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Tips on Essay Writing in IELTS

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January 2016

The International English Language Testing System is recognised as a reliable means of assessing the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. These tests are designed to give potential candidates an idea as to whether their English is at the required level

The IELTS is owned by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council and IDP

There is a choice of Reading and Writing tests according to whether a candidate opts for the Academic or General module. Candidates who wish to study at an undergraduate or postgraduate level and those who seek professional registration opt for the Academic module, while candidates, who wish to migrate to an English- speaking country and wish to study below degree level, opt for the General training module

Tips on Essay Writing in IELTS

Academic Writing

This module consists of two writing tasks. Candidates should spend 20 minutes on Task 1, which requires them to write atleast 150 words, and 40 minutes on Task 2, which requires them to write atleast 250 words

Task 1 requires candidates to analyze a diagram or some data (graph, table or chart) and present the information in their own words. Candidates are assessed on the ability to organise, present and compare data or describe the process of how an object works. Candidates are not required to give their own opinion for this task

In Task 2, candidates are presented with a point of view. They are assessed on the ability to present a solution to the problem, take a stand and evaluate ideas

 

General Training Writing

This module consists of two tasks as well. Candidates should spend about 20 minutes on Task 1, with a word count of 150 words, and 40 minutes on Task 2, which requires them to write atleast 250 words. The assessment of Task 2 carries more weightage in grading than Task 1

In Task 1 candidate are asked to respond to a given situation by writing a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. They are assessed on their ability to engage in personal correspondence, express needs, opinions, complaints etc

In Task 2 candidates are presented with a point of view. They are assessed on the ability to present a solution to the problem, take a stand and evaluate ideas. Candidates are also assessed on their writing technique

 

Tips for the essays

This module consists of two tasks as well. Candidates should spend about 20 minutes on Task 1, with a word count of 150 words, and 40 minutes on Task 2, which requires them to write atleast 250 words. The assessment of Task 2 carries more weightage in grading than Task 1

    • Both Task 1 and Task 2 have to be structured into 3 paragraphs- Introduction, Body paragraph and Conclusion

    • In Task 1, ensure that you present the key features of the given data, graph or image, and make relevant comparisons. You are not being asked for your own opinion

    • In Task 2, make sure that you fully understand and answer what the topic is asking of you

    • Ensure that you finish both tasks before the allotted time, so you have sufficient time to proof read what you have just written

    • Ensure that you DO NOT make frequent grammatical errors, it will reduce your chances of a good band score

 

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