, it can be outside factors that lead to crime, it is still important to have severe punishment to deter teenagers from crime. All too often, because they are young, the court is too lenient. Parents also have to take more responsibility for their children’s actions. They too should be punished if their children commit crime.
    In conclusion I think parents as well as government both should look after youngsters.

    Clifton, Karachi

    • Alam Alam says:

      Dear Reeta,

      – in the introduction you have used “however” which doesn’t make any sense. Do not use it in this case which will make better sense. Because there is not any contrast you are simply giving solution.

      body para 1
      – need to place article “a” before the word “child”.


      Be natural when you write. Focus on the question if there is one answer it well but if there are 2 questions , need to answer both to the point.
      Think as if somebody asks you such question and you answer by giving you main point and then supporting details to prove it.

      hope it helps

  5. Alam Alam says:


    Universities should accept equal number of male and female students in every subject.To what extent do you agree or disagree .give reason for your answer and give relevant examples.


    Gender equality has become a hot topic all over the world recently.Some people claim hat this should begin with universities accepting equal number of males and females in every subject.though this claim may well have merit ,it only present a poorly reasoned argument,we cannot accept this as valid.

    Some people support balanced the number of males and females in every subject because men and women ,now a days, play similar roles in society..If universities prefer a sole gender in a particular subject,the equality that has been fought for many years cannot be successful.However this claim can be refuted by following reason.

    Primarily,the fact that there is inequality between genders in some subjects is because those are the subjects suitable only for men or women.Take astronomy and construction for example.flying into space requires tremendous strength from astronauts and long periods of extreme training hardly a woman can do.moreover there are subjects and careers which require tenderness of women such as nursing.

    However ,limited number of students for particular subject help orientate what to study.

    in conclusion,i would like to argue that thee should be merit system to decide which career is suitable for which gender and no one should be refuted in basis of gender.

    Dr Hina,
    Multan, Pakistan

  6. T says:

    On 8th .November.
    Writing Task1 -> one graph (2007, the average number of population)
    Task2 -> Both view and give opinion ( some believe most crime is a result of circumstances/ others believe most crime is caused by people who are bad by nature)

    Good luck,

    Reading was a little ..

  7. Anand says:

    Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school.
    Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?
    Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.
    There has been debate over the introduction of teaching a foreign language in primary and secondary schools. Some educationalists prefer primary schools for this trend and regard this as good and beneficial for children and society both. This essay would analyze merits and demerits of teaching new language,which is going to be mandatory part of curriculum,in early schooling of life.
    Children possess growing brain which is capable of learning more than two languages simultaneously up to the age of 10 years and this has been proved by different researches. This is really providing a good chance to teach the children at least a foreign language.
    And children are not self conscious in early years of life and are more interested in learning new things which,again,provides a good chance to make them learn a new language. Furthermore, secondary schools make children very busy by making them involve in school and home works,even they get less time to participate in co-curricular activities. So,teaching a foreign language will be overburden for them,even it may affect the confidence and performance at other subjects. Again favouring primary schools a better place for introducing new language.
    It has disadvantages,however. Like early years of life are called very important in terms of exposure to the culture which can be masked if other language is taught which in itself is not a language only but a culture,a history and a nation. Moreover, teachers at primary are not specialists in teaching a new language which itself is new for teachers and ultimately it can be misunderstood by the students.
    In conclusion,there are certain benefits of initialization of teaching a foreign language and it can be proved even more advantageous by sorting out the disadvantages and warnings it causes.
    Anand P Khatri
    Garden East Karachi

  8. shahzad Ahmad says:

    would request mr. Alam if he could rate above articles / essays in terms of band score on the basis of his experience. it will be helpful for others. who surf to seek guideline from this website.
    it would be more beneficial if the reasoning for such scoring (errors, shortcomings, best parts) be highlighted by mr Alam along with scoring.

  9. reeta says:

    Now-a-days advertisement is one of the most common trends to sell out goods even though those things may not be useful for individual. This argument is true, In my country advertising company broadcast advertisement with famous celliberties like favorite singer, popular actors as well as actress, so that people prefer to buy those goods which are advertised by their favorite one, even though things are unnecessarily for them.

    Most of the youngsters who live in high society, to show off their living status among their friends and relatives buy unusual advertised things which in real no need. Moreover, things which people watch on big screen television may look gorgeous and charming as result of it people often buy these without enough consideration
    On the other hand there are various aspects against this argument, it is individual choice either to buy it or not, advertising may not be caused to change their habits, take an example of young child whatever he or she see in the hand of his or her friend like mobile phone or camera want to buy it without think how much it may charge. In addition to this, advertisement of toys video games create terrible problem for parents especially for those who cannot afford the charges of these equipment’s but for the sake of their children they have to fulfill their desires.

    In conclusion, as costumer have their own choice and should have strong opinion about standard and good quality of goods, it is better to take their own decision rather than dependent upon advertisement. However, it should bend to the Toy Company to advertise more about unnecessarily toys because children have not ability whatever they buy either good or bed quality.

