IELTS Letter Writing Tips 10 Ways to Get Higher Marks on the IELTS Letter Writing Task

1. Identify the type of letter you are being asked to write. Is it a formal, semiformal or informal letter? The entire tone of your letter is based on your answer to this question. Adjust your style and choice of words according to the type of letter you have been asked to write. 2. Open and close the letter correctly.Remember that each type of letter requires a different opening and closing. The chart below will help you remember this: Style Characteristics To someone you have not met, whose name you don't know To someone you may or may not have met, whose last name you know & use To someone you know well, whose first name you know and use Opening Dear Sir / Madam Ending

Formal

Yours faithfully

Semiformal

Dear Mr Brown, Dear Ms Stone

Yours sincerely

Informal

Dear John Dear Anita

Best regards Warm wishes

3. Open a formal and semi-formal letter with a formal sentence. Don't try to be friendly, as you do not know the person you are writing to. Get right down to business and indicate the reason you are writing, as shown below: Dear Sir / Madam, I am writing to inquire about / I am writing in connection with... Dear Mr Jones, I am writing to inform you ... / I am writing in connection with... 4. Open an informal letter with a general, friendly paragraph. With friends whom we know, we care about the whole person. We have a broader relationship in the context of which this communication is taking place. So it is best to acknowledge that friendship first, before getting down to the reason for your letter. In fact, the first paragraph could be purely friendly small talk, unrelated to the reason for your writing. Look at the example below: Dear Jane I hope you and your family are all well. It was such a pleasure to see you again last summer. We sure had a great time catching up with each other after so many

I am sorry that. Are you asking for help. If you exclude even one of the points given to you in the question prompt. It is surprising how many IELTS students make a mistake when spelling words such as "sincerely". in conventional letter writing in English. "faithfully". In order to complete your letter within 20 minutes or less.I am getting married this summer. Apologizing I'm sorry about. we use a number of standard expressions and phrases and add on to them the specific information we wish to communicate. Being able to use these will allow you to express your ideas quickly and effectively. By learning how to use these expressions. it is helpful to know some common phrases and set expressions. 9. without thinking about each and every word. Learn the correct spelling of commonly used words. The General IELTS Task 1 does require you to make up a bit of a story to complete your letter. you will find the letter writing task much easier and will never have to fight for time. While you're learning their meaning. 6. You can prevent yourself from losing marks by learning the correct spelling of these words and expressions which you are highly likely to use on your exam. Learn and use standard written phrases.. 10.years. The fact is. try the quiz at the bottom of the page to see how well you know these important expression.. "in connection with" and so on.. the reason I'm writing is that I have some good news .. You will not lose marks if you write more. you will lose valuable marks. Finally. also make sure you can spell them perfectly. Make sure you write at least 150 words.. Practice writing letters that include the three points and go back and check that you have included them in each practice exercise you do. Stay on topic.Useful Words & Expressions To complete your IELTS letter writing task within 20 minutes. 5. Anyway. complaining or thanking someone? Learn appropriate and polite expressions that will support what you need to say. IELTS Letter Writing .. Practice writing letters till you know what 150 words feels like and looks like. practice writing letters where you stick to the point. Students sometimes struggle to finish their writing in time. Identify the main purpose of the letter. not the number of words. 7. You have always been a cherished friend. You will lose marks if you write less.. I'm very sorry about. apologizing. 8. Include all three bulleted points. but don't make your story so complicated that you run out of time. This happens when you are trying to write every sentence from scratch. inviting someone. the only restriction on writing more is in terms of time. no matter how much of a gap there has been since we met. ..

