IELTS writing samples – the IELTS report and the IELTS essay
As part of the IELTS Pass course, you are given access to detailed analysis of IELTS writing samples. In this post, we are giving you some samples so you may get a better feel for the different aspects of the IELTS exam.
The academic IELTS writing module consists of two tasks:
1. A report that should be written in 20 minutes with a length of at least 150 words.
2. A short essay that you have 40 minutes to write. The essay should be of a length of around 250 words.
IELTS writing samples 1: The report
The first in our series of IELTS writing samples that we will investigate, is the he IELTS report, which is based on graphic information provided on a question paper. Oftentimes, the graphic information is given in one of five forms. These are a line graph, bar graph, pie chart, table or diagram illustrating a process or a procedure. You must describe the information or the process in a report of 150 words. Knowledge of language appropriate to report writing is paramount for the success in this component.
Let’s have a look at some IELTS writing samples:
1. Objectively describe information provided
2. Report on a subject-matter without the use of your own opinion
3. Use appropriate language to describe the graph
Let’s have a look at an example of a report. First, look at the line graph below.
So what does a good IELTS report look like?
You should consider the following questions:
Does the report have a suitable structure?
1. Does it have an introduction, body and conclusion?
2. Does it include connective words to make the writing cohesive within
sentences and paragraphs?
3. Does the report use suitable grammar and vocabulary?
4. Does it include a variety of sentence structures?
5. Does it include a range of appropriate vocabulary?
6. Does the report meet the requirements of the task?
7. Does it meet the word limit requirements?
8. Does it describe the whole graph adequately?
9. Does it focus on the important trends presented in the graphic
REMEMBER: The IELTS writing samples should serve as a model. Read and analyze them carefully, then proceed by writing your own IELTS writings. Practice makes master!
Now let’s have a look at an IELTS report writing samples based on the graph above:
The graph shows the number of cases of X disease in Someland between the years 1960 and 1995. As an overall trend, it is clear that the number of cases of the disease increased fairly rapidly until the mid seventies, remained constant for around a decade at 500 cases before dropping to zero in the late 80s.
Study IELTS writing samples and prepare for the IELTS exam.
In 1960, the number of cases stood at approximately 100. That number rose steadily to 200 by 1969 and then more sharply to 500 in 1977. At this point the number of cases remained stable until 1984 before plummeting to zero by 1988. From 1988 to 1995 Someland was free of the disease.
In conclusion, the graph shows that the disease was increasingly prevalent until the 1980s when it was eradicated from Someland.
Here follows the Cambridge examiner’s comments to the writing above:
The report structure is easy to follow and logical with a clear introduction, body and conclusion. The candidate uses cohesive words to connect pieces of information and make the writing flow such as ‘until’and ‘before’in the second sentence.
The candidate uses a variety of grammatical structures and vocabulary so that the writing is not repetitive.
In terms of task requirements the report is a little short but this is because the simple graph used as an example does not have sufficient information for the candidate to describe.[/cleeng_content]
IELTS writing samples 2: The essay
You will be given a topic that is to be discussed in an essay (discursive text).
Your task is to write a 250 word essay on the topic given.
You should spend around 40 minutes on the task.
What is being tested is your ability to:
1. Present an argument with convincing evidence and ideas
2. Challenge an alternate point of view or perspective
3. Focus on the topic and avoid irrelevancies
4. Communicate in a style that is appropriate and cohesive.
5. Use English accurately and appropriately
IELTS writing samples – a task
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Present a written argument to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic:
SCIENCE FICTION FILMS
A recent survey has shown us that science fiction films are very popular, especially with young people. We are interested to know why.
We would like you, the readers, to submit articles describing what you consider to be the essential ingredients of a good science fiction film, and explaining why you think science fiction films are so popular.
You should write at least 250 words. Use your own knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence.
X-Files, Men in Black, Starship Troopers, Gattaca and Co
Everybody knows about these names. You don’t? Then ask a teenager and you will quickly get the answer. They are all titles of famous science fiction films or series.
All science fiction movies share several characteristics, the necessary ingredients which will draw the viewer’s attention. One of them is the presence of real characters, normal people in an unreal environment. It allows the viewer to identify himself/herself to his/her hero. It is not by chance that the main character is always a human. It is only the world which he/she evolves in that is strange, either completely futuristic or crowded with aliens or giant insects. That way, the person who watches the film can imagine that he/she is actually saving the world from an alien invasion or fighting enormous spiders.
Another essential feature of a good science fiction movie is mystery. Have you noticed that, after watching any science fiction film, there is always something that you don’t completely understand? It is done on purpose to let your imagination run wild. The fact that there is no answer makes you think that, after all, what you have seen is not totally impossible to happen one day or another.
And that is why this kind of movies is so popular among young people. Their imagination is generally much bigger than the imagination of older people. They are often less reluctant to saying “this is impossible, it can’t happen”, compared with adults whose rational mind is an obstacle to enjoying this type of movies.
Content - All points covered with suitable development.
Organisation and cohesion - Clearly organised with attention paid to cohesion.
Range - Good range of vocabulary and structure.
Accuracy - Generally accurate with occasional slips (e.g. ‘impossible to happen’, ‘reluctant to saying’) where more complex language attempted.
Appropriacy of register and format – Appropriately engaging.
Target reader - Would be informed and interested.
Marks awarded – IELTS grade 7.5.
For more on IELTS Writing Samples, visit the official IELTS website by Cambridge.