In IELTS writing task 2 there are various topics that come up, such as The Environment, Family, Society, Work, Technology, Robotics, Education, Food and Diet, Health, Sports and sometimes Crime. The topic of crime is difficult for many students as there is so much vocabulary surrounding this.
What is the difference between a Causes Solution and a Problem Solution essay?
Problem solutions and causes solutions essay are very similar but there is a subtle difference. One type asks about the problems and the other type asks about the causes.
It is very important to spend a couple of minutes analysing the task question so that you know what to write about in the essay. I have seen many good essays lose marks in Task Response because the writer did not find the issues in the task question or did not fully understand what to write about.
I have heard this question so many times.
Why can’t I get a Band 7?
I get so many people who email me asking me why they can’t hit Band 7 or Band 8 or whatever score they need and are stuck at Band 5 or 6. They all seem puzzled as to why they cannot raise their score. Usually, it is to do with their writing as this tends to be the hardest part of the test.
Here are 9 reasons why you may not be getting the score you need.
Key things to consider for IELTS writing:
Handwriting, pencils, paragraphs and using the IELTS official answer sheet.
I often get asked questions like: Should I use a pen? Can I use cursive writing? Should I use the IELTS answer sheet? Do I lose marks for bad handwriting? How do I separate the paragraphs? Do I get a higher band score for a very long essay? ..and so on.
This post should clear up any confusion regarding these questions. Handwriting must be clear to the reader and I highly recommend using the answer sheet to practice. I also recommend using a pencil because it is easier to erase mistakes in the exam. The official IELTS answer sheet for writing task 1 and 2 can be downloaded here…click to download the answer sheet
Here are some short quizzes to test your knowledge and clear up IELTS myths.
There is a lot of misinformation out there about IELTS and the best approaches to getting a good band score. Many of my students get different information and when they go online they are even more confused about what to do, so I hope this post can finally clear up the myths! There are 14 questions here.
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. However, not all of your sentences have to be ‘complex’ you need to use simple sentences too.
Remember that grammar accounts for 25% of your marks in the writing tasks but there is some confusion in IELTS about what a ‘complex sentence’ actually is.
Lesson on an IELTS Writing Task 1 Bar Graph.
In this lesson we will look at:
1. The structure needed for IELTS Writing task 1.
2. Paraphrasing the introduction.
3. Writing an overview
4. Writing body paragraphs.
5. Example task and model answer.
Get familiar with the different types of IELTS essay questions.
There are 5 types of IELTS essays and in this post, we will look at how to spot them.
Before you begin writing your essay the first thing you must do is analyse what type of question it is by looking at the instruction words. I have underlined the instruction words in the tasks below, these indicate what type of question it is. Analysing the task question is a crucial step because if you do not take the time to do this, or if you are unclear about anything, you could write a completely different essay. See more here.
Vocabulary and grammar for line graphs and describing trends.
In Writing task 1 academic you need to write a report about one of the following: It could be a bar chart, a line graph, maps, a table, a pie chart or a process diagram. In this case, we are going to look at describing a line graph in IELTS writing task 1 and the kind of grammar and vocabulary that is needed for this task.
This lesson will look at:
1. Vocabulary for describing a line graph
2. Useful grammar for this task
3. Example of a basic line graph
4. Gap-fill exercise
3 Types of Advantage Disadvantage Essays
Not only are there 5 types of essay questions in academic IELTS but there are 3 types of Advantage Disadvantage essays, here are some examples below and ideas on how to approach them.
Before we go further let me make something clear. IELTS tasks will ask in an advantage disadvantage essay something like:
- Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
Notice the plural form here, advantages and disadvantages. Many students (and IELTS teachers) think they have to write more than one advantage and disadvantage. Yes, you can certainly do this but you can also make it much simpler by writing about one advantage and one disadvantage. I have heard from examiners that this is ok as long as you are able to support and fully exaplin your ideas. With this approach you can still write over 250 words.