IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Sedentary Lifestyle

We are living in a world, where most of us are living sedentary lifestyles! The 9 to 5 job, the quirks, the facilities everything is so darning that we often end up loving this lifestyle and moving ahead with it. But, have you ever wondered, what could be the consequences of such a life!! Well, most of us do not know! But, this time we are looking at an audio clip by BBC 6 minutes English, that teaches us how to beat this sedentary lifestyle. It also ensures you have enough practice material to study and prepare well for IELTS listening!

Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS

  1.  How long does the average person in the UK spend sitting down every day?
  2. Which country was the unhealthiest around 40 years ago?
  3. By what years the life expectancy has increased in Finland in the last 40 years?
  4. Which term is used for something that is funny and should not be taken seriously?
  5. What is the term for someone who avoids doing something usually because they are being lazy?
  6. What is the adjective for someone who is very serious and strict, or someone without a sense of humor ?


  1. 8-9 hours
  2. Finland
  3. 10 years
  4. tounge-in-cheek
  5. shirker
  6. stern


IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Surf and Turf

Surf and turf is a kind of food which contains both seafood and meat, typically shellfish and steak. It also refers to the habit of shopping where a person puts things into the basket but never buys them in real life. This time we are listening to the BBC 6 minutes English where the speaker talks about surf and turf.

Listen to the audio below and answer the following questions –

  1. Which term is used for looking at things on the internet?
  2. In online shopping, which place is it, where we pay for shopping?
  3. What is the phrasal verb for “throwing something out”?
  4. According to a recent research, which items are most likely to be surfed and turfed?
  5. What are the businesses that sell things called?
  6. Which term is used for something that is too old or no longer suitable?
  7. Which expression is used for online shopping without having to shop in reality?

  1. surfing
  2. checkout
  3. turfing
  4. women’s knitwear
  5. retailers
  6. fall foul
  7. surf and turf

IELTS ESSAY : Causes and Solution To Environmental Damage

Writing task 2: IELTS ESSAY: Causes and Solution To Environmental Damage

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:
An increase in the production of consumer goods is damaging the environment. What are the causes behind this environmental damage and how this problem can be solved?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer:

In today’s materialistic world, the demand and production of consumer goods are rising at an unprecedented rate. This trend is exacerbating an enormous pressure on the environment. This essay will look at the reasons behind this issue and propose some solutions.

One of the main causes comes in the form of the infamous material plastic. It has become so widespread that a world without it is quite unimaginable, toothbrushes to medical machinery are all made up of plastic. From the making of it (made from refined crude oil) to the eventual largely improper disposal, it is one major bio hazard all the way through.

Another cause and effect factor would be e-waste. Despite electronics being fairly new to this world, they have already caused more than their fair share of environmental damage. While the fad for newer technologies is to blame for speeding up the damage, most of the blame lies on the improper disposal of these compound gadgets. Electronic garbage from various devices contain dangerous chemicals such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants. When they are exposed to nature in land dumps, they can make the environment a more toxic place.

It is an unspoken agreement that the larger demand causes for larger exploitation. This would be fine if it weren’t for the fact that most of the assorted wastes have their own disposal methods. Sadly, these processes are largely unheeded by waste disposal authorities who instead choose to incinerate unsorted scraps, causing an even bigger environmental issue.

This is where the lack of stern policies come into play making what could be a great solution or regulation policy into a loophole allowing further abuse of the natural world. Enforcement of these pre-existing policies is a must, especially on large scale corporations. While the common people can do their bit by using the 3 R’s, we will make much faster progress if the authorities are questioned and regulated before the population.


IELTS Dehradun Uttarakhand Tel: 8439000086
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IELTS ESSAY : Scientists and Technology or Musicians and Artists – Who Is More Valued ?

Writing Task 2: IELTS ESSAY: Scientists and Technology or Musicians and Artists – Who is more valued ?

Scientists and technology experts seem to be more valued by modern society than musicians and artists. To what extent do you agree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Sample Answer:

Art and science are said to be the standing pillars of our society. Both, an art enthusiast and a scientist, play an important role in the formation of our society. Their contributions together are highly appreciated and praised by the world. Their work has influenced many generations. But, deciding on who plays a dominant role is difficult. However, in today’s world where discovery and innovation are the buzzwords, I think that the scientists have the upper hand.

An artist is capable, hardworking and said to even depict one’s mind. In the past, an artist was a shining armour in the dark for many. An ideal example would be the reference of M.F.Hussain, who was admired by many people for his outstanding paintings. The works of some amazing artists like Da Vinci, Othello, etc. also requires a mention. Various artists have also depicted the evil side of the society like child labour, AIDS, Women Crimes through their art.

On the other hand, scientists are constantly working to make our lives simpler. The scientific revolution is considered an epic. Through new discoveries, they aid the society in overcoming the obstacles and challenges. Scientists come up with ideas to improve our quality of life. Through them we are able to achieve longevity, excellent innovations and discover the wonders of nature. Adding to this, scientists also do research and experiments to withdraw all the possible threats to the society. Meanwhile, almost all the equipment that we use In our day to day life have a series of efforts behind them.

So from the above discussion, my conscience favours a scientist than an artist with concerns to their contributions. Both these as mentioned earlier are vital for us. An artist acts as a source of inspiration and information, whereas a scientist works as a source of innovations and inventions.


IELTS Dehradun Uttarakhand Tel: 8439000086
IELTS Ghaziabad Utter Pradesh Tel: 7840860007

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