IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Miraculous Survival

Often in news we hear about deaths and accidents happening all over the world. But, then there are times when we get to hear about the miraculous survivals. Times where we hear that a person jumped from the 45th floor but yet managed to survive. This time we are listening to some of these miraculous survivals from BBC. What happens when the person survives. What goes on in the head and everything in between it.

Listen to the audio below :

Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS

  1. What is an experience where an individual nearly dies called?
  2. According to the BBC, what chance of survival does a human have when falling to the ground from around 3 storeys?
  3. Which term is used for a structure of interconnected pipes and boards that creates a frame or shape?
  4. What are extremely worried or upset people called?
  5. Which word means that you are holding something very tightly? clutching
  6. Which word describes that a person has escaped an accident without any injury? unscathed
  7. What word means that something has never happened before ? unprecedented
  8. Which word do people use for something with a positive outcome to a bad situation? miracle

ANSWERS

  1. near-death experience
  2. 50%
  3. scaffold
  4. distraught
  5. clutching
  6. unscathed
  7. unprecedented
  8. miracle
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IELTS Cue Card # Well dressed Person

We often meet people in our walks of life who turn out to be head turners. But, then there are some who remain consistent in the game of being well dressed. These are the people who don’t obviously dress the most flashy but they make sure that you don’t look down upon them. This time in our latest cue card lets talk about a person you think is well dressed.

Describe a person you know whom you think is well-dressed. You should say

  • who the person is
  • how long you have known him or her
  • what clothes they like to wear

And explain why the person dresses so well.

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SAMPLE ANSWER 1

It was during my stint at a major IT company few years back that I met a woman who I still remember as one of the well dressed out of all. She was my senior at the office and when everyone else was tensed about silly things she made sure that she carried herself with an amazing awe.

She would usually wear Indian formals to office and her eyes always carried the Kohl which made her so much more approachable. There were although times when she wore Western but she made sure that it was always in accordance to the office environment. Her hair used to be properly done and her shoes were never in a fit of rage with her legs.

I remember on asking her why she enforces everyone to dress well. On that she answered, that no matter what is going on if you don’t dress well for the situation, you lose it by 50% straight. Later in life I realized she was right.


SAMPLE ANSWER 2

Out of many that I have met during my professional days, I clearly remember my senior at a company as the most well-dressed person. When I was a System engineer at the office, he was around ten years senior to me and I would often reach out to him for help on business perspective.

He had been working on many technologies and although he could not answer every silly question of mine, he made sure that I reach to the answer. He would always wear formals to office, although casuals were allowed. His smile I would say was the most striking thing about his personality.

No matter how many big issues came he dealt with them in the most calm manner  he could do. I recollect asking him why he never wore casuals to office when it is allowed. On that, he answered that when you dress well, you almost win the fight and then all that is required is the work, which you already know.

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IELTS Essay Sample Questions # Parenting Training

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

It is necessary for parents to attend parenting training courses to bring their children up. Do you agree or disagree?

You should write at least 250 words.

SAMPLE ANSWER

It is the 21st century and with globalisation and an upsurge of youth around the world there has been an increased competition for jobs and building a career. Gone are the days of limited hours of working, in present times people have added workaholic to their personality trait. Some people believe that it is important for parents to attend parenting schools in order to bring their children up efficiently. In my opinion, given the state of our times, attending parenting schools should not be discarded completely.

Firstly, a person learns more in company of peers. It is not necessary to entirely go by the rule book being taught in the parenting school but learning from the troubles of the fellow parents can be helpful. Every child is unique but sometimes the solution to the problems is same. Even more, this helps in building confidence amongst parents.

Secondly, with technology ruling over the world there has been a dramatic change in the way world behaves. We have got problems like never before, peer pressure, sexual harassment and identity crisis. It is important for parents to understand how to deal with such problems in their kids especially because for most of them they have not dealt with such issues.

In conclusion, overall it is possible for an individual to give up everything and raise their children. However, giving up on oneself to raise children can take a toll of lives. In my opinion, taking help from parenting schools and yet doing everything unique for their children is what is required to raise healthy kids.

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IELTS Essay Sample Questions # Traditional Subjects

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

 

Schools are spending more time teaching traditional subjects such as history. Some people think they should rather spend more time in teaching skills that can help students find a job.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 
Write at least 250 words.

SAMPLE ANSWER

Schools are considered to be the place where a child learns how to complete a syllabus and grasp the theory about practicals he or she will be doing as part of job. Some people are of the opinion that instead of making children cram the theory they must be given industrial training in school. In my opinion, I disagree on giving more importance to job specific training than theoritical knowledge.

Firstly, school is a place where a child develops his or her overall personality. Subjects like history, English help in understanding the world better. For example, a person who has learnt about the world war II will surely be better able to understand the present world scenario. Even more, often the work that we do is an amalgamation of lot of jobs put together. For instance, in IT it is not just about computer coding but also about communication skills.

Secondly, every industry is always changing and evolving. Getting a hold of how the industry works can limit the person in a box or a way of doing things. It is only when one knows the theory right and does faces the real life problems he or she develops a new way of dealing with things. In addition, there always comes a time when an individual becomes the master. Not having slightest of knowledge of other domains can make one’s career stagnant.

Overall, in my opinion, schools are where the students learn not just the subjects but importance of things like hard work, patience, relationships, time management. These are things one can learn when they have a broader knowledge base to get a grasp. Limiting one to a certain industry can make an individual stagnant in later phases of life.

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