IELTS Writing Tips by Erisha
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IELTS is an English language test for study, migration or work. Over three million people take test every year. IELTS is accepted by more than 11,000 employers, universities, schools and immigration bodies around the world.
There are two types of IELTS: Academic and General Training. For Academic and General Training you take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests. Make sure you prepare for the correct test type.
The IELTS writing test is designed to assess a wide range of writing skills like
- Write a response appropriately
- Organize ideas
- Use a range of grammar and vocabulary accurately.
- Timing: 60 min. You will spend 20 minutes in task 1 and 40 minutes in task 2.
- Word limit: Task 1 has a word limit of 150 words and task 2 has 250 word limit.
- Marks: The test will be marked by Certified IELTS examiner. Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1. Scores are in whole and half band.
Writing responses are assessed on:
- Task achievement
- Coherence and cohesion
- Lexical resource
- Grammatical range and accuracy
Academic Writing Format:
Write in a formal style in the IELTS Academic Writing test. In Task 1 you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram. You will be asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words. This might involve describing and explaining data, describing the stages of a process or how something works, or describing an object or event. In Task 2 you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You should find the issues interesting and easy to understand.
General Writing Format:
The topics used in the IELTS General Training Writing test are of general interest. In Task 1 you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. You can write the letter in a personal, semi-formal or formal style. In Task 2 you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You can use a fairly personal style.
- Arrive early and carry your id.
- Test takers will be penalized for irrelevance if the response is off-topic or is not written.
- Copying is strictly prohibited.
- Answers have to be written in answer booklet.
- Test takers have to write on their own and not copy from the question paper.
- Stick to word limit.
- Do not use bullet points. Divide the ideas into paragraphs.
- Organize your ideas logically.
- Pay attention to grammar and spelling.
- Plan your essay, have introduction, supporting ideas and conclusion.
- Use real life examples to support your views.
- Check the answers.
- Keep an eye on time.
- Do not use short cut and slangs.
- Use less common vocabulary. Do not use over used phrases and idioms.
- Practice and get feedback and work on your weakness.