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IELTS Writing Sample

University Education And Life Success

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Some people see that university education is essential for successful life, while other don’t find it true. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

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The word success is a very subjective term. People have different definitions and perceptions about a successful and fulfilled life. Many people believe that university education is highly essential for a prosperous life while other don’t find it true. In this paper, I'm going to discuss both views and give my own thought on it.

Undoubtedly, it is more beneficial for students to finish their studies firstly because academic qualifications are required in many professions. For example, it is impossible to become a doctor, teacher or lawyer without having relevant degrees. As a result, university graduates have access to more and better job opportunities, and they tend to earn higher salaries than those with fewer qualifications. Secondly, nowadays the job market is becoming increasingly competitive and sometimes there are hundreds of applicants for one position in a company. Hence, young people who do not have qualifications from a recommended university or college will not be as competent as others.

However, there are other people who achieve a lot without going to college. In today's society, many youngsters want to start earning money as soon as possible. In this way, they become more independent and able to afford their own expenses or start a family. They may have a chance to progress more quickly from their practical skills and real experience of work.

Summing it up, I am in favour of university education because only a few people have got real talent to achieve name and fame in a short span of time. However, shortcuts do not work for everyone.

This writing is found under the following category(ies):
Discuss and Give Opinion  
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 discussing both view and giving your own opinion on the matter.

Vocabulary is good: subjective, professions, short span.

Paragraphs are clear. Good use of transition words: undoubtedly, as a result, however, summing it up.

Compare to the original writing.

+"term" is countable: "a very subjective term"
+Can improve the way of expressing your idea here: "Different people have definitions and perceptions" -> "people different have definitions and perceptions"
+"successful and fulfilled life" -> "a successful and fulfilled life"
+Try to avoid "some": "Some people believe" -> "Many people believe"
+For the introduction, you should conclude with what you are going to do in your essay.
+Inappropriate way of using "continue" and "firstly": "it is more beneficial for students to continue their studies firstly"
When you use "continue", you mean an ongoing activity. Next, "firstly" is usually used to refer to something already done.

It's more natural to say "it is more beneficial for students to finish their studies firstly"
+This sentence is too long: "it is ... students to ... because academic qualifications ... for example; it is impossible to ... the relevant degree."
+Wrong "become doctor" -> "become a doctor"
+Wrong usage of "the" in "the relevant degree".
+"little qualification" -> "fewer qualifications"
+Try to start a sentence with "So": "So, young people who"
+"qualification" -> "qualifications"
+Do not start a sentence with "But", use "However" instead.

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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.