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IELTS Writing Sample

Large Tree Trouble For Your House

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Large tree grows just near your house, producing troubles for you. Write a letter to local authority explaining this problem, discuss the ways of its resolution and make enquiries about financial aspect.

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Dear Sir or Madam,



I am writing to inform you about the large tree that grows on the right hand side of the driveway leading to my house. Unfortunately, this tree is causing many inconveniences to me and my family. Its crown prevents sunlight from reaching the windows of the children's room. As the tree was planted in violations of the Council Legislation in that the distance between the trunk and the wall of the house is too short, it knocks on the window in strong wind. In the last gale, two windows were smashed by the branches of the tree, which costs me roughly 100 dollars. In my viewpoint, it is my right to sleep without fears of a branch breaking my window at night, or becoming injured due to broken branches or glass.

Having explained the issue, I believe that there are no other options better than simply cutting the tree down or at least trimming the majority of the branches. As for expenses, I am happy to negotiate the expense for the work and removal of excess debris. I suppose it would be reasonable for both of us.

Please contact me on 12345678, or at xyz@mail.com to arrange the date and the time when a crew of your workers is able to come to my house to deal with this serious problem.

I look forward to receiving your positive reply.

Yours sincerely,


Critique
This critique is meant for the writing from milaniyamiila. 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 able to achieve the task by showing: 1) What is the problem
2) resolution 3) finance related enquiries

+LEXICAL RESOURCE
Vocabulary is varied: driveway, inconveniences, violations, trim, expenses.

+COHERENCE AND COHESION
There are a number of transition words used: unfortunately, as for.
The structure is very clear.

+GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY
Grammatical errors have been fixed.

+PERSONAL ADVICE:
>Pay more attention to "right hand" and "right hand side"
>Wrong to use : The crown of it => its crown OR the crown of the tree
>redundancy: as.... therefore.... ("As" here is equivalent to "Because", you can't use "therefore" in the second phrase)
>"During" is used for a process or something which is happening => not appropriate
>Punctuation: comma after During ... or In....
Please bear in mind that, punctuation is also very important in IELTS tests.



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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.