. Please accept my apologies. What I am looking for is.. ...was very disappointing... Asking for Information I am writing to enquire about.. Could you please.. Please pass on my best wishes to your wife and children. I was thrilled to find out that.... Please give my regards to your parents.(informal) I regret to advise you that... Conveying regards Please give my best regards to your family. Expressing concern / sympathy I was sorry to hear about.I'm very sorry for.. I would be grateful if you could.. I would appreciate it if you could... I was very happy to learn that. (very formal) Asking for Help I'd be grateful if you could. I'd like to apologize for.. I would like to know about/if........... Expressing satisfaction I was delighted to hear that. Complaining / expressing dissatisfaction I'm writing to express my dissatisfaction with.(formal) I am afraid I have some bad news. I was wondering of you could help me....(informal) . I am writing to find out about.........(informal) Giving good news I am pleased to inform you that. Giving bad news I regret to inform you that. Closing I look forward to seeing you.(informal) I would like to know.... I'm writing to express my annoyance with. I am not happy about.. ...was very enjoyable...... Please forgive me for.(semi-formal) I am sorry to tell you that. Please accept my sincere apologies.. I look forward to hearing from you.(semi-formal) I am delighted to tell you that.. I look forward to meeting you... I was glad to hear that... (your accident/ illness) I am writing to express my concern about.

6-h. 5. Giving reasons This is because. 6.. Giving reasons e. Thank you kindly. I would like to know... 2.. Apologizing b... I can't thank you enough. I am extremely grateful for. a.(formal) This is owing to.... Closing f.. 7. This is due to......I am happy to advise you that.. 5-e.. Giving bad news d.. 8. (formal) This is as a result of.. 3-b. 4. Thank you.(formal) I thought you might like to know that. Please give my best wishes to.. I am pleased to inform you that.. This is because of... Thanking Thanks.. No words can express my gratitude. 7-a.. Thank you kindly... 2-g.. Asking for information Answers: 1-f. 4-d. I look forward to hearing from you. Perhaps it would be a good idea to. Thank you very much. This is due to. Conveying regards c... I very much appreciate your ______ing QUIZ Match the following: 1. Thanking g.(formal) Making suggestions Would it be a good idea to. 8-c .. 3. I regret to inform you. Giving good news h. I'd like to apologize for..

at least invest in a teacher or class to prepare for the writing and speaking sections of the IELTS. Always recreate the conditions of the exam as closely as possible. • Read the questions very carefully. Jot them down and make sure you address all of them in your answer. you'll end up with a more organized. Be aware that certain expressions. That's not okay. • Don't use slang. • Don't use contractions in the Academic Writing tasks. logical piece of writing. When you know what to write. If you are short on money. This is where the initial few minutes of planning can help you a great deal.IELTS Writing Tips Work with a teacher. and the Academic tasks demand formal writing. Watch for this when you're practicing and resolve to overcome it. Write several sample essays and have them corrected by a teacher. • Write in an organized way. • Divide your writing into paragraphs. • Write clearly. this does affect your score so avoid careless mistakes. also fall into the category of slang and should be avoided. Though marks are not granted or taken away for poor or messy writing. contractions are used in informal writing. It really doesn't matter if you can write a beautiful answer in two hours. This is the time to show off the best English you know. Use simple. Experiment with the great variety of outlining and mind-mapping techniques to help you sketch out a plan quickly. and then do the listening and reading sections on your own by working with a good preparatory IELTS guidebook. • Write legibly. Decide what you're going to say and how you'll expand on it. You wouldn't expect to read a magazine article or book like this. Find the correct way to express your thoughts and convey your ideas. You will be penalized if you stray off topic. with no divisions. when doing any kind of practice exercises. spend the first few minutes planning your writing. Often the question will ask you to do three or four different things. • Spell correctly. • . as you have no way of receiving feedback on your errors. Yes. There are many ways to be organized – linear. When you've planned in advance. clear English to get your ideas across in a powerful way. A careless mistake is when you have spelt the same word in various ways in the same piece of writing or when you misspell a word which is already given in the exam topic and all you have to do is copy it correctly. such as "kids" instead of "children" and "guys" or "gals" instead of "men" or "women". The IELTS examiner will be checking for this. you can concentrate on how to write it best. aside from the main question. It is confusing to be faced with a block of writing. without resorting to slang. • Plan before you write. Always divide your writing into paragraphs. Even though you feel under pressure for time. This is not the time or place to experiment with new vocabulary or idioms. the examiner should be able to read what you have written without undue difficulty. • Stay on topic. etc. • Practice writing tasks within the given time limits. circular. – but in the end the final product must be cohesive. In English. You cannot prepare for the writing section of the IELTS alone. which will earn you higher marks.

