1. Task Response
Make sure that you answer the question directly and fully. For instance, for the Academic task 1, that would include highlighting the key data and patterns.
2. Coherence And Cohesion
Ensure that you are structuring your response in a logical and organised way, with as much skillful use of connectors as possible. For instance, try not to have one overly long sentence relative to the others in a paragraph.
Pay attention to your vocabulary, spelling, and complexity. Try to vary the complexity, appropriate to your target grade. Think about how you are going to link sentences and introduce paragraphs, such as “Moreover” / “Regarding this issue…”.
Be careful that your grammar is as correct and complex as possible. Try not to “experiment” in the exam with new structures, and consider using different options, such as perfect tenses/passive.
British Council – IELTS Writing Grading: Task Achievement/Response
British Council – IELTS Writing Grading: Coherence And Cohesion
Try to do lots of practice so that you can see your level and also understand how you will answer the different question types. Sufficient practice can also help to identify errors you are making, which you can then work on reducing.
Checking your answers could be key for passing the IELTS exam. Try to schedule in time during your answer to check at the end. If you do not make time to check, you run the risk of making many very avoidable errors which will affect your grade.
British Council – IELTS Writing Grading: Vocabulary
British Council – IELTS Writing Grading: Grammar
It is extremely important that your handwriting is as legible as possible for the examiner so that your answers are read and understood properly. If you make an error, then erase it if using a pencil, or cross through if using a pen and write above/next to it. If you try to overwrite a letter/word with a pen, this could be confusing to the examiner.
Try to spend 1-2 minutes at the beginning of each task writing out key words from the question (including charts, etc.) that you can try to make synonyms for. For instance, instead of repeating the word “student”, you could then change this to “learner”/”someone studying”.
9. Excel Sheet For Errors
Make a list of the writing errors you have made and then track how many times you are repeating the same errors, over time. By doing this, you can then try to focus on the key issues – for instance, grammar articles are a typical challenge that students have.
10. Model Answers
Look at model answers to see how IELTS specialists approach the IELTS exam. Bear in mind that different tutors will have different skills. Therefore, do not think that only one teacher will have “all the answers”. Be careful not to use a “template” as this is against the IELTS exam rules.
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