?The IELTS Academic and General Writing Modules are similar in some ways and different in others. Whichever test you do, you have one hour to complete two tasks. It is the nature of the tasks that makes them different. You can see this clearly in the chart below: General Academic Task 1 Minimum 150 words Writing a letter in response to a situation – informal, semi-formal, or formal Minimum 150 words Interpreting, describing, or comparing information presented in graphic form – a diagram, bar chart, line graph, pie chart or table Task 2 Minimum 250 words
Writing a more personal essay – possible informal style Minimum 250 words Writing an essay on a general academic topic – formal style In both cases, your score is based on three fundamental criteria: Content: How well do you r present your arguments, ideas and evidence? Quality: How effectively are you able to communicate your ideas and thoughts? Technical Aspects: How correct is your grammar? How rich is your vocabulary? How varied are your sentences? To complete an organized, coherent piece of writing, you need to take 2-5 minutes to plan.
During this time, you can consider what position you will adopt, how you’re going to expand on the topic and in what order you will present your ideas. You should skip the planning activity only if you have very little time left. In such a case, you can work directly on the task itself. Of course, grammar and vocabulary will also be assessed. Make sure you check your writing for verb tense agreement, prepositions, word order, sentence patterns, sentence structure, and range of vocabulary. Avoid using the same verbs, nouns, or adjectives more than once. Do not use slang at all.
In the academic section of the IELTS, avoid contractions, which are a clear symbol of informal writing. Free Sample IELTS Essays The following sample IELTS essays will give you an idea of how to develop your essay topic into a well-structured, full-length essay. All the essays below will help you; however, the first free sample essay “Computers and Children”, will help you in a special way as it provides two responses to the same essay – one which is good and the other which is great. Read through them to discover the difference and to learn how your essay can go from good to great.
A top-scoring essay has a variety of clear characteristics which distinguish it from a mediocre essay. Here are a few of them: Upgraded, advanced vocabulary, instead of commonly-used words ; expressions Varied sentence structure, instead of only short, simple sentences Complex grammatical structures, instead of very basic ones Dynamic style, instead of lack of style Examples, details and transition words, instead of empty repetition Even if you think you are a poor writer today, you can learn how to take your simple essay and transform it into something much more effective.
Adding some of the winning elements from the sample essays below will give you the extra marks you need to become a high-scorer on the IELTS. Free Sample IELTS Essay 1 – “Computers & Children” 1 Essay, 2 Results: How to Transform a Good IELTS Essay into a Great IELTS Essay To get a high score on your IELTS essay, you need to know what a great essay consists of. To help you understand this, we have given you a chance to read two versions of the same essay – one good and the other great. Both versions have been written by an experienced IELTS trainer. Just read the two versions of the same sample essay below.
You may wish to print them out to compare them more easily. Then, try to learn some expressions and sentence structures from the high-scoring essay. Use them, if possible, on exam day, and you will certainly get higher marks on your IELTS essay. Be sure to check out our other free sample IELTS essays, too. Using a computer every day can have more negative than positive effects on children. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. Essay 1 – High Score – Band 8-9 In today’s modern world, computers are an essential part of everyday life.
Around the globe, children often use computers from a very young age. Although, it is important for children to participate in various well-balanced activities, in my opinion, children who use the computer daily are actually developing a critical skill for future success. The bases for my views are personal, academic, and professional. In today’s modern world, computers are needed everyday. Around the world, children use computers from the time they are little. It’s true that children should have fun when they are young; however, in my opinion, a child who knows how to use the computer will be more successful in the future.
My reasons for this view are personal, academic and professional. From a personal point of view, computers are an invaluable resource to help young people explore the world around them. For example, children who use Internet to satisfy their curiosity about diverse topics are already becoming independent learners. No child with a computer is ever bored! By starting early in their lives, children feel totally at ease around computers; they are also able to take advantage of the wide range of services computers provide. From a personal point of view, computers can help young people to learn more about the world.
