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IELTS Writing Sample

Should young people travel for a year before university life

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In some countries young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this.

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Travelling seems to be an indispensable part of almost everyone’s life. It helps people broaden their knowledge as well as improve their living skills. Hence, many people recommend that students should travel after finishing high school and before entering university studies. In this paper, I’m going to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this.



Firstly, travelling can help us to improve our health. When travelling, people tend to do more outside activities such as mountain climbing. Hence, it can help students have a better health which is good for their future study. Next, travelling gives us opportunities to explore the world. Going to different countries, you can study different cultures and how they are different from each other. Therefore, students can broaden their knowledge.

Despite the benefits, travelling before starting a new degree in a university can make student forget their academic knowledge. For example, mathematics involves many formulas which are very hard to remember if students don’t keep practicing frequently. Moreover, students who travel like this tend to have problems in re-adapting in an academic environment again.

From my personal viewpoint, travelling after finishing high school and before entering university studies is beneficial even though there are many disadvantages. The reason is that it’s a requirement for all of us now to become qualified so that we find a good job. Therefore, people can still overcome the difficulties that I mentioned.

This writing is found under the following category(ies):
IELTS Opinion Essays   Advantages Disadvantages Essay  



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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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Travelling helps people to broaden their knowledge as well as to relax.
+Advantages:
>relaxing, healthy
>broaden knowledge
+Disadvantages:
>hard to re-adapt
>easy to forget knowledge

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?

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No, the structure you have just seen is a structure for an opinion essay.

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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.