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IELTS Writing: The 4 keys to success

Whether you are taking IELTS Academic or General Training, you will need to write a 250 word essay in the Writing Part 2. You will perform much better if you understand what the examiner is looking for — and then deliver it.

Bryan Dowie, IELTS teacher, Hong Kong

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

IELTS Writing: Boost your score by reading

‘Reading and writing cannot be separated from each other: the more in-depth reading you do, the more in-depth writing you will eventually do.’ The University of Washington points to a clear link between reading and writing. Reading exposes you to different styles; it shows you how grammar is used correctly; and it helps you to build vocabulary and use it accurately. But to get the maximum benefit for your IELTS Writing test, you need to use reading as a source for focused writing activities. Read on for an example of how you can do this.

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Writing: The problems with too many words

For some candidates, it’s very tempting to write as much as they can in the one hour given in the Writing section — they want to really showcase their range of vocabulary and their ability to write long sentences. But do long essays really get you a better band score?

Sieon Lau, Editor, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Writing: The most difficult paper?

It’s difficult to go seriously wrong with the Reading and Listening tests in IELTS. Even if you have trouble understanding the text or the audio, the question paper gives you a pretty clear idea of what you need to write. And if you’re not sure, you can always guess. With the Speaking test, you’ll answer a series of questions, so even if you make a mistake with one of them, you’ll get another chance with the next question. Writing Task 2 is different — If you fail to understand the question, and go off on the wrong track, you could score no marks at all. And that could mean missing … Read more

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.

Bryan Dowie, IELTS teacher, Hong Kong