Phuket’s Best IELTS School | Tips for Passing IELTS Writing

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Phuket PALS is the Phuket’s best IELTS School, with over ten year’s experience of pushing Phuket’s IELTS students towards IELTS success! 

Here are ten tips for passing IELTS writing from the Phuket PALS’ Director and Co. Founder, Mr. Michael R. Keag. 

Phuket PALS is a British Council IELTS Exam Registration Center and has the most experienced IELTS teaching team on Phuket island. 

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1. Careful with the Word Count

IELTS writing task 1 requires students to write 150 words and for task 2 250 words. Students always ask if it is possible to write more or less words than the recommended amount. Basically, students can write more than the word limit, but this is not advisable because the more words a student writes, the more potential there is for making addition mistakes. Also, writing more reduces the amount of time a student has to check their essay for errors. Thus, it’s is advisable to practice writing both task 1 and 2 as close to the word limit as possible as only this way can students avoid time pressured mistakes and also have breathing space at the end of the test to check and improve their work before submission.

2. Do Practice Questions on paper – not the computer!

These days most people use their computer or tablet from dawn to dusk without lifting a pen. When preparing for the paper based IELTS exam make sure to get into the habit of closing your computer and getting back to basics with good old paper and ink. After all, this is what you will have to do on test day, so practice only in this manner. Working with pen and paper forces you to spell with more precision and having legible handwriting is also a must if you are to reach your IELTS goal.

3. Be Careful With Your Tone

Remember, IELTS is a test of academic English so it’s imperative that your writing responses use a formal register (tone) Therefore, leave out all slang words and abbreviations. It’s worth brushing up on formal register while preparing for the test to avoid any slip ups on the big day.

4. Make Sure You Answer all Parts of the Question

This sounds like a no-brainer, but teachers around the word say failing to read the question causes more problems than any other issue. In the pressurized exam environment, it’s easy to let stress get the better of rational thinking. Instead of breathing and reading the question carefully, student tend to panic and rush the reading missing valuable information. Many IELTS task 2 essays ask the student to comment on more than one issue, so make sure you don’t spend all your time focusing on one issue at the expense of another. If you fail to get this right, it will result in a lower grade than you deserve.

5. Make sure you know how IELTS writing is graded

The majority of IELTS writing is graded on a students vocabulary, grammar and structure; therefore, researching common vocabulary/structure errors and trying to avoid them during practice is a good idea. Also, students should look for these errors while reviewing their essays before submission.

6. Use Your Planning Time Wisely

Make sure you use the first 5 minutes in the exam to plan essay 2 using a mind map or an essay outline. Making short notes will enable you to construct detailed sentences quickly during the real test.

7. Do Timed Practice

Timed practice is vital in raising your IELTS writing score. Let’s be honest, 20 minutes for task 1 and 40 minutes for task 2 is not a long time to construct a decent response, so you must make sure you practice extensively with a countdown timer in advance of the real test. Student are often surprised how fast their writing speed increases over a short period under timed practice.

8. Don’t Use Fill in the Blank Essay Structures

Many teachers around the world try to help their students by handing them an opinion and a discussion essay structure in which they simply have to fill in the blanks for each essay. This approach will not work as the examiner will be able to spot in seconds responses of this nature. No one essay structure directly fits another, and students who learn essay structures by heart and regurgitate in the exam never score well.

9. Make sure you have a clear thesis statement in the introduction

Although it’s not advisable to spend too long on your introduction in writing task 2, you must make sure to have clearly stated what you are going to explore or prove in the essay. This gives the examiner a clear idea of what to expect in your essay.

10. Practice Writing Body Paragraphs in 10 minutes

This is another good technique for speeding up in task 2. Look at an essay question and write a topic sentence for body 1 and body 2. Then set your timer for 20 minutes and write two coherent, cohesive, well supported body paragraphs in this time. The more you practice this, the easier it gets, and it will give you writing fluency boost needed for the real test.

So, we hope you find these tips from Phuket’s best IELTS school, Phuket PALS, useful. Now it it’s time to out them into effect and watch your IELTS grade grow

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