IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System”. This is English Language proficiency test that assesses the English ability of non-native English speakers. This test have four sections namely, Reading, Writing, listening and Speaking that checks reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of person. Scores are given in the form of Bands and if you get score above 8 bands, then you will be considered expert in the language and helps you to go abroad for further studies or work. There are two IELTS module i.e. Academic and General Training in which listening and speaking are same but reading and writing are different.
In this article, we will discuss some IELTS writing tips that help you to score good in IELTS Exam.
Writing Section contains two tasks. For Academic, Task 1 will have pie charts or table related to data and Task 2 will have an essay. In General IELTS task 1 will be about writing a letter and Task 2 will be an essay.
IELTS Writing Tips
1. Read your Questions Carefully
Read your questions twice because it is important for you to understand that how many parts are there in the questions and you have to answer all the parts of it. Don’t be in hurry and answer just one or two parts of it. There is no harm if you take some more seconds to read the questions twice or thrice as it helps you to understand what the examiner is asking from you and answer each part accordingly.
2. Don’t Jump into writing instantly
After you read the questions, take a pause, think and then write. This will enhance your writing speed as you know what you have to write and if you directly jump into writing, may be scribble or will scrabble or simply think you should have written this first and this will simply waste your time and time is precious. So, think before you start writing.
3. Time is Essential
IELTS has set time frame. In task 1 you have to write around 150 words and in task 2 you have to write 250 words. So, plan how much time you will spend on each task or plan you paragraphs and for this you should know your writing speed. Don’t rush or scribble. Your writing has to be legible as a word which can’t be read will mark as wrong. So, it’s better to practice and improve your writing speed.
Don’t repeat your words because there has to be flavor in your writing. Then what to do in the case when you have to represent the similar idea? For this, use synonyms. So try learning as much vocabulary as possible and try knowing synonyms for whatever words you are explaining or describing. If you are writing happy, then writing happy again, instead you can use words like amaze or joyful etc. This will gives idea to the examiner that you have strong vocabulary as you are using different words for describing the same meaning.
5. Focus on your Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar will help you to form your sentences correctly. So, check your spellings carefully. If the sentences are not in correct Grammar, then of course it’s not worth writing. So, learn to form sentences with correct grammar. If you are not good in grammar or English, then try to learn to forms simple sentences first and then go for complex one, and if think you are good in Grammar or English, then practice to form complex sentence with correct Grammar.
6. Use Topic Sentences
Use topic sentences for each paragraph you write, this will help the examiner to understand what this paragraph would be about and this will also help you to form two three lines more about the topic. Each paragraph should be dedicated to a particular idea or topic you are talking about. It will guide and makes you think clearly and coherently. Also, it will help the examiner to understand that what you are writing.
Don’t use contractions like don’t, doesn’t, it’ll, can’t etc, instead use formal words i.e. do not, cannot, does not etc. So, use it in the formal language form because it is formal writing. Please avoid any kind of informal words, dialects or form of writing.
IELTS is very simple all it requires is patience, practice and dedication.