  10. reeta says:

    Sorry forgot to write question of essay… its
    Today, the high sales of popular consumer goods reflect the power of advertising and not the real need of society in which they are sold.
    To what extent do you agree or disgree

  11. reeta says:

    It is generally believed that some people with certain talent, for instance sport and music and other not. However it is sometime claimed that any child can be taught to become a god sportsman or musician. discuss both views and give your own opinion

    Natural talent, we can also say God gifted person whom by birth have skills as well as qualities to whatever they want to achieve like instead of the study other extra activities sport and music. Although there are so many other children who become good sportsmen or musician by working hard and trained by good practiced.

    Obviously, Education s System based on belief that all children can be taught to acquire different skills. Take an example; during our school life we had trained by our teacher, to become good sports man or musician. to sport the view a child can continue apply these skills under the guided practice.
    However some people believe on innate talent that means comparison between a person have been trained to play a sport or instrument to those who is just good player. In other word this extra talent cannot be taught how intelligent a teacher or how frequently a child practice.
    There are so many people who gain natural talent via inheritance from their parents gene, such a talent make them genius that allow them to utilise lot of skills as well as qualities through that take them excel.Comparetivly most of hard working student cannot do this, but some experts said that natural talented people may need any guided practiced that awake their talented mind by teaching them.
    In conclusion, i agree that any child can be taught to become good one, but really good in music, art and sport then some natural talent is required.

  12. reeta says:

    Some people think that parents should teach how to be good member of society other however believe that school is place to learn this.
    Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

    Education of child is not necessary just limit on learning information and skill but the main role of learning is to be a good member of the society that is responsibility of parents because it has always included teaching the next generation.
    In order to become a good member of society, a child should obey the community acquired rules and regulations and share their values along with that respect those, this is always begin with parents because they are the only who spend much of the time of day with their children in other words it can also be said that parents are first teacher of children. Moreover, they can only understand first word that a child speak, and slowly and gradually teach them how to behave with neighbourhood and respect elders. Furthermore it is generally felt that parents are ambitious and have a dream that when their little baby will grow up play a very essential and outstanding character in the society.
    However home is no only place to learn values and system of the society, once a child reached at the age of 4years or 5years joins school that means enters in wide community environment where meats with teachers as well as different students. At school teacher behaviours much influences same like parents do at home. In addition to this at school children will also gain experience of working and living with other children of different religious and background from broad community in this way they learn how to co-operate with each other like sharing accessories and books with those who cannot afford that lesson will lead them to be good member of society in future.
    But to be valuable member of any community is not like learning a simple skill just during childhood. It is something that an individual goes on learning throughout life and it is responsibility of every member of society to take duty for helping the younger generation to become active and able members of society

  13. reeta says:

    Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary.
    Discuss both these view and give your own opinion.
    Traditionally, in past children had begun their foreign language at secondary school but some Education authorities have been changed this trend and now in many school it begin earlier at primary school. However there are both positive as well as negative outcome of this policy.
    To begin with advantage of earlier beginning foreign language is that, when children are in their childhood age, they have an innate ability to learn new language easily and quickly so that they can adopt other language faster along with their mother tongue, in contrast it is difficult for adolescence to adopt due to inhabitant of self-confidence. Furthermore, learning early will be valuable for future too as primarily a child teaches and tries to continually follow foreign language that make basic knowledge strong enough too as a consequence they can easily communicate with second language speaking person when they will get chance to foreign country in future.
    There are however, some disadvantage, As the primary school teachers are generalist, they have not much knowledge and skill of language themselves, thus un able to deliver standard lecture to their students, therefore, if basic skills are not standardized secondary school will face great variety of level of other subjects too, as a result classroom experience which undoes the earlier again. Moreover, there is also no advantage if we see economically, parents of children pay large amount of money in the form of fees for highly authorized English medium schools unfortunately due to over burden of lot of subject they cannot learn proper way at last they have to change the school.
    In summary it is clearly true that learning foreign language may broaden children’s horizon and giving them endless opportunities.

  14. Aamir Farooqi says:

    In many countries children are engaged in some kind of paid work. Some people regard this as completely wrong, while others consider it as valuable work experience, important for learning and taking responsibility.
    What are your opinions on this?

    One of the most controversial issues today relates to child labor. Some people argue that this is advantageous for children future life while other says that it has harmful effect on children life. In my opinion it has dangerous effect in children life, because they lost their childhood in such kind of paid work.
    On one side of the argument there are people who argue that the benefits of considerably outweigh its disadvantages. The main reason for believing this is that when children are being paid for their work, they got motivated and concentrated. It is also possible to say that the engagement in work enhances their skills, knowledge and abilities and make them responsible .One good illustration of this is that if a child with/without study engages in paid work full time or part time will become responsible and gain experience which will be beneficial for his future career.

    On the other hand, it is also possible to make the opposing case. It is often argued that paid work have a very dangerous effect on children health and life. People often have this opinion because childhood is an essential part of life, and this part should be with full of fun, entertainment, sporting and healthy activities. A second point is that children must focus on their studies, with studies they can engage in volunteer work, which improve their skills and abilities and make them responsible.

    As we have seen, there are no easy answers to this question. On balance, however, I tend to believe that paid work of children is not good for their life, and children should focus on their studies and should enjoy childhood life.

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