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IELTS TipsIELTS Writing Tips

 

On this page,you can see tips of 50-100 words, that are going to be used for a free IELTS ebook, called: "100 Free IELTS Tips Ebook" - it will also include specific sections of the  listening, reading, and speaking.

 

Spelling

Careful of your spelling - you need to be as accurate as possible. If you are unsure of the correct spelling of a word, definitely consider avoiding it and using a word that you are familiar with, especially if it is a word of equivalent complexity to the one that you do not know.

Handwriting

For the IELTS, be very careful to have clear handwriting. Some students may think that it is not important, however remember that the examiner should be able to read it clearly. Thus, each letter should clearly have only one option, so that if any school student were to look at it, then they could clearly say what it is - see this article here: "IELTS Handwriting".

IELTS Writing Checking

It is very important to check your writing carefully. Therefore, for your practice and in the exam, schedule in an amount of time for you to look through the data that you have written. Checking is a skill also and the more you practice it, hopefully the better and faster you can get at it. Read more here: "IELTS Writing Checking ".

IELTS Writing Synonyms

Try to make sure that you can use synonyms when you are writing, for the question. So, if the questions would have some words like: "Nowadays, many people are going to holiday in other countries, what is your opinion about that?" You could write: "Presently, numerous holidaymakers are travelling to various nations...". You can read more about this topic here: "IELTS Writing Synonyms".

IELTS Writing Sentence Length

Try to make sure that your sentences are not overly long, unless you are a very high-level English writer. The reason for that, is that if your sentence is sixty words and after ten words it becomes incomprehensible, then the next fifty words are still part  of the incomprehensible sentence - if you make sentences of 20-30 words, at least you are perhaps minimising the risk - read more here: "IELTS Writing Sentence Length".

Advanced Vocabulary For Starting IELTS Writing Sentences

Try to start sentences with as advanced a word as possible, so long as it makes sense in the context of the sentence. For example, rather than starting with: "I think that a lot of people think that," you could change it to "Indubitably, numerous individuals would hold the same opinion," - you can read more about this here: "Advanced Vocabulary For Starting IELTS Writing Sentences".

IELTS Writing Time

The IELTS is only twenty minutes for the first part and forty minutes for the second. Therefore, try to think of a schedule before the exam of how you are going to answer it. For example, you will need to think about how much time for the planning and writing of synonyms etc.. You can read more about this here: "IELTS Writing Time". 

Increase IELTS Writing Vocabulary Complexity

Try to make your sentences as complex as possible for the vocabulary, so long as it makes sense. For instance, instead of using the word "many", you could change it to "numerous". That way, you would be able to impress the examiner with more advanced vocabulary, than otherwise with just fairly basic words. You can read more about this here: "Increase IELTS Writing Vocabulary Complexity".

Start IELTS Writing Tasks With As Strong A Word As Possible

Try to stat the first word of the task with as complex a  word as possible. Clearly, for the General letter, you may have to start "Dear", but from the first paragraph, try to using a word like "Regarding the reason for getting in touch," etc.. Equally, for the task 1 Academic, you could use: "Looking at the data provide beneath," and the task 2 could start with "Indubitably,". You can see more here: "Start IELTS Writing Tasks With As Strong A Word As Possible".

How To Make Ideas For The IELTS Task 2 Essay?

I have heard from some students, that they cannot think about ideas to make for the tasks, especially the task 2 - remember the grading criteria and my opinion is that it is more important "how you say it", rather than thinking overly for what to say - just make sure your ideas are reasonable and logical: it is not a "science exam" etc. - "How To Make Ideas For The IELTS Task 2 Essay?"

High-level Words For IELTS Writing

During  your writing, try to impress the examiner with some impressive vocabualry - remember that you need to be able to use it correctly for the context. Impressive words could include: "salient" and "considerable" - however make sure that they look natural in the text and you can see more here: "High-level Words For IELTS Writing".

When Should I Write Numbers Or Letters?

My opinion is that if you are writing about something like a  chart statistic etc., then write only numbers. If you are describing the data, such as "three charts", then probably use the letters. Also, I additionally teach my students to write: "300,000", rather than alternatively writing "300 thousand".

How Many Paragraphs Should I Use?

