IELTS academic writing task 2 tips

IELTS academic writing task 2 tips: How to improve your score

In this task, both General Training and Academic students are expected to write an essay on a given topic. The following table gives an overview of the don’ts and do’s of writing task 2.

Don’ts Do’s
Copy the given introduction Rewrite the introduction of the essay in your own language.
Poor task response

Poor understanding of the question and irrelevant information

Good task response

Understand the question, plan your essay and include relevant information.

Telling stories about your personal life, friends or family. Give more general examples to support your views.
Poor structure i.e. writing the whole essay in one or two paragraphs. Write in small paragraphs: Introduction, main body paragraphs and conclusion.
Illegible (difficult to read) handwriting. Write neatly.
Writing too few words. Count the number of words.

minimum 250 words

Writing too many words. Task 2: maximum 280-300 words
Using informal language. Use academic vocabulary.
Weak linking of ideas Use connectors to link your ideas.
Using contractions such as doesn’t, don’t and shouldn’t etc. Use full forms like does not, do not and should not etc.
Using jargons (special words and phrases that are used by particular groups of people, especially in their work) Make your ideas and examples accessible to a general reader. For example, if you are a mechanical engineer, do not use specialized terms of your field.

 

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IELTS academic writing task 1: How to improve your score

IELTS academic writing task 1: How to improve your score

In this task, students are expected to summarize and compare information from a graph, chart, table or diagram, or a combination of these. The following table gives an overview of the don’ts and do’s of academic writing task 1.

 Don’ts Do’s
Copy the given introduction Rewrite the given introduction in your own language.
Example:
Given introduction: The bar graph shows the percentage of male and female academic staff members in different faculties of a particular university in 2008.
Rewritten introduction: The bar graph provides information about the proportion of men and women who taught in seven different faculties of a university in 2008.
Write the report in one paragraph. Write in small paragraphs: Introduction, 2 main body paragraphs and overview.
Write about each and everything given in the task. Look at the data carefully. Identify the most obvious features (e.g. highest/lowest values, major changes or trends) and report them.
Write your opinion about the data. Only summarize the given information and make comparisons where they make sense.
Illegible (difficult to read) handwriting. Write neatly.
Writing too few words. Count the number of words.

Task 1: minimum 150 words

Writing too many words. Count the number of words.

Task 1: maximum 200-210 words

 

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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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