IELTS Essay Sample Band 9 Answer – Modern Life

Modern lifestyle has made it harder for people to live a healthy and active lifestyle. What are the causes of this situation? Suggest what can be done by the government and large organisations to improve it.

In recent times, the strains of modern living have caused individuals to become inactive and develop unhealthy habits in their daily routine. There are valid reasons for this trend and ways in which government bodies or powerful establishments could provide a positive solution to minimise the damage.

From the outset, many people have been exposed to the capabilities of advance technology which has had a huge impact on people’s lives. It offers a convenient way of handling everyday tasks with a simple press of a button. The possibilities are endless when it comes to improving the way people search for information, pay for items, look for employment, and so forth. As a consequence, it has caused many people to become lazy and expectant of processes to be as efficient and easy in all aspects of their lives. Food is no exception. Convenience foods can be readily available, offering meals and snacks containing harmful additives as well as an unbalanced ratio of nutrients in order to maximise taste.

Looking at solutions, it is not about the lack of knowledge that these people suffer but the willpower to resist. Rather than removing the benefit that technology offers, replace it with an incentive to participate in active sports at work or in education as part of their day. Form social groups or sport events to not only build teamwork but also to encourage an active lifestyle. Similarly, fast food cannot be simply taken away, however healthier alternatives that are inexpensive and quick to prepare could offer consumers a choice. Much of what is available could use healthier ingredients.

In conclusion, it seems that developments in technology and unhealthy choices due to a busy lifestyle has brought a generation of lethargic and unwell human beings. In any case, the above suggestions would minimise these harmful effects.

IELTS Map – Task 1 Sample Report

The maps below show the changes that have taken place at the seaside town of Brinslow between 1990 and 2005.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.


(Band 9)

The diagrams depict how the coastal town of Brinslow has developed from 1990 to 2005.

In summary, Brinslow has seen an expansion in its town planning from a small residential community to a flourishing commercial district.

Comparing 1990 with 2005, all road and rail networks have remained with an additional railway line constructed along the coast in the south. Furthermore, a new ferry port for cars has been placed south of the railway station as well as an airport in the north. Around this area, the school, hospital, parking space have not changed, only a few additional houses have been built. Below this part, previously it was mostly covered in trees and few housing to become an industrial area with a factory.

Looking at the north west side, mostly housing existed around a lake during 1990. This later converted into mostly apartments with multiple smaller houses erected along the road in the south. Further south, where it was formally sparsely populated with more housing, a supermarket with an extra road and a row of apartments had taken its place.

IELTS Report Hot Air Balloon Process Sample Answer

This came in the London March 2014 exams and many students struggled to get higher than 6.5. Since there are a lack of resources on the internet to help answer this question, my students have asked me to share this sample answer. Again, I must stress that you have any online sample answers verified and checked by an actual examiner or IELTS trained tutor before studying it. If you’re an IELTS teacher, please remember to teach the language techniques of a process diagram so that they don’t memorise answers.

The diagram below shows how a hot air balloon ascends and descends.

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

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Sample Band 9 Essay – Marriages are bigger and more expensive nowadays than in the past.

This version has been checked with another examiner to confirm this is a band 9 answer. Please check any work from the internet with a real IELTS tutor or a former examiner.

Marriages are bigger and more expensive nowadays than in the past. Why is this the case? Is it a negative or positive development? Continue reading “Sample Band 9 Essay – Marriages are bigger and more expensive nowadays than in the past.”

IELTS Report Band 9 Flow Diagram

This question is already available online on other IELTS sites. However, many of these samples are not band 9. I would like to show you what the mistakes are in these online sample essays and provide an actual band 9 report from the IELTS examination board.


The diagram below shows the typical stages of consumer goods manufacturing, including the process by which information is fed back to earlier stages to enable adjustment.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the process shown.

You should write at least 150 words.
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Model Essay Band 9 from an Examiner – Apartment vs Houses

Please always check with an English speaking tutor about any online essays which claim that they are band 9. I have seen so many students bring model essays to class that have been taken from the internet which they believed were band 9. So many of them contain spelling and grammar mistakes and sometimes the formality is incorrect and inconsistent.

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