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IELTS88 - IELTS Writing Section

In the Sample downloads=> [Bands 8 Given] you might have observed some
words being used again and again. There is a reason for that. You see when you write
essay for IELTS you have to exhibit that you can write well, so when you write some
high quality words like apropos which is my all time favorite or accord etc, you show that
you know the words which others do not. It means that examiner will be in a positive
state of mind and will know that you have good English writing skills.

Off course if you didn't write a good essay with good structure or arguments you will not
get good bands for IELTS but if you do write acceptable essay and you use the key words
that means you will get better bands as compared to if you do not use these words. I do
not know if someone has mastered these techniques before but i am mentioning it here
now.

Remember 5 words which you can use and memorize it so that you can use it in your
essay. Take those words from the essay i have provided in the IELTS sample download
and see how i used it. Remember those words.... and know where to use them

If you think you have problem in writing a lot about topic which you have less
knowledge about, follow this technique,

>write an introduction telling if you agree or disagree in paragraph 1

>write in favor of the topic in paragraph 2

>write against the topic in paragraph 3

>In fourth paragraph write the conclusion and paraphrase your sentence by providing the
reason why you agree or disagree with the statement.

Ideally, you should be in the middle of the argument when you have limited knowledge
of the IELTS Writing Topic.

IELTS Writing Tip - 1

Psychology of IELTS examiner

To understand and achieve the bands you desire in IELTS, it is very important to know
the thinking and psychology of an examiner while they check your test.

So it means that its important to know what they expect from you, what kind of style they
want you to write, what kind of words they want to see in your essay, how do you express
an idea to support your statement in an essay. These might be considered minute details
but needless to say, these things do matter in IELTS Writing test. Sample downloads=>
[Bands 8 Given]

What does the examiner look for while reading through your essay?

Your views about the topic, Grammatical accuracy, structure, understanding of the topic,
supporting evidence, examples to support the arguments, convincing the reader with facts
and evidence and range of vocabulary.

IELTS Writing Tip - 2

Letters

Letters have a purpose; it could be for any reason formal or personal, it conveys the
message. Again while compiling a letter in IELTS writing module it makes sense to write
a rough draft so that your letter is logically correct.

Ideally your letter should be composed of maximum of three to four paragraphs.

First paragraph should be dedicated to the introduction of who you are and the relation
between the addressee and yourself. Also the first paragraph should mention the purpose
of writing a letter.

Second paragraph could be to explain the situation; depending upon the topic you have to
write.

Third paragraph could be connected to second paragraph again depending upon the topic.

Last paragraph is a wrap up of the letter so you should ask or suggest or thank.

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IELTS Writing Tip - 3

Analysis of Graphical Content

Graphical Analysis task comes under the Academic IELTS test. It requires you to
compare and explain the graphical representation in words and is given by students who
plan to study overseas. This task does not require your personal experiences and
examples. You only need to present the factual information which is conveyed by graphs
and charts.
Your graphical essay should contain no more than four paragraphs. Ideally, you essay
should have three paragraphs; Introduction, Comparison and the Conclusion. General rule
to attempt the graphical essay is through comparison method.

Introduction paragraph in analysis of graphical content includes nature and type of the
parameters.

Examples:

“The graph exhibits people using new music places on the internet in fifteen days period
of time namely personal choice and trendy pop music.”

Parameters: Nature: - graph, Type: - number of visits. (Note that name of the companies
are not the parameters)

“The bar chart indicates a survey on two different age groups on the factors contributing
to make their environment pleasant for working.”

Parameters: Nature: - bar chart, Type: - age groups, factors for pleasant work
environment.

“The data exhibits the conclusion of study of the average number of cars passing on three
different roads between 1993 and 2002. In general the trend was upward over the period.”
Parameters: Nature: - data, Type: - number of cars, three different roads.

“The bar char shows the predicted sales of silver goods in ‘OOOs of units for two
companies; Meteor Products Ltd and Mark Jones Ltd for next year.”

Parameters: Nature: - bar chart, Type: - predicted sales. (Note that name of the companies
are not the parameters)

Observe the parameters their nature and the types have been classified in above examples
which makes the content of the introduction paragraph. The introduction of analysis task
must start with the nature and type of graph and charts. For example is it a Bar chart, Pie
chart, Graph or a set of Data.