business-like and serious . which is official. Writing too few is worse – it will cause you to lose marks. • In the essay. in speech or in writing. etc. horrible. Choose the more precise word over the more general one. superb. You have learned English for many years and this is the time to use what you know.Complaining to a Hotel Below is a sample letter response to Task 1 of the General IELTS Writing Section. or adverse. and there is a greater possibility of making mistakes. state what you understand of the questions and what you plan to include in your answer. It is a formal letter. Stay away from over-used adjectives such as "good" or "bad". wonderful. which can be identified in several ways: • the tone. • Sample Formal Letters • Sample IELTS Letter 001 Complaining to a Hotel • Sample IELTS Letter 002 Explaining to a Bank • Sample IELTS Letter 003 Writing to a Magazine Sample Semi-formal Letters Sample IELTS Letter 004 Requesting a Letter of Reference • Sample IELTS Letter 005 Requesting Accommodation • Sample IELTS Letter 006 Complaining to a Landlord Sample Informal Letters • Sample IELTS Letter 007 Thanking & Inviting a Friend • Sample IELTS Letter 008 Describing a New Job? • Sample IELTS Letter 009 Advising a Friend • Free Sample IELTS Letter 001 . and earn you higher marks. Writing too many will take too much time. don't repeat major chunks of the question in your answer. This will make your language come alive. use more dramatic. Instead. expressive words. Instead.Use rich vocabulary. terrible. • Don't write more or less words than you need to. such as excellent.

when I got to my room. Begin your letter as follows: Dear __________ Dear Sir / Madam I am writing in connection with my recent stay at the Four Seasons in London. In your letter: • give details of what went wrong • explain what you had to do to overcome the problem at the time • say what action you would like the manager to take You should write at least 150 words. 2010. Mr John McFee (236 words) Free Sample IELTS Letter 002 . It is a formal letter.GENERAL WRITING TASK 1 the use of Dear Sir / Madam the absence of contractions the use of formal expressions (I am writing in connection with. I look forward to hearing from you at the earliest. due to a malfunctioning heater in my room. After complaining. I am shocked by this terrible service. I am prepared to take my complaint to a higher authority. I spent three horribly uncomfortable nights. When I asked to be moved to another room. each night after work I returned to discover the problem had not been rectified. I ask that you refund my money right away and offer me a free. who informed me they had to install a new heating unit. I understand it does not usually snow inApril. Eventually. The weather was very unusual for the time of year and the heating / cooling system in the hotel was quite inadequate. I had no time to complain as I had to catch a flight home right after my conference. If not. When I arrived in London. wearing socks around the room and ending up with a bad cold from the unheated room. I spent three miserable nights at your hotel from April 26 – 29. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel.Explaining to a Bank Below is a sample letter response to Task 1 of the General IELTS Writing Section. You do NOT need to write your own address.. which can be identified in several ways: • the tone.) the closing salutation ( "Yours faithfully" instead of the more informal "Yours sincerely" or "Best regards") • • • • You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. there was an unexpected snowstorm. there was no heat. England. however. more comfortable stay in one of your finer suites in the future.. Unfortunately. which is formal and business-like and serious • the use of Dear Sir / Madam . You recently stayed in a hotel in a large city. Unfortunately. I was told the hotel was completely booked. wearing my coat to bed. a technician was sent up. This is not what anyone expects for $400 a night! To compensate me for this tremendous inconvenience. Yours faithfully.

