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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.

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 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)

The IELTS Academic Writing module measures your ability to write in clear, formal English,
as is generally demanded in an academic context. You are assessed according to the following
criteria:

 Task Response - how accurately to address the task


 Coherence and Cohesion - how organized your writing is
 Lexical Resource - the range of your vocabulary
 Grammatical Range and Accuracy - the correctness of your grammar
You have an hour to complete two writing tasks. You must complete both tasks to get a score.
You need to organize your ideas, write accurately, and use rich vocabulary. It is recommended
that you divide your time in this way:

 Task 1 – 150 words – 20 minutes


 Task 2 – 250 words – 40 minutes

IELTS ACADEMIC WRITING - TASK 1


In the first task, you must write a report based on pictorial information. This means you may
need to describe a graph, chart, or diagram. It may be a bar chart, pie chart, line graph, or some
other graphic representation. You might also be asked to describe the process illustrated by the
diagram. This involves describing the data accurately, pointing out trends and relevant
information, and using appropriate vocabulary.

To understand how best to answer this type of task, read through the model answers provided in
IELTS guidebooks. Examiners will score your answer based on your ability to group relevant
information, link ideas in complex sentences, and use appropriate vocabulary to describe trends.
This is not as difficult as it sounds. By reading through several sample answers, you can extract
the vocabulary you need and also learn a variety of sentence structures, to present your
information in a formal, academic manner. For the highest marks, also pay close attention to
your spelling and copy given words and phrases correctly.

IELTS ACADEMIC WRITING - TASK 2


In this task, you need to write an academic style essay on the single topic given. You have no
choices here – you must write only about the one topic – so prepare yourself with strategies to
write a well-organized essay on a variety of subject areas. You may need to offer a solution to a
problem, express an opinion or comment on ideas or arguments presented.

Your essay should be about four or five paragraphs in length, with an introduction, body and
conclusion. It should not be a list of bullet points, but a properly organized essay, written in full
sentences. You need to state your thesis, provide evidence or reasons to support your argument
and write a strong conclusion. Use topic sentences to clearly identify the main theme in each
paragraph. You could use the guide below to structure your essay:

Paragraph 1 Introduction Restate the topic, indicate your position

Paragraph 2 Body Main idea, supporting idea, examples

Paragraph 3 Body Main idea, supporting idea, examples

Paragraph 4 Conclusion Summarize ideas, restate position


Some people think that all children should learn geography
in school. However, some others think that it is more
important to learn subjects that are more relevant to life.
What is your opinion?
With constant modifications to the school curriculum and constant changes in society, the
question of whether to maintain or drop geography is an interesting topic. I believe there would
be severe consequences if geography were to disappear, mainly due to the understanding and
open-mindedness that is derived from such studies.

Firstly, with evermore complex geopolitical strategies being played out, it can be considered
extremely valuable to be able to identify the locations of these events without checking on a
map. Religious and border conflicts are among the most common sources of news events, and a
lack of knowledge as to where these events are taking place can be considered ignorance. For
example, areas such as the Middle East are constantly in the news. Therefore, by being merely
aware of their location in the world, readers or viewers can greatly increase their understanding
of the conflict.

Secondly, making geography compulsory in schools would most likely encourage students to
travel later in life. This is because geography can bring to light options you may not have known
existed previously. For example, historically England has been the top destination to learn
English. However, in recent times students have learned about more economical options such as
Malta or Ireland. Therefore, without a sound geographical knowledge of Europe, these options
could have been overlooked.

To conclude, removing geography from the school curriculum would reduce a student’s ability to
fully assimilate global events in the media. Furthermore, removing the subject could indirectly
reduce the number of perceived options available to students.

(255)
Some people think that all children should learn geography
in school. However, some others think that it is more
important to learn subjects that are more relevant to life.
What is your opinion?
With constant modifications to the school curriculum and constant changes in society, the
question of whether to maintain or drop geography is an interesting topic. I believe there would
be severe consequences if geography were to disappear, mainly due to the understanding and
open-mindedness that is derived from such studies.

Firstly, with evermore complex geopolitical strategies being played out, it can be considered
extremely valuable to be able to identify the locations of these events without checking on a
map. Religious and border conflicts are among the most common sources of news events, and a
lack of knowledge as to where these events are taking place can be considered ignorance. For
example, areas such as the Middle East are constantly in the news. Therefore, by being merely
aware of their location in the world, readers or viewers can greatly increase their understanding
of the conflict.

Secondly, making geography compulsory in schools would most likely encourage students to
travel later in life. This is because geography can bring to light options you may not have known
existed previously. For example, historically England has been the top destination to learn
English. However, in recent times students have learned about more economical options such as
Malta or Ireland. Therefore, without a sound geographical knowledge of Europe, these options
could have been overlooked.

To conclude, removing geography from the school curriculum would reduce a student’s ability to
fully assimilate global events in the media. Furthermore, removing the subject could indirectly
reduce the number of perceived options available to students.

(255)
In some countries children have very strict rules of behavior, in other countries they are allowed to do
almost anything they want. To what extent should children have to follow rules?
The extent to which children have to follow rules is in itself a very complex issue, since children across
the world grow up in very different cultures. In India for example, the level of morality is very high and
children are to be very submissive to their parents as well as other adults around them. This, however, is
not the case for the Western countries of the world where children follow the motto �Thou shalt do
what thou wilt� as promoted by celebrities and rock stars. I believe that following strict rules has both
advantages as well as serious drawbacks as discussed below.
Firstly, strict rules of behavior create responsible and respectful children who in turn mature into
respectful adults. This forms a stable society which is virtually free from vices such as prostitution and
drug abuse. Secondly, if children do not follow strict rules of behavior, they will get out of hand and
become work- shy and indolent. This will then create a burden on society since the government has to
find ways to cater for these social ills.

However, forcing children to follow strict rules of behavior doesn�t always yield positive results as
discussed above, most of the time it backfires and works against society. For example, teenagers are
more likely to do the opposite of what they�re told to do simply because they want to be independent.
Children should also have rights to exercise their free will and develop their own pattern of behaviors.
Strict rules simply destroy the individuality of children if they�re imposed on them.
At the end of the day, it is clear that children should be guided by rules, but these rules should not be
imposed on them because as human beings, they need to have room to develop their own traits of
character and adopt a behavioral pattern of their own. (Band 7)

As computers are being used more and more in education, there will be soon no role for
teachers in the classroom.

There is no doubt that education and the learning process has changed since the introduction of
computers: The search for information has become easier and amusing, and connectivity has
expedited the data availability. Though experts systems have made computers more intelligent,
they have not yet become a substitute of the human interaction in the learning process. In my
opinion what can be expected is a change of the teachers’ role, but not their disappearance from
the classroom.

Nobody can argue that the acquisition of knowledge is more fun and easier with computers. The
mere activity of touching and exploring this device constitutes an enjoyable task for a child.
This, accompanied by the relaxing attitude and software interactivity, usually contributes to a
better grasping of new knowledge. At a higher educational level the availability of digital books,
simulators and other academic materials provide the student with an ever accessible source of
information, that otherwise would not be at hand.

But, besides the increasing complexity and behavior of intelligent software, which is usually
embedded in the academic digital material, the need for human interaction in the learning
process will always be present, at least in the foreseeable future. There is the necessity for a
human being to be able to determine what the specifics needs of each individual are. The
expertise of a teacher in how to explain and adapt complex concepts to different individuals can
hardly be mimicked by a computer, no matter how sophisticated its software is.

As computers are becoming a common tool for teaching, teachers should be more aware of their
role as guides in the acquisition of knowledge rather than transmitters of facts. They have to be
open minded to the changes that are taking places, keep updated and serve as problem solvers in
the learning process, thus allowing students to discover the fact for themselves.

To summarize, in my personal view, teachers play and will continue to play an important role in
the classroom, especially at the primary level. No matter how complex computers become, there
will be no replacement for the human interaction, but in the way haw this interaction takes place.

This is an excellent essay! Are you a native English speaker? Well done. The only problem is
that this essay is too long, 365 words instead of 250-265 maximum.

Popular events like the Football World Cup and other international sporting occasions are
essential in easing international tension and releasing patriotic emotions in a safe way.

Every four years, the whole world stops to watch international sporting events such as the
Olympics and the Football World Cup in which athletes show their best performance to make
their country proud. These sporting occasions have proved to be helpful in easing international
tension in difficult times when powerful leaders were trying to control the world’s economy and
other governments were fighting over the land.

