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IELTS Writing Sample

Living In A House Or An Apartment

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Some people prefer to live in a house, while others think that there are more advantages living in an apartment. Are there more advantages than disadvantages to living in a house rather than in an apartment?

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There are several reasons why people choose to move into a house or apartment. Generally, while most people seems to prefer living in houses apartments offer some practical advantages. Personally, I prefer living in an apartment at this stage of my life but at some time in the future I want to move in a house of my own.

There are clear benefits of living in a house in terms of privacy and safety and having more room but it may also involve more costs and effort. Usually, houses are more spacious than apartments. They may even come with a private yard or garden or extra space for hobbies. Another important aspect of having your own building is privacy and safety. For families it can be particular important to have a safe playground for their children. Moreover, neighbours life in some distance and therefore conflicts with them are less likely compared to living wall-to-wall in apartments. However, there are also downsides to staying in your own house. Not only are the costs usual higher but the residents are usually responsible for all repairs and maintenance. One must expect to spend more time working in the garden or repainting the walls of a house. Such responsibilities are usually shared among the residents when living in an apartment building.

In contrast, apartment are more cost effective and require less commitment by the inhabitants. The principal benefit of dividing a house in several units is cost savings as some facilities and common costs are shared are fewer expenses for each resident. Certainly, this units have less space in most cases. I would therefore argue that apartments are more adequate housing in places where space is scare, such as large cities. Moreover, living in an apartment means less commitment and more flexibility. Flats are more often rented instead of sold. Hence, it can be easier to simply move if one’s requirements of space changes. also there are less duties in terms of maintenance and administration compare to living in a house.

All things considered, the best type of housing depends on the circumstances and personal preferences. In a large city or for young people without a family apartments can be a more cost effective and convenient solution. In the countryside houses tend to be more affordable. They are also more suitable for the space and safety requirements of a family or a person working from home.

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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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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.