etc. when the envelope arrived in my mailbox. You do NOT need to write any address.") the closing salutation ( "Yours faithfully". Just yesterday. I checked and rechecked around the mailbox. You have received a letter from your bank. Yours faithfully..) WRITING TASK 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. For this reason I request that you cancel the existing debit card immediately. . Thank you kindly in advance.GENERAL WRITING TASK 1 • • • the absence of contractions the use of formal expressions ("Thank you kindly in advance. It stated that my new bank card was enclosed and asked me to acknowledge receipt. please arrange to send me a new one. I received a letter from your bank's head office. Begin your letter as follows: Dear __________ Dear Sir / Madam I am writing in connection with a missing or stolen debit card from your bank. However. However. etc. which can be identified in several ways: • the tone.. In your letter: • explain why you are writing • express concern about the missing card • ask them what they intend to do Write at least 150 words. asking you to acknowledge receipt of a new bank card. the card was missing from the envelope. Ms Brenda Holster (172 words) Free Sample IELTS Letter 003 . but found nothing. This is an urgent matter as the bank card could prove dangerous in the hands of the wrong person. it was in a tattered state. I am concerned that someone has gone through my mail and possibly stolen the card. It is a formal letter.Making Recommendations to a Magazine Below is a sample letter response for Task 1 of the General IELTS Writing Section. More importantly. the debit card which was supposed to be included.) You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.") • the closing salutation ( "Yours faithfully". was missing. which is straightforward and direct • the use of Dear Sir / Madam • the absence of contractions • the use of formal expressions ("I am writing in connection with. Write a letter to the bank's head office. The debit card in question is related to my account number 64729401 at your Bay and Bloor branch. After it has been cancelled. as I need to travel overseas next week and will need to carry the new bank card with me.

but also uninteresting day in and day out. However. In your letter: • explain what you like about the cafeteria • say what is wrong with it • suggest how it could be improved Write at least 150 words. The newly painted murals of the seaside give the seating area an open. the cafeteria will continue to run profitably as more students choose to eat there. which is a mix of politeness and warmth • the use of the last names (Dear Mrs Sweeney) • the absence of contractions • the use of formal expressions (I would appreciate it if. It is asemi-formal letter. outdoor feeling which makes it very pleasant to eat meals there. since this is a student cafeteria. Since almost every student spends some time here every day. Each day offers up only standard North American fare of hamburgers.) • the closing salutation (Yours sincerely) WRITING TASK 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. Write a letter to the college magazine. hot dogs. The cafeteria itself is modern. We have so many international students on campus. chicken nuggets and french fries. Secondly. Yours faithfully. This is further enhanced by the large green plants and flowing water fountains. We have unfortunately seen two price hikes in the last two years. Begin your letter as follows: Dear __________ Dear Sir / Madam I am writing in connection with our college cafeteria... Not only is this selection unhealthy. Write a letter to one of your old teachers asking for a reference. there is a very limited selection available. prices need to stay low.You eat at your college cafeteria at lunch time every day. at better prices. Daniel Bernard Free Sample IELTS Letter 004 . The main problem with the cafeteria is in the food served! First of all. In your letter: • say what job you have applied for • explain why you want this job • suggest what information the teacher should include .. I am sure if we offer a wider range of foods. it would be wonderful to have some curries. You are applying for a job and need a letter of reference from someone who knew you when you were at school. spacious and attractive. I believe it is in everyone's best interest to find ways to improve the quality of this central eatery. which can be identified in several ways: • the tone. burritos and falafel added to the menu. you think it needs some improvements. airy.Requesting a Letter of Reference Below is a sample letter for Task 1 of the General IELTS Writing Section.

