In the post ‘Best IELTS Writing Tips’, I gave you some general tips for the IELTS Writing Test. In this post, I’d like to give you some tips that are more specific to the Academic Module.
In Academic IELTS Writing Task 1, you have to interpret a diagram or table and present the information in your own words
First of all, you should spend a few minutes making sure you understand what the diagrams or tables show. You might have to explain the data presented, (possibly making comparisons) or how something works. You might have to describe the steps in a process or a sequence of events.
You should then make sure that you understand exactly what you have to do by carefully reading the question.
- In your first paragraph, you need to explain (in your own words) what the diagram shows.
- In the next paragraph, you need to describe and explain the data and draw conclusions as appropriate. Remember that everything you write relates to the diagrams you see and NOT your own opinions.
- Write at least 150 words.
In Academic IELTS Writing Task 2, you have to discuss a problem, point of view or argument.
- First of all, you should read the task description carefully. Make sure that you understand exactly what you have to do; underline these key requirements. A word of caution here, I have noticed in class that many students do not answer the question completely; questions often have two parts.
Another common mistake is that when students read something such as ‘Does this bring more advantages or disadvantages?’, they immediately assume it Is an ‘advantages/disadvantages essay’; it isn’t, it’s an argument essay about whether there are more advantages or disadvantages.
- Once you understand exactly what you have to do, plan your essay.
- In your introduction, you should introduce the topic IN YOUR OWN WORDS.
- Finish your essay with a suitable conclusion.
- Remember that you have to write at least 250 words.