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IELTS Writing Sample

People Character - Genetics Or Environment

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People’s character is influenced by environment rather than genetics. Do you agree or disagree?

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Numerous scientists claim that both genes and the environment play a significant role in shaping one's character. Research conducted by leading scientific institutions has shown that while some character traits are inherited, most are acquired through experience during lifetime. Let us consider cases which clearly demonstrate strong links between the environment and a person's character.

Everyone has their own unique DNA, except for identical twins, who share the same DNA. Many studies have been done involving hundreds pairs of identical twins who were raised apart, in very different environments. These observations showed that twins really do share some traits such as a preference for the same colors or smells, books and films. However, their essential characters are quite differ from each other. As explained by most psychologists, it was a result of the influence from their environments. For example, one of the twins was brought up in the countryside, and the other was in the city. The rural twin is unflappable, taciturn, withdrawn, and hard working. The urban twin is quite the opposite. He may be described as talkative, open and temperamental.

That's why there is no doubt that the influence of the environment and nurture is more obvious and convincing than genes. For example, parents try to rent or buy homes in wholesome areas far from crime-ridden ones in the hope that their children will not be amid bad influences.

By and large, people are profoundly influenced by their parents, co-workers, friends, teachers, peers as well as media. These are important factors of life that have a great influence on one's nature. Moreover, they may be responsible for forming the characters of those who communicate with them in everyday life.

All these arguments lead to the conclusion that the environment contributes more to shaping an individual's nature than genes. Indeed, the influence of nurture on one's past is so overwhelming and powerful. That is why criminologists state that criminals are often the result of bad parenting or bad nurturing.

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This critique is meant for the writing from milaniyamiila. 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 very good: wholesome, by and large, unflappable, taciturn, withdrawn, criminologists.

Paragraphs are not strongly distintive. Good use of transition words: however, by and large, indeed.

Compare to the original writing.

+Your essay is well beyond 250 words (339 words) which is not really good because you have to consider spending time on the first task.

+Your essay was well written. However, each paragraph doesn't have its own idea.

For example, let's consider the second paragraph. It has shown that even though genes really affect one's character, the environment plays a more important role in his essential nature.

The 3rd paragraph simply continues the idea of the previous one by confirming the strong influence of the environment and nurture.

Therefore, it's not really reasonable to split them into 2 different paragraphs.

+Which one are you refering to in "Let us consider cases which clearly demonstrate the strong link"? You should change to "strong links".
+Missing "that" in "These are important factors of life have a profound".
+In the 4th paragraph, you shouldn't use "profound" repeatedly.
>"scientific institutions has shown that, while some character traits"
>"That's why, there is no doubt"
+Wrong "is quite differ from". You should say "is quite different from" or "differs from"
+"do really share" is not really what you meant. It should be "really do share"
+The way you used "At the same time" in your essay was not really appropriate.
+"most psychologists explained it by" is not suitable.
+"and" is usually used to connect 2 similar ideas. Therefore, "their essential characters ... and most psychologists explained it ..." should be re-considered.
+You are very good at using idioms. However, in academic writing, you should avoid such phrases as " and a little bit of a couch potato".

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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.