The Olympic Games are one of the best examples which prove how sporting events can bring
nations together, at least temporarily. From the ancient History, when Greeks and Romans would
interrupt battles to participate in the games, to the more recent international disputes, when
athletes from Palestine and Israel would forget their differences, compete peacefully and even
embrace each other after an event. Moreover, these popular events have called the world’s
attention to the terrible consequences of wars; thus some leaders have tried to reach agreements
to end their disputes and live peacefully.

Similarly, international sporting events show benefits in some developing countries which live in
a daily internal civil war. For example, Brazil has a high rate of unemployment, lack of
education, hunger, crime, poverty and corruption which leads to an immense embarrassment of
being Brazilian and a low self-esteem. However, when the Football World Cup starts, the
Brazilian squad, which is considered the best team in the world, provokes an amazing feeling of
pride in their country. Most people seem to forget all their problems and even the criminal
activity decreases. They paint roads with the national colors, wear the Brazilian team shirts and
buy national flags. Moreover, the competition brings families and neighbors together and even
rival gangs watch the games and celebrate peacefully.

In conclusion, popular sporting events play an important role in decreasing international tensions
and liberating patriotic feelings as history has shown.
This is a great essay, the ideas, language, structure of paragraphs and sentences, and your
grammar show a good command of the English language. In my opinion it is Band 8. Keep up
the good work.

IELTS Essay, topic: Rich countries should help the poor


Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

Improvements in health, education and trade are essential for the development of poorer
nations. However, the governments of richer nations should take more responsibility for
helping the poorer nations in such areas.

Today’s world has been divided into developing and industrialised countries which the main
difference between them is the amount of money that governments apply in important sectors
such as education, health and commerce. Most of the poorer nations are buried in debts as a
result of their unbalanced finances which are reflect in a failed health care, an unstructured
education system and a weak international trade. This vicious cycle will continue indefinitely
unless wealthier nations show interest in minimizing the worldwide economic differences, as
well as taking more responsibility for assisting less fortunate countries.

Most of the African countries live in sub-human conditions because of the extreme poverty,
upheaval, hunger, disease, unemployment, lack of education and both inexperienced and corrupt
administrations. The devastating consequences of the AIDS epidemic in those countries could
improve if the infected population were to receive free drugs to control the disease, have access
to health professionals and get information on how to prevent its spread. But this can only be
achieved through international help programs in which leaders of the world’s richest countries
donate medicine and also send doctors and nurses to treat and educate those in need.

Moreover, most of the poor countries rely on selling agricultural products and raw materials to
rich nations and buying industrialized products from them resulting in a huge financial deficit.
Consequently, they borrow a significant amount of money from the World Bank to try to
improve their broken economies, but sometimes the money disappears with no significant
changes and they cannot even pay the interest to the bank. Regarding this issue, last year the G8,
which is comprised of leaders of the eight richest nations, decided to forgive billions of dollars
worth of debt owed by the world’s poorest nations. In addition, they developed adequate loan
programs to financially assist those countries.

In conclusion, leaders of the industrialised countries play an indispensable role in assisting


developing nations in dealing with essential areas such as health, education and trade. Also, their
aid is the key to breaking the vicious cycle, which results in poverty and death.

This is a great essay, seems to be on a Band 8 level, there’s nothing to improve here.

IELTS Essay, topic: Computers replacing teachers


Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

As computers are being used more and more in education, there will be soon no role for
teachers in the classroom.

There have been immense advances in technology in most aspects of people’s lives, especially in
the field of education. Nowadays, an increasing number of students rely on computers for
research and to produce a perfect paper for school purposes. Others have decided to leave the
original way of learning and to get knowledge through online schools. These changes in the
learning process have brought a special concern regarding the possible decrease of importance of
teachers in the classroom.

Some people believe the role of teachers started to fade because computers have been helping
some students to progress in their studies quicker compared to studies in an original classroom.
For example, in the same classroom, students have different intellectual capacities, thus some
would be tied to a slow advance in their studies because of others’ incapability of understanding.
In this way, pupils could progress in their acquisition of knowledge at their own pace using
computers instead of learning from teachers.

However, the presence of a teacher is essential for students because the human contact influences
them in positive ways. Firstly, students realize that they are not dealing with a machine but with
a human being who deserves attention and respect. They also learn the importance of studying in
a group and respect for other students, which helps them improve their social skills.

Moreover, teachers are required in the learning process because they acknowledge some
students’ deficiencies and help them to solve their problems by repeating the same explanation,
giving extra exercises or even suggesting a private tutor. Hence, students can have a better
chance of avoiding a failure in a subject.

In conclusion, the role for teachers in the learning process is still very important and it will
continue to be such in the future because no machine can replace the human interaction and its
consequences.

This is a great essay. Seems worthy of Band 8. No improvements are necessary, keep up the
good work!

IELTS Essay, topic: Financial education


Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

Financial education should be a mandatory component of the school program. To what


extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

It is an obvious fact that financial aspects are a major part of the daily life, as an adult and even
as a young individual. Each and every one of us has to make financial decisions concerning
recreation, health, education and more. The question is whether to start with financial education
as part of school program or to postpone it for a later stage in life.

To begin with, being able to understand the value of money, the way the economic system works
and to interpret financial news and its implications is a virtue. Without this virtue, an individual,
even a young one, might suffer to some extent. For an example, a child who doesn’t understand
the concept of money might find it more difficult to an example choosing only one present out of
more possible ones.

In addition, many adults are lacking capability of financial analysis. Quite often, the reason can
be the lack of sound foundations or insecurity when it comes to financial terms and concepts.
Starting from an early age, building a strong background, can very likely prevent such situation.

However, financial education necessarily involves quantifying and setting prices and value for
services and goods. It can easily turn young people into cynical human beings who lack emotion.
Furthermore, a tendency to self-concentration and egoism might rise when one start measuring
everything from a profit-making perspective.

In conclusion, financial education has both pros and cons. In my opinion, the advantages are
more significant than the disadvantages, making financial education an advisable component of
the school program. The disadvantages should be thought of as a certain price that young people
have to pay due to the characteristics of the world that we live in.

This is a wonderful essay. It covers the task, is correctly structured, the paragraphs are
logically connected, the structure of sentences shows excellent command of the English
language. The vocabulary is fine and both spelling and grammar are very good. See comments
underlined in blue for some minor corrections. Overall, looks like a Band 7.5 – Band 8 essay.

IELTS Essay, topic: The advantages and disadvantages of


globalization
Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

Even though globalization affects the world’s economies in a very positive way, its negative
side should not be forgotten. Discuss.

Globalization is such a commonly used term in the twentieth century. It simply means that the
world has become integrated economically, socially, politically and culturally through the
advances of technology, transportation and communication. It is undeniable that globalization
has resulted in both positive and negative effects which must be addressed accordingly.

To begin with, globalization has contributed to the world’s economies in many beneficial ways.
The advances in science and technology have allowed businesses to easily cross over territorial
boundary lines. Consequently, companies tend to become more productive and competitive
thereby raising the quality of goods, services and the world’s living standard.
Secondly, several companies from the more developed countries have already ventured to
establish foreign operations or branches to take advantage of the low cost of labor in the poorer
countries. This kind of business activity will provide more influx of cash or investment funds
into the less developed countries.

However, one cannot deny the negative effects which have derived from globalization. One
crucial social aspect is the risk and danger of epidemic diseases which can easily be spread as the
transportation becomes easier and faster in today’s advanced society. This is evidenced in the
recent birds flu disease which has infected most Asian countries over a short period of time.

As large corporations invest or take over many offshore businesses, a modern form of
colonization will also evolve which may pose certain power pressure on the local governments of
the less developed countries. Unemployment rates in the more developed regions such as Europe
may also escalate as corporations choose to outsource to the cheaper work force from Asian
countries.

In conclusion. I like to reiterate that globalization is inevitable and we must urge individuals,
companies and governments to use a more balanced approach by taking the appropriate steps to
deal with matters relating to the financial or economical gains verses the social, political or
ecological concerns of the world.

This essay is too long, 318 words instead of 250-265. Otherwise (except for some minor
grammatical errors) it is a very nice work. It covers the task, has the right structure, the
paragraphs are coherent and are logically connected by elegantly used linking words, the
structure of sentences is fine and so is your vocabulary. Seems worthy of Band 7.5 or 8.

