IELTS Writing Tips


IELTS is an English proficiency exam which tests you on the basis of your Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills.

The Writing section has 2 tasks (60mins). In Academic IELTS, there is one essay writing exercise (40mins) and one graph interpretation (20mins). General IELTS has letter writing (20mins) and essay writing (40mins).

Following are certain general tips for the writing section on IELTS :

  • Always devote sometime to think before you start writing. It is essential to jot down some key points on which you can build your write up.
  • Structural organisation of the essay is very important. So, make sure that you split your essay into proper introduction, body and conclusion paragraphs.
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar are taken into consideration while evaluating the write up.
  • Avoid informal language and slang on the exam.
  • It is true that rich vocabulary can fetch you good marks but wrong usage of words can make you lose marks as well. So, try to use simple yet varied vocabulary that puts across your point well.
  • Practice a good number of tests before you sit for the actual exam so that you get accustomed to the time limits in the exam.
  • Each body paragraph should have a different idea or a reason for your stand. Avoid repetition and bring in variety.
  • Try to quote examples to support your view point (in the 40 minute task).

Pay attention to these minute details while preparing for IELTS.

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