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IELTS Writing Sample

Stress Discussion

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In some societies, stress is now regarded as a major problem, and it is thought that people suffer from more stree than they this in the past. However, other feel that the amount of stress people have today is exaggerated. They say that previous generations were under more pressure, the the idea of suffering from stress did not exist. Discuss both these views and give your opinions.

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Stress is such a hot potato people have to cope with during their life time. Many hold the opinion that people is under a lot of pressure nowadays. Others, however, disagree and point out we do suffer less pressure but more complaint than our ancestor. Each opinion has its own reasons, so I will discuss both views in depth.

On the one hand, the previous generations experienced great stress because of poor living conditions. In the past, there was a shortage of food supplies, health care services, etc. For instance, just after Doi Moi, Vietnamese people rarely had a nutritious meal with rice, meat and vegetable. As a consequence, their health totally damaged while the health care services had not improved yet. They saved their life themselves. Those cause such bad pressure. Besides, at that time, their secretive lifestyle was still afftected by social conventions. They did not feel free to express their feelings so stress was still a strange defination, although it did happen.

On the other hand, nowadays stress definitely affects people due to competitiveness in job opportunities. Our world is now experiencing so recuitment needs is reduced. Eventually, to be employed in a small company becomes difficult. This easily causes depression. Moreover, speanding most of the time working, people hardly have time to do leisure activities, which leads them to lose their balance between work and pleasure. It becomes a long-term stress, if there is no treatment. The sighnificant increase in suicide rate is believed as the result of bearing stress for a long time. The modern world with strict requirements forces people to cope with difficulties.

In conclusion, stress has affected people of many generations. The differences is we know how to express while our ancestor did not.




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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.