For the task 1 Academic, I recommend writing 3 paragraphs, with an introduction paragraph, a data paragraph and an analysis/opinion paragraph. For the task 2, I recommend four paragraphs. For the General task 1, I recall maybe reading on IELTS-blog to make three paragraphs - these are only suggestions and there is no "right or wrong necessarily.

How Many Sentences Should I Write?

For the task 2, I normally use 4 sentences for each paragraph and for the task 1s about 2-3 sentences for each paragraph. As mentioned for paragraphs, there is no "right or wrong" amount that is written on the IELTS website - you can use your own preference, so long as it looks good.

Linking Words

When writing, try to link words together, to have fluidity and to hopefully be able to perhaps increase your grade. For instance, rather than writing. "Clearly, that will be the case in future. I think that...", you could write: "Clearly, that will be the case in future. Additionally, I think that...", You can read more about this topic here: "Linking Words".

Should I Write Complex Or Basic Sentences?

Try to write what you are most confident with to get your grade. For the higher grades, you may have to have more complexity according to the grading system, whilst for the lower grades, this priority is less, however for whatever you do, try to make sure that it is correct.

How Can I Increase My Grade In 1/2 day?

You can only do what is possible - maybe the best thing is to go through previous writing assignments which have been corrected and to count each  mistake and focus on them to prevent them in the exam. Moreover, look at model answers and try to learn some of the vocabulary and answering method that they have used: without making a template.

Should I Improve Something That Is Alright?

If something is alright and not so easy to improve further, than focus on different areas. For instance, if your linking expressions are sufficiently complex, then think about looking at the grammar of your writing etc. It is all about priorities in order to get a sufficient grade that you want.

How Many "My Opinion" Expressions Should I Use For IELTS Writing Task 2?

Personally, I often/always, use that expression once only in the conclusion. Again, there is maybe not a "right or wrong answer" and people in different countries may have had different education for this topic at school. I would say, that so long as it seems to answer the question reasonably and it looks normal, then stick with what seems right to you.

How Many Minutes For Checking?

There is no "right or wrong" answer to that. I would say, that use enough time to try and make sure you are fairly confident you have caught most or preferably all the errors. As a very approximate amount, I could suggest for the task 1 writing 15 minutes and then checking 5 and for the task 2 writing 30 minutes and then checking for 10 - that might be excessive for checking - work on what is best for you.

What Are Common Errors For Handwriting?

The common errors for handwriting may differ between people. Some of the more serious ones could be where one letter looks like another. For example, a "c" could look like an "e". Moreover, make sure that your dots are above each "i" and that each "t" is properly crossed - moreover, make all the letter of one word together, rather than any big gap.

How Many Statistics Should I Use, For IELTS Academic Writing Task 1?

I normally recommend that for the IELTS Academic writing task 1, to use 6-8 statistics. Remember that the question may clearly say: "note the main features", which is different to "all the features". You have only 20 minutes and a minimum of 150 words, so it is absolutely unrealistic to do all the statistics if there are 100 possible ones, etc..

Text Analyser

I have embedded a free tool on my site which you may find very useful analyses computer text and can give an indication of the complexity of a task. Follow the rules, or adjust them as you like, so that you can get an idea of your complex and basic vocabulary: "IELTS Text Analyser".

IELTS Band Descriptors

Make sure to familiarise yourself with the different grading criteria of the IELTS. They may be a bit complex, however try going through them various times and when you are reviewing your tasks, think about how you have done.  I have embedded links to them on my free site: "IELTS Band Descriptors".

Model IELTS Writing Answers

Try to look through some model answers for the IELTS for all the tasks, so that you can see how a high-level essay may look and get tips and advice for transferring some of those skills to your own writing - you can see some examples ones here: "Model IELTS Writing Answers".

Regular Practice IELTS Writing Tasks

Try to do regular practice IELTS writing tasks. Also, try to have them corrected by a skilled teacher. Try to see the errors you are making and notice any pieces of advice that you are given and then work on strategies on how to improve the writing practice tasks that you do.

Watch Advice Videos

Watch advice videos about the IELTS writing to gather specialist advice and ideas on how to answer  Ryan from Canada is quite well-known online and you can see some of his free videos that he has made on the following page: "IELTS videos".

