IELTS Writing Task1: Police Officers and Criminals in Two Cities

Recent IELTS Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The line graphs below show the number of police officers and criminals in two cities since 2005 and predicted figures up until 2025.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.


IELTS Band7 Writing Task 1 Police officers in two cities since 2005 and predicted figures up until 2025

Police officers in two cities since 2005 and predicted figures up until 2025


IELTS Band7 Writing Task 1 criminals in two cities since 2005 and predicted figures up until 2025

Criminals in two cities since 2005 and predicted figures up until 2025


Sample Answer:

The line graphs illustrate the variation in the proportion of police officers and offenders in two cities, city A and city B, over a period of two decades between 2005 and 2025.
In 2005, city A had 25000 police officials whereas the number of officers in city B was comparatively higher, 30000. In the next 5 years, city A experienced a significant rise of 10,000 in the proportion of its police officers. In contrast, the trend for city B was downward and the numbers dropped to 25000 in 2010. Between 2010 and the present, city A’s police figures fluctuated while that of city B decreased slightly. According to future predictions, the number of police officers in city A will reach the mark of 45,000 in 2020. These figures are expected to decline to 40,000 in 2025. In comparison, city B will have only about 22,000 police officers between the present and 2025.
According to the second line graph, the number of criminals in city A and city B stood at nearly 0.9 million and 0.7 million respectively in 2005. In the next decade, city A’s figures dropped slightly while that of city B rose gradually to 1 million. In the future, city A will have about 0.6 million offenders. In contrast, the numbers in city B will be significantly higher, in the range of 1.1 to 1.2 million.
Overall, the number of police officers in city A has increased since 2005 while that of criminals has dropped. But, the trend for city B has been the reverse during this period i.e. fewer police officers and more criminals. (267 Words)



IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Sighing

Often in life, we sigh! According to dictionary, sighing is when you emit a long, deep audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or similar. So, yes, whenever you want to show sadness or may be relief you sigh! This time let us listen to a BBC 6 minutes audio on what exactly it is and why people do it!

Listen to the audio below and answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

  1. How many times does a mouse sigh in an hour on an average?
  2. Which term is used to depict that sighing helps us in living?
  3. What word refers to the system of behaviour?
  4. What does returning something back to its original position called?
  5. The tiny sacs of air in our lungs are called what?
  6. Which type of action is sighing?
  7. Which feeling do we get when things aren’t going well, when things are annoying us and they don’t work?
  8. What is the feeling we get when we finally accept that something bad has happened, that we can’t change?
  9. How many times does a human sigh in an hour on average?
  1. 40
  2. survival mechanism
  3. mechanism
  4. reset
  5. alveoli
  6. reflex
  7. frustration
  8. resignation
  9. 12

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


  1. near-death experience
  2. 50%
  3. scaffold
  4. distraught
  5. clutching
  6. unscathed
  7. unprecedented
  8. miracle

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IELTS Essay Sample Questions # Shopping Malls

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.
Young people often spend their time in the shopping malls. This has negative effects on society and the young.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
You should write at least 250 words.

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IELTS Essay about Shopping Malls


Globalisation, technology and media has hit the world with a greater force than we could have imagined. With these changing times, most young people now prefer spending their leisure times at malls rather than having constructive hobby. Some people believe this can have adverse effect on society, which I agree with.

Firstly, most teenagers and youngsters shop either from their pocket money or their parents money, usually to show off. For example, an 18 year old girl will probably buy an expensive dress to brandish in front of her friends or a young man will get an expensive phone to display his wealth. This money if put to better use, like, education for poor or for self improvement can ensure a better society.

Secondly, going to shopping malls is not just about buying things anymore. Youngsters often go to these shopping centres to try out a food chain. Doing this regularly can have adverse effects on the health of the individual.

However, we are in times when an individual is judged by the external appearance rather than internal, at the first sight. Shopping malls often have better options in terms of discount and quality. Even more, there are marts with lot of positive activities. For example, most book shops in the malls allow the person to read a book in the shop for as many hours one wants to.
Overall, youth spending time in shopping malls can have both detrimental and positive effects. Like most of the other changes that hit the society, ultimately it depends on the individual how to take it.(263 Words)

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