Referencing: avoiding repetition with pronouns

Pronouns help with overall coherence and cohesion in IELTS writing.

Having a cohesive and coherent essay is very important for your overall Band score In both writing tasks in IELTS, especially writing task 2. You should always make your writing as easy as possible for the reader to follow and it should be easy to understand. In the IELTS exam, the reader will be the examiner.

One way to improve your cohesion is to use pronouns to reduce repetition. This is mentioned in the marking criteria for writing under ‘Referencing’.

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IELTS Writing: Keeping it simple

Being concise and keeping it simple.

If someone asked me for my advice about the best way to approach the IELTS essay tasks, I would say keep it simple and concise. I correct a lot of IELTS essays but the one thing that stands out is that so many IELTS students are trying too hard to use  ‘complex sentences’ and completely miss the point and end up using ‘complicated sentences’ that the reader would have trouble understanding.

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IELTS Grammar: Conjunctions in writing

ielts examples in writingUsing conjunctions in IELTS Essays

To get a good band score in IELTS writing it is important to use conjunctions effectively. This shows the examiner you can use grammar precisely and helps the flow of your essay, which makes it easier for the reader. A conjunction is a word used to connect clauses or sentences.

These are marked under grammar and are directly linked to coherence and cohesion in the IELTS marking criteria. If you make mistakes with conjunctions it will affect coherence and cohesion. In fact ‘complex sentences’ can be constructed using conjunctions. Let’s take a look at some of these and how to use them correctly.

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How to use Cohesive Devices effectively

A guide to linking and cohesion in IELTS writing.

One of the most important skills for getting a good score in the IELTS writing exam, is the way cohesive devices or linking devices are used. In the marking criteria for task 2 essays and Writing task 1 reports, Coherence and Cohesion accounts for 25% of your marks. So it is important to have an essay that flows naturally and is easy for the reader to understand. A key component of this is cohesive devices, however, use them correctly and sparingly.

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