IELTS Writing Tip - 4

Second paragraph should include the comparison between the companies using the data
provided by the parameters. Using words like; in contrast, in comparison, however, but,
on the other hand, whereas and so on, are highly recommended while comparing the
companies.

Examples:
“Staring with Music Choices websites; 40,000people went on this new site on the first
day. Half of them backed out the next day. In contrast to this pop parade net sites were
visited by 120,000 music lovers on the day one which decreased slightly on the next day
there after regaining the same fame on 3rd day.”

“On the internal factors above 50 % in both age groups agreed that team spirit, competent
boss and job satisfaction are essential to make their environment pleasant. Whereas on
the external factors, there are contrasting results. On the chance of personal development
and promotional aspects, 80% to 90% of the younger groups were in favor while only
less than 50% of the older group thought so. A similar pattern is also noted on job
security. With regards to money, 69% to 70% on both age groups said it is essential.”

“The most striking feature is that sales will increase for both companies. It is anticipated
that sales of Mark Jones Ltd will start at 450,000 units in January decreasing by 200,000
units following month with a gradual recovery over the subsequent four months reaching
400,000 units in June. Those of Mark Jones Ltd are predicated to be stable until August
picking up to 600,000 units in September and October. Sales of Mark Jones Ltd will
reach peak of 900,000 in December. For those of Meteor Products Ltd is forecasted a
gradual increase with the largest sale of 600,000 units in December. In the beginning of
the next year those of Meteor Products Ltd will stand at 150,000 units falling back to
100,000 units in February, rising steadily to 250,000 in June. In subsequent months sale
will reach 450,000 units increasing 500,000 units in August, staying stable until
November. “

IELTS Writing Tip - 5

Conclusion normally includes the generalized comparison and view of the whole of the
graphical content. There is no set of rules to end up the topic. You can explain the general
trend in the conclusion or you can compare the statistics in a generalized form.

IELTS Writing Tip - 6

Introduction in any essay is the ice breaker. So make sure you introduce your views first,
because that is what they ask.

For example you would normally see in IELTS writing module asking you to, discuss
your opinion for the given topic or do you agree or disagree with the statement. So,
always remember to tell examiner your views about the topic before you write the essay.

Ideally you should express your views in first paragraph. For examples on how to write
your views please refer to the sample essays provided in this website.
When you tackle the writing task you should see the information as is, and then write the
way the statement is written. For example, sometimes you see the topic with lot of
information about something and then they ask to discuss or put forth our opinion.

Some people believe that computers are more a hindrance than a help in today’s world.
Other feel that they are such indispensable tools that they would not be able to live or
work without them. In what ways are computers a hindrance? What is your opinion?

The topic wanted you to discuss the computer as a requirement in our society and also
wanted you to criticize computers. In short it asks for the advantages and disadvantages
of the computer. So, one strategy for writing this topic could be the paraphrase of the
statement which is given in the topic in the introduction followed by your opinion in the
same introduction paragraph.

Example:

“Some people believe that computers are more a hindrance than a help in today’s world
while on the other hand some people feel that they are such indispensable tools that they
would not be able to live or work without them. In my opinion, every technology has
some advantages and limitations and one has to negate shortcomings and should benefit
from the advantages.”

In above paragraph you see that the topic is paraphrased then followed by the
personalized opinion which constitutes the introduction of essay.

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IELTS Writing Tip - 7

Remember 5 words which you can use and memorize it so that you can use it in your
essay. You may take those words from the sample essays in the IELTS sample
downloads and see how I used it. Remember those words and know where to use them.

If you think you have problem in writing a lot about topic which you have less
knowledge about, follow this technique,

>write an introduction telling if you agree or disagree in paragraph 1

>write in favor of the topic in paragraph 2

>write against the topic in paragraph 3

>In fourth paragraph write the conclusion and paraphrase your sentence by providing the
reason why you agree or disagree with the statement.
Ideally, you should be in the middle of the argument when you have limited knowledge
of the IELTS Writing Topic.

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IELTS Writing Tip - 8

Importance of a Rough Draft

Before you write a single word for your writing task, make a rough draft, which will
make your essay logical. For instance, by observing IELTS Writing Tip - 6 , write a
rough draft on what you will be writing in the introduction.

The second paragraph will deal with advantages of computers; write as many advantages
of computer as you can in bullet form.

These points will make the content of your second paragraph. Connect these two
paragraphs by using however or other words which change the meaning of the statement
in this paragraph. Remember it’s important to connect the paragraphs so that the
transition from advantages to disadvantages is smooth.

