IELTS Academic : Writing tips
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has four sections, one of which is writing. The IELTS Academic Writing section has two sub-sections. The topics of writing are of general interest and are designed for candidates entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or professional registration.
Following tips may be handy:
Task One: The task one of the academic writing test contains a question in the form of a graph, table, chart of diagram. You have to describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words.
Task two: Here you are required to write an essayin response to a point of view, argument or problem.
- Allot a specific time to task one and two.
- Practise making a structure of writing during your preparation stage. Once you have the logical structure in your mind ready, all you have to do is mechanically fill in the information from the question like data, facts etc in task one.
- Make sure you know how to write grammatically correct English. Be extremely particular about Subject-Verb agreement and verb tenses.
- Read sample essays and take note of the ones with good structure to have a wide range of academic structures.
- During preparation, get your writing checked by someone who has a good hold of the English language. Do not practise without getting it corrected.
- Learn academic vocabulary. Work on academic words rigorously as they will be used and be required to crack the entire academic writing section.
- Learn formal style of writing English. Avoid American slang, Hindi words or short forms.
- Attempt the task two first. Complete both the tasks in the test or you will lose marks.
- Avoid first and second person pronouns (I, We, You,) in both your essays.
- Follow a strict format in your writing: the topic sentence followed by sentences stating arguments/proof and examples. Don’t try to be too creative here.