IELTS Writing- How To Improve?

IELTS exams are no cake-walks- that’s true. It can be overwhelming sometimes, when despite a lot of hard work you are not able to enhance your score. A lot of people find the writing part the toughest and most stressful. IELTS writing demands the students to be clear, concise and to write grammatically correct sentences with no spelling errors. 

Here are some tips to help you ace the IELTS writing test:

  1. Count your words: IELTS writing requires you to be crisp and concise but to complete the task you have to write over 150 words for task 1 and 250 words for task 2. Not being able to produce enough words will get you a lower score. There is no upper limit but avoid writing too many words, it might cause problems.
  2. Reading Helps: Try to develop the habit of reading. Read at least 3 articles per day. Highlight the new words and grammatical structures. This will help you improve your vocabulary and remember the grammatical structures.
  1. Practice writing every day: Make it a part of your routine to write something every day. In Spite of writing big and lengthy essays, write short and simple extracts. This will gradually lead to lesser grammatical and spelling errors.
  1. Take an external viewpoint: Whatever you write, ultimately will be read by others. So, whatever you write to amplify your IELTS writing skills make sure to show it to your mentor or anyone who can write and speak English well. Taking a viewpoint from others can help you improve your writing. The best you can do is to join a good IELTS coaching and preparation center near you where you will get all the support you want for the exam preparation. Just search for “IELTS training near me,” if you want to know about the various coaching institutes.
  1. Paraphrase: Paraphrasing, is a very useful skill that helps immensely with your IELTS writing. To practice, take a particular essay and rephrase it to make it more crisp and incisive. This allows using words more effectively and also helps you with other parts of your preparation.
  1. Use online tools: There are many online tools available that can help you check your grammar and spellings. These tools can identify the most common errors you make, hence you can take care of them next time you practice writing.
  1. Plan your essay: Avoid making your essays tediously lengthy. Keep the following things in mind while writing your essay. Follow these simple tips to write your essay:

Divide your essay into 3 parts:

  • An introductory paragraph which summarizes the entire essay and lays the foundation for the next two paragraphs. Use your paraphrasing skills to the best, but keep it short.
  • Use connectors between the passages will help you cohere the passages.
  • End your essay with a perfect and crisp conclusion. Keep in mind the word limit
  1. Time management is important: The IELTS academic writing test is a 60 minute test, the candidate is required to complete two tasks of different text and writing style.    You will need to write at least150 words for task 1 and at least 250 words fyor task 2 and you have to complete both the tasks in 1 hour. So, you can spend 20 minutes on task 1 and 40 minutes on task 2. While practicing, keep the time frame in mind.

Follow the above tips and keep practicing. The practice is the ultimate way that will help you write better and effective. You can get the desired score with the right approach.

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