IELTS writing can prove to be quite tricky if you are looking to improve your score from band 5 to 7 and more. Making some common but highly avoidable mistakes can mean losing out on a band 7 score.

So, a test-taker has to prepare accordingly, well in advance. It is imperative that the aspirants are aware of the various blunders they may end up making, albeit inadvertently. While information about this is available on the web, in this blog, we summarise the gist of the what it takes to excel in IELTS writing, by following some easy tips. IELTS (Academic) has two tasks. Task 1 judges test takers by their ability to describe facts/figures presented in graphs, charts or tables on a related topic. Task 2 tests aspirants on their ability to write on a given topic in an academic and semi-formal or neutral style.

The evaluation for both the tasks depends on four specific criterion that an examiner evaluates your paper on, which are as follows:

  1. Task Response (TR),
  2. Coherence & Cohesion (CC),
  3. Lexical Resource (LR)
  4. Grammatical Range & Accuracy (GRA).

Task Response:

TR evaluates a candidate on the comprehension and response skills to a given task. A candidate is expected to cover all aspects of the question, and not leave out any part of what has been asked in the paper, thereby exhibiting proficiency in English. The candidate is expected to cover all requirements of the task sufficiently, present and highlight the main features/bullet points in a clear and appropriate manner.

It is crucial for the candidate not to veer off-topic, miss out a part of the question, and to ramble on without purpose. For instance, if the question asks for the aspirant''''s opinion, then he/she should give it, without hesitation. 

To achieve this end, you must:

  1. Take time to read out the question carefully, without hurriedly going over it, and missing its very essence.
  2. Support general statements with evidence leading to a logical conclusion.
  3. Spend some time to think about the structure and the flow of your essay.

Coherence & Cohesion:

To score better on Coherence & Cohesion, you should skilfully utilize paragraphing to logically and coherently chart out the flow of your ideas, and the information so that there is a clear progression throughout.

  1. It is always better to present a clear central topic or idea in every paragraph.
  2. The paragraphs should be well demarcated for the evaluator to understand.
  3. Leave out 1 or 2 lines between two sections so that the evaluator can follow the flow of ideas without much difficulty.
  4. Avoid redundancy or the repetition of the same ideas throughout your answers.

Lexical Resource:

This section tests you for the limberness and size of your vocabulary, command over lexical features, choice of words, and clarity.

  1. To ace this section, the test-taker should use an extensive vocabulary.
  2. Test-takers must demonstrate great control of lexical features.
  3. There must be adequate stress placed on word choice. Use of the precise word to describe something is vital.
  4. Avoid spelling errors and word formation mistakes.
  5. Don''''t repeat the same words from your vocabulary throughout. Use synonyms, or better, plan what words you intend to use right from the beginning.
  6. Take some time to check your writing to avoid repetitions.

Grammatical Range & Accuracy:

This section tests you for your flexibility and accuracy with English grammar. Excellent use of grammar, punctuation must be displayed by the candidate. Therefore, a right amount of IELTS writing practice is required. If you are not getting it right all by yourself, then take the help of IELTS writing correction services.

Here are some tips:

  1. The candidate should use a wide range of sentence structures.
  2. Avoid errors and inappropriate usage.
  3. Don't commit errors within your sentences
  4. Take care of your grammar and punctuations.

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