IELTS Essay, topic: children and rules


Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

In some countries children have very strict rules of behavior, in other countries they are
allowed to do almost anything they like. To what extent should children have to follow
rules?

The extent to which children have to follow rules is in itself a very complex issue, since children
across the world grow up in very different cultures. In India for example, children are expected
to be very submissive to their parents as well as other adults around them. This, however, is not
the case with the Western countries of the world where children follow the motto ‘Thou shalt do
what thou wilt’ as promoted by celebrities and rock stars. I believe that following strict rules has
both advantages as well as serious drawbacks as discussed below.

Firstly, strict rules of behavior create responsible and respectful children who in turn mature into
respectful adults. This forms a stable society which is virtually free from negative trends such as
prostitution and drug abuse. Secondly, if children do not follow strict rules of behavior, they may
get out of hand and become work-shy and indolent. This may then create a burden on the society
since the government has to find ways to cater for these social ills.
However, forcing children to follow strict rules of behavior doesn’t always yield positive results
as discussed above, most of the time it backfires and works against society. For example,
teenagers are more likely to do the opposite of what they’re told to do simply because they want
to be independent. Children should also have rights to exercise their free will and develop their
own pattern of behaviors. Imposing strict rules may simply destroy the individuality of children.

At the end of the day, it is clear that children should be guided by rules, but these rules should
not be imposed on them because as human beings, they need to have room to develop their own
traits of character and adopt a behavioral pattern of their own.

This essay is too long (309 words instead of advised 250-265). Otherwise this work is a very
good one; it covers the task, your position is clear, the ideas are well-organized, expressed,
explained and supported. The sentences show a wide range of language structures, cohesive
devices and your grammar is fine. Overall, this seems to be a band 7.5 or higher essay.

IELTS Essay, topic: the positive and the negative sides of


globalization
Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

Even though globalization affects the world’s economies in a positive way, its negative side
should not be forgotten. Discuss.

In the present age, globalization is playing an increasingly important role in our lives. But in the
meantime whether it is a blessing or a curse has sparked a heated debate. Some people argue that
globalization has a fundamentally beneficial influence on our lives, while many others contend
that it has a detrimental effect as well.

A convincing argument can be made about globalization not only playing a pivotal role in the
development of technology and economy, but also promoting the cultural exchange between
different countries. To start with, it is the globalization that impelled many corporate to become
international groups, thereby making a contribution to the local technology and employment.
Specifically, when a multinational group establish a factory in a developing country, the new
equipment, the new management skills and the job vacancies are all in the best interest of the
local society. Moreover, people worldwide can get to know each other better through
globalization. It is easy to see that more and more Hollywood blockbusters show cultures
different from American, some recent examples are ‘Kungfu Panda’ and ‘The Mummy’.

Admittedly, the profit driven side of globalization has severely affected young people. Today, in
the metropolises in different countries, it is very common to see teenagers wearing NIKE T-
shirts and Adidas footwear, playing Hip-Hop music on Apple iPods and eating at KFC. The
culture that took a thousand years to form just seems similar in these cities; it seems as though
you can only distinguish them by their language. Meanwhile, in some developing countries,
sweat workshops are always a concerning issue. For instance, reports show that some teenagers
employed by NIKE’s contractors work in smelly factories over 14 hours a day, but are only paid
fifty cents per hour.

To sum up, I would concede that globalization does come with some adverse effects. Despite
that fact, benefits created by it far outweigh the disadvantages. Overall, I am convinced that we
should further promote globalization and meanwhile the local government should take measures
to combat culture assimilation and sweat workshops.

This essay is extremely long (338 words instead of the advised 250-265). It has a sound
structure, your position is clearly expressed, the information is well-organized, and structure-
wise the sentences are fine. The vocabulary is impressive and there were only a few
grammatical errors (see comments underlined in blue). Overall, this seems to be a band 7.5 +
essay

IELTS essay, topic: Should people spend a lot on weddings


and birthday parties?
Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

Some people think that spending a lot on holding wedding parties, birthday parties and
other celebrations is just a waste of money. Others, however, think that these are necessary
for individuals and the society. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Throwing parties can be expensive. While some people do not find these fancy parties worth
what they cost, others believe parties are important to both individuals and the society.

People choose to throw parties for a number of reasons. For starters, parties can make better
teams. Project kick-off parties are good opportunities to break the ice and help team members to
know each other better. Victory parties create a sense of success and belonging. Companies do
not see parties as wastes of money and allocate budget to support such events. Moreover, parties
often leave good memories. From our own experiences, we all have happy memories of our
birthday parties when we were little. Every family has great photos took on family parties in
their album. In addition, contrary to what some people believe that spending on parties is a waste
of social resources, parties actually create value, either by employing people in the party
planning business or by offering people better party experiences.

The popularity of parties, however, causes some tension in the society. Parties are hard on
introverted people who find themselves uncomfortable in parties. This is a clinic symptom which
psychologists call it “social anxiety disorder”. There are other ways to celebrate important events
that may have greater value for their cost. For instance, companies could send out gifts after
successful projects and parents could take their children on family trips to celebrate birthdays.

In my opinion, while a party is a form of social event that brings many benefits to individuals
and the society, other choices should also be considered, either to cut spending or to relieve the
stress of those who are not fond of parties.
This is a very good essay. Other than minor inaccuracies there are no problems (mouse over
the words underlined in blue shows corrections). Seems to be worth IELTS Band 8.

IELTS essay, topic: Children should be engaged in paid


work, agree or disagree?
Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

In many countries children are engaged in different kinds of paid work. Some people
regard this as completely wrong, while others consider it a valuable work experience,
important for learning and taking responsibility. What is your opinion?

The issue of whether or not children should be engaged in some paid work has sparked a heated
debate. While some argue that having some employment experience is conducive to a child’s
learning and development, I contend that it would bring harm to the child’s heath and learning.

First of all, a workplace designed for adults is normally shortage of child-friendly facilities.
Desks and chairs are too high for a child; the light switches are installed on the walls unreachable
by children; also emergency training and facilities such as phones are only provided to adults.
Furthermore, various hazards such as polluted air and chemical fumes are still produced in
factories and farms. Undoubtedly young people would suffer in such workplaces.

Also, children would find it frustrating when they are not properly inducted before starting a job.
A child working in a cement factory would feel a setback when he could not get immediate
support while struggling with the procedures of recording different raw materials that is required
by the job. Further, without sufficient support, a child’s misunderstanding or inappropriately
communicating with adults would only disappoint him and prevents him from active learning
and interacting with other people.

To conclude, a child’s paid employment experience would lead to a negative impact on their
health and active learning. However, recognizing the importance of children’s learning and their
awareness of responsibility, it is advisable to encourage them to be involved in some
volunteering opportunities where they can meaningfully learn and interact with other people with
sufficient care and support in place for such jobs.

This is a good essay. There are only a few errors (mouse over the words underlined in blue
shows corrections), but otherwise this work seems worthy of Band 7.5 or 8. Remember to
always proofread your essay before submitting it. Keep up the good work!

IELTS essay, topic: Public libraries should only provide


books, not videos or DVD, agree or disagree?
Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8
Public libraries should only provide books and should not waste their limited resources on
expensive high-tech media such as software, videos or DVDs. Do you agree or disagree?

With the proliferation of high-tech media, some people hold that the public libraries would be
rendered obsolete if they do not offer software, videos or DVDs to their users while other assert
it’s only a waste of limited resources and the libraries should offer books only.

High-tech media is, in many ways, indeed superior to the books in terms of entertainment,
attraction, and functionality. For instance, videos and DVDs function as a visual means to assist
people to have a first-hand experience even though those people have not physically visited or
seen the objects which are introduced in the books. Also, despite the audio-visual equipment
would be prohibitive to install, the capital cost would be lowered by appealing to a sizable
number of users.

More importantly, software could assist the library goers to access the Internet to update their
knowledge on a daily basis; in contrast, books typically take multiple months to be published,
which in turn render their contents outdated to some extent. In addition, upon learning that the
computer literacy has become an essential skill recently, public libraries should take on the
responsibility to educate its users how to operate a computer.

Furthermore, it is a common practice for most public libraries to share their resources via the
Internet. In this way, even if one book of interest cannot be found in one library, the borrower
still could locate the book from other libraries and then request the librarians to transfer the book
to that particular library.

In conclusion, public libraries would benefit in multiple ways if they are equipped with the high-
tech media.