For example, some children use the Internet to find information on different subjects. In this way, they learn to find answers by themselves. By using the computer when they are little, children feel more comfortable around computers. They also know how to use the computer for different reasons. From an academic viewpoint, children have no choice but to master this technological invention. For instance, when I was in university, students brought their laptops to class to take notes, do research and exchange information. They wrote assignments, created presentations and developed
databases. Children who build early confidence and experience in these abilities are at a distinct advantage over those who have not. From a professional perspective, the computer has found a permanent place in the workplace. Today, employers still pay to provide computer training to their employees. Tomorrow, corporations will expect prospective job applicants to already possess these critical job skills. Consequently, parents who encourage their child to use the computer for a reasonable period of time daily are in fact investing in the child’s future career.
In conclusion, there is no doubt that the computer as a technological tool is here to stay. The sooner children become computer-literate, the better for many aspects of their future lives. (299 words) Essay 1 – Medium Score – Band 5-6 In today’s modern world, computers are needed everyday. Around the world, children use computers from the time they are little. It’s true that children should have fun when they are young; however, in my opinion, a child who knows how to use the computer will be more successful in the future. My reasons for this view are personal, academic and professional.
From a personal point of view, computers can help young people to learn more about the world. For example, some children use the Internet to find information on different subjects. In this way, they learn to find answers by themselves. By using the computer when they are little, children feel more comfortable around computers. They also know how to use the computer for different reasons. From an academic viewpoint, children have to learn how to use this new invention. For instance, when I was in college, many students used to bring their laptops to class. They used to take notes, do research and share information.
They wrote their essays, made presentations and created useful lists. Children who can use the computer when they are young have more confidence than other children. From a professional perspective, the computer is found in every kind of office. Today, employers will still hire people who cannot use computers and give them computer training. But tomorrow, companies will expect people to have these skills already. As a result, by encouraging children to use the computer for a short time every day, parents are preparing their children for future jobs. In conclusion, it is clear that computers are now a part of our regular life.
Children who can use computers easily and confidently will do better in the future 1. Read each paragraph and use the highlighted phrases / words to make a sentence. 2. Read the comments below each para. You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. Write at least 250 words. Model answer
Over the last half century the pace of change in the life of human beings has increased beyond our wildest expectations. This has been driven by technological and scientific breakthroughs that are changing the whole way we view the world on an almost daily basis. This means that change is not always a personal option, but an inescapable fact of life, and we need to constantly adapt to keep pace with it. (Talks about change as an in escapable fact.. thus showing his view that we need to keep pace with it. ) Those people who believe they have achieved some security by doing the same, familiar things are living in denial.
Even when people believe they are resisting change themselves, they cannot stop the world around them from changing. Sooner or later they will find that the familiar jobs no longer exist, or that the ‘safe’ patterns of behaviour are no longer appropriate. (shows how change is inevitable… job requirements change and safe is a myth) However, reaching the conclusion that change is inevitable is not the same as assuming that ‘change is always for the better’. Unfortunately, it is not always the case that new things are promoted because they have good impacts for the majority of people.
A lot of innovations are made with the aim of making money for a few. This is because it is the rich and powerful people in our society who are able to impose changes (such as in working conditions or property developments) that are in their own interests. (As the essay asks to discuss both the views… this para is devoted to tell the other side of how imposed changes can be harmful) In conclusion, I would say that change can be stimulating and energising for individuals when they pursue it themselves, but that all change, including that which is imposed on people, does not necessarily have good outcomes.
290 including punctuations. In essence, most people have a need to be safe and feel secure in what they are doing and where they are living. They resist changes for many reasons. However, it is my opinion that being able to change is a good behaviour to keep up with our uncertain world. (Discussed the topic and clearly gives his opinion at the beginning) Some people resist changes because they think of what they will lose rather than what they may gain. It is very hard for them to learn new skills, to use a new technology and improve work-efficiency.
