Improve the Writing Score in IELTS

To improve the writing score, IELTS candidates should use effective language in their letters.
Let us look at some important phrases which can be used in a letter of complaint. You don’t have to memorize all of them, just choose one relevant phrase for each paragraph and use the same in all letters of complaints.

For Paragraph 1 (Introduction of the letter)
  • I am writing to complain about ……
  • I am writing in regard to ……
  • The reason I am writing to you is ………..
  • I am writing to express my concern about ………..
  • I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with ……….
  • I would like to bring the matter of ………to your attention
  • I would like to draw your attention to ………
For Paragraph 2 (Explaining the problem)
  • You can imagine how unhappy I was to discover …..
  • I was supposed to receive ……… Unfortunately, that never happened.
  • I regret to inform you that your service was below my expectations.
  • I regret to inform you that your service was highly disappointing.
  • When I tried to contact the manager by phone, no one could offer a sensible answer to me.
  • When I called the office, no one responded.
  • I contacted your manager/representative last week ….. Unfortunately, he denied me the service that I requested.
For Paragraph 3 (Proposing a solution)
  • I insist on getting a refund of …
  • Please look into this matter as soon as possible.
  • I believe that this matter deserves your urgent attention
  • I hope you can settle this matter by giving a full refund of the amount ….
  • The ideal solution would be …

Conclude your letter in the following manner:
If you know the name of person you are writing to, you should write
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,
Your name

If you don’t know the name of person you are writing to, you should write
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Your name

Some sample letter are here… at category->IELTS-preparation->IELTS-letter-writing

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IELTS Writing Topics # The Final Steps

In the last post of this series we talked about the most common posts that are asked in IELTS writing section. Once you are familiar with them, there is so much more that needs to be done. We have already talked about improving vocabulary based on the topics that have been given. This time we will have a look at the final steps to ensure you get the perfect band!

PRACTICE READING AND LISTENING

Practicing is the key to success in IELTS or for that matter anything in life. So, even if you can practice reading and listening, related to the given topics that we listed go ahead. Practice it all. May be you get ideas for the writing section. Either ways, what is the point of practicing something that is unlikely to come in the test.

When reading newspaper, look for the articles related to the given topics, highlight the good vocabulary that is being used in the article. Keep a note of these words and benefit from it.

If you like listening to radio or podcasts find topics related to the common topics.

STUDY THE COMMON TOPICS

The more in detail view you have of the given topics, easier it will be for you to write in context of the given topics. So, if you are practicing with a friend in skype, then search for these topics and then practice on them.  It will allow you to practice both the skills and learn about the crucial topics. This can even be a great help for you in the speaking test.

WHERE TO FOCUS?

Often times we get asked if studying only the given topics will help students get a good band in IELTS. Well, when you study everything there is much more that you can achieve. However, when you study in a more planned manner , you actually study smarter. This way there are more chances of you being successful in the test.

This surely does not mean that you should not read things that you are passionate about. There is no point in doing things only for a particular motive. Go ahead and read, listen and talk about the general topics or the ones that you like. The point is, practice more on the general topics. But, be sure to not leave the things that you love.

With this we have listed the topics that are common in IELTS writing section and what needs to be done to get a band 9 in IELTS. So, go ahead and practice more on these topics while maintaining a love for the things you like to read.

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OVERCOME ANXIETY WHILE SPEAKING

If English is a second language to you, you may feel anxious, especially when the person you are talking to is a native speaker. How to remove this anxiety speaking? But what is anxiety? The feelings that you get when your heart starts beating faster or you start to shake. You may feel nervous. This is anxiety. So, what should you do to get rid of this? Well, you can always follow the tips given below, but remember; just knowing what you should do is not enough. You need to actually inculcate them in your daily life to fight anxiety.

1.Breathe-:Take a deep breath whenever you feel anxious. There are times when you are surrounded by people and you won’t like to do it. But, even in those times, try taking deep breathe; just make sure they don’t see you doing this. The heart that is beating fast calms down when you breathe. So, breathe when you feel anxious.
2.Walk-: Whenever you feel anxious, may be before a presentation or a meeting, take small walk. May be around your room. It can actually calm you down. By walking I don’t mean that you need to take hours of walk just to improve your speaking.

3.Automate language-: You must have heard the old adage,” practice makes perfect”. Automate language means exactly that. When you practice something again and again, your brain starts doing it automatically for you. So, practice English. Practice the expressions, practice more till you start doing it automatically.

4.You need not to be perfect-: When you hear a native speaker, some of you may say wow, they speak so well. But the fact is they make a lot of mistakes. Mistakes in terms of grammar or vocabulary. No one is there to judge you harshly. It is okay to make mistakes as long as you are ready to rectify them or learn from them. Remember, you cannot be perfect on day 1.
5.Mantras-: Mantras are the words you say to yourself. For example, you could have a mantra like;” I am a good speaker”. So whenever you make mistake, say it to yourself. Repeat it again. Language is a powerful tool. You become what you say to yourself, because after all that is what you think. Speak positive to you, even in the times of negativity. Speak positive. Keep the flame of hope burning.
Anxiety is just a problem, and like all other problems it also has a solution. Solve it and live your dream.

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IELTS Essay Sample Answer # Space Exploration

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.
Space exploration is very expensive and the money should be spent on other more important things.
Give your opinion in this essay.

SAMPLE ANSWER

Space exploration requires the best of technology, technicians and lot of effort, making it one of the most expensive things that human beings collectively do. Although, some people are of the opinion, that the money spent on space exploration should be saved and spent on other essential things required, I tend to differ.

Technology is the one thing that makes our lives easier and most of technology that we are using in present time is a result of space research. Like, satellite technology on which we depend for broadcasting and weather forecasting. Without satellites, it would not be possible to give warnings of an approaching storm! Even more, space research has also led to the development of lightweight materials that offer us heat protection and enable food preservation.

Environment destruction has begun and it has grasped the attention of the entire human race. No matter how far we have reached, we are dependent on our nature. Some believe that if in near future Earth diminishes or breaks down, we humans should have a place to live.

Overall, it cannot be denied that we are facing enormous issues on our planet, from poverty to wars to health issues, but in my opinion space research is one aspect that allows us to look towards our future. Spending entire money only on space research might make us broke, but completely avoiding it might just lead us no where.

Space Exploration

HOW IS THE MARKING DONE?

When an examiner checks your answer, there are few things that he or she mainly marks you on. They are-

1. Task Response

The introduction should perfectly paraphrase the question and give a clear opinion of the writer. This opinion needs to be supported in the body of the essay. You need to give concrete examples and ensure that the conclusion restate the writer’s opinion.

2. Coherence and Cohesion

The model answer should contain clearly divided paragraphs and their should be a perfect link between the different paragraphs.

3. Lexical Paraphrase

You need to make sure that the key concept is paraphrased several times. So, if the question is on computers, don’t use computers every time, you can find out other words to express the same thing. This is how your vocabulary is checked in the writing section.

4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Make sure that the answer is free from any grammatical errors. It should be a perfect balance of simple and complex sentences. You can use different voices, verbs and other grammatical devices such as conditional modals.

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