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IELTS Writing Sample

Academic Success Factor For High School Students

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic:
What factors are related to academic success in high school students? 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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Academic success is measured by our achievements in school. There are many factors which play a decisive role in the level of academic success.

The most important aspect is a student's willpower. In order to succeed, a student must have self-control and have an ambition to succeed. This goes hand in hand with a student's desire and aim. The student must want to learn and he must also aim to get the most out of his education. He must know that academic success is vital in order to get a stimulating and rewarding job in the future.

Besides that, equally important factors include diligence and hard work. This implies that work should be the highest priority, homework is completed promptly and fully understood, and no lessons should be skipped. A good example of hard work paying off is about the great Russian scientist Lomonosov. He was born in the family of an angler, a type of fisherman. At that time people of his social class could not receive higher education. In spite of this, at the age of 19, Lomonosov decided to go to Moscow in order to quench his thirst for knowledge. Upon arriving, he entered the academy under false credentials, claiming instead that he was the son of a priest. However, due to his hard work he eventually became a great scientist and founded the university which is now named after him. This university has given the world many great scholars in all fields of science, many of whom have subsequently become laureates of Nobel Prizes.

To summarize, education is a very fundamental part of society. Undoubtedly, academic success is an achievement from educational work. If any student can try his best in order to achieve academic success, he will become an important member of the society; as it is commonly known that an educated population is the driving force in a country's economy.

This writing is found under the following category(ies):
IELTS Opinion Essays  
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!

You were able to achieve the task by giving your opinions about factors related to academic success.

Vocabulary is very rich: quench someone's thirst for knowledge, laureates, credentials

Paragraphs are clear, logical and organized. Good use of transition words: however, in order to.

Grammatical errors have been corrected.

Incompleted sentence: "Originally born in the family of an angler, a type of fisherman." In the introduction, "our" actually refers to the "academic success".
Punctuation after "in order to".
wrong usage of "however". "However" is used when contradicting 2 situations.
"example" about something in the 3rd paragraph.(This is very subjective)
Capitalisation should be used carefully like "Angler".
"at the time of something"
"no doubt" is more informal
Pay more attention to preposition "in" and "from"
Redundancy: "If any one student applies his or herself as best they can..." .
Pay more attention to punctuation ";" at the end.

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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.