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IELTS Writing Sample

Different Rates of Tax

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In some countries people pay different rates of tax depending on their salary, in other countries everyone pays the same rate. Which do you believe is the best system?

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Undoubtedly, governments all around the world depend heavily on tax revenues to raise capital in order to fund their defence and development projects. To collect this levy, governments use various methods of taxation. While some are fairly simple, others can be quite complex. Although a simple tax system in which everyone pays the same rate of tax may seem more convenient, it has some serious drawbacks. On the other hand, a complex variable taxing system may give justice to the citizens as the amount of tax depends upon the level of income and thus, it is popular in its own right.

In simple terms, the tax system that uses the same rate for all severely fails to fully understand the economic complexities of the society, and oftentimes they are quite unfair. In Nepal, for instance, where the economic distribution is extremely uneven and complex, both the low-income earners and the affluent pay the same rate of tax on their income. This has instigated an outrage towards the government among the lower and average income earners. Although the tax system is easy to understand, the feeling of abuse and bias that it brings to the people is somewhat depressing.

By contrast,in advanced economies like that of Australia, the tax systems are tremendously complex. Nevertheless, it should be noted that various solutions are available to counter this problem. Even though the methods of levy contained in the Australian act may be difficult to understand and implement; in theory, it treats people with fairness. With this type of system, the rich pay more levy and the average-income earners pay only what they can afford. However, it can be argued that these systems are extremely sophisticated for an average person to understand. Nonetheless, the issue of complexity can easily be resolved by using various software and by visiting the official government websites. In other words, although complex systems may appear intimidating at first, they benefit the people since they treat people fairly and equally.

It is, therefore, countries where a simple tax system is used, the burden of the levy is hard to bear for the middle and the low-income earners, whereas countries where citizens pay tax based on their salary, the system does justice to all its citizens. Hence, the later however complex, is a lot better, and more fair than the former.

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

You were fully able to achieve the task by showing your stance as to which system is a better one.
Vocabulary is good.

Paragraphs are well organised.

Compare to the original writing.

+ "Needless to say" is found more in spoken English. Hence, you should avoid using this phrase as it's informal.
+ "On the other hand, however complex a variable taxing system may be"
> I think you know it's redundant to use "on the other hand" and "however" at the same time.
+ Not clear "complex a variable taxing system may be, it does justice to the citizens as the amount of tax ..."
+ Subject Verb Agreement
> "the tax system that use the same rate" -> "the tax system that uses the same rate"
+ Missing articles:
> "simple tax system is used" -> "a simple tax system is used"
+ "often times" -> "oftentimes"
+ "severely complex" -> "tremendously complex"

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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.