Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Three Key Elements of an IELTS Essay

Ever since we started school, we have been taught by our teachers on how to write words, sentences, paragraphs and eventually essays. It is a long process that took years of experience to finally come up with a nice composition. We have had practices from easy topics to those complicated ones. Hence, essay writing is a task almost everybody knows how to do, but hesitant in doing. Why is that so?

Yes, it is a hard thing to write an essay. Apart from the vocabulary and sentences to be used in the essay, it is best to know the elements in writing an essay, most especially writing essays for an English proficiency examination such as the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. These important elements are introduction, body, and conclusion.

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The introduction of your essay should contain the main idea of the paragraph. It is expected that the rater will be reading a possible paraphrase of a part of the question. Paraphrasing is one of the skills that candidates for the IELTS have to learn and develop. The introduction can be 3 to 5 sentences.

The second element is the body – the most crucial part. Here, the points or the opinion should be written. It is important to write the point as your first sentence followed by an explanation of this point. Further, make the point stronger by giving examples and more details. The body should have at least two different paragraphs explaining different points.

Finally, write a conclusion that will summarize or paraphrase the idea presented in the introduction. Here is a sample essay for the IELTS:

Question: Many people say that the only way to guarantee in getting a good job is to complete a course of university education. Others claim that it is better to start work after school and gain experience in the world of work.

How far do you agree or disagree with the above views?


It is probably true to say that most people believe that a university degree is the only way to get a good job. I think this is true in certain areas, while in other areas, a degree is not as useful.

(body 1)

To begin with, many people have ambitions to become a qualified professional and there is no doubt that becoming a doctor or a lawyer, for example, is only possible with a degree. Another advantage of graduating from university is that it gives you more choices when it comes to choosing a job. Most employers will be more impressed by a candidate who has a degree than they would be by one who only has high school qualifications because it shows a certain level of intelligence and education, as well as the commitment and self-discipline that is needed in order to study a degree course for three or four years.

(body 2)

On the other hand, there might be some benefit to starting your career early, especially if your chosen field is one which does not typically require a university education. This would apply to somebody who wants to be a car mechanic, or a fashion designer, for instance, who would not necessarily gain anything from going to university. The hands-on experience you gain in your job while others are studying for a degree can give you a distinct advantage. I once read about a man who left school at sixteen and went on to become a wealthy and successful investment broker. He claimed that he had learned all he needed to know by working in his chosen field and that he could not have done any better by getting a degree.


So, to conclude, it is possible to get a good job without going to university. Having said that, some professions, such as the law, require you to have a degree and as stated above a University degree could potentially open more doors when looking for a job.



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  3. nice info, thank you!