In IELTS Writing Task 2, one should spend not more than 40 minutes in writing the essay. You will be asked to write around 250 words. You can write maximum 280 words not beyond that. If you write beyond that, your marks would be deducted. Besides this, in case you are not able to meet the word limit and write less then you will have to face a penalty for the same. In IELTS, it is 0.5 band reduction in your total score. The marking on writing task two is done on the following basis:
Relevance to the topic = 25%.
Coherence and cohesion = 25%
Word power = 25%
Grammar = 25%.
The academic and general training essays are both same. The only difference is that the questions in general training are much easier than those in academic training. But the structure and the scoring pattern is same for both types of essays.
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- Before you start writing an essay, get the basic structure for various essay types. The structures can be obtained from the IELTS training institute as BRZEE Academy or from any of the authentic websites.
- Do this task seconds. This is because it requires time and brain storming. Besides, this task will fetch you more marks.
- Spend less time on task 1. You should know the structure for task 1 type too. If you know the structure well, then in task 1 you only have to implement that structure with relevant data and proper verb forms.
- In order to prepare for the D-Day, read sample essays in order to get an idea how an essay is written.
- Practice writing again and again as practice makes a man perfect. You will have to get used to doing both asks in one hour. It is important to get familiarized with time-limits.
- Get your writing checked from someone so that you know where the mistakes are.
- Don’t use idioms while writing but you should ideally use rich vocabulary. Get hold of a good dictionary and enhance your word power.
- Try to avoid writing in an informal way. You should follow some rules of writing and that is really important. For instance, abbreviations should be avoided. Then use of first and second pronouns like I, you, me or possessives like my, your etc. should be avoided. However, you can write them in the conclusion but only when you have to give your opinion.
- The body paragraph includes the topic sentence, the supporting details, examples and a short conclusion. Don’t get misled by using your own structure. In other words, don’t try to use your creative ability in handling structures of the essays.
- Plan your answer properly before beginning to start writing. Spend a couple of minutes in the beginning to plan your essay in terms of what the question is asking you to do and which essay type it belongs. Then start generating ideas for the question asked and plan your paragraphs accordingly. At the completion of the essay, check the grammar and the spellings.
- Write your answers clearly. It is important the examiner should be able to read what you write. No matter how good the essay is, if the examiner cannot comprehend your answer, all your efforts will go in vain. Since, handwriting is not one of the criteria of judging an essay, many IELTS aspirants ignore this part. But it goes without saying that, a good handwriting is not only appealing
- Organise your thoughts in the paragraphs properly. Don’t clutter one paragraphs with two-three thoughts .
- Learn to paraphrase. Never ever copy the question as it is. When you have to introduce the question in the introduction part, learn to paraphrase the question.
- Try to use different sentence structures. The essay should consist of various complex structures. Don’t just write simple sentences but use complex or compound sentences to generate interest in the examiner.
- Read the instructions with utmost attention. This is important as it will help you to write the answer in the correct place and fill the answer sheet appropriately with relevant details. In case you have mixed the two tasks by writing your answers in not the same sheet earmarked for that particular task, don’t panic. Just remember to write the contents appropriately and paraphrase the question correctly. Once the test is over, you can request the staff at the examination centre to attach a note to your task explaining where each task is written. This will help the examiner to locate the right task at the right place.
The last but not the least point is let go of all your worries and relax. If you are nervous or worried about the test you will only hamper your test and may not perform to the best of your ability.
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