IELTS Writing Test 4 (Academic)

Thursday, May 16, 2013


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below gives information from a 2008 report about consumption of energy in the USA since 1980 with projections until 2030.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Sample Answer

The graph shows energy consumption in the US from 1980 to 2012 and projected consumption to 2030.

Petrol and oil are the dominant fuel sources throughout this period, with 35 quadrillion units used in 1980,rising to 42q  in 2012. Despite some initial fluctuation, fro  1995 there was a steady increase. This expected to continue, reaching 47q in 2030.

Consumption of energy derived from natural gas and coal is similar over the period. From 20q and 15q respectively in 1980, gas showed an initial fall and coal a gradual increase, with the two fuels equal between 1985 and 1990. Consumption has fluctuated since 1990 but both now provide 24q. Coal is predicted to increase steadily to 31q in 2030, whereas after 2014, gas will remain stable at 25q.

In 1980, energy from nuclear, hydro and solar./wind power was equal at only 4q. Nuclear has risen by 3q. and solar/wind by 2.After slight increases, hydro-power has fallen back to the 1980 figure. It is expected to maintain this level until 2030, while the others should rise slightly after 2025.

Overall, the US will continue to rely on fossil fuels with sustainable and nuclear energy sources remaining relatively insignificant. 

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Every year several languages die out. Some people think that this ls not important because life will be easier If there are fewer languages in the world.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

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

Write at least 250 words.