Question taken from Cambridge IELTS Trainer p. 151
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Question taken from Cambridge IELTS Trainer p. 151
Although there are laws in each country that dictate the number of years a child needs to spend in formal education, the starting age is a decision taken by parents mainly with the child’s best interests in mind.
On the other hand the age of 7 is what is usually appropriate for children. They are ready to be part of a group, mature enough to make friends and are full of energy and bright ideas. They are also able to grasp pencils better and acquire basic skills. Having spent enough time in their home environment, school will be an ideal alternative for them.
Question taken from Cambridge IELTS Trainer p. 152
Discuss this view and give your own opinion.
People often choose their diet according to their preferences, religion (e.g. Buddhists opt for vegetarianism) or moral beliefs (e.g. supporters of animal rights refrain from eating animals).
As long as a person has a balanced diet, being a vegetarian is beneficial for their health. Many diseases are linked to eating meat and it also takes a longer time to digest. Fruit and vegetables, particularly in their raw form are rich in fibers and vitamins. They also have a high water content which benefits the skin. A diet consisting of vegetables makes a person better equipped to fend off viruses and provides them with natural energy throughout the day.
On a global scale the consumption of meat by humans often affects the eco-system of the animal kingdom. In Japan for example where the population favours eating whale meat, these magnificent animals are becoming extinct. Similarly sharks suit the Chinese market and seals are eaten in Alaska. Plenty of meat is now mass-produced in factories which angers animal rights activists who see this as inhumane.
On the other hand we should not dismiss the value of eating meat. Meat provides our body with proteins and fish has its own nutritional value. Our teeth are designed to rip meat apart and our digestive system is able to digest meat. Let us not forget that mankind has been eating meat for millions of years.
In my opinion if someone is a vegetarian their lifestyle is healthy due to the vitamins, energy and positive contribution it makes to health. Eating no meat or fish means that animals will not be bred or killed for food. However everyone should be able to choose what they eat and not forget that our body is designed for meat consumption.
Question taken from Cambridge IELTS Trainer p. 171
Friday, 6 April 2012
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
The workforce is motivated by a number of factors. For some an attractive salary is the prime reason for working whilst others take into consideration other factors such as a good working environment, perks, flexible working hours, co-operative colleagues and job satisfaction. Undoubtedly a high salary results in a better standard of living but considering that workers spend most of their hours at work, often this is not enough to keep them satisfied.
In many cases, students study a subject that interests them with the logic that they will end up working in a profession that suits their character and ambitions. Being creative at work as opposed to carrying out monotonous tasks means that a person will be more productive and happy which in turn might be profitable for the company. On the other hand, workers who are miserable at work irrespective of their high salary are likely to transfer these negative feelings home.
Naturally, the first benefit that is negotiated when seeking employment is a good salary. Everybody needs to survive and prosper financially especially during periods of economic crises. Most workers are willing to put up with being unsatisfied in the workplace when they earn a good package.
Ideally, the best situation would be job satisfaction accompanied by a high salary, but unfortunately this is not always the case. What a person chooses depends on their ideals and what they view as important. People who put money above all else will only be interested in a high salary while those who value enjoyment more place pleasure at the forefront. Personally, I believe job satisfaction is equally important.
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Question taken from Cambridge IELTS Trainer p.133
Write a letter to your neighbour. In your letter
Tell your neighbour that you are going away
ask your neighbour to take care of your house for you
explain what tasks you would like your neighbour to do
Question taken from Barron’s IELTS Practice Exams p.387
You have decided to leave your current job and look for a new one. Write a letter to a friend. In your letter
explain why you want to leave your current job
what kind of job you are looking for
ask for some help or advice.
I hope you have been keeping well. It’s been a while since we last met. You might recall me complaining about my job when we went out for dinner about two months ago. Well, the situation has become worse and I’m thinking of handing in my resignation.
I currently work twelve hours a day which is exhausting and the company has not been paying me overtime for the extra effort I put in. As well as the pressure I’m under, there is no sign of appreciation for all the hard work I do.
I wish to continue in my line of work but I’m looking for better working conditions. Although I’m satisfied being a secretary it would be nice to work for a small organization where I can leave on time and be respected by my employers.
As you are well-connected in the business sector and have friends in high places I was wondering whether you could put in a good word for me. I would also appreciate it if you could help me update my CV to make it more attractive as well as provide me with some interview tips.
Question taken from Barron’s IELTS Practice Exams p.360
Describe the situation
Explain the problem it is causing you
Offer at least one solution
We’ve been neighbours for a number of years now and in order to maintain the good relationship we have and to avoid future misunderstanding, I wanted to let you know that the loud music you have been playing at night is affecting my sleep.
As you are aware I need to be up at 5am daily, so I should be in bed early too. As I’m kept up late due to your loud music I’m not getting enough sleep. My manager has commented that my performance at work is not up to scratch and my mood swings are not seen favourably by my colleagues. I have also begun to get addicted to caffeine to stay awake during the day.
I would appreciate it if you could listen to music using headphones. That way, you can enjoy your music while I rest. Alternatively you might lower the volume. I wouldn’t want to deprive you of your passion, so if you must listen to loud music, the weekend would be an ideal time to do so as I’m away then.
Question taken from Barron’s IELTS Practice Exams p.279