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IELTS Writing: The easiest way to fail

The challenge First, try to answer these questions: What is the minimum number of words you need to write for Writing Task 1? What are the five points the examiner is looking for in IELTS Writing? How should you divide your time between Task 1 and Task 2? If you can’t answer these three questions confidently, you are not ready to take IELTS. The easiest way to fail to get the band score you need is to go into the test without fully understanding what is required of you.

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Writing: Writing overview sentences

“In Academic Writing Task 1, it is very important to start by providing an overview of the data. If you don’t do this, you will lose points.” — Simon Cockell, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman In this post we will look at what this means, and how you can use your data overview to get your IELTS Writing test off to a flying start.

Sieon Lau, Editor, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Writing: Make every word count

Read this post to learn how to make every word counts in IELTS Writing. 

Bryan Dowie, IELTS teacher, Hong Kong

IELTS Writing: Failing to plan is planning to fail!

One reason the IELTS Writing test is challenging is because of the time constraints. You only have one hour to do two tasks. This means that using your time efficiently is vital. It is very important to plan what you will write before you start writing. This might seem an obvious idea but many candidates, perhaps consumed with test-day nerves, see the test question and immediately start on their answer.

Kishore Roy, Exams Manager, British Council Egypt

IELTS Writing: How important is spelling?

In this post I will focus on two areas where it is easy to lose marks in both General Training and Academic Writing. The first is the word count, and the second is spelling and punctuation.

Peter Hare, Manager, British Council Ethiopia