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This is the second in a three part series analysing a poor IELTS essay and transforming it into a Band 8. I go through the essay explaining the problems and how to correct them. I use similar strategies in the Sentence Guide to help student jump a band and pass the writing section.

Here is the question:

Employment is becoming an increasingly illusive goal for many graduates. Some say universities are failing in preparing students for the future, whereas others argue there is a fundamental fall in the calibre of graduates. What are the reasons for this? Has the quality of graduates dropped?

The introduction has already been corrected, now we focus on body paragraph 1 and 2.

PARAGRAPH 2

Nowadays it is a well known fact that it is impossible to get a job immediately after finishing uni, because everybody is looking for the same positions when they graduate making it more difficult and the number of graduates is increasing. Lots of graduates doing and finishing uni makes it tricky to get a job. For example my cousin did his final year and finished uni but is still doing work in the local Burger King in Leeds.

Where do you think the problems are?

Have a look, copy it down and then try and correct it yourself.


 

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In this podcast we take a poor (but grammatically perfect) essay and transform it into a high scoring succinct masterpiece:-)

Here is a typical Task 2 question:

Employment is becoming an increasingly illusive goal for many graduates. Some say universities are failing in preparing students for the future, whereas others argue there is a fundamental fall in the calibre of graduates. What are the reasons for this? Has the quality of graduates dropped?

Here is the introduction: [click to continue…]

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In this lesson we will look at the Band Descriptors for Academic Task 1, then focus on specific sentence structures. I would strongly suggest you get a pen and paper for this podcast and take notes. [click to continue…]

IELTS Listening

I know sometimes you have been in an English listening exam and got totally muddled up, panic stricken and completely lost!

In the exam room concentrating, then your mind wonders, you think about one certain word…and BANG the recording has moved on and you’re figuring out where the heck are we now? [click to continue…]

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IELTS Speaking exam has also been called a listening exam, this is because in order to answer correctly, you must have understood the examiner.

What happens if the examiner has an accent you have never heard before? [click to continue…]