Okay, first, here's the IELTS Task 1 Question, and it's an unusual one, but it was in the real IELTS test about a month ago.


Real IELTS W1, Drivers licence flowchart.jpg


Hi everyone.

Well, remember how I said that a student asked for some model answers to real IELTS test questions. A student gave me a sketch of a real question, which I made much clearer on my computer, producing the picture at the top of the page.

Hmmmm. It’s a diagram, but it’s a flowchart – that is, a series of boxes and arrows, each representing steps in a procedure to get something done. Well, this is rare in IELTS, but I was really happy to see this item appear in the real test, because it is very similar to my own Task-One Item which appears in my IELTS Test Practice Book 2.

If you have this book, take a look at Test 6, p.110, and you should be impressed at the similarity. Sometimes I think Cambridge are copying me. The big question is, how do you answer this? The answer is that you just follow all the tips in my IELTS Task 1 book.

Anyhow, here’s my answer to that real question, which does that: follows my model and all my tips, and it would certainly receive an IELTS score of seven or higher [hopefully higher, of course]. I’ve given the vocabulary at the end. Remember to check it all up in a dictionary.


Model Answer to a Recent REAL IELTS Task-One Question


The following summarises the procedure required for obtaining the licence to control conventional* vehicles.

Overall, there are three stages, the first comprising* the bureaucratic* paperwork and medical tests, leading to the theoretical testing of road-safety rules and regulations. The final stage is the practical one, in which driving skills are assessed on the actual road, after which (assuming applicants pass all these), the licence is issued*.

Focussing on the first stage, the applicants (obviously) must enter the building where the road traffic authorities operate. Next, an application form is completed, followed by a test of eyesight. Failing this necessarily* means applicants cannot be issued* licences (for obvious safety considerations).

However, upon passing this test (and paying the required fee), the applicants sit the written test. If failing this, they have a second chance, but upon failing again, must re-pay for the opportunity to be tested again. This cycle* could conceivably* happen indefinitely* until the candidates pass (or else run out of money or motivation*).

Upon passing, the actual driving test follows. Those who fail must re-take the written test to earn the chance for another attempt, but if passing, the licence is finally issued, after which the applicants are free to ‘hit the road’

[204 words]


Now, here is a list of those difficult words. Look them up, learn them, and get better scores for your IELTS vocabulary mark.




to comprise




to issue












to hit the road



Well, I hope that helps you. Study the model carefully, and remember, you can find more tips and advice on my website: www.aisielts.com.




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