Read the question thoroughly and carefully answer it. The golden rule of IELTS writing is to read the question very carefully and extract out the imperative information. However, this is very distinctive in every essay. In most of the essays, background information is given and the question itself. Students often make the mistake of emphasizing on background information not the question itself. Make sure you answer the question.
Don’t write too little for task 1 you have to write 150 words, and for task 2 you have to write 250 words. Make sure you do not write less than this amount or your band score may be reduced. Begin to get an idea of how many words you normally write on one line. This way you will know roughly how much you have written without having to keep counting all the words – you probably won’t have time to do this!
Paraphrasing refers to the use of suitable synonyms and vocabulary. In IELTS writing your knowledge is tested for the criterion of synonyms and vocabulary usage required for paraphrasing. Here’s an example for you to practice paraphrasing. Paraphrase the question using the set of words mentioned below. Only use the word if you are sure about it.
Plan and check your answer. Don’t just start writing when the time begins and stop when it finishes. Use some time at the beginning checking you understand the question, brainstorming your ideas and planning your answer. Then spend some time at the end checking your grammar.
Write clearly you are not being graded on your handwriting; however, if the examiner cannot read some things you have written, it is not going to help you! So try to write clearly.
Organize clearly don’t present the examiner with a wall of writing! Make sure you make use of paragraphing to divide up the different arguments or topics you are discussing.
Don’t ever copy the question! You may want to use the question (or rubric as it is called) in the introduction of both tasks in order to introduce the topic, but make sure you put it in your own words.
Use a variety of sentence structures the examiner will be looking to see what your grammatical range is so make sure you are not just using a limited range of sentence types. To get a higher score you will need to show you can use simple, compound and complex sentences.
Read all instructions carefully as with all of the modules of the IELTS test, make sure you read all the instructions carefully. These will tell you where you need to write each answer and what you need to do.
Word count rules- 150 words for IELTS task1 and 250 words for the IELTS task2.There is a penalty for writing under the count.
Recommended length of an IELTS essay- Always writes over the word count. Also, the examiner will check and count each and every word. Aim for around 170-190 words for task 1 and 270-290 words for task 2. This will illustrate that you are safely over the word limit. However, don’t write irrelevant information.
Don’t write too much. Aim for the quality not the quantity. This means focus on writing quintessential and impeccable English and organizing your information rather than writing an extended over count essay.
Always write the conclusion for every task 2. Never miss it out. A conclusion is the crux of the essay which consists of the key points and the sum up.
Always organize your writing for both tasks into body paragraphs. IELTS writing has a methodology which is divided into paragraphs. Normally, it has an introduction, two body paragraphs and a conclusion.
Check the spellings. Students can use either British or American English. Spelling mistakes can greatly led to the reduction of the IELTS bands. Students are advised to plan their writing accordingly to check the spellings before the completion of the paper.
Do not remove any paper from the exam room. It is not at all allowed to remove the anything from the examination hall.
Pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes and avoid using informal language.
Do not memorize model answers; examiners are trained to recognise them and your test will be invalid.
Keep to the topic; do not write about unrelated subjects.
Highlight or underline key words in the tasks to make sure that you focus on what you have to do.