For the third paragraph, write the disadvantages of the computers; write as many points
as you can, do not limit yourself in this part. This will make up your content for third
paragraph.

The last part is the conclusion, paraphrase your opinion with reasons which you have
mentioned in your paragraph second and third while making the rough draft.

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IELTS Writing Tip - 9

Writing Fundamentals

What is an introduction paragraph?

The introduction paragraph is the first paragraph of your essay. It introduces the main
idea of your essay. A good opening paragraph captures the interest of your reader and
tells why your topic is important.

What is a Conclusion paragraph?


The Conclusion comes at the end of your essay after you have finished developing your
ideas. The summary paragraph is often called a "conclusion." It summarizes or restates
the main idea of the essay. You want to leave the reader with a sense that your essay is
complete.

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How do I write one?

1. Restate the strongest points of your essay that support your main idea.

2. Conclude your essay by restating the main idea in different words.

3. Give your personal opinion or suggest a plan for action.

IELTS Writing Tip - 10

Stages of Essays

Writing stage: Writing stage is when you turn your ideas into sentences.

For the introduction, write the statement and your opinions.

Develop each supporting paragraph and make sure to follow the correct paragraph
format.

Write clear sentences and use range of vocabulary to express your meaning.

Focus on the main idea of your essay.

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IELTS Writing Tip - 11

Editing stage: Editing stage is when you check your essay for mistakes and correct them.

1. Check your spelling.

2. Check your grammar.

3. Read your essay again.

4. Make sure each sentence has a subject.


5. Make sure your subjects and verbs agree with each other.

6. Check the verb tenses of each sentence.

7. Make sure that each sentence makes sense.

Pointers

1. Make sure your essay has an introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a summary
paragraph.

2. Check that you have a statement that identifies the main idea of the essay.

3. Check that all your paragraphs follow the proper paragraph format.

4. See if your essay is interesting.

IELTS Writing Tip - 12

Frequently Asked Questions

When topic is provided you should be able to answer these questions before you write.

How many paragraphs to write?

Ideally at least four paragraphs and maximum of five are sufficient for IELTS writing
module.

What kind of words to use?

Normally when attempting IELTS writing module, you would personalize the essay by
using strong words in the conclusion. Strong tone means you use words like should, will,
definitely and so on. It gives authority in your command.

You have a choice to use whatever kind of words you want in other paragraphs, but its
highly recommended to use soft words like could, would, may, might and so on.

What kind of vocabulary to use?

Using range of vocabulary especially in introduction passage is strongly recommended.


Vocabulary with your opinion makes excellent combination in the introduction of the
passage. It’s also recommended to use no more than five high quality words in whole of
the essay.

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IELTS Writing Tip - 13

What kind of examples to give?

In IELTS writing module it’s all about your opinions, so you can use any experience
from your personal life. But remember that example must be correlated to the topic you
are writing about.

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What facts and figures to write?

IELTS examiners have limited knowledge of science and research. The one thing they
know is English. Some books recommend writing the true facts, but IELTS examination
is exception. What ever you write it should sound credible. Take your time to read this
paragraph and see how it’s written.

“In accord to some researches done in America, there have been reports that using
computers are harmful to our wellbeing. According to annals published back in 2006,
working on computers for long hours continuously, can lead to stress and depression. In
addition to that, people tend to gain weight as they work on computers all day long.
Further more, working on computers for more than four hours can lead to decrease in
eyesight. But this is not all, by invent of internet; minors have easy excess to explicit
materials online. In addition to that, Email frauds are all time high. “

This passage is stating the research done in America, but actually the facts and figures are
made up just to support the argument. In other words, you make up your own facts and
write in IELTS writing module

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IELTS Writing Tip - 14

How to express an opinion?

Giving facts, examples and figures is the best way to express your opinion.

For example, you might explain figures like the paragraph written below. Again you can
write whatever fact you want to prove your argument.

“In accord to the some figures, the percentage of smokers has risen to almost 17% in five
years and that is a major cause of concern. And it is not unusual to understand that
majority of lung and heart diseases are consequences of smoking. In addition to that,
people who do not smoke actually are also smoking it is called as “Passive Smoking”.
Recently Australia has implemented some regulations for smokers which is a relief to
nonsmokers.”

This paragraph is stating the figures, which are just made up to support the argument.
This is the best way to support your arguments and opinions and writing the facts and
figures are easy when you know that you can write without worrying too much.

