IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge English Language Assessment, though in India, all the IELTS tests are organized by IDP only. It can help students and individuals to live, study and work around the world. More than 10,000 organizations in 140 countries accept IELTS, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities, and professional bodies. IELTS assesses all of English skills — reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and is designed to reflect how aspirants will use English at study, at work, and at play, in life abroad.
It has been commonly seen that out of all four modules, IELTS Writing is the one goes really tough for the candidates Applying for the Test, that’s why it becomes necessary to go to the extra miles in order to achieve desired bands. Although some think it is impossible to Get More than 7+ Bands seeing the difficulty level of it, which is not the case. Obeying the instructions given in this blog, can make it work wonder.
Common Huddles Faced by Students:
How to start writing exactly? From where?
identifying type of essay
What is the format of essay?
How many paragraphs need to be written in a single essay?
What many question types of essays are there?
How to paraphrase the topic?
Where to add thesis and how?
Where to write outline and topic sentence? How?
Why the number of paragraphs alter in various essays?
How many ideas should be written in body paragraphs?
Are examples based on personal experiences added?
How to conclude the essay?
Type of essays:
There are mainly 10 various types of essays available. Following are the type possible topics:
1. Agree – disagree :
Some people claim that too much focus and resources have been spent to protect wild animals and birds.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
2. Positive – negative :
Weddings are getting bigger and more expensive.
Is it a positive or negative development?
3 .Direct questions :
In many countries, children are becoming overweight and unhealthy. Some people think that the government has the responsibility to solve this problem
4. Advantages – drawbacks :
Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?
In the 20th century, contact between many different parts of the world has developed rapidly through air travel and telecommunications.
5. Discussion :
In some countries, there has been an increase in the number of advertisements which try to persuade children to buy snacks, toys, and other goods. Parents often claim that these ads are unfair.
Each student gets 40 minutes in total finish the task. The candidate needs to think and plan the essay using the brainstorming method in initial 10 minutes of time out of 40 minutes. Following this, they need to spend 25 minutes to convert brainstormed ideas forming sentences. Moving ahead, the written text need to be checked at last through proof reading it once and correct the silly errors including spellings, singular plural verbs and nouns, articles, any linkers or connectors what are misplaced.
How to Think and Plan the Essay?
Methods of generating ideas:
Comparing past with present scenario
Thinking about different categories of people, putting then in the situation
Contrasting the genders as well as age-groups
Many times, students struggle with generating ideas; even they take longer amount of time just to build ideas which results into lack of time. To avoid that practice, they need to learn the method called “Brainstorming” what falls into thinking and planning part. It is the method wherein students need to draw a circle, adding the major points of topic in middle, adjoining the written ideas around the circle. Let’s understand with the example,
In many developing countries, tourism is the major occupation.
What do you think of the main advantages and drawbacks of tourism?
There must be either 4 or 5 paragraphs written as per the type of essay.
Body paragraph 1 (adding 2 ideas, explanation and one example)
Body paragraph 2 (adding 2 ideas, explanation and one example)
Conclusion (adding the summary of the major points written in both paragraphs)
Body paragraph 1 (adding one ideas, its explanation and example)
Body paragraph 2 (adding one ideas, its explanation and example)
Body paragraph 3 (adding one ideas, its explanation and example)
Conclusion (adding the summary of the major points written in both paragraphs)
How to Write Introduction?
Here are some of the examples that will describe you how you can structure your introduction part. There are three points need to be included in the introduction part.
Paraphrase the topic
General sentence at the beginning of the introduction part should be very common and simple sentence related to the topic.
Paraphrase The Topic
There are three various methods to paraphrase the topic:
Using synonymous :
Question: Some parents buy their children whatever they ask for, and allow their children to do whatever they want.
Is this a good way to raise children?
What consequences could this style of parenting have for children as they get older?
Answer: In this current era, few guardians purchase things for their kids whenever they demand and even permit them all what they wish easily.
Flipping the order of the sentence :
Question: Some people think that the best way to succeed in life is to get a university education, while others disagree and say that it is no longer true nowadays. Discuss both views and give your own opinions.