You do NOT need to write any address. I will be there to attend the Brain. In your letter: Write a letter to the accommodation officer at the college. It is asemi-formal letter...Based Learning program at . I would appreciate it if you could include information related to my trustworthiness. Thanks again for those important lessons. which can be identified in several ways: • the tone. You might remember my telling you how very much I looked forward to teaching and traveling around the world. by July 1st. Australia. In your letter: • explain your situation • describe the accommodation you require • say when you will need it Write at least 150 words. Thank you kindly in advance. In the letter of reference. which is a mix of formality plus warmth • the use of the last names (Dear Ms Walker) • the absence of contractions • the use of formal expressions (I would appreciate it if. I would need to have the letter in two weeks. I have applied for a position as an ESL teacher at a private language school in Tokyo. As the job is in Japan. Yours sincerely. As I am due to graduate next month. Begin your letter as follows: Dear __________ Dear Mrs Walker I am writing in connection with my upcoming training course at your college in Sydney. my enthusiasm and my cross-cultural awareness while in teacher training college.Write at least 150 words. Australia. I am confident that I can make a difference in the lives of students who need to learn English. Now I have the chance. I still remember the dynamic way in which you taught grammar to me and all of the teacher trainees in your English class. Japan. Grace Smith Free Sample IELTS Letter 005 . they do not have the chance to interview me and will base their decision largely on my letters of reference. Write a letter to the accommodation officer at the college.Requesting Accommodation Below is a sample letter for Task 1 of the General IELTS Writing Section. Begin your letter as follows: Dear __________ Dear Mrs Sweeney How are you? I hope everything is fine at the school and that you have been well. You need somewhere to live while you are there. I am writing in connection with a letter of reference that I need for a job that I have applied for recently.) • the closing salutation (Yours sincerely) WRITING TASK 1 You are going on a short training course at a college in Sydney.

which disturbs you. I would need the apartment to be available from that night until the day of my departure. his habits and needs appear to be quite different from my own. I understand some of the events on campus finish quite late so I would prefer not to walk in an unfamiliar neighbourhood after dark. Please let me know if you are able to find such an apartment and if not. close to the college. I understand he is in a band and needs to practice. however. I look forward to hearing from you. It is asemi-formal letter. which is July 23rd. I would appreciate it if you could find a private studio apartment for me. a TV. I would need access to public transportation. Begin your letter as follows: Dear __________ Dear Mr Shah I hope you and your family are all well. I think he cannot do so in a residential building such as ours.. My budget is around US $1000 for 3 weeks.Victoria College for a period of three weeks from July 2st to July 22st. which is a mix of formality plus warmth • the use of the last names (Dear Mr Shah) • the absence of contractions • the use of formal expressions (I would appreciate it if. a kitchen and a bathroom. I am hoping that you will be able to assist me with my accommodation arrangements. As I will be arriving on July 1st. a desk. Jane Goodwin (236 words) ree Sample IELTS Letter 006 . As I am slightly older than most of the other participants. My last night in the apartment would be July 22nd. Write a letter to the landlord.) • the closing salutation (Yours sincerely) WRITING TASK 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. In your letter: • explain the situation • describe why it bothers you • suggest a solution Write at least 150 words. please suggest other suitable arrangements. The issue is that Jack is a professional musician who plays his electric guitar late into the night. Yours sincerely.. but if not. an Internet connection. As I mentioned to you when I . You have been living in a rental apartment for the past year. 2010. It would be ideal if I could walk to school each day. Recently a new neighbour moved in and has been making a lot of noise.Complaining to a Landlord Below is a sample letter for Task 1 of the General IELTS Writing Section. I am writing in connection with a problem I have with the new tenant. all I require is a bed. Jack. Unfortunately. You do NOT need to write any address. which can be identified in several ways: • the tone. who has moved in downstairs. In terms of the apartment.

