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IELTS – Tips for the Writing test

 

IELTS – Tips for the Writing test With thanks to Dr Vivek.

Actually sit and write out tasks 1 and 2 while practising (US=tice). It is very tempting to think of what you would write and not do the actual writing. You will appreciate the importance of using a structured format and avoiding being repetitive only if you practice writing. Start by reading the How to prepare for IELTS – Writing test manual at the Hong Kong City University site to familiarize yourself with the test and to get useful hints.
Task 2 carries more marks. Spend more time on it. Twenty minutes on
task 1 and 40 minutes on task 2 would be a good balance.
Since task 2 is more important, it may be a good idea to do task 2 first and
task 1 later. However, make sure you write for each task in the allotted
area since the answer sheet has separate areas designated for each task.

For both writing tasks, it is a good idea to jot down your ideas on the question sheet so that you know the outline of what you will be writing. It may take 2 or 3 minutes but the time spent is worth it.

Writing task 1 requires you to describe a graph / table / diagram in AT LEAST 150 words. I had practised on a lot of graphs but the task we had was to describe the data in a table! So practise describing all kinds of graphs / tables. See how much of your writing is 150 words. If you write less that 150 words, you lose marks. If you write more, you are likely to
make more mistakes. Try and stick to around 150 words.

For task 1, first spend some time looking at the graph / table and understanding the information given. Don’t start writing immediately. Make sure you know what each axis of the graph represents and in what units. The following structure is suggested for writing:
A sentence describing what the graph / table shows. Another sentence describing the broad / important trends shown.
Description of the data. It may not be possible to describe all the data as there may be too much data presented. Describe the relevant and most important parts. If there is more than one graph / chart, describe any comparisons or trends that can be made out.
A concluding sentence which sums up the data / trends.
Practise using a variety of phrases to avoid being repetitive. The best practice for task 2, which asks you to present an argument, is to read newspaper editorials and magazine articles on current topics. Thiswill help you develop your ideas. A suggested structure for writing is:

1. Introduce the topic and state your stand, whether you agree or
disagree.
2. Give arguments in support of your viewpoint supported by relevant
examples.
3. State the contrary viewpoint and give reasons why you don’t agree
with it.
4. Conclude with a short concluding paragraph.
5. If there is time left at the end, revise your answers and correct any
spelling or grammatical mistakes.

 

 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a usual entrance
requirement by British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian universities and for secondary, vocational and training programs.Now increasingly American universities have started accepting valid scores in this exam. IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. Tests are administered at accredited Test Centers throughout the world – there are currently more than 300 Centers, in over 120 countries.
ACADEMIC AND GENERAL TRAINING CANDIDATES
Candidates must select either the Academic or General Training Reading and Writing
Modules depending on the stated requirement of their sponsor or receiving institution. The
Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an Undergraduate or Postgraduate level. The emphasis of
General Training is on basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. It is
suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their
Secondary Education, to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes.

 

 

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