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IELTS Essay Ideas for British and Australia to score seven bands in writing

By Admin at May 16, 2014 18:43
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Task 2: Essay Writing in General Training and Academic Module in IELTS


Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of Internet?


Tips: In IELTS the main focus in writing should be the idea, vocabulary and grammar. The first and the last paragraphs matter a lot as the first paragraph is going to make the first impression on the examiner about your quality of writing. The first paragraph of your essay should be neutral but should introduce the topic.


Here is an example of what you can write in the starting paragraph for the above question.


Man has moved from caves to skyscrapers since his dawn. With time he learnt how to invent the wheel which helped him to travel long distances in short time. As the world speard, the need to communicate to long distances increased and fortunately with science and technology many new gadgets were developed to help in this. Internet has evolved in the recent years as the most resourceful factor that has helped in our knowldege growth, faster communication and reducing cultural barriers. But as everything has both pros and cons in the same way this technology is also not an exception.


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IELTS-Questions: How To Attempt Paragraph Headings In Reading Modules

By Admin at May 03, 2011 18:51
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Tips To Attempt Paragraph Headings


In IELTS there are many types of questions and among them are the paragraph headings. Here are some tips:

1. Just read 2-3 sentences from top.

2. Stop to translate and go to provided list of headings.

3. Cut short the options you see are best matching with your understanding after translation.

4. Pick the answer.

IELTS Sample Exercise

A Fragrant Pharmacy

1.    Plants have played a key role in providing us with medicines for centuries, yet in the latter half of the 20th century, synthetic chemists have provided many of our new drugs. In Britain plant-based remedies have been largely ignored, especially since 1945 and the introduction of the NHS, which has traditionally actively discouraged herbal remedies. Some sections of the medical profession still consider plants as yesterday's medicines, but others are increasingly open-minded and are actively using advances in molecular biology and chemistry to re-evaluate the role plants could play in the health of people in the 21st century.

2. Reports last week that researchers are studying the use of sage in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease illustrates some of that new interest in plants. Scientists at the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria discovered that people taking sage oil extract showed a marked improvement in their memory. "This proves how valuable the work by old herbalists is, and they should not just be ignored because they were writing centuries ago," said lead researcher Nicola Tildesley.

3. So should we all eat more sage to protect ourselves from Alzheimer's? Sage is a name given to a whole range of species of salvia, and before we have people increasing their intake of sage, they need to check which species of sage they have growing in the garden. The species of sage used traditionally in Britain for improving the memory was salvia officinalis, but the essential oil of this species contains a compound called thujone, which is known to be a convulsant. Salvia lavandulaefolia is known as Spanish sage and is the species under investigation in Newcastle. It has low levels of this convulsant. Do not use wood sage, teucrium scorodonia, as this plant contains chemicals that could cause adverse reactions.

4. There is a difference in promoting the use of specific plants in your diet to increase your general health in contrast to the use of plants to treat specific diseases. We must take care when using traditional knowledge to promote the use of a plant for the treatment of a specific condition, since it does not always take into account the negative activity of some plants. However, traditional knowledge can assist us identify which plants should be selected for a study. A range of plants are used traditionally in different societies to improve memory, and it is hoped that more research can be undertaken to evaluate whether they contain compounds that have the potential to be developed into drugs.

5. In the meantime, maximise the use of culinary herbs that not only make food taste good but also do you good. The addition of many fresh common herbs such as thyme, lavender and mint to our diet increases the diversity of compounds that have different forms of antioxidants and heath-promoting actions. For example, rosmarinic acid in rosemary is said to increase our resistance to infections. But before you plunder your herb garden, check that you can distinguish among the different species.

Source: 'The Guardian' 2nd Spetember 2003

Paragraph Headings

1.    Sage for cooking

2.    Sage in the battle against memory loss

3.    Variations of sage

4.    Herbs for specific illness

5.    Healthy herbs

6.    Renewed interests in plants for medical reasons

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Paragraph 2:    2

Paragraph 3:    3

Paragraph 4:     4

Paragraph 5:     5

Recent IELTS Academic-General Training (GT) -Latest Questions June 06, 2010 Speaking & Writing

By Admin at June 06, 2010 03:44
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Recently Asked IELTS Question In Academic & General Training Modules (GT)


Recent Asked Speaking Cue Cards


Any message you received?

-Where did you receive the message?

-What was the message about?

-What did you do after that?


Recent Writing Tasks


1. Do you think that companies should promote home-office work culture? What are the advantages and disadvanatages?


2. Many pharmaceutical companies sell their medicines at high profits and use the money in further medical researches. What are the advanagtes and disadvantages of selling medicines at high price?