Psychologically, they do not want to change the way they have been doing things to what they are not familiar with. Take farmers as an example. A grape farmer may avoid adopting advanced technology to harvest and store grapes , because he will need to study and learn new techniques. He feels insecure as he is unsure whether he will be able to learn thus, does not adopt the change. (Gives reason why people resist change; This is not asked in the essay… thus its irrelevant; however, gives a good example of farmer)
However, change often brings new opportunities to those who are flexible and adaptive to uncertain life. It cannot be denied that the future is unpredictable. New technologies have emerged so fast that no one is able to know up front how jobs and lives are going to be. In other words, change is a continuous process. It is better to flow with the tide rather than resisting it if the probabilities of improvements overweigh the risks involved. For example, if workers in the farm know how to use the cutting machine effectively, they might receive incentives in the form of better
productivity. Ultimately, it is my view that change always happens when forces for change are greater than the forces for remaining the same. People need to be well-educated, and pragmatic to understand that changes are logical and rational to adapt to their living environment. Comments: Does not talk about how changes can be harmful. So deals with one aspect only. Gives reasons of why people may resist change.. which is not asked. Good Essay: Change is the only constant in this world. However, there are those who stick to age old methods of doing things and resist change.
In my view, a prudent and pragmatic approach would be to flow with the tide and embrace change rather than eschew it. Thanks to unprecedented advancements in the field of science and technology, old methods are fast giving way to newer and better ways. Thus, we no longer use bulky computers; we have smaller and faster laptops. Even the mobiles and palm size think-pads are more capable then the bulky machines prevalent in earlier days. Similar changes are witnessed in the field of transport and agriculture. Newer and faster means of transport like budget flights are commonplace.
On the other hand, use of better fertilizers and genetically engineered seeds has revolutionized the agriculture industry to meet the demands of the day. In essence, change is not a choice anymore but an inevitable truth for a healthier and better life. However, (On the other hand), to say that every change would be beneficial sounds more like an exaggeration. The behaviour of modern gullible youth is a case in point. In order to look more trendy and fashionable they adapt to new fads of fashion, eat unhealthy fast food and spend their hard earned money flaunting their new mobiles or cars.
These are examples of wasteful changes which need to be avoided. In my view, the best approach would be to adapt a middle path in this regard. Before embracing any change it would be wise to do a cost benefit analysis and if advantages overweigh risks, one should promptly and wholeheartedly welcome change. Life is a profound book, those who never change their ways end up reading only one page! Today, the high sales of popular consumer goods reflect the power of the advertising and not the real needs of the society in which they are sold. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
This topic is akin to the age old conundrum: which came first: Chicken or Egg. While some people believe that advertisements have fuelled the recent surge in sale of consumer products; other argue that unprecedented demand and changed lifestyles have fostered and incentivised the advertisement industry to produce expensive advertisements which entice common man. A deep dive into the cause and effect relationship between advertisement and consumerism will help us appreciate this subject holistically. (Comments: Introduces in an interesting way… chicken or egg…
uses idiomatic English.. Fuelled by… deep dive etc.. and good words.. like conundrum, holistically) Last few decades have witnessed an unforeseen change in lifestyles and demands. This has forced scientists and manufacturers to introduce better and advanced products. Advertisements play a vital role of introducing these products. Some of the consumer s may get swayed to buy products which they may not really need; majority of them buy what they really need. (Comments: Puts the role of advertisements in the correct perspective of introducing products…
presents his view that sale is as a result of real demand) Advertisements do affect our priorities and preferences to a certain extend and sometimes coerce us to buy products which we may not really need. Thus, celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan eulogizing the charisma of two-minutes-maggi have made a few of us to include Maggi as a staple diet. Similarly, luminaries like Shaharukh Khan and others endorsing beauty products like ‘fairness cream for men’ and likes, make some of us re-evaluate our age old standards of ‘tall dark and handsome’ man and purchase these new products.
