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Writing Task 2 - The MOST IMPORTANT WAY TO BOOST (or lower) your SCORE

What, more than ANYTHING ELSE can

MAKE or BREAK your band score achievement?

There is ONE very important factor, but it is often ignored or overlooked by students and possibly even some teachers.

AND…. It is often the MOST IMPORTANT part of your writing band score…. The factor than can MAKE OR BREAK YOUR MARK in writing task 2.

But before I talk about it… let’s try something:

I will give you a challenge. Read the following ESSAY question and also the essay given by the student. The essay is pretty good. There are some small problems with it, but one HUGE problem than could result in a Task Achievement score as low as 4 or maybe even 3, depending on how the examiner interprets the band scores.

Let's look at an sample from a student:

People now have the freedom to work and live anywhere in the world due to the development of communication technology and transportation.

Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

It is amazing the possibility to work and live in any place around the world these days. That is possible due to the development of communication technology and transportation. Although there are uncountable advantages of this development, some problems are evident in this modern world. In this essay, I will comment on both sides, and also explain my personal opinion on this topic.

We must acknowledge that advances in technology and transportation changed the world. We have today the internet which boosted our power of communication and brought many benefits for diverse areas such as education, health and others. In fact, a huge amount of information and knowledge about everything on the internet is accessible to everyone. In addition to this, the development of transportation allows us to travel and discover almost any place in the world which was improbable or impossible many centuries ago.

Nevertheless, all this development of communication technology leaded to some problems of the modern life. Because of the speed of information and transportation everything is very fast or instantaneous nowadays. There are many scientific evidences showing the anxiety as “the disease of this century” once people cannot deal well with all this excess of information. Considering the development of transportation, it could help to spread some infectious diseases or even increase terrorism as we have seen in many parts of the world.

Finally, in my opinion the benefits of the development of communication technology and transportation outweigh the drawbacks. No one can deny the numerous advantages that technology brought to our lives.

So, can you see what the big problem with this essay is?

If you are not sure, have another look before you go on. Try figure it out!

OK:

The Key to getting a higher mark on your writing task 2 is

UNDERSTANDING the TOPIC and the TASK in the ESSAY QUESTION.

This idea may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how easy it is

to go off topic on an IELTS essay.

If you go totally off topic,

you may score as low as 3 or 4 for TASK ACHIEVEMENT,

even if you write a fantastic essay!

Therefore, this one little thing can MAKE or BREAK your score!

OK, let's look at the essay above.

Apart from grammar, vocab and CC issues, the MAIN PROBLEM with the below essay is that the writer does not really address (deal with, try to answer) the QUESTION provided in the essay.

In this essay, the QUESTION asks specifically about

THE FREEDOM TO LIVE AND WORK ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

To answer this essay question correctly,

you need to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the

FREEDOM to live and WORK ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

(provided by communication and transportation technology)

In this essay above (and below), the candidate writes mostly about the development and communication technology and transportation IN GENERAL. See how the parts highlighted in RED do NOT address the question:

STUDENT ESSAY:

It is amazing the possibility to work and live in any place around the world these days. That is possible due to the development of communication technology and transportation. Although there are uncountable advantages of this development, some problems are evident in this modern world. In this essay, I will comment on both sides, and also explain my personal opinion on this topic.

We must acknowledge that advances in technology and transportation changed the world. We have today the internet which boosted our power of communication and brought many benefits for diverse areas such as education, health and others. In fact, a huge amount of information and knowledge about everything on the internet is accessible to everyone. In addition to this, the development of transportation allows us to travel and discover almost any place in the world which was improbable or impossible many centuries ago.

Nevertheless, all this development of communication technology leaded to some problems of the modern life. Because of the speed of information and transportation everything is very fast or instantaneous nowadays. There are many scientific evidences showing the anxiety as “the disease of this century” once people cannot deal well with all this excess of information. Considering the development of transportation, it could help to spread some infectious diseases or even increase terrorism as we have seen in many parts of the world.

Finally, in my opinion the benefits of the development of communication technology and transportation outweigh the drawbacks. No one can deny the numerous advantages that technology brought to our lives.

Therefore, almost the whole essay is off-topic. An IELTS examiner may see that you are a good writer and may want to give you a higher score, but is forced to follow the guidelines and the guidelines are clear in the case of going off-topic. The band score for an essay which is off topic may be as low as 3 or 4 for task achievement.

Therefore, the KEY IS:

MAKE SURE TO TAKE THE TIME TO IDENTIFY THE TOPIC AND THE TASK BEFORE YOU WRITE!!!

In this essay the

TOPIC = the FREEDOM TO LIVE AND WORK ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

TASK = TO DISCUSS THE ADVANTAGES ANS DISADVANTAGES (of the TOPIC)

IF YOU have any questions or NEED HELP WITH YOUR WRITING,

I AM HAPPY TO GIVE YOU HELP.

Feel free to email me at:

larry@ielts-pro.com or

book a FREE 15 minute trial class,

and we can discuss your situation about your upcoming

IELTS EXAM

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