This is a good essay. There are only a few errors indicating that the writer needs to take care
with verbs, prepositions and sentence formation (mouse over the words underlined in blue
shows corrections). Overall, this work seems worthy of IELTS Band 8. Remember to always
proofread your essay before submitting it. Keep up the good work!

IELTS essay, topic: Children these days are suffering from


obesity, why and how can it be solved?
Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

Modern children are suffering from the diseases that were once considered to be meant for
adults only. Obesity is a major disease prevalent among children. What are its causes and
what solutions can be offered?

Nowadays, the increasing rate of overweight children and adults is a worldwide health issue.
Obesity is a major problem which is increasing day by day in school going children. There are
various reasons behind it. This essay will discuss the causes of obesity and offer some solutions.
The first cause of obesity is junk food. It is often seen that mostly children are fond of burgers,
pizzas, noodles and coke. These types of foods are easily available to them in school canteens.
Children love to purchase chips, chocholates, - ice-cream for lunch. Moreover, in this modern
era, parents are working and they do not have time to cook at home. Parents often buy dinner for
their children instead of preparing food at home. This calorie-rich diet is making children obese.
This problem can be solved by teaching children to cook healthy foods for themselves and
banning junk foods and fizzy drinks in schools. This diet can be replaced by milk, juice and
fruits for lunch.

The second cause of obesity is sedentry life style. It is true that the use of computers and
television is increasing in children. They spend most of their time watching television or playing
video games on a computer. This technological advancement has reduced the level of physical
activity in this specific age group. This issue can be resolved by encouraging children to do
physical exercises. Parents can take their children to park to encourage playing with friends.
Furthermore, schools can add sports in their curriculum to maintain physical fitness in their
students.

To sum up, it is clear that main causes of obesity are unhealthy eating and not enough physical
activities. This ailment can be prevented and treated by healthy eating habbits and physical
exercises.

This is a good essay. There are only a few minor errors that could have been easily prevented
by proofreading this essay one last time before submission (mouse over the words underlined
in blue shows corrections). Overall, this work seems worthy of IELTS Band 8. Keep up the
good work!

IELTS essay, topic: Schools should select students by their


academic abilities, agree or disagree?
Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

Some people think that schools should select students according to their academic abilities,
while others believe that it is better to have students with different abilities studying
together. Discuss both views and state your own opinion.

Some people contend that mixed ability classes are more beneficial for children’s development
than streaming them on the basis of judgement about their academic abilities. However, from my
perspective, I disagree with this contention.

Admittedly, mixed ability classes provide a better environment for children’s all-round
development. In such classes, children with different abilities study together and in turn they can
learn from one another. From example, a student, who is good at academic study but weak in
dancing or painting, can learn how to dance or paint form his peers. In this sense, mixed ability
classes allow students to develop their abilities in different subjects instead of only academic
abilities.
Despite the argument above, I believe streaming students brings more benefits to teachers and
students. As for teachers, separating children with better academic abilities from others facilitates
effective teaching. This practice helps teachers to control their students more conveniently and
easily. Compared with mixed ability in which teacher should consider students’ differences when
they are using teaching methodologies, streaming makes this situation simpler. To be more
specific, students are at the same level of academic ability in a class, and in turn teachers can use
the same methodologies for them all. In this way, the narrower the spread of ability in the class,
the more convenient the teaching can be.

On top of this, steaming enables students to learn in an effective way. According to students’
different abilities, they are taught in different ways that are more suitable for them. In the top
streams, students use more difficult materials, therefore, they can learn more. In sharp contrast,
teachers can explain the material more slowly to those in bottom streams. Under this
circumstance, students with different academic abilities can study effectively and efficiently.

In the final analysis, mixed ability classes are beneficial for students’ versatile development, but
in my opinion, segregating students based on different academic ability is better for both teachers
and students.

The writer presented a balanced discussion of the topic, effortlessly delivered in a form of a
fluent, well-written IELTS essay. The arguments and reasoning are laid out in a coherent,
logical way. A wide range of vocabulary is used in this work. There are very few spelling
errors that could have been caught in an additional round of proofreading (mouse over the
words underlined in blue shows corrections). Keep up the good work! Overall, this essay
seems worthy of IELTS Band 8.

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IELTS essay, topic: Schools should select students by their


academic abilities, agree or disagree?
Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

Some people think that schools should select students according to their academic abilities,
while others believe that it is better to have students with different abilities studying
together. Discuss both views and state your own opinion.
Some people contend that mixed ability classes are more beneficial for children’s development
than streaming them on the basis of judgement about their academic abilities. However, from my
perspective, I disagree with this contention.

Admittedly, mixed ability classes provide a better environment for children’s all-round
development. In such classes, children with different abilities study together and in turn they can
learn from one another. From example, a student, who is good at academic study but weak in
dancing or painting, can learn how to dance or paint form his peers. In this sense, mixed ability
classes allow students to develop their abilities in different subjects instead of only academic
abilities.

Despite the argument above, I believe streaming students brings more benefits to teachers and
students. As for teachers, separating children with better academic abilities from others facilitates
effective teaching. This practice helps teachers to control their students more conveniently and
easily. Compared with mixed ability in which teacher should consider students’ differences when
they are using teaching methodologies, streaming makes this situation simpler. To be more
specific, students are at the same level of academic ability in a class, and in turn teachers can use
the same methodologies for them all. In this way, the narrower the spread of ability in the class,
the more convenient the teaching can be.

On top of this, steaming enables students to learn in an effective way. According to students’
different abilities, they are taught in different ways that are more suitable for them. In the top
streams, students use more difficult materials, therefore, they can learn more. In sharp contrast,
teachers can explain the material more slowly to those in bottom streams. Under this
circumstance, students with different academic abilities can study effectively and efficiently.

In the final analysis, mixed ability classes are beneficial for students’ versatile development, but
in my opinion, segregating students based on different academic ability is better for both teachers
and students.

The writer presented a balanced discussion of the topic, effortlessly delivered in a form of a
fluent, well-written IELTS essay. The arguments and reasoning are laid out in a coherent,
logical way. A wide range of vocabulary is used in this work. There are very few spelling
errors that could have been caught in an additional round of proofreading (mouse over the
words underlined in blue shows corrections). Keep up the good work! Overall, this essay
seems worthy of IELTS Band 8.

IELTS essay, topic: Why do criminals commit another


offence after being punished?
Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

Many offenders commit more crimes after serving the first punishment. Why is this
happening, and what measures can be taken to tackle this problem?
It is true that some criminals commit crimes again after they have been punished. While there are
several reasons for this alarming trend, some effective measures can be taken by governments to
tackle this problem.

There are two main reasons for re-offenders. Firstly, the prison system can make the situation
worse. Criminals put together in prison and they make friends with other offenders. While they
are locked up in prison, they do not have much to do there, and they would exchange information
about what they have done before they came to the prison or they may plan crimes with other
inmates. Secondly, offenders often do not have any other means of earning money. They are
poor, uneducated and lacking skills needed to maintain a job. Also, a criminal record makes
finding a job difficult as people usually avoid hiring ex-convict.

To solve this problem, governments should focus on rehabilitation of criminals rather than
punishment. Above all, prisons need vocational training which makes inmates to prepare for life
outside the prison. They can learn practical skills such as computer programming, car
maintenance and graphic design. In this way, they can be hired for a position that requires this
certain knowledge and skills. Community service is another way to reform offenders. Rather
than being locked up in prison with other inmates, offenders can help society and become useful
to their local community, and these activities would eliminate the negative influence that prisons
can have.

In conclusion, it is true re-offenders are one of the problems in our community; it can be solved
by focusing rehabilitation rather than punishment itself.

This is a good essay. The requirements of the task statement are covered, the reasoning is
logical and presented in a coherent, easy to follow way, the range of vocabulary is wide
enough and the writer shows fluency and flexibility. Some minor errors in this essay include
word choice and preposition errors (mouse over the words underlined in blue shows suggested
corrections). Overall this looks like an IELTS Band 8 essay.

IEIELTS Writing – IELTS Essays Writing Samples for 9 Bands


July 1, 2011 by Nitin Bhradwaj 45 Comments

This section covers the IELTS Essays Writing Samples and shows how to create a rough draft
before writing the essay in IELTS Writing Tests.

