IELTS Writing Tips

Here are some things that you MUST do in order to secure a band 7 or above in your Task 2 writing.

ielts-writing-tipsThe problem that most students seem to face with task 2 and the one I get most questions about is the topic and ideas. Actually this is the least important thing about task 2!

Much more important about IELTS writing is the language and how you can handle the language at band 7 to express your ideas. I know that anybody who lives in the 21st century, reads a newspaper, watches the TV and engages with the world will have more than enough information to formulate the ideas required for task 2. After all you are only writing 25 sentences and 6 of these will be introducing the idea (using information in the questions) and concluding (mirroring your introduction).

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ielts_writing_exam_tipsTask 1 is sometimes given less attention because students are often more concerned about Task 2. It is true that Task 1 is shorter and slightly more straightforward and that task 2 carries more marks but Task 1 is just as important and it is your first piece (normally) of writing that the examiner sees. As such, this task will give the examiner their first impression of your ability in English writing and you really want this impression to be a good one.

Task 1, whether Academic or General, is a more practical piece of writing than Task 2. This means that you need a more objective style of writing. Here you are not being asked for your opinion or ideas.

You are either being asked to describe something or to write a letter to achieve a certain result.

Let us first look at Task 1 Academic:

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ielts-writingDid you know that the IELTS writing usually scores to lowest band in any IELTS exam session? The IELTS writing test can be a hard mountain to climb but with the right preparation you can make sure that your IELTS essay will be good enough to attract the score that you really want.

Taking time over your IELTS writing practice and making sure that you are not repeating the same mistakes over and over is essential and with some focus you will soon be on track to get the score you dream about.

There is a lot to remember: you need to manage your time, not make mistakes, find valid points to make about the topic, keep to the word limit AND find time to use great vocabulary and check your work. It may look impossible but it is all achievable if you work systematically and keep control over what you are doing.

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