IELTS Advice to improve your Writing

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Subject: English » IELTS
Last updated: 21/09/2017
Tags: article writing, esol tutor, ielts preparation, ielts task 2, ielts tips

4 great tips that will help you gain a better score in the writing task

  1. Make sure you identify the key words in the question. It’s really important to be absolutely sure that you know what is expected of you. Look carefully at the questions and underline or circle the words that TELL YOU WHAT TO DO.  Is it an opinion, a discussion, problem solution or a combination? If you get this wrong then you will lose marks
  2. Take some time to plan your writing. I often hear people say that they don’t have time to plan but I can’t stress the importance of planning enough. I plan and I am a native speaker. Planning your writing will help you to write faster because you have your ideas and support before you put pen to paper and it will help you to make fewer mistakes. Planning is NOT a waste of time it is GOOD USE of your time.
  3. Avoid repetition. You will know form your IELTS reading that in good writing style there are a lot of synonyms and your writing should also try to follow this example. Try not to repeat words where possible. Sometimes if the words are in the question you may need to use them more than once but by varying the form of the word – adjective, adverb, noun or verb for example or by using synonyms, you are showing the examiner that you have a wide range of vocabulary and also that you can use English very flexibly – this will help you to get a higher band in writing.
  4.  Choose the correct linking words. Combining your ideas into more complex sentences is not only good IELTS style; it is also one of the IELTS Band Descriptors for band 6 and above. Create a bank of linking words and make sure you know how they work in a sentence and also how to use them well. These are important tools in the ‘academic’ style that you need for IELTS writing.

These techniques are key to producing good IELTS writing for Task 2 especially at bands 7 and 8.

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