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IELTS Writing Sample

Applying For A Job

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You want to apply for the following job. Write a letter to Mr. Moore describing your previous experience and explaining why you would be suitable for the job.

Waiter/waitress required for evening work. Some experience necessary.

• You should write at least 150 words.
• You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

How many words? How long?

One Possible Solution: (Nothing is perfect! Please take this as an example only!)

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Dear Sir,

I am writing to express my interest towards the advertisement in seek.com for waitress required for your restaurant.

I am keen to join this as I have given five years of dedicated work in this field. I had a great experience as a waitress. Moreover, I have done three years diploma in hospitality. Apart from this, I have done a six month course in RSL. As a result, I know how to work in a bar as well. Beside my qualifications, I am a very hard working, Passionate, trustworthy and flexible girl. Before I was working at a restaurant near Harbour Bridge, which you may know is very famous as the busiest restaurant of the city; now this restaurant is shifting to another place, which will be quite far for me. Thus, I decide to move onto a new job.

I have already attached my resume along with this mail. I hope my credentials meet this job and really wants to discuss it further.

Looking forward to a positive response from your side.

Thanks in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Critique
This critique is meant for the writing from kailash. This writing task has been reviewed and partially corrected. Please revert to the original IELTS writing before correction to understand this critique!

+TASK ACHIEVEMENT
You were fully able to achieve the task by showing your previous work experience as well as why you are the perfect match for the job.
+LEXICAL RESOURCE
Vocabulary is good.

+COHERENCE AND COHESION
Paragraphs are organised.

+GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY
Compare to the original writing.

PERSONAL ADVICE:
+ Wrong tense "I have give five years"
> Present Perfect: I have given
+ No need for a comma here: "I am keen to join this, as I have give five years"
+ Countable nouns:
>"I have done six month course" -> "I have done a six-month course"
Next, "six month" -> "six-month" because it's now an adjective.
> "I was working at Harbour restaurant"
> "I am very hard working, Passionate, trustworthy and flexible girl" + Lack of transitional words: "I am keen ... I had ... I have done ..."
+ Never start a sentence with "So" in "So I know how to work in a bar as well". You should use "Therefore."
+ Informal "flexible gal"
+ Preposition "Looking forward a positive response from your side"



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IELTS Writing Sample

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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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.