Make An Excel Sheet Of Your Errors

Try to make an excel sheet showing all your errors. Through doing this, you can see patterns over time. It could include categories like "missing an "a" and misspelling "analyse" etc.. Try to see the numbers and types of mistakes over time, so you can see how you are doing in regards to your goal.

Get Used To Writing By Hand

Most people who have left school are used to writing mainly/only a computer Make sure that you practise regularly so that you can write clearly and at a reasonable speed. I normally recommend my students to first write on paper and then copy to a computer (without using "auto-correct), so that it can the be analysed with the "IELTS text analyser".

Focus On Your Weak Areas

Everyone will have different weak areas for the IELTS. For some, their vocabulary might actually be quite good, as they use English in their job and even their spelling might be not too bad, as they often write emails, however their grammar might be low-level, as they did not learn it much/school was a long time before - do not make the error of "majoring for the minors": which means focussing on improving your already strong areas.

IELTS TipsIELTS Writing Tips

 

On this page,you can see tips of 50-100 words, that are going to be used for a free IELTS ebook, called: "100 Free IELTS Tips Ebook" - it will also include specific sections of the  listening, reading, and speaking.

 

Spelling

Careful of your spelling - you need to be as accurate as possible. If you are unsure of the correct spelling of a word, definitely consider avoiding it and using a word that you are familiar with, especially if it is a word of equivalent complexity to the one that you do not know.

Handwriting

For the IELTS, be very careful to have clear handwriting. Some students may think that it is not important, however remember that the examiner should be able to read it clearly. Thus, each letter should clearly have only one option, so that if any school student were to look at it, then they could clearly say what it is - see this article here: "IELTS Handwriting".

IELTS Writing Checking

It is very important to check your writing carefully. Therefore, for your practice and in the exam, schedule in an amount of time for you to look through the data that you have written. Checking is a skill also and the more you practice it, hopefully the better and faster you can get at it. Read more here: "IELTS Writing Checking ".

IELTS Writing Synonyms

Try to make sure that you can use synonyms when you are writing, for the question. So, if the questions would have some words like: "Nowadays, many people are going to holiday in other countries, what is your opinion about that?" You could write: "Presently, numerous holidaymakers are travelling to various nations...". You can read more about this topic here: "IELTS Writing Synonyms".

IELTS Writing Sentence Length

Try to make sure that your sentences are not overly long, unless you are a very high-level English writer. The reason for that, is that if your sentence is sixty words and after ten words it becomes incomprehensible, then the next fifty words are still part  of the incomprehensible sentence - if you make sentences of 20-30 words, at least you are perhaps minimising the risk - read more here: "IELTS Writing Sentence Length".

Advanced Vocabulary For Starting IELTS Writing Sentences

Try to start sentences with as advanced a word as possible, so long as it makes sense in the context of the sentence. For example, rather than starting with: "I think that a lot of people think that," you could change it to "Indubitably, numerous individuals would hold the same opinion," - you can read more about this here: "Advanced Vocabulary For Starting IELTS Writing Sentences".

IELTS Writing Time

The IELTS is only twenty minutes for the first part and forty minutes for the second. Therefore, try to think of a schedule before the exam of how you are going to answer it. For example, you will need to think about how much time for the planning and writing of synonyms etc.. You can read more about this here: "IELTS Writing Time". 

Increase IELTS Writing Vocabulary Complexity

Try to make your sentences as complex as possible for the vocabulary, so long as it makes sense. For instance, instead of using the word "many", you could change it to "numerous". That way, you would be able to impress the examiner with more advanced vocabulary, than otherwise with just fairly basic words. You can read more about this here: "Increase IELTS Writing Vocabulary Complexity".

Start IELTS Writing Tasks With As Strong A Word As Possible

Try to stat the first word of the task with as complex a  word as possible. Clearly, for the General letter, you may have to start "Dear", but from the first paragraph, try to using a word like "Regarding the reason for getting in touch," etc.. Equally, for the task 1 Academic, you could use: "Looking at the data provide beneath," and the task 2 could start with "Indubitably,". You can see more here: "Start IELTS Writing Tasks With As Strong A Word As Possible".

How To Make Ideas For The IELTS Task 2 Essay?

