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Recently Asked Difficult Questions In IELTS Speaking Exams - August 2010

By Admin at August 31, 2010 23:30
Filed Under: IELTS

Difficult Questions Asked In IELTS Speaking - Cue Cards


Speaking Module


Q: Any Interntional War.


Suggested Answers:


You can speak on Iraq War

You can speak on World War I or II


Writing Module (Task 2) - Essay Wrting


Q: How many modes of study are there? Which mode is better and why?

Sample IELTS Academic Writing Tips - Graphs - How To Write And Describe Tables

By Admin at February 10, 2010 22:33
Filed Under: IELTS

IELTS Academic Graphs

How to write and describe a table format

Sample Academic Graph/Table Question:


The table below gives the information about underground railways system in six cities. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.



City Date Opened Kilometers of route Passengers per year in millions
London 1863 394 775
Paris 1900 199 1191
Tokyo 1927 155 1927
Washington DC 1976 126 144
Kyoto 1981 11 45
Los Angeles 2001 28 50



London underground railway system which is the oldest and the longest underground railway system covers about 394 Kilometres and carries around 775 million passengers in a year whereas Paris underground railways system which was opened in 1900 and covers 199 kilometres carries 1191 passengers each year.

Tokyo underground railway system which was opened in 1927 and covers 155 kilometres carries 1927 passengers in a year which is a lot more than the passengers carried by Underground railway system of Washington DC which was opened in 1976 and only carries 144 million passengers in a year and covers 126 kilometres.

The underground railway system of Kyoto which was opened in 1981 and Los Angles which was opened in 2001 have the shortest route of 11 Kilometres and 28 Kilometres respectively, and carries the least number of passengers 45 and 50 million respectively in a year.

In conclusion, it is clear that the number of passengers is variable in different underground railway systems and it doesn’t depend on the length of the route. As the amount of passengers travelling in a year in London’s underground railway system which is the longest is not the maximum amount of passengers.

IELTS Academic Writing - Bar Graphs, Line Charts, Pie Charts, Tables, Flow Charts & Diagrams

By Admin at January 26, 2010 20:48
Filed Under: General, IELTS

Academic Writing In IELTS

IELTS Graphs


The Academic module for IELTS checks a student's ability to write an analysis on the basis of a bar graph, a line chart, a pie chart, a flow chart, a table or a diagram. The question may include a combination of these types as well. The minimum word limit is 150 words. A single letter or a double letter word is not counted. So, it is good to reach a maximum word limit range of 175-200 words in the answer explanation.


  • Bar Graphs/Line Charts

Both the types are almost the same, and generally all the grammar formation and comparison sentences can be used in the answer explanation. However, the difference is, a line graph is explained from the beginning but a bar graph may be started from in between as well.


  • Pie Chart

This type of chart generally represents the percentage distribution and the questions are mostly based on a survey or poll conducted or the distribution of values among some individuals or entities.


  • Tables

It is a data representation in rows and columns and should never be referred to as a "graph" in the answer explanation (this is a very common mistake the students conduct). Please remember that a graph is always made from the data. So, if the question includes a table, refer it by the name table or data only.


  • Flow Charts

The flow charts represent a process or a natural phenomenon or an experiment. The comparison words like "as compared to", 'decreasing", "increasing" are generally not used in the answer explanation.


  • Diagrams

The diagrams include maps, the development of an area, town or city, the railways or other transport networks or an experiment. Once again in these answer, the comparison words are generally not used.