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IELTS Writing Sample

Importance of Social Skills

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People nowadays put more emphasis on social skills. Some people believe that social skills are more important in addition to good qualification for job success. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

How many words? How long?

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As human beings, we are sociable creatures that have developed many ways to communicate our messages, thoughts and feelings with others. In today's society where the job market is so competitive, in addition to good qualifications, social skills also play a key role more than ever before.

Undoubtedly, academic qualifications are required in many professions. For example, it is impossible to be a surgeon or a scientist without having relevant degrees or qualifications. However, social skills are strongly required so that they can effectively perform their duties.

Nowadays, where the job market is becoming increasingly competitive and sometimes there are hundreds of applicants for a single position in a company and any employer wants the best person. Hence, only those that have both good communication skills as well as required qualifications will win this competition.

Furthermore, there are several personally and professionally distinct advantages of having interpersonal skills. For instance, by developing this art of communication, one can maintain healthy relationships with friends and his family. Even in one's professional life, effective relationship with one's managers, clients or colleagues can help a person to enhance the possibility of advancement and promotions in his career ladder.

To put into nutshell, I pen down saying that I totally agree that social skills are really important along with university qualifications to survive in this highly competitive world. They are not only important for one's professional life but also helpful for his personal life.

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Agree or Disagree  
This critique is meant for the writing from batra08. 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 showing your opinion as to whether you agree or disagree with the statement in the essay's requirement.

Vocabulary is sufficient.

Paragraphs are clearly organised. Good use of transition words: in addition, furthermore, to put into nutshell.

Compare to the original writing.

>"sociable creature" -> "sociable creatures"
>"good qualification" -> "good qualifications"
>"relevant degrees": you were giving examples of being a surgeon or a scientist.
>A comma should be placed right after this: "in addition to ... , "
>"For example,"
>"For instance,"
+In this context, I believe you really wanted to say "sociable creatures and have developed" -> "sociable creatures that have developed".
+Try to avoid using too much "nowadays".
+Too long: "academic qualifications are ... for example it is ..." -> 2 sentences.
+Avoid repetition: "... to communicate our messages, ... with others for better communication".
+Be careful with comma: "To, put into nutshell" -> "To put into nutshell".
+Never start a sentence with "but", "so" (personal advice)
+Wrong way of expressing "But even though"
+"employer wants the best ..." -> "any employer wants the best ..."
+Restructure this sentence "only those will win this competition that has both good"
+Wrong "only those that has" -> "only those that have".
+Should change "interpersonal qualities" -> "interpersonall skills".
+Regarding "healthy relationship with friends and family", I think by "relationship" you mean "contacts".
+"Boss" is not really academic.
+"the university qualification": which "university qualification"?
+Not balanced "not only important(adjective)... but also give (verb)"

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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.