IELTS Writing is the toughest module because of many reasons. Having trained many students who have scored IELTS Writing 8 and IELTS Writing 8.5, Sahasriya brings in her experience to share few critical inputs for aspiring students. In a series, here are critical ‘MUST DO’ for students on IELTS Writing, be it Academic or General.
(1) Know the exact structure
IELTS examiners love answers which are structured and easy to follow. Not only is it beneficial for the examiners but it also helps you to develop your writing in the correct way.
(2) Complete both tasks fully
You must complete Task-1 and Task-2. Even though you might find the questions difficult, you MUST complete both tasks at any cost. Do not bother if you are struggling to develop your answers in the best way, you simply must finish both questions, completely from start to finish.
The reason this is so important, is due to the fact that you will be penalised heavily if you fail to complete one of the answers completely. The evaluators will see this that you are unable to manage your writing and that you find writing difficult. So, complete them all.
(3) Practice, practice, practice
Practice, practice, practice – Do both tasks in one hour to prepare you for the actual exam conditions. It is easy to think about doing two written answers within an hour but once you actually try it, it is much harder than you think.
The last thing you want to do is put additional pressure on yourself with bad time management. In Sahasriya’s way, it is good to focus on each of the tasks more intensely, however once you are confident of developing good answers for each, we suggest practicing several times doing both in 60 minutes.
(4) Check your answers (both tasks)
Checking and editing your answers after you have written them can save you from receiving a lower score from basic errors. It is important to note that grammar and vocabulary make up 25% each, thereby 50% weightage is in there. This means it is critical that you minimise any basic errors in grammar and vocabulary as much as possible by reviewing your writing before you move to the next question. All non-native speakers make basic mistakes when they are writing quickly. Therefore, you should always spend time checking your grammar and vocabulary at the end of each Task. We suggest 3 minutes for checking your Task 1 answer and 5 minutes for checking your Task 2 answer.