IELTS Writing Test 1 (Academic)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The two maps below show an island, before and after the construction of some tourist facilities.

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

Write at least 150 words

Sample Answer

The two maps show the same island while first one is before and the second one is after the construction for tourism. 

Looking first at the one before construction, we can see a huge island with a beach in the west. The total length of the island is approximately 250 meters.

Moving on the second map, we can see that there are lots of buildings on the island. There are two areas of accommodation. 

One is in the west near the beach while the other one is in the centre of the island. Between them, there is a restaurant in the north and a central reception block, which is surrounded by a vehicle track. 

This track also goes down to the pier where people can go sailing in the south sea of the island. Furthermore, tourists can swim near the beach in the west. A footpath connecting the western accommodation units also leads to the beach.

Overall, comparing the two maps, there are significant changes after this development. Not only lots of facilities are built on the island, but also the sea is used for activities. The new island has become a good place for tourism.


You should spend about 40 minutes in this task
Write about the following topic

Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school.

Do the advantage of this outweigh the disadvantages?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.

Sample Answer

Traditionally, children have begun studying foreign languages at secondary school. But introducing them earlier is recommended by some educationalists. This policy has been adopted by some educational authorities or individual schools. with both positive and negative outcomes.

The obvious argument in its favour is that young children pick up languages much more easily than teenagers. Their brains are still programmed to acquire their mother tongue, which facilitates teaming another language, and unlike adolescents, they are not inhibited by self-consciousness.

The greater flexibility of the primary timetable allows for more frequent, shorter sessions and for a play-centered approach, thus maintaining learners enthusiasm and progress. Their command of the language in later life will benefit from this early exposure. while teaming other languages subsequently will be easier for them. They may also gain a better understanding of other cultures.

There are, however, some disadvantages. Primary school teachers are generalists, and may not have the necessary language skills themselves. lf specialists have to be brought in to deliver these sessions, the flexibility referred to above ls diminished. lf primary language leaching is not standardized, secondary schools could be laced with a great variety of levels in different languages within their intake, resulting in a classroom experience which undoes the earlier gains. There is no advantage it enthusiastic primary pupils become demotivated as soon as they change schools. However, these issues can be addressed strategically within the policy adopted.

Anything which encourages language teaming benefits society culturally and economically, and early exposure to language learning contributes to this. Young children’s innate abilities should be harnessed to make these benefits more achievable.