However, saying that the recent spurt in sale of consumer goods is solely because of coercive advertisements sounds a little exaggerated. Advertisement at best can bring about an ephemeral surge in the sale of some products by seducing the gullible youth and kids; its the real demand and utility of the product that affect its sale. Thus, in the final analysis, it is the real need of the product that drives the sale of it in the longer run. Advertisement can bring a ‘flash in the pan’ surge. In the recent times, advertising has emerged as the most effective tool for marketing and promoting products.
People are always keen to look for latest products available in the market irrespective of their price and usage. In my opinion, advertising industry is the sole driver of sale of consumer goods. (Gives a precise three line introduction and states his point of view very clearly. ) To begin with, on ethical grounds advertising industry has lost its real purpose of awareness. People have become more materialistic by the flamboyant image of products. This can be illustrated by the example of current Indian car market.
Initially there were only few Japanese automobile companies in India, invasion of expensive German cars have enthralled whole market response. People are financing cars madly, in spite of hefty rate of interest. They have forgotten about their genuine need of four wheeler vehicle. (Although the point is strongly made, the title does not talk of ethics… sticking to the point is better approach.. ) Secondly, it is generally felt that more frequent ads of different brands with top end players or most popular film stars have induced people for brand loyalty. Top end players and famous film stars acts as role models.
Such ads induce younger generation adversely, ultimately raised a question of affordability for parents. For instance, Promoters often take Indian cricket star batsman Sachin Tendulkar as their brand ambassador, in order to attract innocent children for selling their products. (again the opinion mentioned here is not asked… although the point is valid) Thirdly, opponents widely point out that advertisements sometimes manipulate factual information. Ad makers nowadays try to hide real facts about the product and emphasize mainly about its eye catchy merits. They play with sentiments of consumer by misguiding them.
For example, in most of ads, promoters show only easy affordable EMI’s but they would not tell you the hidden cost attached with that commodity. (Not asked… ) In contrast, supporters often maintain that advertisements act as most efficient tool of marketing and raising awareness about availability of products in current markets. It enhances consumer approach and knowledge in a more precise way. For example, in general companies mainly concentrate on metropolitan areas for marketing and promotions due to their restricted budgets. These TV ads provide great deal of awareness to countrymen about available products in market.
(Gives ex.. of how ads can help spread awareness.. thus implicitly tells that they may help generate more sales) To sum up, unethical means of advertisements has raised a question on media’s efficiency and integrity. After considering every aspect, I like to reiterate that ad makers and promoters should understand their main goal of public awareness and should take rigorous steps to eradicate unwanted means which thwarts our progress. Comments: +: Uses good language; and substantiates with an example everytime. -: The topic is not adhered to… the question is directly related to surge in sale of consumer goods..
and not whether advertisements are ethical or not.. Even if your writing is exemplary, you will LOOSE MARKS for not sticking to the point. The range and quality of food that we can buy has changed because of technological and scientific advances. Some people regard this change as an improvement, while others believe that it is harmful. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. Technology is akin to a double edged sword. There is no denying the fact that all technological advancement be it in the field of a computers or something as common as agriculture and fertilizers has its positives and negatives.
These dualities exist everywhere. However, I am of the firm belief that advancements in the field of food technology which has helped us lead a richer and happier life is a boon rather than a bane. So, what is the solution to feed the ever increasing world population with limited agricultural land? Obviously, one has to think of newer and better ways to increase productivity. Thus, measures like genetically engineered seeds, disease resistant species, use of fertilizers to increase productivity, have helped the cause of feeding large populations.
Revolution in the field of fast food and processed food industry has further helped this cause. Sceptics raise the question of nutritional value of such food and the environmental effects of over-cultivation. No doubt, these concerns are genuine and need to be addressed to ensure sustainable development. Thus, for example, using scientifically advanced methods of food storage and transport can help prevent the food wastage which is estimated to be around 30% of the total yield. This will reduce pressure on production side thus ameliorating the situation of worsening environmental pollution because of over cultivation.
