IELTS 11 - Writing Practice Test 3

There is no standard answer for Writing exam so please use this as a reference

Legend:       Academic word (?)           New word


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below shows average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per person in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Portugal between 1967 and 2007.

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

Write at least 150 words. 


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic:

Some people say that the only reason for learning a foreign language is in order to travel to or work in a foreign country. Others say that these are not the only reasons why someone should learn a foreign language.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.



Overall, there was a downward trend in the United Kingdom and Sweden that reversed the trend of two other nations. While the emission of carbon dioxide in the UK always stayed at the highest figure, Portuguese produced the lowest carbon dioxide over a period of 40 years.

Specifically, in the 1967-1977 period, the average carbon dioxide in the UK remained relatively constant, at about 11 metric tonnes, whereas the figures for Sweden, Italy and Portugal increased moderately to around 10.5, 6.5 and 2.5 metric tonnes, respectively.

Between 1997 and 2007, British saw the average carbon dioxide decreased slightly about 2 metric tonnes. Similar to that trend, there was a dramatic decline in the number of carbon dioxide on average in Sweden from approximately 10.5 metric tonnes to just above 5 metric tonnes, a drop of around 5.5 metric tonnes during 30 years. By contrast, at the end of this period, the Italian sent out the average amount of carbon dioxide 1 metric tonnes more than they did in 1977. Although the emission of carbon dioxide in Portugal in 2007 reached the highest point at over 5 metric tonnes, this number was the lowest in comparison with the United Kingdom and Italy in that final year.


Learning a foreign language has many advantages including the better understanding of a different culture, better job prospect, faster cognitive development, efficient communication and so on. While some people believe that only reason we should learn a foreign language is to visit or work in a foreign country, many others opine that the benefits of learning a different language are not restricted on the job and travel prospects only.  This essay delves with the both point of views.

On one hand, it is quite natural that people want to learn a foreign language only to be able to communicate people who speak this language. Thus a large number of people learn foreign languages like English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic either to visit/migrate or find jobs in countries where people use these languages. From this regards it seems quite logical that visiting a country, migrating there or working there are the main reasons people learn a language. It is evident from the natural trend of learning a new language among people in my own country. Here a majority of people learn English and Spanish while almost none learn Russian and migration and job prospects are the reason that has established this trend, I believe.

On the contrary, research indicates that cognitive developments happen faster among children who learn a second language than those who do not. Furthermore, learning a second language is mandatory in an academic syllabus and this helps us understand diverse cultural and traditional aspects. People who know more languages are capable of reading more books, and understanding the lifestyle of different nationalities. Again, learning a foreign language helps us making new friends. Thus it is evident that learning a foreign language has many other benefits as well.

In conclusion, there is no denying the fact that people primarily learn a foreign language to travel or work a different country. But it is quite evident that there are far many advantages of learning a foreign language than to work or migrate to a country.

Other modules in this test:

Follow us

Latest information about IELTS

QR Code

Getting Started

More Info