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IELTS Writing Sample

Not Available For First Day At Work

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You successfully passed a job interview. You are expected to start on November 15, but you will not be available on that date. Task: Write a letter to your new boss, explaining your situation, expressing your concern and suggesting solution.

How many words? How long?

One Possible Solution: (Nothing is perfect! Please take this as an example only!)

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Dear Sir or Madam,

My name is Vijender Manem. Recently, I have successfully got an offer for the programmer analyst position and I have received the job offer letter indicating the starting date of employment on November 15. I am writing to inform you that I will not be able to join on November 15th for the reason I am going to address below.

Currently I am working on the thesis for the completion of my Master Degree in Computer Science. As part of my thesis, I have written a published paper for my work in IEEE. In 2 weeks, I will have an international conference wherein I will be presenting my paper. I have promised my professor that I would join conferece as it is an opportunity to prove my thesis work. Please consider my position and would request you to postpone my joining date by a month.

I am looking forward to listening the positive response from you.

Thank You,
Vijender Manem.

Critique
This critique is meant for the writing from vijendhar. 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 fully able to achieve the task because your letter only mentioned your situation and didn't mention how you are going to fix the problems caused by your late arrival at work.
+LEXICAL RESOURCE
Vocabulary is acceptable assuming some of the mistakes were just typographical errors. Further, you need to improve your skills in using prepositions and transitional words such as "hence", "furthermore", "therefore".

+COHERENCE AND COHESION
Paragraphs are organised.

+GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY
Compare to the original writing.

PERSONAL ADVICE:
+ Wrong "successfuly" -> "successfully"
+ You should read this: Following And Below
+ The following sentence is grammatically correct but will get low marks because it doesn't show your ability in using complex sentences.
> "I am doing my masters in computer science and I'm doing my thesis work"
+ Punctuation:
> "In 2 weeks"
+ "where" -> "wherein" : "an international conference where I'm presenting my"
+ "looking forward to listen" -> "looking forward to listening"



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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.