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IELTS Writing Sample

Environmental Problems

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Nowadays environmental problems are too big to be managed by individual persons or individual countries. In other words, it is an international problem. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Today mankind has seen numerous developments brought by industrial revolutions and new technology in different aspects of life. However, these rapid changes are causing serious negative effects. Undoubtedly, environmental issues such as pollution are clear examples of the disadvantageous effects of this development. The causes of this problem and the possible solutions to remedy these effects will be analyzed in this report.

Perhaps pollution is one of the most heated problems that the whole world is sufferring from. There are many reasons that lead to the pollution around the world. The most important reason is the waste disposal from various factories. For instance, many factories get rid of their trash by burning or burying it under the ground or throwing it into the ocean. These wastes can in turn produce carbon dioxide(CO2), greenhouse gas or other chemical substances. Consequently, these pollutants affect not only the people working in the factories, but also the climate and other creatures.

Furthermore , burning fossil fuels by vehicles is another principal cause of pollution. It can be seen that many overpopulated places have the highest rate of air pollution. This is because of millions of cars that run on the road every day which in turn produce a huge amount of the harmful gases. For example, places such as Sao Paulo and Mexico City are the busiest cities over the world and they have severe, deadly air pollution.

In order to address the possible solutions of the above issues, the authority as well as the individuals have major roles to cope with this problem .Firstly, governments ought to conduct long and short-term strategies of solutions ranging from reducing waste disposal of factories to encouraging the public transportation to reduce the air pollution. Secondly, people who are careless about the environment should change their attitude and pay more attention to the influences beyond the environmental issues.

In my point of view, the preservation of environment is the responsibility of all of the governments, individuals and the communities. Thus, finding out beneficial alternatives is going to tackle the issues that have negative impacts on the environment in the foreseeable future.

This writing is found under the following category(ies):
Agree or Disagree  
This critique is meant for the writing from khawla. This writing task has been reviewed and partially corrected. Please revert to the original IELTS writing before correction to understand this critique!

You were not able to achieve the task. You were supposed to give your thought as to whether you agree or disagree with the task's requirement given. In order to do that, you should have given your arguments to support your choices. However, in your essay, 60% is about the causes of pollution. Next, in the 4th paragraph, you wrote the possible solutions but again the question is about whether you agree or disagree not about what solutions you can think of.

Vocabulary is sufficient.

Paragraphs are clear with many transitional phrases: in order to, consequently and so on.

Compare to the original writing.

+"industrialized revolution" -> "industrial revolutions"
+"No doubt that" is used in spoken English. Secondly, it's not an adverb as "however", or "nevertheless".
+"the environmental issues such as pollution are an example": which environmental issues? Did you mention them earlier?
+You need to use passive here: "The causes of this problem and the possible solutions to remedy these effects analyzed in this report".
+Wrong: "a serious negative effects".
>"a" is for singular nouns but you used "effects".
+"environmental issues such as pollution are an example" -> "environmental issues such as pollution are examples".
+You don't know whether this is true or not: "pollution is the most heated problem".
+Wrong "The most reason": you should use "The most + adjective" in your case.
+Wrong "disposal waste" -> "waste disposal".
+You need to put a space after a period: "factories.To illustrate this".
+"affect not only on the people around these factories" -> "affect not only the people around these factories".
+Wrong way of expressing ideas:
>"To illustrate this, many factories get rid of their trash": many factories are getting rid of rubbish to illustrate your ideas.
>Normally we say "To illustrate what I have said, I'm going to show you ...".
+"other" and "the other" are 2 different things. If you need explanations, please put a comment below.
+"the vehicles": which vehicles?
+Please revise this sentence by trying to distinguish subject + verb: "places such as Sao Paulo and Mexico City are the most busiest cities over the world have severe deadly air pollution".
+Please pay attention to this: "severe deadly air pollution" and "severe, deadly air pollution".
+"the overpopulated places": which places? Did you mention them earlier?
+You used "and" here: "a long and short-term strategy".
+Not all people right? "people should change their irresponsible behaviors against the environment".
+Over-used : "In my point of view, according to the analyzed reasons mentioned above, indeed,".
+You can't use "both" for more than 2 entities.
+"the beneficial alternatives": which alternatives? Did you talk about them earlier?
+Wrong way of using "impact": Impact as a verb means "strike with a blow" or "to pack firmly together."
Ex: The wisdom tooth impacted the molar. (from

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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.