Monday, April 28, 2014

Top Tips to Excel in IELTS Writing

Are you confident with the content of your essays? Are you having problems developing a single idea? Is it difficult to think of what to write when giving a topic? If you answered yes, then there is a huge chance that you will be having a hard time when taking an English proficiency examination.

Writing is not an easy task to complete most especially if it is an IELTS writing exam. The IELTS writing is divided into two tasks. In addition, since the IELTS have two different modules, writing tasks on both are also not the same. In the Academic writing, candidates are presented with a graph which they need to interpret and describe. They have to explain how they understand the graph in an essay form. In the General Training, the candidate is presented a situation wherein he or she needs to write a correspondence. The second task in both modules deals with an independent question wherein candidates need to give their opinions.

Since writing should be appropriate and effective, here are some tips to have a good score in the IELTS test.

· Know the basic parts of an essay. An essay has three very important and basic sections. The introduction tells us what the essay is all about. The body contains the explanations and reasons for the idea given. It can have at least two to three body paragraphs. Finally, an effective conclusion will give a closure to an idea or leave a question to the rater.

· Study grammar. In any kind of writing, the most effective way in delivering your ideas is by constructing grammatically correct sentences. Choosing the right verb tense and sentence structure matters a lot.

· Vocabulary power is essential. Overusing words in your sentence shows that your vocabulary is very limited. Expand your vocabulary bank by reading different printed materials. In addition, idioms and word expressions are also very helpful.

· Be sure to answer what the task requires. More often than not, candidates fail to answer what the task requires. They are so engrossed in writing that they forget to stay on track. To avoid this, make an outline on what to write and constantly check on your essay’s coherence and flow.

· Do not use contractions in your writing. Formal writing is expected in the IELTS. This means that writing “cannot” as “can’t” is wrong.

· Develop ideas by providing examples. In the independent writing, ideas become stronger when personal experience is given. Make sure to write reasons and examples to support your ideas.

Writing is easier when you know how to do it properly. Learning is better with writing coaches; hence, participating in IELTS training classes is a must and a good way to prepare for the exam.


  1. Understanding the requirements prior to writing anything should bot be estimated. One may have really good ideas but straying away from the main tasks.
    To get a deep understanding you can refer to some sample IELTS essays here.