I have heard from some students, that they cannot think about ideas to make for the tasks, especially the task 2 - remember the grading criteria and my opinion is that it is more important "how you say it", rather than thinking overly for what to say - just make sure your ideas are reasonable and logical: it is not a "science exam" etc. - "How To Make Ideas For The IELTS Task 2 Essay?"

High-level Words For IELTS Writing

During  your writing, try to impress the examiner with some impressive vocabualry - remember that you need to be able to use it correctly for the context. Impressive words could include: "salient" and "considerable" - however make sure that they look natural in the text and you can see more here: "High-level Words For IELTS Writing".

When Should I Write Numbers Or Letters?

My opinion is that if you are writing about something like a  chart statistic etc., then write only numbers. If you are describing the data, such as "three charts", then probably use the letters. Also, I additionally teach my students to write: "300,000", rather than alternatively writing "300 thousand".

How Many Paragraphs Should I Use?

For the task 1 Academic, I recommend writing 3 paragraphs, with an introduction paragraph, a data paragraph and an analysis/opinion paragraph. For the task 2, I recommend four paragraphs. For the General task 1, I recall maybe reading on IELTS-blog to make three paragraphs - these are only suggestions and there is no "right or wrong necessarily.

How Many Sentences Should I Write?

For the task 2, I normally use 4 sentences for each paragraph and for the task 1s about 2-3 sentences for each paragraph. As mentioned for paragraphs, there is no "right or wrong" amount that is written on the IELTS website - you can use your own preference, so long as it looks good.

Linking Words

When writing, try to link words together, to have fluidity and to hopefully be able to perhaps increase your grade. For instance, rather than writing. "Clearly, that will be the case in future. I think that...", you could write: "Clearly, that will be the case in future. Additionally, I think that...", You can read more about this topic here: "Linking Words".

Should I Write Complex Or Basic Sentences?

Try to write what you are most confident with to get your grade. For the higher grades, you may have to have more complexity according to the grading system, whilst for the lower grades, this priority is less, however for whatever you do, try to make sure that it is correct.

How Can I Increase My Grade In 1/2 day?

You can only do what is possible - maybe the best thing is to go through previous writing assignments which have been corrected and to count each  mistake and focus on them to prevent them in the exam. Moreover, look at model answers and try to learn some of the vocabulary and answering method that they have used: without making a template.

Should I Improve Something That Is Alright?

If something is alright and not so easy to improve further, than focus on different areas. For instance, if your linking expressions are sufficiently complex, then think about looking at the grammar of your writing etc. It is all about priorities in order to get a sufficient grade that you want.

How Many "My Opinion" Expressions Should I Use For IELTS Writing Task 2?

Personally, I often/always, use that expression once only in the conclusion. Again, there is maybe not a "right or wrong answer" and people in different countries may have had different education for this topic at school. I would say, that so long as it seems to answer the question reasonably and it looks normal, then stick with what seems right to you.

How Many Minutes For Checking?

There is no "right or wrong" answer to that. I would say, that use enough time to try and make sure you are fairly confident you have caught most or preferably all the errors. As a very approximate amount, I could suggest for the task 1 writing 15 minutes and then checking 5 and for the task 2 writing 30 minutes and then checking for 10 - that might be excessive for checking - work on what is best for you.

What Are Common Errors For Handwriting?

The common errors for handwriting may differ between people. Some of the more serious ones could be where one letter looks like another. For example, a "c" could look like an "e". Moreover, make sure that your dots are above each "i" and that each "t" is properly crossed - moreover, make all the letter of one word together, rather than any big gap.

How Many Statistics Should I Use, For IELTS Academic Writing Task 1?

I normally recommend that for the IELTS Academic writing task 1, to use 6-8 statistics. Remember that the question may clearly say: "note the main features", which is different to "all the features". You have only 20 minutes and a minimum of 150 words, so it is absolutely unrealistic to do all the statistics if there are 100 possible ones, etc..

Text Analyser

I have embedded a free tool on my site which you may find very useful analyses computer text and can give an indication of the complexity of a task. Follow the rules, or adjust them as you like, so that you can get an idea of your complex and basic vocabulary: "IELTS Text Analyser".

