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Government investment in the visual arts, the kind you commonly see in

art galleries, is a waste of money. Governments must invest this money in

public services instead. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Aim to write three sentences around 60 words in total.
 Sentence 1 – Paraphrase the task question or write a general statement relating to the
topic using synonyms of the key words used in the question. E.g. These days, many local
governments spend large portions of their budget not only on public services, but also on
the visual arts.
 Sentence 2 – State your opinion or point of view on the question being asked. E.g –
Although I agree that it is important to invest in local amenities, I do not think spending on
the visual arts is a waste of money.
 Sentence 3 – Give an essay overview including a summarizing phrase like: E.g. This
essay will discuss this issue using examples to support arguments and demonstrate points.

Supporting Paragraphs
The two supporting paragraphs should include your ideas and supporting examples to
answer the task question. Aim to write only two supporting paragraphs with roughly 85
words in each. Each paragraph should contain the following four sentences and stick to one
idea per paragraph:
Paragraph 1:
 Sentence 1 – State your 1st position. Eg. On the one hand, spending a significant amount
of the government budget on public services is beneficial for society.
 Sentence 2 – Explain why you hold that position. Eg. Providing for basic amenities, such as
hospitals, roads, and schools, helps to determine the quality of life that most citizens will
 Sentence 3 – Give an academic example that backs up your idea. Eg. For example, a
recent survey by Education Today shows that countries that spend more on schools have a
population that is higher in literacy, by 65%, compared to those that dedicate no money to
 Sentence 4 – Summarise the paragraph showing how your example links your
idea/argument back to the main idea. Eg. Therefore it is apparent that spending on public
services is a worthwhile investment for a government.
Paragraph 2:
 Sentence 1 – State your 2nd position. Eg. However, this does not mean that the visual
arts should be completely neglected.
 Sentence 2 – Explain why you hold that position. Eg. The visual arts also have an
important impact on our quality of life.
 Sentence 3 – Give an academic example that backs up your idea. Eg. For example, a
recent study conducted by the World Health Organization concluded that individuals that
regularly visit art galleries are cited as being 20% happier in life than people who do not.
 Sentence 4 – Summarise the paragraph showing how your example links your
idea/argument back to the main idea. Eg. Seeing the health benefits that many people get
from the visual arts, it is important that the government assists such institutions so that
they can continue to provide pleasure to the public.
For the conclusion, aim to write just one or two sentences that paraphrase what you’ve
discussed in the essay. Try to keep to under 45 words.
 Sentence 1 – Summarise the essay. Be sure to start this sentence with an appropriate
linking phrase (i.e. In conclusion, To sum up, Consequently) followed by an overall
summary of what you’ve just written. E.g. To sum up, although there are clear benefits of
ensuring a large amount of investment goes into public services, I do not believe spending
money on the arts is a waste of money as this too provides important benefits.
 Sentence 2 – Give a Final Thought. Eg. In the future, governments should consider
budgeting for both.

Useful tips during the IELTS Writing Exam

1.Before writing your answer, read the task very carefully. Make sure you understand the
question. Ask yourself: what is the topic? Every sentence you write should be related to it.

2. Take a few minutes to write a brief outline, which will define your main point of view and
one idea per paragraph. The outline will help you write a focused essay.

3. Write in a clear, focused manner. Try to keep your sentences short and simple. However, you
should avoid too plain and common language, as well as informal expressions.

4. The question may sound so impressive that will make you copy whole sentences from it as
you reply to it when writing your essay. Better avoid that and write in your own words.

5. Try not to extend the length of your essay more than required. The minimum for the second
task is 250 words, so 300 words would be right enough. Since you will not have time to count
the words during the exam, you should know that usually, one page covers around 300 words.

6. Don’t repeat the same words too often and try to use synonyms, especially if you feel the
need to emphasize the same idea in a single paragraph.

7. Leave some time for editing. You need to catch and fix the grammatical and spelling flaws
before you submit the test. It’s best to leave at least 5 minutes for rewriting your first draft into
a clean copy.

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Maybe you can’t become a brilliant essay writer overnight. However, you can definitely take
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How to prepare for the IELTS Essay Writing?

Start practicing essay writing as early as possible. Take one sample question per day and write
your answer.

Find a tutor who will guide you through the practice and make you aware of the mistakes you
make in writing.

Search for essay samples online. When you see how a proper essay should look like, it will be
easier for you to formulate a response.

Use online tools that will help you check your grammar and spelling. Hemingway App,
Grammar, After the Deadline, and ProWritingAid are only a few that can help you identify the
most common mistakes you make.

Write down all the new words and phrases you read in the sample essays. This way, you’ll
improve your vocabulary through the practice course.

You’ll need to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2 of the
writing section. You get one hour for both tasks, so spend approximately 20 minutes on the first
task, and 40 minutes on the second one. Every time you practice, try to write within those

Don’t be afraid to use complex grammar structures. Your mentor will tell you whether you’re
using them properly, and you’ll get more confident in your skills with practice

Some people believe that studying literature is important for individual character building
while others think it is a waste of time. Discuss both points of view and provide your own

It is sometimes argued that literature learning is the most effective way to build valued
personals. Personally, I totally agree with this view.

On the one hand, I can understand why some people think that learning literature is nothing
but a waste of time. The argument in favor of this thinking is that it is often found that even
well-educated persons behave improperly and break the law and order. Those who commit
financial crimes are often found to be well qualified and intelligent personals. For example, the
main culprits of recent global recession in 2008 were few financial firm's chief operating officers
who did not mind to oversight the norms and regulatory advisories. Therefore, there is no
connection between moral ethics and knowledge of literacy.

On the other side, In my view literature has a positive impact on our minds. Religious books and
epics have been remained source of great human values and ethics which are considered basics
of character. Some of the books like Bhagvat Gita, Ramayana and Mahabharata have a common
message to mankind that you are the responsible for what happens to you and all the power of
the world is within individual. It spreads a message of brotherhood, honesty, dignity and
respect to all lives and animals. Such literature not only motivates people to follow the right
path but also inspire to lead others and guide them.

In conclusion, it seems to be that there are more convincing reasons to believe that building of
a strong character is possible only by following instructions written in epic literature