IELTS online test volume 1


Practice Test 8

Total Marks20

IELTS Academic Writing

Total Questions : 2


You have 60 minutes to attempt the following two sections. The second section contains twice

as much as marks the first section contains.

Read the given topic then start writing test.


The given pictorial representation provides an overview of the concentration of Carbon Dioxide gas in the Earth’s Mid-Troposphere layer from 2002 to 2014. While the x-axis of the graph represents the timeline for calculating the trend of Carbon Dioxide concentration, the y-axis represents the concentration of Carbon Dioxide gas. The statistics represented in the graph are taken from the ‘Atmospheric Infrared Sounder’ on NASA’s Aqua Satellite. On the whole, it is apparent that there is a continuous rise in the atmospheric Carbon Dioxide over the given time period.

An overview of the graph helps understand that there is a rise of nearly 30 ppmv in concentration of Carbon Dioxide in the Mid-Troposphere between the years 2002 and 2014. Despite a few minor fluctuations, there is a steady growth of Carbon Dioxide concentration. Such a constant increase highlights the effects of climate change and environmental pollution. With a rampant increase of pollution generating ventures, statistics such as these help put things into perspective.


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 a decent paragraph length.

Write in 250 words about the following:

Some people are under the impression that sports help teach teamwork to children, while others believe that sports make children competitive.

Discuss both views and state your opinion.


Sports are a very important part of every growing child’s life. They help impart a myriad of valuable qualities such as teamwork, competitiveness, planning, strategy, and sportiveness. In my opinion, sports impart a sense of togetherness and develop teamwork while also boosting competitiveness. Sports on the whole is a very broad term comprising a wide range of games that can be played as a team or as an individual. Depending on the type of sport it is, children tend to pick up a range of necessary skills and qualities.

First up, let us look into the dynamics of a team sport. Football and cricket are two widely recognised team sports known to demand a high amount of coordination and unity from the players. When children learn to play team sports such as cricket or football, they pick up the necessary social skills of navigating with teammates whilst taking a strategic decision or boosting their morale during a tough moment. In such cases, children playing a team sport tend to pick up skills such as teamwork over competitiveness.

Moving on to individual sports such as tennis, archery, and swimming, children learn to face the expectations, pressures, and difficulties involved in a game all by themselves. Without a safety net of a team, individual players are left in a comparatively tougher spot which requires them to nurture competitiveness and grit for sustaining throughout competition and winning. Therefore, children playing an individual sport do not typically work in a team, as a result of which they tend to develop competitiveness over teamwork.

Taking the aforementioned two perspectives into consideration, it can be said that a child playing tennis and a child playing football may have a different approach towards sports due to a different set of playing conditions and dynamics. On the whole, to summarize what I believe, I must say that sports impart both competitiveness and teamwork in children, but in varying levels depending on the sport taken under consideration.

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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