IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic: Studying at university or college is the best route to a successful career

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic: Studying at university or college is the best route to a successful career

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Bo

Posted on Nov 7, 2016

Who scores your essays on this website? Who gives them 9? They are good but they contain a lot of speaking collocations and vocabulary (getting down to) which is not allowed for band 9, there are some slight mistakes (namely, with the aim to OBTAINING, whereas Google says “with the aim to OBTAIN). Moreover, the instruction clearly ask you to give opinion and you don’t present as a separate third body paragraph. Word count is over 300 while I read in many IELTS preparation books that we should aim for 270-290 ideally. Are all these things allowed for band 9 as to you and in general?
Thank you a lot.

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Posted on Nov 10, 2016

Hi,

Thank you for your comment and feedback. This is a Band 9 Sample Essay written by IELTS Examiner in the UK.
For some of your questions:
Get down to is a common phrasal verb and you can use it in Writing or Speaking.
With the aim/view to/of Verb-ing is a grammar structure. Aim and view can be use interchangeably. Please check out on dictionary for more details.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/with-a-view-to-doing-sth
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/aim

For essay structure, I follow this structure:
Introduction
Sentence 1- Paraphrase Question
Sentence 2- State Both Points of View
Sentence 2- Thesis Statement
Sentence 3- Outline Sentence

Main Body Paragraph 1
Sentence 1- State first viewpoint
Sentence 2- Discuss first viewpoint
Sentence 3- Reason why you agree or disagree with viewpoint
Sentence 4- Example to support your view

Main Body Paragraph 2
Sentence 1- State second viewpoint
Sentence 2- Discuss second viewpoint
Sentence 3- Reason why you agree or disagree with viewpoint
Sentence 4- Example to support your view

Conclusion
Sentence 1- Summary
Sentence 2- State which one is better or more important

Regarding the length of essay, there is no limit. You can read official guide to IELTS by Cambridge or on IELTS/British Council website.

Hope it helps!

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