Sep 28, 2011

IELTS Writing Tips


GENERAL WRITING:
You should write a letter in 150-200 words in Task 1 and an essay in 250-300 words in Task 2. 

ACADEMIC WRITING:
You should write a description of a given graph in 150-200 words in Task 1 and an essay in 250-300 words in Task 2.

Note for Essay-writing:
  1. Write at least 5 to 6 paragraphs for an essay of similar sizes instead of one or two big paragraphs. 
  2. Write at least 3 to 4 paragraphs for a letter or graph of similar sizes instead of one or two big paragraphs.
  3. Attempt Part 2 first for it takes more time.
  4. Your essay should consists of well presented argument and justification. 
  5. The introduction paragraph should necessarily have a thesis statement which tells what you are up to.
  6. All essays do not need both negative and positive perceptions.
  7. The second half of the question should be well understood before you start writing because that is your task.
Note for Graph-description:
  1. Compare and organise the data where relevant in graphs description.
  2. Describe the stages of process and procedure.
  3. Describe the object or chart or table.
  4. Describe the event of sequence of events.
  5. Explain the process of work in the diagram.
  6. Remember to read the information given in the outline of the diagram.
  7. Generally, graphs do not attract a conclusion.
  8. Summarise the information given.
Notes for Letter-writing:
  1. You are expected to engage in personal correspondence.
  2. Provide general factual information and elicit it.
  3. Express your likes and dislikes, wants and needs.
  4. Supplement your opinion, views and complaints clearly.
  5. Do not forget to include salutation at the beginning of the letter.
  6. Signing of the letter with a thanking note is a must.
  7. Real names and identity of the examinees are not required.
Common Notes:
  1. Mind your handwriting. Cursive writing is not expected, but make sure every word is legible (readable).
  2. Poor spelling can attract less marks.
  3. Answer only to what is expected from you.
  4. Include various types of sentences (simple, compound and complex).
  5. Do not write unfamiliar words that makes no sense.
  6. Sub headings and underlined headings are not welcomed.
  7. No bullet points or notes should be included.
  8. Do not overwrite or try to impress your examiner by writing more.
  9. It is advisable to write your answers with pencil as you can erase on the go if there is a mistake.
  10. Anything well began is half done. Therefore, plan your essay before you write.
  11. Conclusion should definitely include the discussion in brief.
  12. Count the number of words before you submit your answer script.
  13. It is a basic courtesy to read it at least once in order to avoid careless mistakes.

1 comment:

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