The IELTS exam is the most widely used English test in the world. It is used as an admission test for schools, colleges and universities as well as a screening test for job applications and immigration. It comprises of Four papers: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. This article will focus on Part 2 of the Academic Writing Paper.
The ability to write effectively in English is essential for success in your studies and the academic writing paper includes activities similar to those you will use in your studies at boarding school or university: Analyzing & Reporting data and Essay Writing. The IELTS Writing Paper lasts one hour and is split into two parts: Part 1 – Describing Graphical Data and Part 2 – Argumentative Essay Writing.
Writing Paper Part II Tips
- Read the question carefully before you start. There are frequently two parts: a general, background statement and a more specific topic question based around that. Ensure that you answer the question and don’t just write about the background issue.
- Manage your time: You should spend 40 minutes on this task and only 20 minutes for Paper I.
- Spend 3 or 4 minutes to plan your answer before you start to write.
- Do not copy the question word for word. If you do so then the words will not count and you may be penalized (see next point).
- Write at least 250 words. You will be penalized for essays that are less than this so check the word count carefully. Do not write more than 280, however, or again you will be penalized.
- Use a range of vocabulary and do not repeat words. Use synonyms instead
- Choose formal words rather than simple ones: For instance use purchase instead of buy.
- Organize your work properly with correct paragraphs: An introduction (40-50 words) followed by two or three body paragraphs (160-170 words) and a clear conclusion (about 40 words).
- Use a range of grammatical and sentence structures and include a couple of complex sentence structures to show the examiner your understanding of English.
- Write cohesively: Link sentences and paragraphs so that the meaning follows on. However, do not use too many conjunctions so that your writing becomes repetitive.
- Proofread your writing at the end, You should allow 5 minutes for this.
The best way to prepare for your IELTS Exam Writing Paper is by taking an IELTS preparation course with an expert IELTS tutor. In this way you can get guidance and help in order for you to improve your writing skills quickly and get the test score that you need.