In essence, technological advancements in the field of agriculture and processed-food are here to stay. It behoves us to find productive and efficient ways of dealing with issues like food wastage and pollution to ensure sustainable development. Sample 2: WRITING WRITING TASK 2 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal more money than people in other important professions. Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. Write at least 250 words. © IELTS Exam Preparation 2007 Model answer ‘Grass looks greener on the other side’ – is a cliche that beautifully sums the elusive topic of money and earnings. In my view successful sports men who have broken the mould and given a new paradigm of human excellence, deserve to earn every penny of money and admiration they get. ‘People always see the rising sun’. It takes nothing less than muscles of iron and nerves
of steel to excel in the competitive world of sports, where the margin for error is so small, that one half a second too early or too late is enough to turn a success into a failure. Thus, it takes hours of practice and perseverance to create a Sachin Tendulkar or a Riky Ponting; and in their ephemeral careers of a few years they have to reach the acme of their performance as they retire very early. The money they earn during this small span has to make up for their rest of lives when they lead a retired life. Sceptics hold the notion that what you earn should be in proportion to what you contribute to the mundane world.
In their view, a teacher, or a government servant should earn more than a sports person because he helps common man more than a sport person does. One should not forget that a sports man endeavours to pursue a path fraught with a lot of risk and uncertainty; their success is not just a personal achievement but a matter of pride for the whole nation. Success of Nadia Coamnichi, achieving perfect 10 in Olympics is celebrated till date. In essence, sports stars belong to the class of their own; their achievement is a matter of pride for the whole humanity. Mundane scales of compensation for labour are not appropriate to evaluate their earnings.
Book 7 Test1: Some people believe that there should be fixed punishments for each the type of crime. Others however argue that the circumstances of an individual crime, and the motivation for committing it, should always be taken into account when deciding on the punishment. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. Judiciary is an intricate subject. Although most countries have clearly laid down laws and provisions, legal professionals are often bewildered while pronouncing the final verdict. Human life is complex and so are the rules that define it.
As far as question of fixed versus variable punishment is concerned fixed laws with due consideration to circumstances whenever required is the way to go, in my view. Clearly laid down laws go a long way in bringing about order in a civilized society. They help citizens to follow the legitimate way of doing things. For example the simple rule to take left while driving ensures safety by avoiding collisions. However, putting down laws for each and every circumstance is an arduous task. For example, can we make a law that legalizes killing if someone appears to be coming with intent to harm us physically?
Or what should be the punishment for a hungry man who steals bread from a grocery shop versus someone who has a stealing habit? Clearly, circumstances need to be taken into account while deciding the severity and nature of punishment. A word of caution though, a flexible legal system does not mean a system that can be moulded by anyone. Newspapers are replete with examples where influential criminals like politicians, businessmen, film-actors etc cook-up alibis and go scot free while innocent citizens are unnecessarily harassed. Laws need to have teeth and should be implemented with fairness.
It behoves the law makers and legal practitioners to act with fairness, prudence and sagacity. In the final analysis, unequivocal punishment can be pronounced for a crime which has precedence. For others it is imperative to consider circumstances and motives. Task 2 Sample; Thanks to the advancements in the field of technology and transportation, the world has shrunk into a global village. Thus, raw material acquired from Singapore helps Japan manufacture computers; Most of the back office work of the world is now performed in India. Events happening in one part of the world invariably affect the other parts.
Hence, leaving aside the moral and ethical question of ‘Love thy neighbor’ it makes eminent sense for the richer nations as well as their organizations to help their developing brothers. As the famous cliche goes – “If you give someone a fish you help a person for one day, but if you teach fishing you enable him for the whole life”. This metaphor can well become the quintessential principle to formulate strategies. No doubt health, education and trade are like Oxygen for the development of poorer nations but doling out these benefits without making them self reliant will be counterproductive.
