• IELTS Essay Sample: “working hours”

    Countries with long average working time are more economically successful than those which have shorter working hours.

    To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    The link between economic prosperity and the quality of life is beyond question. I concur with view that there are no connections between long working hours and economic success because of the reasons that will be discussed as follows.


    First and foremost, high productivity levels have nothing to do with working hours as there seem to be bigger contributors, one of which is technology. Mexicans work not only longer days but also more hours than anyone else in the globe; nonetheless, they are not even half as economically successful as Germans who clock up the least hours. Statistics issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show the average Mexican expends 2,255 hours at work per annum – the equivalent of around 43 hours per week. At the other end of the spectrum, German workers put in a comparatively meager 1,363 hours per year that is 892 fewer hours spent at work annually than Mexicans and this while the latter is the third strongest economy in the world following the US and China.


    Furthermore, socio-economic factors are bound to play a major role in the number of hours employees have to spend in their workplace. In developing countries namely Iran where stagflation is rampant, people are obliged to work long hours to be able to make ends meet and this does not mean the country is financially prosperous, nor does it mean it has a high gross domestic product. Moreover, discovery of natural resources like oil, gas or mineral deposits is likely to boost economic growth as they raise countries’ production capacity.


    In conclusion, I would assert that productivity has nothing to do with the number of working hours as the former can be influenced by an array of different factors, the last of which might be the time spent at work.


    Hamid Mollazadeh

    Word count: 290

    Time: 45′

  • IELTS WRITING : “a person improves intellectual skills better when doing group activities?”

    Some people think that a person improves intellectual skills better when doing group activities. To what extent do you agree? Use specific details and examples to explain your view.

    In recent decades, many researchers have studied the importance of group-level cognition. Indeed, to my mind, there is now convincing evidence that group activities improve the intelligence of individuals. In this essay, I shall examine how research in team-games and study-groups supports this view.

    To begin with, team-games clearly require individuals to perform a diverse range of rapid mental calculations. This is because in a sporting context many predictions and anticipations must be made within tight time constraints. For example, a recent Cambridge study showed that soccer players can –within the span of seconds – calculate over a dozen different permutations that could result from a single soccer related action. Such predictive powers clearly improve their mental abilities and result from doing activities in a group context.

    Secondly, study-groups enable individuals to obtain information that they could not acquire in isolation. This is because peer feedback allows individuals to refine their understanding of concepts, and to also learn new information from other members in the study-group. For example, a study by The British Institute for Learning found that if individuals participated in study groups, they had a far more objective and sophisticated understanding of a topic than learners who were not part of study-groups. Therefore, it is certainly the case that learning in group improves an individual’s mental abilities.

    In conclusion, I strongly agree with the notion that group activities improve intellectual abilities. In the future, we will certainly see schools take greater measures to ensure that more group-level cognition occurs in the class room.



  • Business conversation 28 مکالمه بازرگانی

    Business conversation 28  مکالمه بازرگانی

    On a Business Trip – A Presentation

    Betsy: Hi Brian, this is Betsy. How are you doing?
    Brian: I’ve just returned from the Head Office. The weather is great! Boston is a great city!

    Betsy: Have you met Frank yet?
    Brian: No, I haven’t seen him yet. We have a meeting at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning. We are going to meet then.

    Betsy: Have you made your presentation yet?

    Brian: Yes, I made the presentation yesterday afternoon. I was very nervous, but everything went well.

    Betsy: Has management given you any feedback yet?
    Brian: Yes, I’ve already met with the sales director. We met immediately after the meeting and he was impressed with our work.

    Betsy: That’s great Brian. Congratulations! Have you visited any museums yet?
    Brian: No, I’m afraid I haven’t had any time yet. I hope to take a tour around town tomorrow.

    Betsy: Well, I’m happy to hear that everything is going well. I’ll talk to you soon.
    Brian: Thanks for calling Betsy. Bye.

    Betsy: Bye.

  • Business Conversation 18

    Business Conversation 18


    WebVisions Conference

     Robert: I’m going to Portland on Thursday. There’s an internet expo on. It’s called WebVisions.

    Alice: What is the schedule like?

    Robert: As soon as I arrive, the keynote speech begins.
    Alice: … and after that?

    Robert: When the keynote ends, we’ll have two hours to check out the booths.
    Alice: Are you making any presentations?

    Robert: No, I’m just attending this conference.
    Alice: Is Tad Wilson presenting?

    Robert: No, but he’s giving a workshop on Monday.
    Alice: When are you coming back?

    Robert: I’m flying back on Saturday morning.
    Alice: Remember you are meeting with Trevor on Monday morning at nine o’clock sharp!

  • نمونه مقاله آیلتس شماره ۳۰

    نمونه مقاله آیلتس شماره ۳۰

    Advantages and disadvantages of paying taxes, especially by the rich.

     There is no cast of shadow that taxes are the price we pay for the country we love. Taxes are normally charged based on individuals’ income. To be more specific the more people earn, the more taxes they are levied. Not only individuals but also countries as a whole will benefit from such an approach, yet some may suffer from the disadvantages as well.

    To begin with, taxes help governments to keep our streets safe, provide our children and families with free education and health care in addition to promoting welfare services including public transportation. Comparing the states where higher taxes are imposed on those whose income are better with the ones in which tax evasion is commonplace it is clearly evident that taxes can play a significant role in economic and business development. Needless to say, it helps countries thrive in a competitive global economy, Canada is a case in point.

    Furthermore, paying taxes can translate into saving necessary infrastructures and natural resources for the future generations that is our children and grandchildren. Our ancestors paid taxes for what we have today and our taxes today allow us to pass along those benefits to the generations to come. When the public, in particular the rich, are willing to pay taxes, official will be enabled to meet the country’s needs via importing rather that exploiting useful land and minerals such as coal and oil that can be used to increase its wealth in the future.

    With respect to disadvantages, those who pay more taxes may feel discriminated against as some of them are of the opinion that taxes must be levied regardless of income different people generate, which is economically speaking not justifiable as lots of economists believe.

    Having considered all the above-mentioned facts, this conclusion can be drawn that plus points of paying taxes far outweigh its so-called drawbacks.


    Word count: 325

    Time: 40′


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