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IELTS Writing Sample

Crime Rate Increasing

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In many cities crime is increasing. Why do you think this is happening? What can governments do to help reduce crime levels?

How many words? How long?

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

This resource has been reviewed. However, there are many mistakes. Please check the critique so that you can become aware of these common errors! Half of the mistakes have been fixed and the rest is given to you as an exercise. You are encouraged to comment and report other mistakes because they are normally repeated in the essay. Doing this gives you a better understanding of how to improve your writing skills.

Crime is increasing rapidly in many cities due to many facts. Governments should find a way to reduce crimes, before it’s too late.

Reason of growing crime rate everywhere mainly is because of economy. It effects people’s main source of salary. In a situation where money is harder to acquire, everyone starts to find ways to get it, the easiest way is by committing crimes. As bad economy continues, more crime rate surely will grow.

In addition, another reason that crime is increasing is that the police forces don’t know how to handle the situation correctly. It may be from the lack of management skill by the government or somehow an impossible task was given, such as the government order polices to reduce crime rate to zero percent in a very high density area.

Therefore, the first priority for the governments is to try to strengthen their economy, in order to make people’s life easier. They should try to use their available resources in the right tasks. Learning from the history is one of a great option. However, increasing of police force in both numbers and efficiency should be done together along with government own objectives. Imagine a strong economic city without any police force patrolling them.

With the right decision from the governments, and the tasks that handle correctly, along with better economic. It is surely that increasing of crimes in every cities will stop, along with better everyday life for everyone.

This critique is meant for the writing from James. 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 on why this trend is happening and what the governments should do.
Vocabulary is weak and you need to put more effort into improving it. There were many words/phrases you used incorrectly.

Paragraphs are poorly organised.

Compare to the original writing.

+ Wrong "every cities" -> "many cities".
+ "due to many facts": they are not facts. If they were fact, we wouldn't have to explain further.
+ "Governments should find a way ...": you are supposed to suggest solutions. In this context, it doesn't matter whether the Governments can find the solutions or not.
+ Requirement "In many cities crime is increasing"
> Your answer "Crime is increasing rapidly in many cities"
=> You wouldn't get a good mark for repeating the topic.
+ Wrong "Reason of growing crime rate everywhere mainly"
> "Reason" is a countable noun.
+ 2 Errors here: "everyone start to find another ways" -> "everyone starts to find ways"
+ Wrong "easiest way" -> "the easiest way"
+ "easiest way is by": you are translating word by word from your own language. "By" is not used as such.
+ Redundancy: "In addition, another reason that crime is increasing". You use "in addition" when you want to introduce new ideas. You need not use "another reason" which also means the same thing.
+ "due to the police forces" is wrong. For example: she couldn't study MBA due to her financial problems. As you can see, after "due to", we should say the causes not just saying "due to the police forces".

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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.