Hello there, I'm one of the expert IELTS teachers from AK Consultants, and here I am going to give you a few tips about scoring better in the IELTS writing test.
Writing Test Format: Your IELTS writing test consists of 2 tasks, and let's have a look at the format for the IELTS writing test. The IELTS writing test designed to assess a variety of different writing skills, including how well you write an appropriate response and how well you organize your ideas and how well you use a wide range of vocabulary and accurate grammar. It is the same for whichever version of the IELTS test you're taking.
The IELTS writing test takes 60 minutes and recommend that you spend 20 minutes on task 1 and 40 minutes on task 2, you will not get any instruction on when to move on to job 2. So, it is up to you to manage your own time during the writing test. There are two tasks in the IELTS writing test and for
1. Task 1 you will need to write at least 150 words
2. Task 2 you will need to write at least 250 words
The content of the writing test is different for IELTS academic and IELTS general training tests, but both the tests require you to complete two writing tasks. The IELTS academic writing test task 1 test consists of an infographic, and this could be a graph table chart or diagram to complete assignment 1, you will need to describe/summarize or explain the information from the infographic in your own words. Task 1 could involve explaining data describing how something works or the different stages of a process.
During the IELTS academic writing test task 2, you should write an essay as a response to the point of view like an argument or social problem. The issues you need to respond to should be easy to understand, and you'll need to formulate conclusions and offer opinions. You need to remember that during the IELTS academic writing test you'll need to write in a formal style and during the IELTS general training writing test task 1, you will be given with a situation, and you will need to write a letter asking for more information or a letter that explains the situation. The letter can be written in a personal semi-formal or formal style.
During the IELTS general training writing test task 2, you will be required to write an essay. The essay will be in response to an argument problem or a point of view, and this can be a personal style format. The task 2 essay topics that are used during the IELTS general training writing tests will be topics that are of general interest.
Your writing will be marked on:
- Task response
- Coherence and cohesion
Format for IELTS Writing Task 1:
- It is a must to write 150 words and 3 to 4 paragraphs. If not, then the writing may lose score.
- The first paragraph should be a paraphrase of the question. You can start something like,
- The table shows/the graph shows/illustrates the trends in ________ between_______
- The chart shows how the______have changed the_______
- Please avoid using the word "below."
- The second paragraph should be about your understanding of the graph/illustration/charts and briefly summarize them. This will determine your overall knowledge of the topic.
- Make sure to decide whether the illustration is a comparative or progressive and use appropriate words. If it is comparative use words like 'same as' and if it is progressive, use words like 'slight increase.'
- In the next paragraph, make sure to use striking characteristics
- Make sure to give more description in the next paragraph and use cohesion and coherence to interlink the paragraphs. You can use words like in addition, furthermore, although, etc
- Avoid describing small details since it creates additional information, which is not necessary.
- For example, instead of writing, it dropped to 5% from 8% and again increased to 6 % and again decreased to 5% and increase increased to 8% in the first quarter
- You can write it fluctuated between 5% and 8% in the first quarter
- Complete the writing with a conclusion, and this may not be necessary, but it gives an end to the description.
- Finally, recheck again for spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors.
Format for IELTS Writing Task 2:
- It is a must to write 250 words and 3 to 4 paragraphs. If not, then the writing will lose score
- The task 2 questions comprise of essays like sharing an opinion, discussion, direct question, advantage/disadvantage, solutions, etc.
- The usual format for task 2 will be
- Main body paragraph 1
- Main body paragraph 2
- Introductions are like task 1 where you must rephrase the question
- Then try to build the 1st paragraph to let the reader/examiner knows whether you agree/disagree, your opinion, to what extent you agree.
- The 1st paragraph should also describe the justification of your thoughts with an example on the question
- 2nd paragraph should be followed with an interlink to maintain the flow of the essay. Then show the reader/examiner the other side of the story with an example
- Now in the last paragraph summarize your opinion again and highlight the critical point
There are many effective IELTS writing tips that you can use. The best way to learn is to actually use the mock test. This will help you understand the structure of the testing method, how much time you spend on a task and to correct your mistakes. If you have any questions, please let us know. You can come to our institution and we will be happy to help you.