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IELTS Writing Sample

Advantages and disadvantages of living in an apartment

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Living in an apartment instead of a university dormitory has advantages and disadvantages. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of living in an apartment instead of a university dormitory and defend your preference.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

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After getting admitted to a university, a student needs to decide where to live and this choice severely affects his academic performance and student life. While most universities offer residence facility for students, many opt to live in an apartment and this has both benefits and demerits. This essay probe the advantages and disadvantages of living in a separate apartment than living in the university provided residential houses.

Living in an apartment offers many distinct advantages and the privacy is one of them. While a university dormitory is shared by several students, someone living in an apartment enjoys far more freedom and privacy than the students living in dormitories. He can choose a quiet neighbourhood and this environment is conducive for studying attentively. Furthermore, living in an apartment makes students more independent and they can choose a more healthy diet. Finally, apartments are tidier than the dormitory and pupils can stay away from bad influences. For instance, one of my cousins had to move to an apartment after living in a university dormitory for about six months and his main reason for the shift was cleanliness.

Having said that, there are some visible disadvantages of living in a flat rather than living in a university residence hall. First and foremost is the cost. In my country living in an apartment is quite expensive while university offers cheap accommodation. The food on the university campus is also cheaper while this is not the case when a student lives in a flat away from the university. Second, renting an apartment in my city is hard for a student. The landlords prefer families over the students. Furthermore, the daily commuting is convenient from the university halls while not so easy from the apartments away from the university campus. Last but not the least, campus staying students have better interaction with seniors and teachers.

Even though there are many advantages of living in an apartment, I would prefer to live in the university dormitory. The first and foremost reason for me to be able to attend my classes without commuting through bad traffic. I hate to wait in the heavy traffic and as I do not own a car. I would also like to enjoy my university life and stay in touch with my seniors, teachers and classmates whenever possible. The university life has so many things to offer and I do not want to miss them.

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Mandatory Financial Education

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 2

Financial education should be mandatory component of the school program. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
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This is just a summary. If you want to have a better explanation,
go to here: Free IELTS Writing Vocabulary
1) Identify and write key ideas for key periods (for chronological graphs):

For example, you can use one of the following phrases:

a) between 1996 and 2001
b) from 1996 to 1997
c) In 1996
d) From the middle of year 2000 to 2001

2) Select suitable vocabulary for percentages

- reach nearly 70 percent
- peak at 80 percent
- below 50 percent
- is cited by around 40% of the population surveyed
- some people, 22%, also cite
- Just a few number of people, around 12%
- 40% of the people cite
- The last group, 25%, believes

3) To describe a trend, you can use:
- from 1985 to 1990, there was a steady increase
- the figure was slightly reduced
- it declined
- the figure was slightly decreased

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IELTS Writing Word Count and IELTS Writing Time

IELTS Writing Task 1:
Timing: 20 minutes
Minimum word count: 150

IELTS Writing Task 2:
Timing: 40 minutes
Minimum word count: 250

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 1

There are 2 different formats. One is for the Academic module and the other is for the General module. However, for both modules, you will have to produce a writing of 150 words based on the given information.
IELTS Writing Task 1 - General Module
You are supposed to write a letter.
IELTS Writing Task 1 - Academic Module
You will be given a task based on some pictorial or graphic information. You have to describe the information provided.
For More Details: IELTS Writing Task 1

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 2

This task is more difficult than IELTS Writing Task 1
You have to write at least 250 words and, as Task 2 is longer than Task 1, you are advised to spend approximately 40 minutes on this task and 20 minutes on the first task.
You are expected to produce a writing on a given topic and to organise your answer correctly, giving some examples to support your ideas.
For More Details: IELTS Writing Task 2

Give your writing a good structure

1) Introduction is a must. You don't believe you could get a good grade without introduction, do you?

2) Body: 3 paragraphs are also necessary. Three is a magical number. It can do wonders to your overall band score.

3) Conclusion. You do not want to infuse your examiner with a feeling of incompleteness.

A Good Outline before you write is essential

What you are going to write in your essay? Write down the key ideas as short as possible.

An outline sample
Introduction - Topic and opinion in short
Paragraph 1 - staff working conditions are important
Paragraph 2 - employers should research and improve the working conditions
Paragraph 3 - concentrating more on their product is bad
Conclusion - Short summary of paragraphs

How will your essay look like?

Is it everything?

No, the structure you have just seen is a structure for an opinion essay.

What does it mean?

It means there are many different types of essays. If you go through our website, you can see that under IELTS Writing Task 1 and Task 2, there are different categories.
You need to go through each of them and study the structure for the particular writing type.

I do know the structure of an IELTS Writing but why I didn't score high in the exam?

There are many reasons. One of the many reasons is lacking of linking words.
Did you use linking words?
They would make your structure clearer and therefore improve your overal score.

Linking Words or Transitional Words

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This is how your essay is graded

There are 4 components: Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy.

Task Response means to what extend your essay covers the topic. For example, if the topic is "The advantages and disadvantages of globalization", you would have to write about both aspects not just only advantages or just only disadvantages.

Coherence and Cohesion means how well your paragraphs and sentences are connected. If your first paragraph is about advantages of globalisation, you should start your second paragraph with phrases such as "Despite the advantages, there are many disadvantages we should be aware of". Otherwise, your essay is just a list of items which are not related to each other.

Lexical Resource means vocabulary and different types of sentences, simple and complex. You should be able to demonstrate your capability in using English.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy means spelling and grammar of sentences. You should be able to spell the words correctly, do not forget articles “a” and “the”, punctuations is also important.

One more important thing to know: the four criteria are equally weighted. It means that if you forgot about “Coherence and Cohesion” in your essay, you will loose 1/4 of your essay points.