This would be akin to curing the symptoms and ignoring the disease. History is replete with examples where world bank has given enormous amount of money to poorer nations, creating some flash in the pan ephemeral improvements, leaving the citizens debt ridden and poorer in the longer run. To make this arrangement of helping each other sustainable one for the multinational organizations it has to be based on the principle of ‘give and take’. Thus, the famous associations of Suzuki and Maruti, where one shares its technological expertise in exchange of cheap labour and big market goes well in the interest of both.
The recent step to introduce FDI in retail is another step in the right direction where rich nations to create a symbiotic association developing ones, which are looked at as investment havens. Thus, in a nutshell, it behooves upon the richer and poorer nations to join hands and exchange their expertise to help each other a sustainable, and economically viable symbiotic association. Governments should ensure such arrangement mutually beneficial to make them long lasting. Planning: Introduction. The first chart depicts year wise trend of Japanese tourists travelling across the globe during 85 to 95.
The second one illustrates preference of Japanese customers to choose Australia as their travel destination during the same time span. The most significant feature of the first graph is the constant raise in number of travelers between 85 to 90 where the numbers increased more than two fold from 5 million to around 11 million. 91 witnessed a little bit of correction post which it remained constant at 12 million during 92 and 93. The trend again regained its positive momentum to end at around 15 million in 95.
Similarly, Australian storyline also depicts an overall positive trend moving from 2 % travelers in 85 to 6 % in mid of 94. It witnessed the most dramatic growth from 84 to 85 to reach at 2%. The positive growth continued with numbers jumping to more than twice ie 4. 8% . The period from 88 to 89 shows a minor dip followed by another span positive growth till 93, when it reached a peak of 6. 3 % finally correcting at 6 % in 94. Thus, the number of international travelers as well those going to Australia witnessed a 3 times jump in the decade of 85 to 95.
Dear Sir, I am writing this letter in connection with the impending problems if the plan to expand the airport near my residence is implemented. I would like to apprise you that I am living in Palem Colony which is a densely populated area near to the domestic airport. Moreover, a lot of schools and colleges are also located in the vicinity. The noise created by planes is already a nuisance to the citizens in general and students studying in these colleges in particular. Further expansion of the adjoining airport will add fuel to the fire .
While I am well aware of the need of more flights, expanding the current airport w ill prove to be a wrong step. I would suggest opening a new airport in the outskirts would make eminent sense instead. It will not just be more safe but also will provide access to people living in neighboring towns. Hence, I would request the government to consider its decision to expand the current airport. Yours faithfully, In some countries children are engaged in some kind of paid work. Some pl regard this as completely wrong while others consider it as valuable work experience important for learning and taking responsibility.
What are your opinions on this? Use your own ideas knowledge and experience to support your ideas with examples and relevant evidence. Introduction: Importance of practical knowledge can not be deined; it should be by design and not by force… Para 1: Practical knowledge is very important… internship in medical education; management – last year work in some companies.. ; Bill Gates, steve jobs did well thanks to the practicle exposure; BPO industry in India. Para 2: Ground rules – age; type of work; should not be hazardous; criteria should not be to earn money but to gain experience; Para 3:
Ill effects; role of government and parents, and social structure.. Conclusion.. There is no denying the fact that practical experience acquired in the battlefield of life is valued more than the theoretical knowledge gained through formal education. However, the experience of a kid working as cheap labourer in car repairing workshop or that of a Nine year old working at the road side tea stall, hardly qualifies for a future profession of any repute. In other words, the nature of paid work and the purpose for indulging into
it is an important factor in deciding whether it’s a bane or a boon for the kid. Thus, paid work as a part of overall education design goes well but if a kid is forced to work for money it does not help the cause of a his education. A picture paints a thousand words. Thus, academicians deserve their due credit for designing curricula with internship as a part of the overall scheme. Students of medicine, engineering and management gain invaluable practical experience to hone their skills learnt in the classrooms. The experience so gained plays a pivotal role in securing them an appropriate