Essay Writing – Rough Draft to make before you start Writing (Takes no more than 2 minutes
and makes your ideas clear)

Writing Topic 1:
Do you think that Private Institutions Should be Banned? Discuss your options in 250 words.
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Quick notes

 I am not in agreement with this statement

 Reasons why not in agreement

Equality issues

Education quality issues

 Possibilities if banned

Inexpensive as compared to private institution if banned

Multicultural environments increment if banned

 Disabled Children issues

 Conclusion

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OK so by looking the Quick notes (rough draft), you can write an essay in a logical way and the
writing will flow smoothly. Sample IELTS Essay 1 below uses the Quick note that i made above.

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Essay Writing – Sample Essay 1


Do you think that Private Institutions Should be Banned? Discuss your options in 250 words.

Apropos of this statement, I am in consummate discord with it. Private institutions should not be
banned. Because it will mean, abating the choices made by parents for the future of their
children. They may not get best education and quality of studies in Government institution.
Hence, life for bright students may be downsized. Furthermore, consequences could be
devastating for the future of individual and perhaps for the whole nation.

On the other hand, there will be huge positive impact on the way our Government Schools work
if the private institutions are banned. Once government institutions realize their problems and
shortcomings, quality of teaching and code of practice will improve. As the code for conduct
improve in the Government institutions, their way of teaching will be more pragmatic. Also there
will definitely be profits from schools which will go in Government Treasury once the private
institutes are banned; hence the school conditions will improve. These schools will then
retrospect the multi-religious culture and will teach students to be respectful towards other
religions. Parents will definitely benefit from this decision by paying less tuition fees in
Government institutions as compared to private institutions. Furthermore, there will be sense of
equality between students and there will be exhibit of nor rich or poor in schools.

Absence of private schools may become a source of anguish in middle and high income people.
It may be misunderstood as a loss in freedom of choice as Government has taken the right of
choice form parents for their children education.

Some of the children who need special education or attention need private education. For
instance, people with disabilities will be cared more in private institutions for their needs as
compared with Government Institutions. Similarly, blind or deaf students also need special
attention and care which in my option is impossible to provide in Government institutions.

In nutshell, I would like to assert the importance of private institutes in our community. Private
institutions cater needs for all type of students. They always change their teaching styles and
skills in accord to the demand of students, providing them with high stands of education. So I
strongly feel that private education should not be banned.

Essay Writing – Sample Essay 2

As our nations are becoming stronger and more powerful economically, the quality of life seems
to be improved. However, that is not actually true. We may think that we are healthy individuals
and our off springs will be same, unfortunately that is just a mirage. As we look around us we
find the poisons which will be polluting our generations to come. For instance alcohol and drugs
are affecting our wellbeing. In accord to the statistics the percentage of smokers has risen to
almost 17% in five years and that is a major cause of concern. And it is not unusual to
understand that majority of lung and heart diseases are consequences of smoking. In addition to
that, people who do not smoke actually are also smoking it is called as “Passive Smoking”.
Recently Australia has implemented some regulations for smokers which is a relief to
nonsmokers.

Choice of smoking is made freely and with cognition of a smoker. However, since smoker is
commensurately addicted to smoking, providing warning on the cigarette pack is not enough.
Furthermore, Government should impose high taxes on cigarettes, so that smoking addiction
could be controlled in youngsters. But it is also a fact that most of the Government’s revenue
comes from cigarettes and alcohol. If smoking is controlled then it is questionable, what will be
happening to the strong economy of that country? I believe there must be equilibrium for this
crisis.

Smokers can be considered as the high risk people because of vulnerability of disease. Majority
of people are smokers with complications in lungs and heart. So it should be kept in mind that
these people will be expected to pay more for their treatment. But there is actually a fine line
between smokers and nonsmokers. For instance, non smokers may have to pay enormous amount
of money for medical treatment, if the disease is serious.
I am in partial accord with this statement. It is a possibility that smokers may have high medical
treatment bills, but it doesn’t necessary means non smokers bound to have less complications
and hence less medical expenses. The scenario depends upon person to person and it may even
vary from one nation to another.

Essay Writing – Sample Essay 3

I am not in consummate accord with the statement. Smoking is bad for health. But it is only on
case to case basis. Some of the people have been observed immune to the bad effects of
smoking. In accord to one research, some people can sustain the bad effects of smoking and can
live longer. However, some people can not sustain the bad effects of smoking and therefore, the
results can be devastating.

People who could be severely effected by smoking are more prone to heart and lung diseases.
Paying for the medical treatment should not be biased. Because it doesn’t matter if the person is
smoker or non-smoker, the problem in non-smoker could be similar to a smoker. For example, a
non-smoker could be “passive smoker”. Also, even though the chances of getting heart and lung
diseases in smokers are high, it doesn’t mean that a non-smoker can not have the similar disease.
Reasons may vary from high cholesterol level to lungs infection in non-smokers. Research has
showed that a non-smoker could also exhibit the same complications as a smoker reason being
non-smoker could be inhaling the smoke fumes from smokers.

In conclusion, I would like to state that even though, majority of smokers are having
complications because of smoking but it does not necessarily mean that the non-smokers cannot
have the same problems. On this basis, I would assert that the medical treatment should not be
biased; it should be fair to anyone who needs it. If the medical treatment is not fair, it could lead
to more casualties in smokers. As a consequence, it will leave a bad taste in our community and
then the riots will be inevitable.

Essay Writing – Sample Essay 4

I am in consummate accord with this statement. Apropos of the statement, I strongly believe that
medical professionals and engineers must be paid more as compared to film actors. By pragmatic
cognizance, one can understand that doctors and engineers are buttress of our society and
economy.

Doctors and nurses are individuals who not only work for a living, but also contribute to our
society. They are the people who can be regarded as “hands of God”. Reason being they save our
lives, hence make this planet better for living. If one really wants to understand what it means to
be a doctor, ask them, they will tell that you must have a “heart of a lion and hands of a weaver”
in order to be a doctor. It is so true. Doctors and nurses improve our quality of lives. They
contribute to the community in ways different to any other professions.

Similarly, teachers are also building blocks of our society. They educate us in order to make us
successful in our professional and personal lives. Mentors make us realize our true potential and
our responsibilities as an individual. Personally speaking, they are the messengers of angels who
teach us how our life should be. They give us sense of direction in life. They show us the way to
success.

Doctors, teachers and nurses are undoubtedly the pillar of any nation. Therefore, it becomes
imperative to understand that they must be paid well in order to help build our community not
just for themselves but for the whole society. Doctors and nurses should be paid according to
their rank and their department. Higher the precision required, higher should be the pay.
Similarly, teachers should be paid according to their rank and qualifications. And one most
important thing is to increment their salary every year to keep them motivated.

On the contrary to these professions, actors should not be paid huge amounts for their acting.
Main reason being apart of showing their sexuality, emotions and their violent nature, they
exhibit wrong ideas in our society. I feel they have a limited contribution to our community as
compared to any other profession.

In a nutshell, I would like to assert that doctors, teachers and nurses should be paid well as
compared to actors. The main reason is because doctors, teachers and nurses contribute to our
society constructively. On the other hand, film industries actually contribute destructively in our
community.

Essay Writing – Sample Essay 5

I am in consummate accord with this statement. There is too much attention on keeping a pet
even though people throughout the world are starving. However, one cannot negate the benefits
of keeping pets. Pets are known to being harmony in families and lives of people.

Pets are source of happiness and recreation for people of all ages. Pets especially dogs may keep
a person fit, as it is important to take dogs for a walk. As we walk with dogs we help ourselves to
be fit. So, pets could be one reason to become fit. Guide dogs are helpful to our community.
Everyone knows the significance of these specially trained dogs in lives of blind people. Guide
dogs act as eyes through which they see. Dogs are also known to save lives, in some cases. At
night dogs act like guards on patrol, saving our houses from burglars.

Although there are benefits to keep pets, but they could also be source of diseases. Viruses are
known to be present in animals and birds. By their droppings, these viruses can travel places,
infecting people which could lead to deaths in worst case scenario. Some pets, like cats and
parrots can be aggressive and impulsive and it can result in instant attacks in people and can
show way to the hospital.

Loss of a pet can be devastating to family members especially children. Pets have tendency to
blend as a family member, so loss of who can create the same effect as a loss of a family
member. As a consequence, it can lead to depression in young children.

Having a pet could also mean that lots of money will be spent on them. It is up to a person
weather to keep a pet or negate the idea of having one. Once it is decided to get a pet, foremost
things to do is to manage finances well in advance.
In the end, I would like to say that it actually depends upon a person either to adopt a pet or give
up the idea of having one. Personally speaking, I would like to have a dog in future, as I like
myself to keep fit and I think it will enhance my lifestyle.

