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IELTS Writing Sample

Tourist Accommodation

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You are a tourist and have settled into the hotel. Although your room was booked in advance through a travel agency, you discover that there is no balcony, the entrance is under the staircase and the window opens on to the road. Write a letter to the travel agency manager asking her/him for a refund of the cost of the accommodation.

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Dear Sir,

I am Ravi Kumar Nadipalli. I have checked in to the Hotel Holiday Inn in Munnar since yesterday's night. I am writing this letter to express my dissatisfaction about the hotel room that is booked for my stay.

I have booked the room through your travel agency two months back which is well in advance. Disappointedly, I found that the booked room is not having balcony whereas I expected to have a panoramic view from balcony. The entrance of the room is under the staircase which is not comfortable for us as height of the staircase is low and we have to bend while moving in and out of the room. And lastly the only one window in the room opens on to the road which brings in dust and sound pollution.

I am not satisfied with the room and it is very disappointing. I came here with my family to take rest from my day to day work and to leisure for some days in this Hill station. Please try to understand the problem and provide me another room in this hotel or in some other hotel which is good and satisfying the above said conditions. If you are not able to provide me one, please refund me the cost of the accommodation as it didn’t solve the purpose. I appreciate your immediate attention to this matter and resolve it as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact me on my mobile no. 1234562566 for any additional information.

I look forward to hear from you soon.

Yours Sincerely,
Ravi Kumar Nadipalli

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

You were able to achieve the task and fulfill all the requirements.
Vocabulary is strong and flexible.

Paragraphs are organised.

Need to pay more attention to grammar. Please compare this with the original writing.

+ Since you used "I have checked", you shouldn't have used "yesterday night" like that. Rather you can write "I have checked ... since yesterday night".
+ "yesterday night" -> "yesterday's night"
+ You shouldn't use "But" with only one clause: "But I found that the booked ...". You should consider using other words/phrases such as "However". For example: "I tried my best to fix my laptop yesterday but it's still not working" (2 clauses here).
+ "I look forward to hear" -> "I look forward to hearing"

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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.