In your letter. but. Thank you kindly in advance and please give my best regards to your family. wasn't) • the use of informal expressions ("Sorry. it is essential to have silence so I can concentrate on my work. I look forward to going to work. The big news is that I have finally changed my job! Do you remember when you were here on holiday.Describing a New Job Below is a sample letter for Task 1 of the General IELTS Writing Section. friendly and conversational • the use of first names (Eva. Begin your letter as follows: Dear __________. Meg Snyder (234 words) Free Sample IELTS Letter 008 . Write a letter to an English-speaking friend. except when he is out. but to no avail. which can be identified in several ways: • the tone. I always talked about how I hated my boring bank job? Well. I would appreciate it if you could speak to Jack and ask him to turn down the volume on his guitar or else to use headphones. You have recently started work in a new company. it was clear I needed a change. Sorry for having been out of touch for a short while. I have been unable to get any of my writing done. My students come from all over the world and I love teaching them as well as learning from them. I will let you know as soon as the situation improves. Each day.. For me. Yours sincerely. "how about you?") • the closing salutation ( "Warm wishes". . which is warm. I teach General English.. I have spoken to him about it. It is aninformal letter. I took a part-time TESL course and trained to be an ESL teacher. I am a full-time writer who works from home. Dear Eva. instead of the more formal "Yours sincerely" or "Yours faithfully") WRITING TASK 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. finally. There have been some changes in my life and I wanted to let you know the latest from my side.signed the lease to the apartment.". Business English and IELTS. You do NOT need to write any address. In some cases. Now I'm working full-time in a private language school. So. I have even been forced to leave the apartment and work at a nearby coffee shop or library as the guitar playing was causing such a disturbance. • explain why you changed jobs • describe your new job • tell him / her your other news Write at least 150 words. With Jack playing at all hours. Brenda) • the use of contractions (you've. How are you? I hope you've been well.

how about you? I hope you'll have a chance to visit Canada again soon. so you can have the option of eating in. We can visit Centre Island. which is very warm. It will give me a chance to take you around. so I am right in the heart of the city. as you did so kindly for me when I was in Amsterdam last year. I am a much happier person today because of these recent changes. we have some wonderful guest suites available in our high-rise building. It's small. You do NOT need to write any address. I would be happy to help in any way possible. instead of way out in the suburbs. with a kitchen. Write a letter to your friend. I also moved to a new apartment near the school where I work. Canada's Wonderland. Write soon) • the closing salutation ( Warm wishes. It is aninformal letter. In the meantime. First. Warm wishes Kim (226 words) ree Sample IELTS Letter 009 . I'm really excited to hear that you're planning to visit Toronto. I suggest you come in the summer months of July or August. unless you really like freezing weather. Regarding your visit. instead of the more formal "Yours sincerely" or "Yours faithfully") WRITING TASK 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. you're. but downtown. Dear Julie Thanks so much for your latest letter. can't) • the use of informal expressions (Thanks. in the evenings too. An English-speaking friend wants to spend a two-week holiday in your region and has written asking for information and advice. In your letter. please write and let me know what's new with you. the CN Tower. the Royal Ontario . Niagara Falls. there's so many fun things to do.Aside from that. which can be identified in several ways: • the tone. Summer is also the time when all the tourist sites are open. Just let me know your dates and I can make a reservation for you. Though most hotels are expensive at that time. Begin your letter as follows: Dear __________. • offer to find somewhere to stay • give advice about what to do • give information about what clothes to bring Write at least 150 words. So. for only about $50 per night.Advising a Friend Below is a sample letter for Task 1 of the General IELTS Writing Section. Irene) • the use of contractions (I'm. They are fully furnished studio apartments. Suddenly. personal and friendly • the use of first names ( Julie.

