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Answer IELTS part 1 line graph writing tasks

Here are the ten steps needed to write the best IELTS part 1 line graph writing task answer that you can.

Step One

Read the question carefully. Make sure that you understand what is being described by the line graph. Make absolutely sure that you know what you are being asked to write about.

Usually, this question will ask you to select and report the main features of the line graph and make comparisons where relevant. You are not asked to give reasons for trends shown in the graph. (more…)

5 ways to improve your IELTS writing

One of the most common questions that I am asked is this:

“How can I improve my IELTS writing from a 6 to a 7 band score?”


Planning your IELTS writing

“He who fails to plan, plans to fail.”

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It’s time for a spelling test

IELTS candidates should pay special attention to their spelling. Your IELTS writing will be much improved if words are spelt correctly. Keep a list of words that you spell incorrectly and test yourself on their spelling regularly.

When you have finished a piece of writing, edit it carefully and check for any spelling errors.

Read this post about editing your written work.

Here is a short recorded spelling test. There are five commonly misspelled words. Press play and try to write down the words immediately. You can press “pause” between the words if you need to. Listen to the recording as many times as you want to.

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When you have finished, you can check your answers here.

What not to write in the IELTS exam

An IELTS student told me that he had spent the whole weekend studying for the IELTS writing exam. I was impressed – this student was known to be a little lazy sometimes and I was impressed that he was finally taking his IELTS exam studies seriously. I was not looking forward to the extra marking that this student might reasonably expect me to do. I asked him how many pieces of writing he had written. The answer was none. Zero. The student hadn’t written anything but had spent the whole weekend studying for the IELTS writing exam. I was confused but pushed for time so I didn’t ask too many questions.

I taught the same student the following week in his IELTS class. I gave the class a timed piece of writing to complete during the class because I was concerned that many of the students in this IELTS weren’t as familiar with the IELTS writing exam time constraints as they could be. I did some administration while the students scribbled away in silence. The “hard-working” student suprised me by finishing the piece of writing with 10 minutes to spare. (more…)