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IELTS writing : model answers

It’s pointless learning model answers before the IELTS writing exam in the hope that you can use them word for word. The chances are, you won’t answer the question properly and you won’t get the IELTS grade that you deserve. Read about this here.

Paragraphs rule!!

Make sure that you write in paragraphs. A good basic model is to write one paragraph for each point or idea. If you don’t write in paragraphs, your writing will be difficult to follow and you will lose marks. You can make this much easier by planning your writing : Read this.

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…)

Position of adverbs

He ate quickly his breakfast.

Can you identify the adverb in the above sentence? I am sure that you know it is quickly but can you see what is wrong with the sentence? Out of a class of 14 advanced students, 5 made this mistake yesterday. That’s right!! 5. Five. FIVE. Clearly, the adverb is in the wrong place and these advanced students should have known this. They are all capable of scoring an overall IELTS band score of at least 7 but 5 of them still made this basic mistake. Do you know where the adverb should be in the sentence? More importantly, do you know why it must go there? (more…)

Start and end well

All formal pieces of writing, whether they are for the IELTS examination or not, should be broken down into three very clear parts. These parts should be identified when you are at the “planning stage” before you start your writing. I questioned ten IELTS students who were just beginning a course of study and over half of them were unaware of the basic writing structure required to produce a complete written answer. These students could not identify the individual parts of a piece of writing. All pieces of writing must have an introduction, a main body and a conclusion.

It may seem obvious but a piece of writing that does not contain each of these three parts will seem incomplete and badly-structured. Also, if you plan with these structural parts in mind, it will help your planning. You can quickly learn fixed expressions that you can easily use in most introductions. The same applies to the language used in the main body and the conclusion.

Here’s a typical IELTS writing task 2 question (more…)