• Write legibly. That's not okay. I can't wait for you to come! Write soon with more details. • Stay on topic. etc. When you know what to write. circular. you'll end up with a more organized. • Write clearly. This is where the initial few minutes of planning can help you a great deal. Even though you feel under pressure for time. The weather should be warm and comfortable. as you have no way of receiving feedback on your errors. You cannot prepare for the writing section of the IELTS alone. You will be penalized if you stray off topic. The IELTS examiner will be checking for this. Experiment with the great variety of outlining and mind-mapping techniques to help you sketch out a plan quickly. Jot them down and make sure you address all of them in your answer. when doing any kind of practice exercises. and then do the listening and reading sections on your own by working with a good preparatory IELTS guidebook. this does affect your score so avoid careless mistakes. • Divide your writing into paragraphs. around 25 – 30 degrees Celsius. Watch for this when you're practicing and resolve to overcome it. There are many ways to be organized – linear. Warm wishes Irene (207 words) ELTS Writing Tips • Work with a teacher. which will earn you higher marks. • Read the questions very carefully. Though marks are not granted or taken away for poor or messy writing. you can concentrate on how to write it best. the Science Centre and Thousand Islands. This is not the time or place to experiment with new vocabulary or idioms. so bring your informal summer clothes. • Write in an organized way. It really doesn't matter if you can write a beautiful answer in two hours. When you've planned in advance.Museum. If you are short on money. a swinsuit and an umbrella too. You wouldn't expect to read a magazine article or book like this. • Practice writing tasks within the given time limits. aside from the main question. Decide what you're going to say and how you'll expand on it. We do get summer showers quite often. . with no divisions. Often the question will ask you to do three or four different things. • Plan before you write. Use simple. Always divide your writing into paragraphs. Always recreate the conditions of the exam as closely as possible. Write several sample essays and have them corrected by a teacher. logical piece of writing. • Spell correctly. It is confusing to be faced with a block of writing. – but in the end the final product must be cohesive. A careless mistake is when you have spelt the same word in various ways in the same piece of writing or when you misspell a word which is already given in the exam topic and all you have to do is copy it correctly. clear English to get your ideas across in a powerful way. spend the first few minutes planning your writing. the examiner should be able to read what you have written without undue difficulty. at least invest in a teacher or class to prepare for the writing and speaking sections of the IELTS. Yes.

Choose the more precise word over the more general one. Be aware that certain expressions. Writing too many will take too much time. Ideally. use more dramatic. when time is limited. • Use rich vocabulary. such as excellent. • Don't use contractions in the Academic Writing tasks. and earn you higher marks. In English. In my view. It is also helpful to have someone call them out so you can test your spelling. • Don't write more or less words than you need to. in speech or in writing. you can add variety and interest to your writing. so they come to mind easily during the IELTS. You have learned English for many years and this is the time to use what you know. contractions are used in informal writing. This will make your language come alive. Stay away from over-used adjectives such as "good" or "bad".Don't use slang. terrible. state what you understand of the questions and what you plan to include in your answer. Instead. also fall into the category of slang and should be avoided. Unfortunately. etc. From my point of view. superb. Of course. you won't need to use all of the expressions on the IELTS. Writing too few is worse – it will cause you to lose marks. Practice sufficiently so you don't lose points unnecessarily on something that's within your control. students sometimes make spelling errors even in these commonly occurring expressions. or adverse. This is the time to show off the best English you know. You will also be able to write more quickly and effectively during exams. I think I believe To my way of thinking . such as "kids" instead of "children" and "guys" or "gals" instead of "men" or "women". Instead. and the Academic tasks demand formal writing. KEY WORDS for IELTS WRITING Stating Your Opinion In my opinion. To me. horrible. It seems to me that From my perspective According to me. without resorting to slang. • ELTS Writing Key Words & Expressions By learning to use common phrases and set expressions. • In the essay. you should be comfortable using at least three or four expressions from each group below. expressive words. and there is a greater possibility of making mistakes. don't repeat major chunks of the question in your answer. wonderful. Find the correct way to express your thoughts and convey your ideas.

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Essentially. No doubt. For this reason. Almost. Consequently. thereby Hence. Up to a point.Overall. Marking time On the whole. Definitely. So. To some extent. Expressing Partial Agreement More or less. I believe Basically. Showing cause Due to Because of Showing effect Therefore. All things considered Expressing Certainty Certainly. In general. Because Owing to As a result. Doubtless. Of course. It seems to me that All in all. For the most part Undoubtedly. So to speak. As a rule. Thus. The reason why . In a way. By and large. Eventually.

Before After While At the same time After this / that Meanwhile Following this As soon as In addition And Similarly As well as Too What’s more Whether Unless So that .First. Thirdly. Firstly. Second. Then. Secondly. First of all. Third. During To begin with Simultaneously Since Afterwards When Adding Information Furthermore Also Moreover Likewise Besides Even Expressing condition If In case Provided that Concluding Last Lastly.

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