How to prepare yourself for Writing Tasks - IELTS ? Tips and Tricks
Every student has their own are where they struggle in IELTS exam. However, very common problems are the Writing Tasks 1 & 2. Students agree that Task 1 is slightly easier than Task 2, especially since it 'only' make up 33% of the whole writing score. Writing Task 2 makes up 66% (or 2/3) of your writing score, therefore already putting more pressure on students.
Now a common mistake students do, is to only focus on Writing Task 2 because it takes longer and gives you more marks. That is indeed true but you should not neglect the other part. Writing Tasks 1 is fairly easy if you allow yourself some time and get familiar with the requirements.
Your Writing Task 1 & 2 will be marked on:
*Task Achievement (25%)
*Coherence & Cohesion (25%)
You should get to know the requirements in each section for the band you are aiming for.
Writing Task 1
Writing Task 1 in the academic module of IELTS is always a report on a chart (bar chart, line graph, pie chart, table, map, diagram/process). There is also a possibility to get a combination of two types, for example a bar chart with a pie chart. Make sure to practice all scenarios.
In this task it is important to identify the key features (lowest/highest categories, significant differences) for the given chart/s. The key features make up the content of the overview which is the most essential paragraph in your task 1 report.
Writing Task 1 in the general module of IELTS is a letter only. This could be a letter in formal or semi formal style, inviting a friend to a party, asking your employer to approve of your leave or informing a company about a missing/forgotten item on a bus or flight etc.
In both versions you are required to write at least 150 words and you should only spend 20 minutes one this task. The remaining 40 minutes should be spend on writing task, since it is worth double the marks.
Important: You need a useful list of vocabulary for each type of writing task. To get a good score you will have to paraphrase whenever possible. However, you should only use words to which you know the accurate meaning and use. Mistakes can cause you to lose points. Apart from that, you should also pay attention to your spelling. Spelling mistakes will result in lowering your score.
Not just the vocabulary plays a main role in the writing task. Grammar is an important aspect as well. You have to use complex sentence structures if you are aiming for a band score above 6. Frequent errors may lead to getting a band score 5 in grammar.
Structure your report or letter correctly. The examiner will pay attention to the organization of information and paragraphing.
Using linking devices is crucial to achieve a high band score. You have to show the examiner that you are capable of using a range if linking devices that connect information together and compare information in a coherent way. These are things you can easily learn, if you spend some time on it.
Writing Task 2:
In the IELTS Writing Task 2 you are required to write an academic-style essay on a common topic, in both versions: academic and general. Unlike in Writing Task 1 you have 40 minutes to write at least 250 words.
First things first: What is the examiner looking for? Analyze the question! What type is it (Agree or Disagree, Discussion, Problem and Solution or Advantages and Disadvantages), what are the keywords and what are the instructions?
If you fail to answer the question properly you will not achieve more than 5 bands.
Plan your essay. Most students see this step as time waste. How awfully wrong they are. From experience I can say, that he students who follow this step always achiever higher scores. You should organize your ideas and structure before you start writing. This not only saves you time, it also helps you to write a clear essay. If you just jump right into it, it's most likely that you will stumble across several problems during your essay and things don't make sense anymore. Arguments etc are all over the place and you repeat yourself all the time. Allow yourself some time to come up with a plan before you start.
Introduction. Just by reading your introduction the examiner should be able to understand what the rest of the essay is about and also answer the question directly. This will not only tell the examiner you know what you are doing but also helps you to write your main body paragraphs.
Main Body Paragraphs. In these paragraphs you have to give the examiner more details. State your points and support them with explanations and relevant examples.
Asking yourself questions(why/what/where/who/how)while reading the topic will help you to generate more ideas.
Conclusion. The conclusion is basically just a summary of what you have already said in the rest of the essay. Still, it is an important part of the essay and should not be forgotten.
You will be marked in four areas:
*Task Achievement (25%)
*Coherence and Cohesion (25%)
*Lexical Resource (25%)
*Grammatical Range and Accuracy (25%)
Important: Knowing exactly what the examiners want and giving it to them is the key to do well.
Many students are either too shy to ask for help/feedback or are determined to do this on their own. None of these two options will help you improve your score. You must get feedback on your work. Do you think surgeons are just allowed to operate on people after practicing at home for a few weeks? Of course not. Only by getting feedback from an experienced person you can identify your weaknesses and work on them accordingly.
Note: The questions will always be about a common topic, nothing out of the ordinary. IELTS doesn't test your knowledge; it tests your competency in the English Language.
Make sure your time management is on point. Ideally you should have 2 – 3 minutes in the end to proofread your essay once. This minimizes the chance of having silly grammar or spelling mistakes in your essay which can cost you crucial marks.
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