Answer: It is said by few that graduation does not require to be successful, as without that also; a person can get succeed, however others oppose the statement.
Using passive form :
Question: Some people say that all popular TV entertainment programmers should aim to educate viewers about important social issues. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Answer: It is said by many that viewers should be educated on important social issues by all well-known TV entertainment programmers.
Thesis can be written where it is asked, writing thesis means writing personal opinion on the given essay trend, whereas outline is for all the expository essays, wherein there isn’t a need of writing personal opinion.
Examples for thesis:
If completely going with the trend: In my opinion, I strongly favor the given contention.
If completely against the trend: In my opinion, I completely oppose the given notion.
If going partial: In my opinion, there are equal amount of advantages and drawbacks available for the given assertion.
If going 70%-30%: In my opinion, I totally agree/disagree with the given phenomenon, however the only minor benefit/disadvantage cannot be neglected/overlooked/ignored.
Examples for outline:
This essay shall discuss the major causes associated with this epidemic together with some possible remedial measures to ameliorate the situation.
This essay shall discuss the major issues associated with this trend together with some possible remedial measures to ameliorate the situation. Let’s have example here,
Overconsumption of fast food may lead to obesity.
What are the problems associated with this?
How can it be controlled?
In this fast-paced life, health is the major concern. Excessive amount of fast food eating habits can result into extreme weight gain. This essay shall discuss the major problems associated with this epidemic together with some possible remedial measures to deal with the situation.
How to write body paragraph?
Presenting idea 1
Explaining idea 1
Presenting idea 2
Explaining idea 2
Example (No personal examples are allowed, since it should go formal)
Let’s have a look at example,
There are myriad of reasons to bolster the opinion on why excessive consumption of unhealthy food be detrimental for individuals.
One of the potentially dangerous issue is that it can lead to the risks related heart.
Owing to the increasing fast food outlets in every nooks and corners, people easily get allured, that results into overeating habits and at last obesity. That is why it is so common in this present era that at very early age, youth suffer from grave diseases like heart-attack.
Another major factor is that it makes people living totally sedentary lifestyle.
As it is clear that overeating junk food may raise their sugar level in blood. Moreover, When too much of glucose or sugar collects in bloodstream, cells become resistant to insulin , which leads good chance a person might contract diabetes in the future.
To justify the standpoint, according to the recent survey conducted by the popular health magazine namely “Fitness “ revealed that in the USA , more than three quarters of teenagers were obese in 2020 , as they were not participating in sports games organized by schools.
Henceforth, these are the main issues behind the given notation.
Writing the summary of major points written in both body paragraphs
Personal suggestion, only if the given content in conclusion is going short even after writing summary
To conclude, it is clear that although tourism has been beneficial in boosting up economy as well as generating local employment, disadvantages like environmental damage as well as growing crime rate cannot be overlooked.
Below given criteria should be followed while IELTS writing the task:
Students need to address all the parts of the question, explain the concept, develop the reasoning and provide examples to advance it.
Clearly presenting fully developed response.
Coherence and Cohesion
Structuring and sequencing the thoughts and ideas
There should be logical arrangement of ideas in paragraph
Each paragraph should have the topic line and conclude line containing what paragraph says it all.
connecting ideas and paragraphs
Using linkers and linkers
Do not present ideas abruptly
Using vocabulary in sentence context
Using a wide range of vocabulary with very natural and sophisticated control of lexical features; rare minor errors occur.
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Grammar is everything when it comes to language
Proper use of tenses, forming different type of sentences, verb, nouns, pronoun, prepositions, active-passive formations, indirect speech, adverb, adjective, modal auxiliaries, conjunctions
Final Tips and Tricks:
Do not mug up the answers from any reference material, better write naturally
Make sure to not to add any informal phrases or idioms what make the task look informal
Try to avoid repeating vocabulary or any ideas or sentences
Write in formal tone of language. For that, use modal auxiliaries and passive formations together with formal vocabulary.
Especially follow the assessment criteria.
Write task in provided time, don’t take extra minutes.
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