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IELTS Writing Tips

IELTS Writing Tips

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The
IELTS Academic Writing
module measures your ability to write inclear, formal English, as is generally demanded in an academic context. Youare assessed according to the following criteria:
Task Response - how accurately to address the task
Coherence and Cohesion - how organized your writing is
Lexical Resource - the range of your vocabulary
Grammatical Range and Accuracy - the correctness of your grammarYou have an hour to complete two writing tasks. You must complete bothtasks to get a score. You need to organize your ideas, write accurately, anduse rich vocabulary. It is recommended that you divide your time in thisway:
Task 1 – 150 words – 20 minutes
Task 2 – 250 words – 40 minutesIELTS ACADEMIC WRITING - TASK 1In the first task, you must write a report based on pictorial information. Thismeans you may need to describe a graph, chart, or diagram. It may be a barchart, pie chart, line graph, or some other graphic representation. You mightalso be asked to describe the process illustrated by the diagram. Thisinvolves describing the data accurately, pointing out trends and relevantinformation, and using appropriate vocabulary.To understand how best to answer this type of task, read through the modelanswers provided in IELTS guidebooks. Examiners will score your answerbased on your ability to group relevant information, link ideas in complexsentences, and use appropriate vocabulary to describe trends. This is not asdifficult as it sounds. By reading through several sample answers, you canextract the vocabulary you need and also learn a variety of sentencestructures, to present your information in a formal, academic manner. Forthe highest marks, also pay close attention to your spelling and copy givenwords and phrases correctly.IELTS ACADEMIC WRITING - TASK 2In this task, you need to write an academic style essay on the single topicgiven. You have no choices here – you must write only about the one topic –so prepare yourself with strategies to write a well-organized essay on avariety of subject areas. You may need to offer a solution to a problem,express an opinion or comment on ideas or arguments presented.Your essay should be about four or five paragraphs in length, with anintroduction, body and conclusion. It should not be a list of bullet points, buta properly organized essay, written in full sentences. You need to state yourthesis, provide evidence or reasons to support your argument and write a
 
strong conclusion. Use topic sentences to clearly identify the main theme ineach paragraph. You could use the guide below to structure your essay:
Paragraph 1Introduction Restate the topic, indicate yourpositionParagraph 2BodyMain idea, supporting idea,examplesParagraph 3BodyMain idea, supporting idea,examplesParagraph 4Conclusion Summarize ideas, restate position
 
IELTS Writing Tips
Work with a teacher.
Write several sample essays and have themcorrected by a teacher. You cannot prepare for the writing section of the IELTS alone, as you have no way of receiving feedback on yourerrors. If you are short on money, at least invest in a teacher or classto prepare for the writing and speaking sections of the IELTS, and thendo the listening and reading sections on your own by working with agood preparatory IELTS guidebook.
Read the questions
very carefully. Often the question will ask you todo three or four different things, aside from the main question. Jotthem down and make sure you address all of them in your answer.
The IELTS examiner will be checking for this
.
Practice writing tasks
within the given time limits. It really doesn'tmatter if you can write a beautiful answer in two hours. Alwaysrecreate the conditions of the exam as closely as possible, when doingany kind of practice exercises.
Plan before you write
. Even though you feel under pressure fortime, spend the first few minutes planning your writing. Decide whatyou're going to say and how you'll expand on it. When you know
what 
to write, you can concentrate on
how 
to write it best. Experiment withthe great variety of outlining and mind-mapping techniques to helpyou sketch out a plan quickly.
Write in an organized way.
When you've planned in advance, you'llend up with a more organized, logical piece of writing, which will earnyou higher marks. There are many ways to be organized – linear,circular, etc. – but in the end the final product must be cohesive.
Stay on topic
. You will be penalized if you stray off topic. This iswhere the initial few minutes of planning can help you a great deal.
Divide your writing
into paragraphs. It is confusing to be faced witha block of writing, with no divisions. You wouldn't expect to read amagazine article or book like this. Always divide your writing intoparagraphs.
Write clearly
. This is not the time or place to experiment with newvocabulary or idioms. Use simple, clear English to get your ideasacross in a powerful way.
Write legibly
. Though marks are not granted or taken away for pooror messy writing, the examiner should be able to read what you havewritten without undue difficulty.

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