Essay Writing – Sample Essay 6

Computers, televisions, internet, these are the must have assets in our contemporary world.
It seems that world without media sources would come to halt instantaneously. However, if
this is the case I imagine how our ancestors would have survived all those years without
these information sources?

Computers nowadays are the major buttress in any market, be it in financial sector, like offices or
businesses or stocks. It has definitely changed the world we live in. With invent of this
magnificent device, people have realized the benefits of technology, which is to make lives
easier and comfortable, in this technological era. Even if you ask a 3 year old child how to
operate a computer, answer will definitely be positive.

Generally speaking, computers are helping our communities in numerous ways. People have
become more aware of technology, resulting in increased cognizance. Computers are assisting us
in factories where operations are completely autonomous. In offices, computers help us to
manage our data and information. Thus, computers have actually changed our world.

Having said that, in accord to some researches done in America, there have been reports that
using computers are harmful to our wellbeing. According to annals published back in 2006,
working on computers for long hours continuously, can lead to stress and depression. In addition
to that, people tend to gain weight as they work on computers all day long. Further more,
working on computers for more than four hours can lead to decrease in eyesight. But this is not
all, by invent of internet; minors have easy excess to explicit materials online. In addition to that,
Email frauds are all time high.

In my option, every technology has some benefits and some drawbacks, just like the medical
pills have side effects. The power is ours because choice is ours, it depends upon us which side
to choose from, constructive side of technology or the destructive side.

Essay Writing – Sample Essay 7

All people glorify and enthusiastically talk about human virtues and morality yet few
people actually live up to them. What is your opinion? Do you agree or disagree?

Apropos to the above parable about conversation and following human virtues and ethics I would
like to quote a proverb “Early to bed , early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”
which people say but don’t follow. Do they really represent what we called human nature,
undoubtedly they are?

The answer is disparaging, depreciating and moribund in true sense/pragmatic way. These
garrulous, so called high profiled people, lack principles themselves. They can be considered as
the quintessence of incorrigible liars .The examples of these people can be found everywhere,
take for instance, out esteemed politicians , they know how to convince people at the time of
voting, but after elections where are those promises, moralities and merits. Their talk is really
egregious but do they really apply all to themselves. Another example can be had of those people
who talk about banning fashion shows as its is not up to intrinsic worth, but in reality they are the
one who watch these with full spread, question arises where is the morality then, only in words?

Exceptions are always there, no qualms in it but exceptions are rare. Stats indicate the out of 100
people approx 85 are not following what they are saying to others. So where is morality, only in
lectures? This tradition simply indicates that we are camouflaging our weaknesses over our sins.

In the nutshell, we can say that if forgiveness is divine why people are giving capital punishment
to others? People talk about human merits and principles but still they don’t practice what they
preach, isn’t it disgusting. They live on the rules that, rules are for others not for themselves. In
my opinion these people are disgrace/stigma to society.

Essay Writing – Sample Essay 8

Should foreign languages be encouraged from kindergarten?

Nothing concrete can be had without aspiration, inspiration, and perspiration. Language is a
mode of communication by which we can express our ideas, emotions etc. on a piece of paper or
otherwise. Apart from the native languages taught in school and allied institutions I strongly feel
that the foreign languages should be encouraged from the kindergarten itself.

To illustrate my above mentioned viewpoint, I would like to quote some examples. As we often
know that children’s are the backbone for any developing nation. So if they are strong the nation
will progress. If they know foreign languages they won’t face any difficulty when ever they go
abroad, and hence will understand their culture and technology well. Secondly, we often talk
about global village of world, which is we consider the world as a global village bonded by one
single theme, love, so encouraging foreign languages from the kindergarten itself will promote
this theme as the students/professionals won’t have any misconception regarding other language.

To support my viewpoint further, I would like to add that promoting foreign languages from the
beginning will help student learn new things, they will develop themselves into well defined
professionals and citizens. Even society will acknowledge them as urbane elites. This will bring
an ingenious attitude in them. They won’t be feeling guilty if they come to face such a situation
called language barrier. Moreover this boosting of foreign language at the kindergarten stage will
generate a feeling of oneness and may simulate foreign currency growth.

In the nutshell I can say that language (written ,oral or symbolic) is the sole way to express
yourself so encouraging foreign language will not bring additional burden to children or
kindergartens but this will really help in proliferating their carrier and undoubtedly strengthen a
nation’s stronghold apart from generating feeling of oneness.
Essay Writing – Sample Essay 9

Smoking in public places should be banned, what is your viewpoint, do you agree or
disagree.

Ban on smoking in places is not only justified but also imperative. Many countries are realizing
the dangers of passive smoking and are coming up with measures to curb the problems popping
up with the passive smoking.

Medical science has fully supported the dangers of potential passive smoking. To illustrate my
point I will like to cite the fact that most of the people die due to cigarette smoking which
contains nicotine. Inveterate smokers pack up themselves with lung and oral cancer rather than
from natural causes. Government is squandering astronomical sums for the treatment of
pulmonary cancers and educating the populace from the dangers of smoking .The imposition of
high taxes on nicotine based products has already been done to restrain this habit.

The debatable point is that to what extent these steps have been succeeded to dissuade the
smokers. Cigarette smoking not only pollutes the air but also make non-smokers inhale the stale
smoke imperiling their health too. Ingrained smokers are not destroying their own health but also
of others. The main critical issue in this respect is that is anyone (child or adult) safe from
passive smoking. The doom of asthmatics, pregnant women can we well imagined too.

Some smokers argue that banning smoking in public places is direct impingement of their human
rights but this line is futile because right to smoking is not absolute, but right to life is. Many
persons unintentionally take up smoking by watching others; thereby unleash the smoke in
public places. This is what they call fashion.

Thus it is imperative to impose appropriate laws as it will not only prevent non-smokers from
falling victim to the dangers of passive smoking, but also directly benefit the diehard smokers
who would then have no choice but to curtail their smoking habit.

Essay Writing – Sample Essay 10

Societies that don’t respect and honor their women can never make progress. To what
extent do you agree or disagree on this statement.

Behind every successful man there is a woman. In fact this statement can be generalized for a
state, country or a nation also that a country can never make progress if it didn’t respect their
women counterparts.

The prologue of this statement can be attributed to simple questions: how will you distinguish
between a civilized and uncivilized person or in fact a developed or an underdeveloped nation?
Can one answer this question this by saying or referring to his economic status or his rank. Well,
unfortunately it is no. The answer reclines in the reverence of their better halves. The society
which commits atrocities on their weaker members is not only uncivilized but also
underdeveloped as referred to developed and civilized.
The brutalities done on women by men are not their sign of strength by they are construed as the
sign of their weakness which they are camouflaging. Is the valor of men lies in committing
crimes on the weak hapless women? The question is still debatable.

So why cant the societies who don’t respect the women progress, because the intelligence and
wisdom of women is unique in every respect. By not acknowledging the efforts of women and
depriving them of their rights means improper motherhood for future generations which hence
weakens the society. Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa, Florence Nightingale, Indira Gandhi,
etc. these names don’t need any words to prove themselves, they were the torch bearers and had
enlightened the lives of many. They represent the sublime face of self-service and sacrifice.

To conclude, I would like to say that women are the best gift ever gifted to man by the God.
Dishonoring and demonizing the women folks will not only invite the wrath of God, but also
disfigure him too. It is the women who give birth to man, so how can he think of disrespecting
the same and progress simultaneously.

Essay Writing – Sample Essay 11

Today in this modern contemporary world, people are striving hard to earn their living
and to have two square meals a day. In this so called high profiled technological growth,
people are suffering from many problems and diseases. As the growth is proliferating so is
the problem of maligning image. Today the juveniles are suffering from what is called eve-
teasing.

Eve teasing is scaling rapidly now-a-days. As per the dictionary meaning of eve-teasing it means
commenting on someone in order to make fun, or abashing him or her. This problem has
elevated now as compared to past. Question arises what is the main cause of eve- teasing? Is it
that we want to show that we are superior to others? Or we just want to make fun of others. Well
what ever may be the reasons; this is really a bad aspect of human life that we are treating others
as inhumane.

