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IELTS Academic Writing Test 1

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The charts below show the average percentages in typical meals of three types of nutrients, all of which may be unhealthy if eaten too much. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

Average percentages of sodium, saturated fats and
added sugars in typical meals consumed in the USA

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In many countries, people are now living longer than ever before. Some people say an ageing population creates problems for governments. Other people think there are benefits if society has more elderly people.

To what extent do the advantages of having an ageing population outweigh the disadvantages?

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

Write at least 250 words.



This is an answer written by a candidate who achieved a Band 6.5 score.

The diagrams illustrate the average proportions of three types of nutrients in typical meals, which can be unhealthy if consumed too much. The three types include sodium, saturated fats and added sugar. The data is taken from the United States of America. The first chart shows the average percentages of sodium. Dinner contains the most sodium (43%). Breakfast and snacks include an equal proportion of sodium consumed, with each of them adding up 14% of sodium. Through eating lunch, 29% sodium is consumed. The second chart shows the percentages of saturated fat in meals. By eating dinner, 37% saturated fat is consumed. Lunch contributes to a consumption of 26% saturated fat, followed by snacks with 21% and breakfast with 16%. The last chart illustrates the proportions of added sugar. Snacks contain the highest amount of added sugar (42%). Dinner includes 23% A typical dinner includes 23% added sugar, while lunch contains 19% and breakfast includes 16%. All in all, the diagrams show that every typical meal consumed in the USA contains a percentage of at least 14% of nutrients that can be unhealthy if eaten too much. 

Examiner Remarks:

The candidate has accurately reported the data for each chart and has presented a summary of the information, but could achieve a higher score by making comparisons across the charts, e.g. breakfast contains the lowest amounts of sodium, saturated fats and added sugar. The information is logically organised and there is a clear progression throughout the script. The main points are clearly signalled [The first chart I The second chart I All in all and there are examples of other cohesive devices [each of them]. The range of vocabulary is varied [data I contains I an equal proportion of I consumed I consumption I illustrates]. Minor errors do not cause misunderstanding [adding up 14% of sodium]. There is a mix of simple and complex sentence structures, using active, passive and modal verb forms and there is also subordination through the use of participles [Through eating lunch I By eating dinner I followed by]. More variety in grammatical structures would perhaps achieve a higher score.


This is an answer written by a candidate who achieved a Band 9.0 score:

The ageing population presents both advantages and disadvantages that impact governments and societies. On one hand, the increasing life expectancy brings valuable experience and knowledge from older individuals, promoting intergenerational learning and social cohesion. Their contributions to the workforce and voluntary activities can also boost economic productivity and community engagement.

On the other hand, an ageing population poses challenges for governments, particularly in healthcare and social welfare. The rising demand for medical services and long-term care strains resources, while a shrinking workforce may affect economic growth and sustainability.

The extent to which the advantages outweigh the disadvantages depends on effective policy measures. Governments can capitalize on the experience of the elderly through mentorship programs and utilize their skills in part-time work. Additionally, investing in geriatric care and age-friendly infrastructure can improve the quality of life for older citizens.

To address the challenges, policymakers must develop sustainable healthcare and pension systems, promoting active ageing and encouraging older adults to remain in the workforce. By implementing well-balanced policies, societies can harness the benefits of an ageing population while managing the potential drawbacks.

In conclusion, an ageing population brings both advantages and disadvantages to governments and societies. With proactive measures, the advantages can be maximized, creating a harmonious environment where the elderly are valued contributors to society, and the challenges are addressed effectively. This balance ensures that societies can navigate the complexities of an ageing population and build a brighter future for all.



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