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IELTS General Writing Test 1

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

“You have seen an advertisement from a couple, who live in Australia, for someone to teach their two children your language for a year.”

Write a letter to the couple.
In your letter,

• explain why you think you would be suitable for the job
• say what else you could do for the family
• give your reasons for wanting the job
Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ……., 

Task 2

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

“In many countries, paying for things using mobile phone (cellphone) apps is becoming increasingly common.”
Does this development have more advantages or more disadvantages? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. Write at least 250 words. 



“You have seen an advertisement from a couple, who live in Australia, for someone to teach their two children your language for a year.”

This is an answer written by a candidate who achieved a Band 7.0 score.

Dear Sir and Madam,

I am a long standing Indian citizen who works as a professor in the Gujarat University, Gujarat, India. I am writing this to apply for a job at Hindi language teacher, what you are looking for Your chids.

The foremost reason of applying for a job is I have done PHD in Hinda literature successfully from the reputed Giujarat Univerity of India. Besides this I am teaching the Hindi language professionally since last 15 years. I have a wide experience of teaching among different institutions and from the children to younger one. Considering all these factors I feel that I am a suitable candidate for this job.

Moreover, I can also teach the Hindi language to other family member if required so I can make you all aware about Indian culture and its traditions, as I have a vast knowledge of all that too. As I already have so many years in my home country India, now I want to migrate to different nations of the world so I can learn about the people, their culture and traditions, I will also provide me the opportunity to gain knowledge and some invaluable experiences. I strongly feel that coming to Australia could be great opportunity for me. In anticipation waiting for your positive response at earliest.

Yours faithfull,

Here is the examiner’s comment:

This is a quite formal letter of application, but the tone is consistent throughout and all three bullet points are addressed, extended and supported. Information is logically organised and there is a clear progression throughout the answer. Cohesive devices are used and paragraphing is appropriate. The range of vocabulary is sufficient to show some less common items (long standing citizen invaluable] and collocations (wide experience | suitable candidate | vast knowledge great opportunity), although there are occasional errors (Gujarat / Gujarat | at / as chids / children or kids Hinda / Hindu | family member(s)|/ will / It will faithfull / faithfully]. Similarly, the grammatical range is wide enough to demonstrate a variety of complex structures, used with a good level of accuracy. There are occasional errors in the use of articles and tenses, but the majority of sentences are error-free. 


“In many countries, paying for things using mobile phone (cellphone) apps is becoming increasingly common.”

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

Technology nowadays is playing a major role in day-to-day life. It has made almost all activities very much easier. It has given us many benefits. One of the major benefits in today’s life is ‘Online Payment. Today, I am going to highlight the positives and negatives of the same.

When the E-commerce websites were launched, people were very much pleased with the option of paying online, but they consider bit risky then. Net-Banking was not that very common. People were not able to believe or put trust Therefore, they preferred Cash-On-Delivery. But when gradually time passed, people were comfortable with the Net-Banking option and they used it, without any fear. Then the concept of ‘E-wallet came which meant that the payments were made using the mobile phone apps. One such popular application now-a-days is Payim’. In this, you have to make your own account, and store some amount of money from Bank Account. This is like a wallet where you directly pay your day-to-day transactions using this. This is increasingly becoming common from a small shops to big transactions. Each and every people are aware with this, specially after the demonetisation, where the major concept was going cash less’.

People generally don’t see this as an disadvantage, unless and until the application is leaking same details of users, as is not registered or not reputed. So, we can say that 9 out of 10 people are agreed and comfortable excluding its negative element. 

Here is the examiner’s comment:

The candidate covers all parts of the task, putting forward many of the advantages of using mobile phone apps to pay for purchases. The reference to disadvantages is rather brief, and the score might be improved by further discussion of these. Ideas and information are presented logically and there is a clear progression throughout the answer. Cohesive devices are used, including some reference [they used it in this This is like a wallet] and paragraphing is used adequately. The range of vocabulary is wide enough to show some less common items and collocations (a major role highlight | websites I paying online | risky transactions leaking registered with only occasional errors [from a small shops/shop specially / especially same / some reputed / reputable). The opening paragraph consists entirely of simple sentence structures, but the range broadens later to include more variety. The majority of structures are error-free, although occasional errors occur (they consider bit risky then/ they considered it to be a bit risky then People were not able to believe or put trust / People were not able to believe or put trust in it pay (for) your day-to-day transactions Each and every people are aware with this / Each and every person is aware of this / an / a disadvantage). 

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6 months ago


Herculano de Araujo
Herculano de Araujo
9 months ago

I want to join this cuorse

Shakila Krishanthi
Shakila Krishanthi
10 months ago


11 months ago

There is no doubt that the heights that the technology can grow. This is one among the growth path, where the payments can be made by the apps.

2 years ago

There is no doubt that using mobile phone has became the basic necessity of any age group. No wonder paying through mobile apps is usual nowadays in many countries. So before commenting on a decision both the aspects must be examined. They are discussed in detail further.

Focussing on merits of using mobile apps, the most significant benefit is that people do not have to travel for paying bills far from their places. Because of pandemic everyone has to be safe and secure. Another reason for the use of mobile phone app is without standing in line or wasting a time we can pay are important bills, for elderly people it’s not easy to do by themselves. Moreover, it is also true that paying online bills save time and money for the people who live in rural area.

On the other hand, there are a few risks that should never be overlooked. The most visible demerit is waste of energy in terms of electricity. By paying via cell phone applications, we use internet which is costly and cannot be affordable by everyone. Depending whole day work on cell phone makes us lazy and non creative in our work which leads to failure. Apart from this saving energy can be useful for future generation in terms of every aspect.

Thus, from the light of above discussion it can be concluded that paying things using mobile phone apps is common in most of countries. This is because the drawbacks are easy to tackle and can be overcome by simple ways. In fact, it is strongly advice in pandemic situation to stay home and pay yours bills via cell phone.

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