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Ielts Sample Writing: Task Two

The Ielts sample writing below has 244 words. In Ielts Task Two you must write approximately 250 words. If you allow about 15-20 minutes for Task One, you should aim to write Task Two in about 40 minutes.

This is very doable!

You will need to write a short essay that expresses your opinion, solves a problem, or one that speculates about future trends.

As in the Reading Module, the topics are typically 'General Interest.' That means you do not need specific knowledge of a subject to write about it.

Task Two is 'weighted' more than Task One. This means that it is worth more in the scoring. If your perform poorly in Task One, you can still receive a good writing score by writing a strong Task Two essay.

Assessment

As in the Ielts sample writing test below, you are graded on fulfilling the task using a range of vocabulary and grammar to produce a well organized and well developed essay. There should be a logical and organized presentation of your material.

Your writing is marked by a native English speaker who receives training for the assessment of the IELTS writing tasks.

The Ielts sample writing below was written by a 19 year old university student. To prepare for both your Ielts writing tasks, we recommend the following e-book. It's available as an instant download (in PDF form) and contains complete instructions - plus practical outlines so you can produce a seven (or higher) Ielts writing score.

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Ielts Sample Writing: Task Two


The following essay was written by one of our students. Her grade and our comments follow.


Given that most university lecturers now post their notes on the internet for students to access, the importance of actually attending classes have been reduced.

Do you believe the use of the internet for university level education is a good idea? What effects will the internet have on future study at universities?
 

 

In the past few years the only way to acquire a lecturer's notes was to attend the classes in university. Nowadays, with the development of technology, student's are able to download the provided from the professor notes from the internet. This fact may have both positive and negative effects on university education.

On the one hand, many students may have financial difficulties, something that does not allow them to live near the university where they are entitled to and not even the town where their university is. In this way they can take the notes from the internet and study from distance. Furthermore, students can have the opportunity to work and study at the same time without impending the one from the other.

On the contrary, however, students studying only at home lose the opportunity to meet and communicate with other fellow-students, something that may shown really helpful for their future career. Also, they may not feel they are part of a university community. Finally, the communication between the lecturer and the student is been really impersonal, and sometimes a lecturer can not be replaced by the digital notes as the lecturer's examples and way of teaching can help students to assimilate the lesson.

Consequently, despite of some drawbacks I do not believe that the downloaded notes from the internet can downgrade the university education level but at least something can be done to limit this fact, for instance, by making some lessons compelling.

Over all, the Ielts sample writing above is quite good. It is at the level where a few changes would make it very good - a band seven or higher score for the IELTS. There are a few wrong words and a couple of syntax errors but not enough, really, to detract from the overall effectiveness of the composition.

Time: 35 minutes

Score: 6.0 Ielts

Below is the same ielts sample essay with our corrections, giving it a score of 8.0 or higher.

Ielts Sample Writing: Task Two (corrected)

 

 

In the past the only way to acquire a lecturer's notes was to attend classes at a university. Nowadays, with the development of technology, student's are able to download the lecturer's notes from the internet. This fact (trend) may have both positive and negative effects on university education.

On the one hand, many students may have financial difficulties, something that does not allow them to live near the university where they desire to attend. In this way they can take the notes from the internet and study from a distance. Furthermore, students can have the opportunity to work and study at the same time without the one impeding the other.

On the contrary, however, students studying at home lose the opportunity to meet and communicate with other fellow-students, something that has been shown to be really helpful for their future career. Also, they may not feel they are part of a university community. Finally, the communication between the lecturer and the student is really impersonal, and sometimes a lecturer can not be replaced by the digital notes provided. The lecturer's examples and way of teaching can help students to assimilate the lesson.

Consequently, despite some of the drawbacks I do not believe that downloaded notes from the internet can downgrade the university education level but at least something can be done to limit this from happening; for instance, by making some lessons physically compulsory.

 

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