IELTS Band Descriptors

Make sure to familiarise yourself with the different grading criteria of the IELTS. They may be a bit complex, however try going through them various times and when you are reviewing your tasks, think about how you have done.  I have embedded links to them on my free site: "IELTS Band Descriptors".

Model IELTS Writing Answers

Try to look through some model answers for the IELTS for all the tasks, so that you can see how a high-level essay may look and get tips and advice for transferring some of those skills to your own writing - you can see some examples ones here: "Model IELTS Writing Answers".

Regular Practice IELTS Writing Tasks

Try to do regular practice IELTS writing tasks. Also, try to have them corrected by a skilled teacher. Try to see the errors you are making and notice any pieces of advice that you are given and then work on strategies on how to improve the writing practice tasks that you do.

Watch Advice Videos

Watch advice videos about the IELTS writing to gather specialist advice and ideas on how to answer  Ryan from Canada is quite well-known online and you can see some of his free videos that he has made on the following page: "IELTS videos".

Make An Excel Sheet Of Your Errors

Try to make an excel sheet showing all your errors. Through doing this, you can see patterns over time. It could include categories like "missing an "a" and misspelling "analyse" etc.. Try to see the numbers and types of mistakes over time, so you can see how you are doing in regards to your goal.

Get Used To Writing By Hand

Most people who have left school are used to writing mainly/only a computer Make sure that you practise regularly so that you can write clearly and at a reasonable speed. I normally recommend my students to first write on paper and then copy to a computer (without using "auto-correct), so that it can the be analysed with the "IELTS text analyser".

Focus On Your Weak Areas

Everyone will have different weak areas for the IELTS. For some, their vocabulary might actually be quite good, as they use English in their job and even their spelling might be not too bad, as they often write emails, however their grammar might be low-level, as they did not learn it much/school was a long time before - do not make the error of "majoring for the minors": which means focussing on improving your already strong areas.

Answer The Question DirectlyA

Make sure that you answer the question directly and fully, such as giving both sides of an argument and so on. If it seems to the examiner that you are not doing so, you risk losing some grade. Also, be sure to read the question carefully, to ensure that you are not answering differently

EnergyB

The IELTS writing tasks may require a surprising amount of energy, as you will have to be writing quite fast and thinking a lot - similar to the speaking where you also have to work hard (although for a shorter amount of time), try to make sure that you have enough energy to carry you through one hour of intense work.

Understand The Exam QuestionsC

Try to become familiar with the types of exam questions that you may have - for the General IELTS, there are letters, however in fact various types and for the task 1 Academic, there are a variety of different options, such as a bar chart and so on. For the task 2, there are agree/disagree essays etc..

Word CountD

Be sure to have enough words for the IELTS writing task 1 and 2. For the task 1, it is a minimum of 150 words and for the task 2, a minimum of 250 words. In the exam, it may take a bit of time to keep counting the number of words, so see in your practice, see if you are always writing a similar amount of words for each line, such as 10 and then multiply it to find the amount you need: do not risk writing under the minimum amounts if at all possible.

CorrectionsE

When you write, know you may only be allowed to cross out words / rub out with an eraser and not use any correction fluid etc. - at the time of making this information, a pen or pencil was normally allowed and of course an eraser as well... Therefore, try to think about how you will clearly mark words are incorrect if using a pen, such as by a line though each deleted words - if you change words by overwriting (not erasing), this might be a bit confusing sometimes/often.

Write On The Question PaperF

This official IELTS information page, says that you are allowed to make notes on the exam paper and also underline key words, to help you. However, of course anything you write on the official exam  paper will not be part of the grading process - only what you write on the answer paper - try to underline key words on the exam paper to help you focus, as required.

Be Careful Of Informal PunctuationG

Be quite careful of informal punctuation, especially for the task 2. If you overly use dashes "-" to link to clauses together, it might start to not seem academic. Moreover, IELTS gives a tip,l that you should write in a sentence format and try to avoid bullet points or notes. 

StationaryH

For the IELTS exam, you are only allowed to: "have a pen or pencil, an eraser and your ID on your desk. " Make sure that your pen and pencil are easy to use - try to have done some essays before with them, and be sure to check the ink level to be sure it will not run out during the exam.