Common mistake in the IELTS Writing test. As you may know, there are 2 tasks, Writing Task 1 and Task 2, and in both Academic and General Training modules Task 1 is shorter (150 words) than Task 2 (250 words). Often people decide to write the Task 2 first, before writing Task 1. No problem so far, but we are getting to the really important bit.
It is essential that you pay attention to the Answer Sheet and write your answers in the right places. There are 2 marked spaces on the Answer Sheet that you get in the Writing test, one says "Task 1″ and the other says "Task 2″. To avoid confusing the examiner who will check your work, you need to make sure that the the essay is written under "Task 2″ and the report (for Academic) or the letter (for General Training) - under Task 1.
You should spend about 40 minutes on task 2:
☛ write in a formal style
☛ write at least 250 words
The difference between formal and informal styles is mainly in the vocabulary. Informal words are the ones used in everyday conversations and formal are used in books, contracts, business letters and essays. If the task requires formal writing - avoid using informal vocabulary. If the task requires informal writing, such as a letter to a friend, avoid using formal 'heavy' words.
Not everyone knows that there is a British and an American way of spelling words, and they are different. The question about the acceptable spelling came up a lot lately and I found out that many students are unsure how to spell words in the IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing tests - the British or the American way.
First, for those who have no idea what I'm talking about, let me explain: if you ask someone from the USA and someone from the UK to spell a word such as color, the American will spell "color" and the person from the UK will spell "colour". There are many other examples:
favorite (USA) - favourite (UK)
honor (USA) - honour (UK)
memorize (USA) - memorise (UK)
check (USA) - cheque (UK)
Transitional words and phrases are what gives your essays coherence, we need them to join sentences and thoughts together. Look at the lists below. These are transitional phrases that you can memorize and keep in your arsenal for the IELTS writing module.
Also, plus, in addition, further, furthermore, moreover, additionally, to add to that, next, in accordance with, accordingly, in agreement, finally, for instance, for example, in exemplification, exemplifying that, in fact, factually speaking, in terms of, and so forth, looking at the nexus between, in coordination with, along those lines, collectively speaking, generally speaking, indeed, undoubtedly, obviously, to be sure.
However, contrastingly, in contrast, on the contrary, on the other hand, To put it into perspective, from a different angle, nonetheless, nevertheless, but, yet, a catch to this is, sadly enough, as a hindrance, looking at the holdups, oddly enough, instead, in direct opposition, still, and rather.
You should spend about 20 minutes on task 1
☛ write in a formal style
☛ write at least 150 words
In the actual test you will be given the following instructions:
☛ Do not open this question paper until you are told to do so
☛ Write your name and candidate number in the spaces at the top of this page
☛ Read the instructions for each task carefully
☛ Answer both of the tasks
☛ Write at least 150 words for task 1
☛ Write at least 250 words for task 2
☛ Write your answers in the answer booklet
☛ Write clearly in pen or pencil; you may make alterations, but make sure your work is easy to read
☛ At the end of the test, hand in both the question paper and your answer booklet.
☛ The total time allowed for the IELTS Academic Writing test is 60 minutes.
☛ Time yourself and allow just one hour to complete both parts of the test.
☛ Task 2 contributes twice as much as task 1 to the Writing score.
In Task 2, candidates are asked to discuss a topic in response to a statement which presents a particular point of view, argument or issue. The task requires candidates to write a discursive piece of writing in which the question will typically ask them to discuss factual information, discuss a problem and present solutions, evaluate ideas or justify opinions. Candidate answers for Task 2 should be at least 250 words in length.
In Task 1, candidates are asked to write a letter which may need to be semi-formal or formal in tone in response to a given problem or situation. Candidates will be asked to include information relating to three bullet points in the question. Candidate answers should be at least 150 words in length for this task.