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IELTS Writing Sample

Machine Translation

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:
Machine translation (MT) is slower and less accurate than human translation and there is no immediate or predictable likelihood of machines taking over this role from humans.
Do you agree or disagree?

Write at least 250 words.

How many words? How long?

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

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Machine translation is inaccurate and more time consuming than human translation. However, there is no doubt that machines have been of great help to us. With the pace of technological development, more and more innovative solutions are being developed every day. Therefore, it is just a matter of time for human to create better machines with better programs to translate languages in a timely manner and with a higher level of accuracy.

Firstly, languages have a more prolonged history than machines. All the languages known around the world have been developed for more than thousands of years whereas the very first modern machine was probably invented just a few hundreds of years back. Hence, it is fair to say it will take a bit more time for machines to be fully developed in order to be able to catch up with human languages.

Next, modern technologies are being invented at an incredible speed. Just two years ago, people would never think of having a small mobile phone with the capabilities of a computer in their pockets. However, now people can have iPads, iPhones and so many palm-sized devices which can bring them all the computer features such as listening to music, playing computer games and browsing the Internet. It is to say that modern technologies can quickly catch up with any human needs including language translation.

Thirdly, languages are complex and sometimes difficult to be fully understood by even human. In our daily conversations, it is not rare for us to be misunderstood by other people. The reason could be languages are evolving every day. Hence, it is unreasonable to ask for a perfect machine which can just translate all the languages in such a manner that everyone can understand.

In a nutshell, I strongly agree that machines can one day replace humans in translating documents into different languages. As mentioned earlier, it is a matter of time for modern technologies to be able to catch up with languages so that machines can translate languages at a faster speed and more accurate.




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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.