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IELTS Writing Sample

Plastic Money

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Nowadays plastic money replacements such as credit and debit cards are extremely popular, even more than banknotes and coins.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this.

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This is a universally acknowledged fact that nowadays credit and debit cards are gaining more popularity than the currency notes. Here, in the below essay I will try to enunciate the positives and the detrimental effects of this trend with my own perception.

To begin with, some people hold the opinion that using the credit cards and the debits cards has many multifarious benefits. Undeniably, a credit card and a debit card gives an option to the consumers for purchasing the items of their choice, even though they are having less or no cash in the wallet. Moreover, using credit card gives a facility like a short personal loan, where the buyer get an option to spend now and pay later either the full or some minimum percentage of the total expenses depending upon their budgets. Admittedly, purchasing through a credit card has more discount offer especially, when we are doing the online shopping. This is the main reason nowadays; most of the people living in the urban areas apply for the credit cards from the banks. All of my friends including me are using the benefits of the credit cards in a day to day life. Yesterday only, I had purchased a camera online using the credit card.

On the contrary, this access of easy money that is possible because of the credit cards has many ill effects. Firstly, the credit cards encourage people to spend money unnecessary which actually they do not have. This leads to the debts issue and leave people in the financial difficulties. Some time, these financial problems are so big that, even they have to either sell their homes or the expensive item such as a car to pay their debts. In case, they are unable to pay, then bank lending those credit cards lose money that in turn has major effects on the economy of a country. One of my friends is also fond of doing window shopping and every time he used to pay through a credit card without considering the budget in hand, but unfortunately one day to clear all his debts, he need to sell his motorcycle.

To recapitulate, by looking at the above facts, indubitably, replacing the plastic money with the credit cards and debit cards has its own advantages and disadvantages. Nevertheless, it is up to each individual, how to use the credit card in an efficient manner to avoid any financial loss.

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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.