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IELTS Writing Sample

Old Age and Young Age in Different Cultures

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Some cultures value old age while others value young age. Discuss both attitudes and express your opinion.

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To many cultures, old age is the symbol of wisdom and the representation of authorities. While some cultures regard age as a synonym dependencies and disabilities. These cultures tend to embrace the energy and beauty in youth but show a much lesser respect for the elderly. Because there are truths to both sides of the perspectives, nowadays we see more cultures are adopting values from each side and blending the two to create a comfortable middle-ground. I believe that old and young have something different offer the society, therefore both should be valued.

On one side, elderly people are valued for their abundance of knowledge, their previous contributions to society and their unique views because of their accumulated experiences. Old age is often associated with maturity in decisions, and the source of wisdom that cannot be learnt from books. In some cultures, old age is the evidence of good fortune and long life. Because of that, old age deserves respect and along with that respect, elderly people are often given a level of authorities.

On the other hand, youth is highly regarded and valued because it represents hope, possibilities and energy. Young people are the building blocks that possess the power to shape the future. Youngsters are also seen as pure and fresh minds that have not been contaminated the corruptions of the society. Youth also becomes the standard for beauty and old age becomes the enemy of youth. Therefore, rather than respecting and valuing the inner beauty, a negative shade has been casted old age in these cultures.

In conclusion, while youth is valued for the future prospects and old age is valued for the past contributions, both aspects are true and has strong supporting points. I believe beauty lies within both young and old age. Most importantly, both add irreplaceable values to the overall well-being of the society. I believe a middle-ground should be achieved on these two aspects that will allow us to both celebrate youth and embrace old age.

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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.