Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 17 – Diamond mining

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 17 – Diamond mining. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer.

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You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The process shows diamonds moving from the mine to the retailer.

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

Write at least 150 words.

The flowchart illustrates the steps in the process of getting diamonds from a mine to the those who are selling them.

The process begins with the stones being mined in their rough form, following which they are sorted into two different grades, namely high grade and low grade.

The low grade diamonds are set aside for industrial purposes, after which they are cut and shaped, then assessed for their level of hardness. The final step before being sent to the retailers is the pricing.

High grade diamonds have a number of additional processes. Earmarked for cosmetic applications, they are priced then submitted to a digital analysis to ensure the most effective cut. They are then sent to be cut using a machine, or cut by hand, before they are then polished. At this point they are rated, and dependent on that rating are either returned for further polishing or, as with the industrial use diamonds, sent to the retailers.

This ends the description of the process.

(166 words)

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