IELTS WRITING TASK 2 SAMPLE ESSAYS

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Many people around the world are unemployed, causing major problems for both society and the individual. Discuss the various causes of the problem and list some potential effects.

Nowadays some people gain education through online courses. Discuss the major advantages and disadvantages of this form of education.

Children under six years of age should not be permitted to use computers as this is detrimental to their development, in particular their handwriting. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Men and women nowadays are treated equally in the workplace. Do you agree or disagree?

It is generally accepted that the behaviour of mankind has led to many environmental problems. Some people are of the opinion that the responsibility lies with individuals to tackle this problem. Do you agree or disagree?

Many people think that the government should be changed every few years. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this model. 

 

 

 

FCE WRITING: General Impressions Mark Scheme

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*Candidates who do not address all the content points will be penalised for dealing inadequately with the requirements of the task. Candidates who fully satisfy the Band 3 descriptor will demonstrate an adequate performance in writing at FCE level.

BAND 5

For a Band 5 to be awarded, the candidate’s writing fully achieves the desired effect on the target reader. All the content points required in the task are included* and expanded appropriately.

Ideas are organised effectively, with the use of a variety of linking devices and a wide range of structure and vocabulary. The language is well developed, and any errors that do occur are minimal and perhaps due to ambitious attempts at more complex language. Register and format which is consistently appropriate to the purpose of the task and the audience is used. BAND 4

For a Band 4 to be awarded, the candidate’s writing achieves the desired effect on the target reader. All the content points required in the task are included*. Ideas are clearly organised, with the use of suitable linking devices and a good range of structure and vocabulary. Generally, the language is accurate, and any errors that do occur are mainly due to attempts at more complex language. Register and format which is, on the whole, appropriate to the purpose of the task and the audience is used.

BAND 3

For a Band 3 to be awarded, the candidate’s writing, on the whole, achieves the desired effect on the target reader. All the content points required in the task are included*. Ideas are organised adequately, with the use of simple linking devices and an adequate range of structure and vocabulary. A number of

errors may be present, but they do not impede communication. A reasonable, if not always successful, attempt is made at register and format which is appropriate to the purpose of the task and the audience.

BAND 2

For a Band 2 to be awarded, the candidate’s writing does not clearly communicate the message to the target reader. Some content points required in the task are inadequately covered or omitted, and/or there is some irrelevant material. Ideas are inadequately organised, linking devices are rarely used, and the range of structure and vocabulary is limited. Errors distract the reader and may obscure communication at times. Attempts at appropriate register and format are unsuccessful or inconsistent.

BAND 1

For a Band 1 to be awarded, the candidate’s writing has a very negative effect on the target reader. There is notable omission of content points and/or considerable irrelevance, possibly due to misinterpretation of the task. There is a lack of organisation or linking devices, and there is little evidence of language control. The range of structure and vocabulary is narrow, and frequent errors obscure communication. There is little or no awareness of appropriate register and format.

BAND 0

For a Band zero to be awarded, there is either too little language for assessment or the candidate’s writing is totally irrelevant or totally illegible.

FCE Grading & Results

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The five FCE papers total 200 marks, after weighting. Each paper is weighted to 40 marks.
A candidate’s overall FCE grade is based on the total score gained by the candidate in all five papers. It is not necessary to achieve a satisfactory level in all five papers in order to pass the examination.

The overall grade boundaries (A, B, C, D and E) are set according to the following information:
• statistics on the candidature;
• statistics on the overall candidate performance;
• statistics on individual items, for those parts of the examination for which this is appropriate (Papers 1, 3 and 4);
• advice, based on the performance of candidates, and recommendations of examiners where this is relevant (Papers 2 and 5);
• comparison with statistics from previous years’ examination performance and candidature.

Results are reported as three passing grades (A, B and C) and two failing grades (D and E). The minimum successful performance which a candidate typically requires in order to achieve a Grade C corresponds to about 60% of the total marks. Statements of results are sent out to all candidates and include a graphical display of the candidate’s performance in each paper. These are shown against the scale Exceptional – Good – Borderline – Weak and indicate the candidate’s relative performance in each paper.

FCE CONTENT: AN OVERVIEW

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Reading 1 hour 15 minutes
Writing 1 hour 30 minutes
Use of English 1 hour 15 minutes
Listening 40 minutes (approximately)
Speaking 14 minutes (approximately)

 

Reading

Candidates are expected to be able to read semi-authentic texts of various kinds (informative and general interest) and to show understanding of gist, detail and text structure, and deduce meaning.

The paper contains four parts and 35 questions. Each part contains a text and corresponding comprehension task. One part may contain two or more shorter related texts.

Writing
Candidates are expected to be able to write non-specialised text types such as letters, articles, reports and compositions for a given purpose and target reader, covering a range of topics. One of the optional tasks in Part 2 is based on thereading of one of five set books. Candidates are required to carry out two tasks; a compulsory one in Part 1 and one from a choice of four in Part 2. The
word length of each answer is 120–180 words.

Use of English
Candidates are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and control of the language system by completing a number of tasks, some of which are based on specially written texts. The paper contains five parts and 65 questions, which take the form of multiple-choice cloze, open cloze, key word transformations, error correction and word-formation task types.

Listening
Candidates are provided with short extracts and longer monologues, announcements, extracts from radio programmes, news, features, etc., at an intermediate level. They are expected to show understanding of detail and gist, and to deduce meaning. The paper contains four parts and 30 questions. Each part contains a recorded text or texts and corresponding comprehension tasks.

Speaking
The standard test format is two candidates and two examiners. Candidates must be able to respond to questions and interact in conversational English. Prompt materials are used by the examiner to stimulate and guide the interaction. The paper contains four parts, including short exchanges with
the examiner and with the other candidate, and a ‘long turn’ of about one minute.

5/5 FCE Writing!

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5 Full realisation of the task set.

• All content points included with appropriate expansion.

• Wide range of structure and vocabulary within the task set.

• Minimal errors, perhaps due to ambition; well-developed control of language.

• Ideas effectively organised, with a variety of linking devices.

• Register and format consistently appropriate to purpose and audience.

Fully achieves the desired effect on the target reader.