Listening and Reading are one of the simple modules of IELTS. What turns the table is writing part of the exam. Writing an essay and report together makes it tidicious for an individual under the test pressure.
Following these simple principles will increase your Band score from 6 to 8.5 in Writing! If you aren’t familiar with the term “do’s and don’ts”, it’s really simple: do’s are the things you should do, and don’ts are the things you should avoid.
The Do’s of IELTS Essay
– Shortness (7-18 words per sentence)
– Cohesion (link ideas, paragraphs, sentences together)
– Coherence (all ideas should be easily understood by the reader)
– Usage of high frequency words (Use of Lexical Resource)
– Answer the question fully (cover all points asked in the task statement)
Band 7+ essays need:
- a) More complex sentences
b) More better vocabulary
c) Better usage of Grammar and Punctuation marks
– Write 250 works minimum and practice writing before you appear in final examination
– Read as many essay topics as possible; this will increase the generation of ideas
– Know the right structure for all essay types
– Know when to give your opinion
– Write examples in every kind of Essay
– Separate the arguments “for” and “against” into different paragraphs
– Essays are always formal
– Only use personal pronouns when giving your opinion
– Use proper connecting words for linking two paragraphs
– Use only 1 tense in the entire essay
– Write neatly as it values the reader-writer relationship
– Make a plan in first 5 minutes: it makes your essay more organized
– Make your opinion very clear: formal and reasoned point of view, give details.
The Don’ts of IELTS Essay
– Write too many words if your English is average (aim for 250-265)
– Use contractions such as “don’t”, “shouldn’t”, etc
– Overuse connecting words
– Jump from one idea to the next: link, link, link!
– Mix arguments “for” and “against” in the same paragraph
– Use the informal formation
– Use abbreviations
– Repeat words or overuse primitive verbs (does, makes, gets)
– Cross out many things
– Write illegibly and Panic
– Start writing without a plan
– Forget to leave a blank line between paragraphs
– Use generalizations (“All”, “Every”)
– Use simple sentences if you want a high score
– Use cliches as they are often too informal
– Use ‘lazy’ expressions (“and so on”, “etc”).
– Copy part of task question
– Agree with both sides – choose one side to make your opinion clear
– Go off topic
For General Writing Task 1; there are bullet points given which are important for your letter. All the information asked in the bullet points should be covered in your letter written.
Have you ever thought about the order of information in your GT Writing Task 1 letter? Have you ever wondered if there’s a specific order in which you should write all the information that the task statement requires? Here is what you need to know:
The GT Writing Task 1 statement usually asks you to write a letter to someone, including the reason why you are writing and some bullet points with information for you to include in your letter.
Your score will not suffer if you write in a different order from the task statement. If your letter is long enough (at least 150 words), has no spelling errors, is grammatically correct and written using the appropriate tone and vocabulary, you don’t have anything to worry about.
One thing to keep in mind though is that often there is logic to the order of bullet points, and following that logic may be easier than re-arranging it. This means that if you write in the same order of bullet points, your letter will turn out coherent and there will be a logical progression. However, if you can write a good logical letter with all the information in a different order from that of bullet points’ – that would be absolutely fine.
These tips are not exhaustive but will give you some important points on how to pass the IELTS Writing test with a high Band Score.