IELTS Video Lesson - Writing Paper 1 Tips & Tutorials



IELTS Exam Writing Paper One - Test Tips


by Ian Nock
  • Watch the video above
  • Paraphrase the description of the figure on the paper. Do not just change or add a few words. This will not count. It must be very different.
  • Make one or two statements that comment on all the data. These should not include specific details. This is best put at the beginning or the end of your answer.
  • Include actual data to support your comments on the figures.
  • Group the data. Don’t just report it point by point.
  • Report highs, lows, similarities and differences, plus anything unusual. Make comparisons.
  • Describe only. Do not try to ‘explain’ the data.You must write at least 150 words, so make sure you count the number you have written as less than this will carry a penalty.
  • Start by writing a one sentence description of the chart or table. Try to use different words than those used in the actual title printed on the graph.
  • Compare & Contrast data
  • Include time the time interval of when things happen
  • Concentrate on major trends
  • write 150 words or a few more.
  • Spend 20 minutes on this section
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The IELTS test (International English Language Testing Scheme) is the most used English test in the world. Its used for University & college entrance as well as for professional immigration e,g, for accountants going to Australia.

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IELTS Video Lesson - Writing Paper 2 Tips & Tutorials



IELTS Exam Writing Paper Two - Test Tips

by Ian Nock
  • Watch the video above
  • Analyse the question. It is often in two parts: a background statement and specific aspect of that. Make sure you are answering about that aspect not the general topic.Paragraph your answer. A good answer should be 3 or 4 paragraphs. As a guide, the intro should be approx. 50 words; main body 170; and conclusion 30 to 40. But these amounts are guides not rules.
  • Use a variety of sentence lengths and types. In particular, the use of complex sentences (ones with subordination/dependent clauses) are considered a sign of good writing.
  • Link paragraphs and sentences well. Your paragraphs should not be able to be ‘moved’ within the essay and the sense and progress of it maintained. Sentences should be linked, but do not overuse conjunctions. Good writing does not endlessly use the same subject for sentences. Rather, pronouns or synonyms are substituted for it.
  • Don’t copy the question. This will not count.

About The IELTS Test
The IELTS test (International English Language Testing Scheme) is the most used English test in the world. Its used for University & college entrance as well as for professional immigration e,g, for accountants going to Australia.

About the author - Ian Nock is CEO, Director of Studies and Senior Business Coach at HKEnglish.com

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