The problem of eve teasing may be attributed to the bad education scenario, because it is what
the education makes the human as humane. Today’s education scenario is such like we have
some hesitation in talking to people of other gender. We are not taught how to behave with the
members of other gender. Another main factor which is contributing towards growing this
menace is the fashion of today. Today fashion is such that we are in volubly compelled toward
teasing. Last, but not least, as far as I am concerned I think is the cinema which is responsible for
some part of eve teasing. Movies are not what they used to be, they are hampering the minds of
people, affecting their mentality and growth. People are becoming stoical, not convivial. They
are not of placating nature now.

In the nutshell we can say that eve teasing is a becoming a serious problem now as population or
penury. People who undergo eve teasing may end up their life due to abashment. Government
should behave like a martinet and should imprison or impose monetary implications on those
who are responsible because everyone in this world has the right to live without trepidations and
tensions.
Essay Writing – Sample Essay 12

The human mind tries to find complex solutions to the simple problems. To what extent do
you agree or disagree

Apropos to the above statement, I consider this as human nature. We are connotating
westernization to such extent that we feel shame if we look ’simple’, this may be attributed to
what is called fashion.

Why we have tied ourselves into so many kinks? Aren’t we have increased the complexities
ourselves? In the retrospect it was not so. People were simple and their lifestyle matching to
them so the problems were simple. The mind ‘thought’ accordingly.
Insight of this statement reveals the fact that we are ‘addicted’ to make mountain out of mole.
The human nature is so complex that it makes complex solutions even to fairly easy problems.
Even if there are no problems the mind tries to generate one and then visualizes it making it
complex. An old saying that “empty vessels make much noise” is quite in this situation.

To exemplify I would like to give some examples. Suppose your food is not tasty, then mind will
think why it is not tasty and then it starts pondering over it making it complex problem. Another
instance can be had of overweight, overweight no doubt is problem, but still mind make it more
complex and you switch to weight loss, dieting techniques and taking pills instead of ’simple’
exercising.

Furthermore going on the same track, I would like to add the examples of ‘looks’ which are
‘euphermal’ but for looks people are going to cosmetic or plastic surgeons for getting their face
lifted and for removing wrinkles. Question arises why they or (human mind in particular) don’t
understand the simple problem of ageing which is universal. Isn’t it the complex solution to a
fairly simple problem? Other examples may include weathering, insomnia etc which are natural
phenomenon but mind tries to find complex solutions to even these natural and simple
phenomenon’s and ‘problems’

In the nutshell, I can say that if you want to get rid of all the problems, count your blessing not
your sins daily.

LTS essay, topic: the development of technology causes


traditional skills to die out, agree or disagree?
Category: IELTS Essay Samples of Band 8

When a country develops its technology, the traditional skills and ways of life die out. It is
pointless to try and keep them alive.To what extent do you agree or disagree with this
opinion?

Nowadays, technological advances and their rapid and wide applications are having a significant
impact on a nation’s traditional skills and ways of life. Some argue that such impact is so
extraordinary that it would make conventional skills and life styles obsolete. However, I believe
they would continue to thrive by providing alternatives to modern ways of life, and innovative
ideas for modern technologies.

First of all, traditional skills and ways of life are becoming an alternative solution to the
problems caused by “mainstreamed” ways of life which are greatly influenced by modern
technologies. For instance, a cozy restaurant where traditional, home-brewed beer is served,
offers another experience to people who are bored with branded beers that have the same flavor
and come out of mass production with new technologies. It is in such a venue where traditional
skills are preserved, people become relaxed and educated. Providing diversity and thus enriching
modern ways of life, such traditional skills and ways of life would continue to have their place.

Furthermore, conventional skills provide innovative ideas to the development of modern


technologies. For example, sparkled by how the word “Love” is traditionally knitted into a
sweater by some ethnic minority women in some parts of Asia, some business managers from
textile industry have developed some production lines by applying the traditional skills to
Computer-Aided Designs (CAD). The products have boosted the companies’ sales which in turn
have increased their investment in preserving traditional skills for further developing their
technologies.

To conclude, traditional skills and life styles are increasingly becoming a useful alternative to the
homogeneity brought by global applications of modern technologies. However, the evolution of
technologies is a selection process, whereby some would become obsolete, but there is no doubt
that some would thrive when their roles are appreciated.

This is a good essay. The requirements of the task statement are covered, the arguments make
sense and are presented in a coherent, easy to follow way, the range of vocabulary is wide
enough and the writer shows fluency and flexibility. There are only a few errors (mouse over
the words underlined in blue shows suggested corrections). Overall this looks like an IELTS
Band 8 essay.
Some people say that the Internet is making the world smaller by bringing people together. To what
extent do you agree that the internet is making it easier for people to communicate with one
another?

In today's world , due to the advancement of technology new inventions are coming into existence. It is
a certainty that ?necessity is a mother of invention?. _ Internet is just like a wonder box, which contains
every type of information. Besides it has also proved as a very important tool to connect people with
each other.

In today's modernized era nobody has sufficient time to write letters to their loved ones. Moreover it
also takes longer to send or receive any information. But through an internet it is an easiest way to send
massages to our loved ones. Either it can be in the form of an e- mail or by text messages from internet
to cell phones. We can send and receive messages straight way.

In other hand today's youth generation mostly prefer to do chatting on () internet. Through this chatting
we can write messages and straight way can get their reply. Moreover voice chatting is going to be very
popular day-by-day.

As it is a reality that advantages and disadvantages are like both sides of a coin, which usually runs
parallel. So like other things internet also have some downsides, like people are facing some health
problems for example, poor eye-sight, back ache, migrane. Today's teenagers usually prefer to spend
their time on internet rather than to participating in other physical activities, so that's why they are
going to be weaker in their physical health.

To conclude, I would like to say that internet is one of the most modernized and most successful tools,
not only for communication, even to get most relevant information regarding every field in a very short
period of time.
Animals also have emotions and feel equal pain as humans. We should stop all
pharmaceutical companies from doing trials on innocent animals. Give your opinion in not
less than 250 words.

All drugs need to be tested for their accurate effects and toxicity, before entering the consumer
markets. Majority of these tests include animal testing.

Animal rights activists call it an unethical practice, as these trials subject animals to severe pain
and suffering. They say that the researchers infect poor animals with the disease or a particular
medical condition and then give them un-administered quantities of drugs.

Animals have been serving and benefiting mankind since the earliest recorded times. There is
evidence of animal testing for medical research even in the Greek texts. The nineteenth and
twentieth century saw great advancements in the fields of medicine and biochemistry. All these
researches employed extensive animal testing. The first zoos were created by medical
researchers to breed and test animals in captivity. Life saving drugs, vaccines, and antibiotics
were created for example; penicillin was discovered and given to fight against diabetes. Fatal
viral infections such as anthrax were countered while small pox was completely eradicated in the
twentieth century through the vaccination. In 1996 the first successful animal cloning marked the
beginning of a new era in the field of genetics and bio-chemistry. Medication for reducing the
effects of cell degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s is now available.

Advocates of animal rights believe that animal testing is no more required due to the availability
of other advanced testing techniques. They also question the reliability of these tests. They
speculate that the pain inflicted upon the animals changes its physiology thus altering the results.
Some also say that the effects in animals are not applicable for humans. Contrary to what they
may say, specific scientific researches cannot rely completely on artificial testing methods and
live animals need to be used. Otherwise, if not properly tested for toxicity, the drugs can cause
irreparable damage to mankind. Many Infantile deaths, birth defects and aborted pregnancies
have been reported in such cases in the past.

In respect of saving both human and animal lives, if available, animals should be replaced by
reliable alternate testing methods. This would in turn reduce and limit their use to only necessary
scientific research. Refined methods should be used to alleviate the unnecessary pain in animals.
Animal testing cannot be completely banned but pharmaceutical companies should be licensed
for specific research. Also, such trials should be properly administered.

This post explains the difference between band 5 and band 8 task 2 answers.

One of the keys to success in the IELTS writing test is understanding how the test is marked and
using this knowledge to increase your band score. You can then give the examiners exactly what
they want and focus on doing the things that get high scores.

This post will look at what each of the four criteria mean and the practical differences between
typical band 5 answers and band 8 answers. I have also put each band score for each category in
a helpful table for you, so it’s easy to compare and understand.
The four criteria you will be marked on are:

 Task Achievement
 Coherence and Cohesion
 Lexical Resource
 Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Don’t worry if you don’t know what these mean, I will explain below. You can download the
full writing task 2 band descriptors here.

The examiner will be looking for your ability to answer the question properly. What does this
actually mean?

If we look at the marking criteria above we notice that essays in bands 6, 7 and 8 fully address all
parts of the question. This means that if you do not fully address all parts of the question you will
get a band 5 or below.

