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IELTS Writing Sample

Working for A Large Or Small company

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Some people prefer to work for a large company. Others prefer to work for a small company. Which would you prefer? Use specific reasons and details to support you choice.

How many words? How long?

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One of the most controversial issues today relates to whether working in a large or a small company is a better option. From my everyday experience and observation, I believe that a large corporation offers more opportunities to their employees than a small one. In this essay, I will give some examples to support my opinion.

Firstly, the main reason for believing this is that it provides more opportunities for development such as having international travels, and education. For instance, one of the most well-known Hungarian multinational companies offered their employees a free language course to increase their level of English. Moreover, acquiring new knowledge is beneficial not only for the employees, but also for the firm in general. In order to accomplish that, companies obviously have to give professional training to skilled workers who are competent enough to achieve success in both the national and international markets. From this point of view, working for a large corporation seems to be more advantageous.

Secondly, there is no doubt that spending valuable years at a well-known firm can be a huge benefit in the labour market if one decides to apply for another job. For example, employers generally favor applicants with strong references and experience over those who worked for small unknown businesses and participated in only small-scale projects . In fact, those who are working in a large-scale project, having the opportunity to be in a remarkable team and contributing to significant projects will have more respects in the labour market. Thus, it must be acknowledged that working for a multinational corporation or just a large national company is a huge advantage.

In conclusion, the mentioned reasons and examples have clearly shown that large firms undoubtedly provide their employees with more opportunities either from the view of development or from the view of labor market.

This critique is meant for the writing from katehell. 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 choice and the evidence to support your opinion.

Vocabulary is good: remarkable, multinational, labor market.

Paragraphs are clear, logical and organized. Good use of transition words: for example, for instance, moreover.

Compare to the original writing.

+Pay more attention to the balance in using "more...than..."
+wrong usage of "companion"
+Inappropriate: "In this essay, I will give some examples to support my opinion". The essay asks you to give reasons and details not only examples.
+Try not to use "and so on". In academic writing, people tend to pay attention to realistic and solid facts.
+The way you used "the whole firm" in that context is a little bit strange to me.
+It's more academic to say "spending valuable years" than to say "spending some years".
+Pay more attention to punctuation "it must be ... a large national company, is a huge advantage"
+"In fact, those who are working in a large-scale project, having the opportunity to be in a remarkable team and contributing to significant projects, which will have more respect in the labour market"
+Pay attention to this "either from ... or from ..."
+Plural "the national and international market" -> "the national and international markets"

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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.