Sample IELTS Writing Task One Answer: Driver’s Licence Flowchart

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, producing the IELTS Writing Task One 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, 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.

Anyhow, here’s my answer to that real question. It follows my model and all my tips.

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’*.

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Here is a list of the more difficult vocabulary in the question.

conventional (adj)
to comprise (v)
bureaucratic (adj)
to issue (v)
necessarily (adv)
cycle (n)
conceivably (adv)
indefinitely (adv)
motivation (n)
to hit the road (v)


Okay, I hope that helps.