Writing an introduction without paraphrasing

ielts writing paraphrasingDo you have to paraphrase the task question when writing an IELTS essay?

This is a question I was recently asked. The answer is ….well no you don’t have to paraphrase but I would advise it if you want a higher score (Band 7 or 8).

If you are really concerned about your paraphrasing abilities and you just can’t get it right, or if you are aiming for a Band 6 or 6.5, then just write a short 2 or 3 sentence introduction with a thesis statement only.

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Paraphrasing in IELTS Speaking

IELTS speakingThe key to a higher score in IELTS speaking is paraphrasing.

You are probably aware that paraphrasing is a crucial skill to master in IELTS writing and is important for a Band score of 7 or more, but what about in Speaking?

In the IELTS speaking Band descriptors for Band 7 lexical resource, it says: ‘uses paraphrase effectively’ and for Band 4 lexical resource it mentions: ‘rarely attempts to paraphrase’. So clearly this is important to consider when in the speaking exam.

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Paraphrasing and Synonyms in IELTS reading

An exercise to test your synonyms and paraphrasing in IELTS reading.

A key skill for a high score is your ability to understand paraphrasing in IELTS reading.

Paraphrasing is also a crucial skill for the writing section as you need to change the wording of the task question. It is also very useful in speaking and it shows up in the reading and listening sections. Paraphrasing is when the wording changes but the same meaning is retained. It can be done with synonyms, changing the grammatical structure and the use of set phrases.

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Word count for IELTS writing tasks

ielts word countWhat is the ideal word count for IELTS writing?

This is a common question many IELTS candidates have but there seems to be misinformation out on the internet about word count in the IELTS writing section.

In fact, you can actually lose marks if the writing is under word count. Here are some examples of what I have heard about the word count in IELTS essays and writing task 1.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: Paraphrasing Statistics

ielts writing task 1 statisticsParaphrasing percentages and statistics in IELTS academic writing task 1.

One thing that can be challenging in IELTS writing task 1 academic is how to report on all the data in a chart or graph. Something that can help your vocabulary band score is using specific language, such as the language of approximation, proportion and fractions to paraphrase percentages.

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Writing Task 1: Fast Food Restaurants Bar Chart

ielts writing task 1 model bar chartModel Answer: Bar chart about fast food restaurants

Bar charts are quite common in IELTS writing task 1 academic. Many people panic when they see them but they get easier the more you practice. The most important thing here is that the report should be concise, so you must be selective. This means that you should never write about every single detail in the chart. Aim for around 170 to 190 words.

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Paraphrasing by changing sentence structure

ielts word countUseful paraphrasing technique in IELTS writing task 2.

One of the most important skills in IELTS writing is being able to paraphrase. This means to change the wording or the sentence structure but retain the same meaning.

It’s a challenge for many students doing IELTS to get used to this skill as you need to have a wide vocabulary and know how to use synonyms correctly.

There are 2 main ways to paraphrase. This can be done either with synonyms or by changing the structure of the sentence while adjusting the word-formation. In the writing section, you need to use this skill when starting the introduction of your essay. Let’s take a look at an example below.

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IELTS Paraphrasing: Lesson 2 and practice

informal writing ieltsExercises on Paraphrasing the task question.

In the last paraphrasing exercise here we looked at paraphrasing a part of a body paragraph. Also, take a look at this blog post on How to paraphrase in IELTS writing.

Paraphrasing shows up a lot in IELTS and is necessary for the writing tasks. If you can paraphrase well it shows that you have a wide range of vocabulary and goes toward getting a high band score in Lexical resource.

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How to write an effective IELTS conclusion

A guide to writing a good conclusion for an IELTS essay.

This lesson will show you all about writing a good conclusion. The conclusion is very important in the essay because if you do not write one you will lose a whole band score in task response.

Conclusions are pretty easy to write. You are just rephrasing your main points and restating your opinion. One way to do this is to paraphrase your thesis statement again. No new information should be added to the conclusion and it must be concise and to the point. Do not just copy your introduction word for word either, do not repeat whole sentences or it will lower your score.

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IELTS paraphrasing practice

IELTS paraphrasingIELTS Paraphrasing lesson and practice exercise.

One of the most important skills in IELTS writing is the ability to paraphrase. In IELTS Writing Task 1 and Task 2 you are marked on your ability to paraphrase. Paraphrasing means changing the words so they have the same meaning.

It can be done by using synonyms or changing the grammatical structure. For more information on how to paraphrase the introduction in essays check out this link here, Paraphrasing in IELTS writing.

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