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IELTS Academic Writing Sample Answers

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
Machines & Devices


For the overview of machine and devices, describe what the machine does.


Main Features

Machines and devices explain how something works which can mean they follow a step-by-step procedure. These steps are labelled in the diagram so every step is a main feature and you should include them in the description of the main features.

It is usually not relevant to make comparisons with this type of diagram. You should use cohesive devices to describe sequence and addition. 

Sample Answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The picture below shows an automatic photo booth.

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

Write at least 150 words

IELTS Academic Writing Describing Machines & Devices

The main features of a coin-operated photo booth are depicted in the photograph. Overall, the device allows users to take two different types of photos.     

On the outside of the device, the user should, to begin with, insert coins into the slot. The amount they pay depends on which type of service they want, either a single large size picture or four passport sized ones. The customer can then select if they want black and white or color prints, although passport photos must be in color.  

The user has to close the curtain when the photographs are being taken. There is a mirror inside the booth in which people can check their appearance and there is an adjustable stool that should be lowered or raised so that the user’s eyes are level with the screen. A light above the screen comes on to signal the photo will be taken and the flash goes off after three seconds. The photos can be collected from the large slot on the outside of the booth within a minute. 

175 words

Sample Answer: Machines & Devices PDF

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