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IELTS Writing Tip - 15

How to connect two paragraphs?

Connect the two paragraphs by using however if you are changing the idea.

For example:

“In accord to one research, some people can sustain the bad effects of smoking and can
live longer. However, some people can not sustain the bad effects of smoking and
therefore, the results can be devastating.

People who could be severely effected by smoking are more prone to heart and lung
diseases. Paying for the medical treatment should not be biased. Because it doesn’t matter
if the person is smoker or non-smoker, the problem in non-smoker could be similar to a
smoker. For example, a non-smoker could be passive smoker.”

In these paragraphs you can see how first paragraph is supporting the smoking and the
transition is done by using “However” and then the next paragraph has changed the idea
to bad effects of smoking.

Connect the two paragraphs by using words like therefore, moreover, similarly and
furthermore if you are emphasizing the idea. For example;

“Doctors and nurses are individuals who not only work for a living, but also contribute to
our society. They are the people who can be regarded as “hands of God”. Reason being
they save our lives, hence make this planet better for living. If one really wants to
understand what it means to be a doctor, ask them, they will tell that you must have a
“heart of a lion and hands of a weaver” in order to be a doctor. It is so true. Doctors and
nurses improve our quality of lives. They contribute to the community in ways different
to any other professions.

Similarly, teachers are also building blocks of our society. They educate us in order to
make us successful in our professional and personal lives. Mentors make us realize our
true potential and our responsibilities as an individual. Personally speaking, they are the
messengers of angels who teach us how our life should be. They give us sense of
direction in life. They show us the way to success.”

In above paragraphs you can observe that the idea in first paragraph is connected to
second paragraph by using “Similarly”. You can use other words like furthermore or in
addition to and so on. Remember it’s important to connect the paragraphs so that the
transition is smooth.

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IELTS Writing Tip - 16

How an essay should look like when it finishes?

Your essay should be between four to five paragraphs, including the introduction which
is your first paragraph and the conclusion which is your last paragraph.

IELTS Writing Tip - 17

Check List

Does the essay follow the logical pattern?

It should follow the logical pattern; you make it logical when you write the rough draft.
Writing the rough draft before you start to write the essay ensures that your essay will be
logically correct.

Example of Rough Draft:

I am not in agreement with this statement

Reasons why not in agreement

Equality issues

Education quality issues

Possibilities if banned

Inexpensive as compared to private institution if banned

Multicultural environments increment if banned

Disabled Children issues


Conclusion

IELTS Writing Tip - 18

Is it grammatical correct?

You have to make sure that your essay is grammatically correct. If you have any doubt
about a word which you think may not be correct do not use it in you essay. Avoid using
the words you have problems with; instead use alternate words which convey same or
similar meaning. Also, when you finish writing your essay check for the grammatical
errors and rectify them.

Did you made your introduction relevant and attractive by adding your option and range
of vocabulary with the topic given to you?

Observe your introduction and see if you have used at least three high quality words in
introduction. Also observe if you have stated your opinions in the introduction and
correlated with statement. Make sure you do these things to make your introduction an
excellent start.

Did you made your introduction relevant and attractive by adding your option and range
of vocabulary with the topic given to you?

Observe your introduction and see if you have used at least three high quality words in
introduction. Also observe if you have stated your opinions in the introduction and
correlated with statement. Make sure you do these things to make your introduction an
excellent start.

Did you express the main reasons for your opinion when you write the conclusion in your
essay?

Observe your conclusion and see if you have mentioned your opinions and the main
reasons behind your opinions from the above paragraphs. Also, observe if you have
paraphrased the sentences from introduction paragraph to the conclusion paragraph.
Make sure you do this to finish your essay on a positive note.

IELTS Writing Tip - 19

Final Summary

IELTS Writing module can be easily cleared by keeping these basic points in mind when
attempting the Task 2 in writing examination.

Introduction of the essay


Paraphrase the topic of the essay.

Give your opinion on the topic (Which is do you agree, disagree or partially agree).

Second Paragraph

Write in favor of the topic.

Provide imaginary facts and figures.

Give examples if applicable

End this paragraph with a connector (However, but, conversely)

Third Paragraph

Write against the topic.

Provide reasons and facts if applicable.

Conclusion

Paraphrase the content from second paragraph and third paragraph, providing the main
reasons for your opinion. Restate your opinion

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