IELTS|Upper-Intermediate|Revise and Check 1
Before the lesson, think over these questions and revise the vocabulary
Read the grammar rules
Revise the exam format
You will be able to:
- check your skills of dealing with form completion task in Listening Section 1 IELTS Exam;
- check your skills of dealing with TFNG questions, note completion and short answer questions tasks in Reading Section 1 IELTS Exam;
- check your skills of writing a summary in Writing Task 1 IELTS Exam;
- check your speaking skills while answering questions about yourself, your lifestyle, career and education in Speaking Part 1 IELTS Exam;
- revise grammar: degrees of comparison, Present Perfect Tenses, Past Simple, Past Perfect, used to, be/get used to would;
- revise vocabulary on the topics «Education», «Career», «Trends», «Family and lifestyle».
Listen to the recording and do the tasks below. The example is given for you
Complete the form below.
Write no more than two words and/or a number for each answer.
Complete the form below.
Write no more than two words for each answer.
Is Tessa available for work at the times listed below? Write the correct letter, А, В or C next to questions 7-10.
A She is definitely available for work at these times.
B She might be available for work at these times.
C She is not available for work at these times.
Read the passage and do the tasks below
You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-14, which are based on Reading Passage 1 below.
The Value of a College Degree
The escalating cost of higher education is causing many to question the value of continuing education beyond high school. Many wonder whether the high cost of tuition, the opportunity cost of choosing college over full-time employment, and the accumulation of thousands of dollars of debt is, in the long run, worth the investment. The risk is especially large for low-income families who have a difficult time making ends meet without the additional burden of college tuition and fees.
In order to determine whether higher education is worth the investment, it is useful to examine what is known about the value of higher education and the rates of return on investment to both the individual and to society.
The economic value of higher education
There is considerable support for the notion that the rate of return on investment in higher education is high enough to warrant the financial burden associated with pursuing a college degree. Though the earnings differential between college and high school graduates varies over time, college graduates, on average, earn more than high school graduates. According to the Census Bureau, over an adult’s working life, high school graduates earn an average of $1.2 million; associate’s degree holders earn about $1.6 million; and bachelor’s degree holders earn about $2.1 million (Day and Newburger, 2002).
These sizeable differences in lifetime earnings put the costs of college study in realistic perspective. Most students today — about 80 percent of all students — enroll either in public four-year colleges or in public two-year colleges. According to the U.S. Department of Education report, Think College Early, a full-time student at a public four-year college pays an average of $8,655 for in-state tuition, room, and board (U.S. Department of Education, 2002). A fulltime student in a public two-year college pays an average of $1,359 per year in tuition (U.S. Department of Education, 2002).
These statistics support the contention that, though the cost of higher education is significant, given the earnings disparity that exists between those who earn a bachelor’s degree and those who do not, the individual rate of return on investment in higher education is sufficiently high to warrant the cost.
Other benefits of higher education
College graduates also enjoy benefits beyond increased income. A 1998 report published by the Institute for Higher Education Policy reviews the individual benefits that college graduates enjoy, including higher levels of saving, increased personal/professional mobility, improved quality of life for their offspring, better consumer decision making, and more hobbies and leisure activities (Institute for Higher Education Policy, 1998). According to a report published by the Carnegie Foundation, nonmonetary individual benefits of higher education include the tendency for postsecondary students to become more open-minded, more cultured, more rational, more consistent, and less authoritarian; these benefits are also passed along to succeeding generations (Rowley and Hurtado, 2002). Additionally, college attendance has been shown to «decrease prejudice, enhance knowledge of world affairs and enhance social status» while increasing economic and job security for those who earn bachelor’s degrees (Ibid.). Research has also consistently shown a positive correlation between completion of higher education and good health, not only for oneself, but also for one’s children. In fact, «parental schooling levels (after controlling for differences in earnings) are positively correlated with the health status of their children» and «increased schooling (and higher relative income) are correlated with lower mortality rates for given age brackets» (Cohn and Gesbe, 1992).
The social value of higher education
A number of studies have shown a high correlation between higher education and cultural and family values, and economic growth. According to Elchanan Cohn and Terry Gesbe (1992), there is the tendency for more highly educated women to spend more time with their children; these women tend to use this time to better prepare their children for the future. Cohn and Geshe (1992) report that «college graduates appear to have a more optimistic view of their past and future personal progress.»
Public benefits of attending college include increased tax revenues, greater workplace productivity, increased consumption, increased workforce flexibility, and decreased reliance on government financial support (Institute for Higher Education Policy, 1998).
While it is clear that investment in a college degree, especially for those students in the lowest income brackets, is a financial burden, the long-term benefits to individuals as well as to society at large, appear to far outweigh the costs.
Do the following statements agree with the information in Reading Passage 1?
Choose true if the statement agrees with the idea in the passage;
false if the statement contradicts the passage;
not given if there is no information about this in the passage.
Complete the fact sheet below.
Choose no more than three words from the passage for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 5-9 on your Answer Sheet.
The list below shows some benefits which college graduates may enjoy more of as compared to noncollege graduates.
Which four of these benefits are mentioned in the article?
Write the appropriate letters A-G in the boxes 10-13 in the order the information appears in the article.
A They own bigger houses.
В They are more optimistic about their lives.
С They save more money.
D They enjoy more recreational activities.
E They have healthier children.
F They travel more frequently.
G They make more purchases.
Look at the graph and read the task in the green box
Writing Task 1
The graph shows the number of students enrolled on different course types in China. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main information.
Write at least 150 words.
Write a summary describing the graph
Writing Task 1
1. Mind that an introductory paragraph must give the general idea of what the graph shows (this may be one sentence).
2. Decide on the key features and the important details in the graph.
3. Support the key features with appropriate figures.
4. Think over how to group the information into paragraphs, remembering that there are different ways this can be done.
5. Do not provide your own interpretations, reasons for the information or any information which is not presented in the task.
- a current figure
- a dramatic increase
- to drop
- to fall gradually
- to fluctuate
- to remain stable
- to stagnate
- a steady growth
- to flatten out
- to reach a peak
Writing task 1
Read the task and prepare your 3-minute speech on the topic «Your family life and studies»
Part 1 Questions
1. What family members do/did you live with?
2. What are you studying?
3. What do you like about your studies?
4. What do you like about learning English?
5. How often do you use English?
- Give reasons for your answers.
- Offer extra details, extend your answer.
- Stress the important ideas in your answer.
- Speak clearly so that the examiner can hear you easily.
- Use wide range of vocabulary and grammar patterns.
- Make your answer coherent by using linking phrases.
Speak no longer than 3 minutes
Cover all of the points, use the active vocabulary of the lesson
Allow your browser access to your microphone, press the button «Record» and record the speech you have prepared
If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.
- Revise the vocabulary
- Study the grammar
- My achievements
- Job interview
- Benefits of higher education
- Top Chinese courses
- Your life and study