This means that you should read the questions very carefully and make sure you cover
everything it asks. Let’s look at an example:
More and more people nowadays have to compete with younger people for the same job.

What problems does this cause?

What are some possible solutions?

There are two different things we need to talk about- ‘problems’ and ‘solutions’. If we don’t
include these in our answer we cannot score higher than band 5 for task achievement. Also, if
you talked about ‘causes’ instead of ‘problems’ you would also score 5 or below, because this is
not what the question asks you to talk about.

Let’s look at another example:

Some people say that the best way to improve public health is by increasing the number of
sports facilities. Others, however, say that this would have little effect on public health and
that other measures are required.

Discuss both of these views and give your own opinion.

This question requires us to do three things:

1. Discuss increasing number of sports facilities to improve public health


2. Discuss the view that sports facilities would have little effect of public health
3. Give our own opinion

If we don’t do all 3 of these we cannot score above a 5 for task achievement.

Now that we know how to score above a 5 we need to look at the difference between bands 6, 7
and 8 for task achievement.

The difference between these scores is about how we support our ideas with explanations and
examples.

Band 6– Gives relevant ideas but these may not be fully developed with explanations or
examples or the explanations and examples given are irrelevant.

Example– The main problem causing traffic jams is too many cars. There are lots more cars
these days.

The idea is relevant but they have failed to explain why cars cause traffic jams or give examples.

Band 7- Gives relevant ideas and these are developed with explanations or examples but these
ideas may be too general or lack focus.
Example- The main problem causing traffic jams is too many cars. In lots of cities around the
world there are lots of cars and this causes traffic jams. For example, the number of cars
purchased in developing countries is increasing year after year.

This student has presented a clear position, but they have given a very general explanation and
their example lacks focus and is not specifically linked to the main point.

Band 8– Gives relevant ideas and these are developed with focused and specific ideas and
examples.

Example- The main problem causing traffic jams is too many cars. When we have more vehicles
than a city’s infrastructure was designed for it leads to congestion. For example, Ho Chi Minh
City was designed to cope with around 500,000 cars and the city now has over 2 million cars,
resulting in chronic traffic problems.

This student has explained their point very well, explaining exactly why they think too many
cars are the problem and given a very specific and relevant example to prove their point. If you
can’t think of a specific example, make one up. The examiners are not interested in how factual
your examples are, just your ability to make one.

Task Achievement Key Points

 Answer all parts of the question


 Present relevant ideas
 Fully explain these ideas
 Support ideas with relevant, specific examples
Coherence refers to your ability to be clear and easily understood.

For answers in bands 6, 7 and 8 in this category all parts are easy to read and understand. Parts of
band 5 answers are not easy to understand.

This may be because you have lots of grammar mistakes, you have lost grammatical control of
your sentences, the words and sentences are in a very illogical order or you have used words and
phrases that are not appropriate or accurate.

The examiner will be able to understand all parts of band 6, 7 and 8 answers but the ease of
understanding will increase as we go up the bands.

Band 5 answers tend to have lots of different ideas in each paragraph. Band 7 and 8 answers
have only one idea in each paragraph and they then use the rest of that paragraph to explain and
support that point.

You can increase your band score by making it very clear to the examiner what each paragraph is
about and then logically organise each sentence within that paragraph.
At a sentence level, main body paragraphs should follow this structure:

 Topic Sentence
 Explanation
 Example

Example-The best way to improve the health and fitness of the public is through advertisement
campaigns. Many people are unaware of the health benefits regular exercise and a healthy diet
brings and an advertising campaign could be used to educate people. For example, the ‘5-a-day’
campaign used in the UK was extremely effective in getting people to eat 5 portions of fruit and
vegetables a day.

The topic sentence makes it clear to the reader what the main point is and this is extended with
an explanation in the second sentence and a relevant example in the third. If we were to order
these sentences differently, they would be more difficult to understand.

At a paragraph level, task 2 essay should have:

 Introduction
 2-3 Main Body Paragraphs
 Conclusion

You can further increase your score for coherence by writing an effective introduction and then
linking your points to this introduction.

Cohesion refers to your ability to link ideas, sentences and paragraphs together and one of the
ways we do this is through the use of cohesive devices.

Cohesive devices are also sometimes called ‘linking devices’ or ‘linking words’. Below are some
examples:

Band 5 answers either fail to use any of these devices or use them inaccurately. Some band 5
answers use these devices but they overuse them. You don’t get any marks for using them in
every sentence and you will actually lose marks for using them too much.

Band 6 answers tend to use linking phrases but their use is not appropriate or there is too much
repetition of the same phrase. Try to vary your phrases by using synonyms.

Band 7 answers use a good range of these linking phrases effectively but there might be some
over or under use.

Band 8 candidates make no mistakes when using cohesive devices. They are used accurately and
there is no over use.

Coherence and Cohesion Key Points


 Structure your answers in logical paragraphs
 One main idea per paragraph
 Include an introduction and conclusion
 Support main points with an explanation and then an example
 Use cohesive devices accurately and appropriately
 Vary your linking phrases using synonyms

Lexical resource is just a complicated name for the words and phrases you use, or in a word,
vocabulary.

Band 5 users have very limited vocabulary and rarely use ‘topic specific’ words. For example, if
we were asked this question:

Nowadays lots of young people don’t have a job.

What are the main causes of this?

A band 5 answer might say:


Lots of young people don’t have a job because there is no money. There is no money because
countries are not doing well with money now. For example, countries in Europe don’t have any
money and lots of young people don’t have jobs.

This candidate has repeated words from the question because they are not aware of synonyms for
words like ‘young people’ and ‘job’. They are also unable to express their opinion effectively
because they don’t know vocabulary that is specific to the question like ‘unemployment’,
‘recession’, ‘financial crisis’ and ‘economic’.

A good candidate would use topic specific vocabulary to improve the answer like so:

Many of today’s younger generation are unemployed because of the financial crisis. The
financial downturn caused huge economic problems all over the world. For example, European
nations find themselves with massive youth unemployment, with over half of 18-25 year olds out
of work in countries like Greece.

This answer has basically the same meaning but the author’s points are clearer and more
developed because of a wide ranging vocabulary.

Band 6, 7 and 8 answers generally have some question specific vocabulary but as we go up the
bands their word choices are more accurate and question specific vocabulary is used more
frequently.

Band 6 answers attempt to use lesson common words, but there is some inaccuracy and there are
some errors with word formation and spelling.

Band 7 answers have far fewer of these errors, however some errors are permitted. The words
chosen here are more likely to show use of correct style and collocations. There is still some
repetition of words permitted.

Band 8 answers have very few spelling or word formation errors and use very appropriate words
to convey meaning precisely. There is also very little repetition of words.

It should be noted that the cohesive devices mentioned above do not contribute to your score for
lexical resource.

Finally, getting a high score for lexical resource is NOT about including lots of long or
complicated words. If you do this and they are not appropriate and accurate, you will lose marks.
To get a high band score you do need to use less common words but these need to be used
precisely.

Lexical Resource Key Points

 Try to vary your vocabulary using accurate synonyms


 Use less common question specific words that accurately convey meaning
 Check your work for spelling and word formation mistakes
In order to understand this section you should first appreciate what a ‘complex sentence’ is
and understand and analyse a complex sentence.

A complex sentence does not need to be very long, complicated or even difficult to write and my
guide on how to write a complex sentence should help you improve your score.

Band 5 answers use mostly ‘simple sentences’ and frequent errors occur when ‘complex
sentences’ are attempted. Most of the sentences have grammatical errors. The errors make it
difficult for the reader to understand the points being made.

Band 6 answers use a mix of ‘simple’ and ‘complex sentences’ and frequent errors still occur
when attempting ‘complex sentences’. The majority of sentences have errors but these errors
rarely stop the reader understanding the points being made.

Band 7 answers use a variety a ‘complex structures’ and around 50% of the sentences are
completely error free.

Band 8 answers have wide range of appropriate structures. Most of the sentences are completely
error free.
It should be noted that the more small errors you make the more likely you are to get a lower
band score, especially if these errors prevent the reader understanding what you have written.
You should therefore only use structures you are comfortable using and you know are 100%
error free.

Have your writing marked by a teacher and establish your common errors and fix them.

Grammatical Range Key Points

 Use a variety of complex and simple sentences


 Use a variety of appropriate structures
 Check your writing for errors