IELTS Writing: Keeping it simple

Being concise and keeping it simple.

If someone asked me for my advice about 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 useĀ  ‘complex sentences’ and completely miss the point and end up using ‘complicated sentences’. Some students may also memorise lists of words and then just put those into the essay without actually knowing fully what the word means.

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IELTS Grammar: Conjunctions in writing

Using conjunctions in IELTS Essays

One key skill to getting a good band score in the grammar criteria in IELTS writing, is by using conjunctions effectively, this shows the examiner you have a good range of grammar and can show different points of view. These are marked in grammar, coherence and cohesion in the IELTS marking criteria. Conjunctions also help to contrast ideas.

In fact ‘complex sentences’ can be constructed using conjunctions. Lets take a look at some of these and how to use them correctly.

What is a conjunction and how can we use them effectively?


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How to use Cohesive Devices effectively

Guide to Linking and Cohesion in IELTS.

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, therefore 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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IELTS Grammar: How to use complex sentences

Writing Complex Sentences in IELTS

It is important to use some complex sentences in IELTS writing task 2 otherwise you are unlikely to get a band 6.5 or above. Remember that grammar accounts for 25% of your marks in the writing tasks, however there is some confusion about the best way to write these kinds of sentences.

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Grammar Lesson: Instead / Instead of / Rather than

Mini Grammar lesson: How to use instead / instead of / rather than.

When writing essays in IELTS task 2 (It also comes in handy for the speaking test) , we often need to use “instead” or “rather than” to show preference, changing trends, opinions or facts. Here are some sentences based on the topic of technology and internet use.

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IELTS Writing task 1: Line graph with a future trend

IELTS graph future trendsWriting about graphs with future trends.

Something that occasionally comes up in IELTS academic Writing task 1 are graphs with predictions and future trends. In this case you need to use the future tense with some specific academic phrases for graphs with a future trend. Lets have a look at the grammar needed for this kind of graph here. Note that the data in this task is dynamic, that means it changes over time.

Static and Dynamic graphs

Static data means that the chart or graph displays one period of time. Dynamic data shows two or more periods of time. It also shows how trends change over a period of time.

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Grammar lesson: Conditionals, Zero, 1st, 2nd (If Sentences)

Mini grammar lesson: How to use conditionals (if sentences)

There are three kinds of present conditional sentences here: real and unreal. Real Conditionals describe real-life situations. The two unreal Conditionals describe unreal, imaginary situations but there is a difference in the possibility of them happening, however they don’t refer to the past.

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