IELTS online test volume 1


Practice Test 6

Total Marks20

Total Questions :

United Kingdom 2016-17 Government Expenditure.

The given pictorial representation paints a picture of the United Kingdom’s government expenditure during the time period of 2016-17. The data represented in the piechart is taken from the expenditure figures that were obtained from the fifth page of 2016’s annual budget of the UK. On the whole, the UK government incurred an expenditure of 772 billion Pounds.

An overview of the pie chart provides several key insights into the government expenditure. According to the statistics, it is evident that the government spent a sizeable amount of money on social protection, health and education, with the figures being 240 billion, 145 billion, and 102 billion pounds respectively. Based on the expenses, it is clear that the UK government prioritizes social protection and security, health, and education of its citizens above the rest. Industry, agriculture and employment, and transport required an expenditure of 24 billion and 29 billion pounds respectively, making them the least expensive aspects of the country’s expenditure.


Task Achievement: The response has met with the word-limit rule of 150.

Coherence and Cohesion: The answer has addressed the statistics and has presented a major inference based on the trends. In the end, the statistics are also summed up, making it a clear, concise and a coherent response.

Lexical Resource: Decent vocabulary and appropriate usage of words according to the context.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy: Tight sentence construction, appropriately punctuated, formal tone, and decent paragraph length.

Write in 250 words about the following:

Citizens of a few countries prefer renting out over owning a house. What do you think is a better option?


What are the advantages and disadvantages associated with living in a rented house?



Renting out and owning a house are both a highly personal choice and will depend on a plethora of personal factors and influences. But in my opinion, renting out is a better option when compared to owning a house.


Coming to the advantages of living in a rented house, flexibility to shift according to work and other personal preferences, freedom from routine maintenance and repair expenses, and lack of hefty EMI payments on a regular basis are a few aspects that standout. For people who are working in private sectors and are prone to transfers, renting out is a better option as it is less expensive and flexible in nature. Moreover, owning a house translates to signing up for a mortgage with regular EMI payments. On top of it all, the ever-increasing population has driven the real estate market up, thereby making the whole process of owning a house an expensive ordeal.  Coming to the disadvantages, renting out limits the possibilities when it comes to customizing a living space; moreover, tenants are often subjected to a slew of conditions and quirks of the landlords, which may sometimes result in an unpleasurable experience.


The country where I’m from, most people aspire to own a house someday; and this mindset is deeply embedded in our nature. Nonetheless, I am under the opinion that renting out until I am financially stable is a better option; because once I achieve financial stability, affording a house becomes simpler and less financially constraining.

Task Completion: The text successfully meets the minimum word-count criteria and clearly answers the question by stating the beliefs of the writer as asked in the question.
Coherence and Cohesion: A clear introduction, body, and conclusion laced with a reasonable argument supporting the writer’s beliefs.
Lexical Resource: Good vocabulary and effective usage of connectives.
Grammar Range & Accuracy: No grammar mistakes, well-punctuated, formal tone, and well-structured writing.

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