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IELTS Writing Sample

Comparing Three Media Types

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Compare the advantages and disadvantages of three of the following as media for communicating information. State which you consider to be most effective.
• Comics
• Books
• Radio
• Television
• Film
• Theater

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Nowadays, with the fast pace of technological development, there are more and more means to circulate information. Traditionally, information is communicated through books but now people also deliver pieces of information via films and televisions. Although all the aforementioned media have their own advantages and disadvantages, television is considered the most effective in my opinion.

Books are the oldest means of communication among the tree. They are easy to carry around so people are able to read them wherever they are. For example, in many countries, especially western ones, it is quite common to see people reading books on buses or trains to kill their time. However, a book may contain too detailed information and be regarded as too lengthy for people with limited time.

Alternatively, films can be adapted from books and effectively shorten the time required to grasp the whole idea. Movies can even be more impressive than books as they present information in a vivid form. Apart from that, this type of media still has its shortcomings in terms of affordability and timeliness. Watching movies is still a luxury to many families, and the information in movies may not be the latest.

In contrast, television has overcome the aforesaid disadvantages. It provides 24-hour coverage of news globally and it has become very common for each family to have a TV at home. Besides, television offers various channels and programs, which caters the need of various individuals. However, due to the size of TV, it is not handy to have it around all the time compared to books. People also have to bear the frequency of commercial advertisements on TV from time to time.

Overall, books, films and television are all widely used for sharing information. By comparing their advantages and disadvantages, I personally consider television as the most effective due to its timeliness and full overage of news.




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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.