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IELTS Writing Sample

Smoking Kills

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It has been proved that smoking kills. In some countries it has been made illegal for people to smoke in all public places except in certain areas. All countries should make these rules. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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Many of us know smoking is injurious to health. When a person is smoking,during inhaling nicotin is pumped into lungs, blood cells. After a period of time the blood cells become habituated to nicotin, which makes the person addicted to smoking. With excessive smoking, it can cause blood cancer or lung cancer, which can lead to death of the person. During exhaling the nicotin can be absorbed by people standing around him even though they are not smoking. Those innocent lives will also get affected. Hence, strict rules have to be applied to stop smoking in public areas.

To begin with, in some countries youngsters simply follow cinema stars in the movie industry. When watching movies, if heros smoke the ciggerete in different styles, many young people blindly follow them. After a while they will slowly become addicted. It is important that censor board should implement strict rules on those kind of activies.

Secondly, public smoking in open areas such as community centers and public grounds can cause health issues to the people who come refreshment activites like playing, walking and jogging.

Additionally, the Government should also provide awareness programs through TV, news papers about the repercussions of smoking in public places.

In summary, I feel the public smoking should be banned in all countries for the benefit of their citizens.

This writing is found under the following category(ies):
Agree or Disagree  
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!

You were able to achieve the task by showing very clearly whether you agree or disaree with it and giving supporting examples for that.
Vocabulary is acceptable assuming some of the mistakes were just typographical errors.

Paragraphs are organised but very weak in expressing your ideas. Some are just too short and cannot be considered as proper paragraphs. Essentially, your conclusion was not focused enough and you should write more about the main ideas in your essay.

Compare to the original writing.

+ The 3rd and 4th paragraphs are too short. It leads to the feeling of incompleteness in your essay.
+ "Many of us already know" -> "Many of us know".
+ Wrong tense: "the blood cells habituated to nicotin"
+ "Those innocent lifes also get affected with them" -> "Those innocent lifes also get affected"
+ Wrong usage of "so": "so It has to be made a strict rule". You shouldn't use it to start a sentence.
+ "in a public places": single and plural at the same time.
+ "youth simply the follow the cinema stars": which one is the subject? which one is the verb?
+ "the cinema stars in the movie industry": which cinema stars? did you mention them earlier?
+ "ciggerete" -> "cigarette"
+ "imporant" -> "important"
+ "censorboard" -> "censor board"
+ "refershment" -> "refreshment"
+ Punctuation:
> "After a period of time the blood cells become habituated to nicotin" -> "After a period of time, the blood cells become habituated to nicotin"
> "I feel, the public smoking should be banned" -> "I feel the public smoking should be banned" (example: I feel/think that).
+ Never use "etc .." in your essay. You can use "such as" and then list all the examples.
+ Incomplete: "who come refershment activites" -> "who come there for refreshment activites"
+ Wrong usage of the article "the": "the awareness programs" + Wrong "it's citizens"

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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.