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IELTS Writing Sample

Accommodation Problems

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You live in a room in college which you share with another student. However,there are many problems with this arrangement and you find it very difficult to work.Write a letter to the accommodation officer at the college. In the letter describe the situation explain your problems and why it is difficult to work say what kind of accommodation you would prefer.

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Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to complain about my roommate, who is constantly bothering me during my stay in room.

Currently, I am living in college room with a student who is not cooperative. As you know, final exams are right ahead and I have not completed my final thesis yet. Every night, his friends gather in the room for fun and frolic. They play cards, watch TV and make a lot of noises. Sometimes, I just ignore this but now he is getting used to it.I have talked to this person so many times but it was all in vain.

I have also tried to study at other places such as in the library but it only remains open till 5pm. After that time, I have to leave library. I am in miserable conditions because I have no other choices besides changing room or shifting this guy with someone else.

Most importantly, I got low grades in last semester because I was not able to cover up my whole syllabus.

I hope you will take action accordingly and provide me a feasible solution as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,
John Smith

Critique
This critique is meant for the writing from faisi. This writing task has been reviewed and partially corrected. Please revert to the original IELTS writing before correction to understand this critique!

+TASK ACHIEVEMENT
You were not able to achieve the task because you didn't write what kind of accommodation you prefer.
+LEXICAL RESOURCE
Vocabulary is quite good but you need to put more effort into improving it. There were many words/phrases you used incorrectly.

+COHERENCE AND COHESION
Paragraphs are quite organised. If each paragraph has its own topic sentence, it would be better.

+GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY
Compare to the original writing.

PERSONAL ADVICE:
+ Missing article: "I am living in college room" -> "I am living in a college room"
+ on head???
+ "They play cards, watch TV and make some noise" doesn't sound right.
+ "but all in vain" is not a complete phrase.
+ "other places as well e.g. in the library": you shouldn't use "e.g." as such since it's informal.
+ You overused "as well".
+ Plural: "miserable condition" -> "miserable conditions"
+ Wrong "I could not able": "could" is a modal verb and "able" is an adjective.
+ "take a notice of this matter seriously" sounds very strange.



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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.