Tips for IELTS Writing

Next to IELTS Speaking, one of the challenges of IELTS takers is the writing section. This time I will focus on the Academic Writing. In this post I’m going to give some tips for IELTS Writing.

There are two tasks in IELTS Writing. The first task is about describing a visual information. The second task is about presenting arguments in a clear and well-organized way.

Tips for Task 1

1. Make an outline.

Making an outline will help you organize your thoughts well. Start with introduction, overview, and two body paragraphs. The content of your body paragraphs is highly dependent on the type of question. This is not required but I highly recommend it.

2. Address all the tasks.

First, read the task carefully. If there are two questions, answer both of them in separate paragraphs. Second, use a minimum of 150 words. Failure to fulfill the requirements and give relevant answers will lead to a low score.

3. Use cohesive devices.

One of the criteria is coherence and cohesion. This means that you are tested where your message is clear and easy to follow. The common words are: In addition, Moreover, On the other hand, However, and other connecting words.

4. Start with a topic sentence.

Topic sentence is usually on the first part of your body paragraph. It talks about what the paragraph is all about. Do not add figures on your introduction, overview, and on the first sentence of your body paragraph. Use them as supporting details to your topic sentence.

5. Do not make a conclusion.

Do not theorize the “why” behind the figures. You are tasked to make descriptions and comparisons. Just talk about the highlights in the overview. Don’t give an opinion.

Tips for IELTS Writing

Tips for Task 2

1. Manage your time.

Task 2 is worth two thirds of your grade. It’s ideal to spend 40 minutes in Task 2, and 20 minutes in Task 1. You may even start with Task 2 first.

2. Organize your essay structure.

It must include introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Have one idea per paragraph. If the task asks you to discuss two views, explain them in separate body paragraphs. Also, don’t forget to use cohesive devices.

3. Always paraphrase.

Do not copy any part of the question in your answer. You may use individual words but not the whole phrase or sentence. In addition, try to have a different idea per paragraph. Avoid redundancy.

4. Give relevant answers.

Some people write about unrelated stuff just to reach the minimum 250 words. Don’t do that. To extend your answers, you may give some examples and experiences related to your topic.

5. Allot time for editing.

Having accurate grammar is as important as having good content. Spend around 3 to 5 minutes to check your spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.

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I wrote these tips for IELTS Writing based on my experience in teaching. I hope these are helpful for you! If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment.

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