Saturday, July 4, 2009

How to prepare for IELTS Writing in 10 days ( Part 3- IELTS Writing)

How to prepare for IELTS Writing in 10 days ( Part 3- IELTS Writing)

Hey guys, Sorry i got late to write this post. Well i hope your preparation is on right track for IELTS.

Today we will discuss about how to work on IELTS writing and what you should keep in mind to write well..It's easy to say that you should write logically.. And flow of ideas should be smooth, structured. But no one really talks about what strategies you should follow for IELTS Writing.

Let me break this post for IELTS Writing into two parts. Part A and Part B. Part A is where you will have to analyse a graph and analyse it. Part B is where you ll have to put in extra effort and give more time. The ideas for both remain the same except that Part A will be small. IELTS Writing section suggests you to write minimum 150 words in Part A and min 250 in part B.
On test day, i had written around 220 words in Part A and around 350 in Part B.

Part A
1. While writing for IELTS, firstly, you should give an overview of what the graph analyses. In first paragraph, write about what you would be comparing. Make sure that you capture the main points.

2. I use transition words whereever possible. This is VERY VERY important for IELTS Writing. For example "In Contrast, A showed growth.." OR "In addition, the growth of females suffered during 1990" OR "Moreover, the volume of rainfall increased... " etc..
So do you words like First, Second, Third, Morever, In addition, In sum, To Conclude, In contrast, At the same time, Incidently etc. This will make your writing very easy to read from a reader's perspective.

It's really important that in for IELTS Writing, you use words like: increased, decreased, remained almost constant, stable, volatile, sharp decline etc..

3. While concluding in IELTS writing, give a 2-3 line summary of what you analysed. For eg. "In sum, the ratio of males to females increased during the period 1990-2000, while it remained stable during 2001-2005 and then showed a sharp decline during the period 2006- 2010"

Part B

The rules for Part B remain the same. In part B of IELTS Writing, use more imagination as you dont have a graph. Use your own ideas and think in varied directions and then keep forming paragraphs. My topic for Part B was "In your opinion, what would be the result of introducing a common international languague for communication" So i formed a general introduction that there will be both pros and cons. In pros, i made around 3-4 paragraphs and talked about the benefits. In cons also i did the same. And i concluded by saying that i feel that the cons far outweigh the pros and there are more disadvantages of introducing such a language.Then i summarized it in 2 -3 lines by using keyword "To conclude, though there are advantages of introducing a new international language like .., .., .., the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages, and hence....."
One important point that follows for both part A and part B in IELTS writing is that you should also keep your writing gramatically correct and follow english rules like parallelism, correct punctuation as much as possible. This is really important.
Keep these points in mind and i am sure you will get 8.5 out of 9 in IELTS writing as i got :) If you need any assistance in writing part, feel free to contact me.

PS: If you have a lot of time with you, start writing a blog. You will realize that as you keep writing every few days, your way of writing will improve. This will certainly help you in your IELTS Writing !!


ghassan said...

Thank you so much for this valuable advice , wish me good luck , i am going to set the exam this week .

Ankit said...

@ghassan: Thanks for your comment. I wish you all the very best. Cheers..

Ajay Manohar said...

hey ankit, thanks for your comments. One question tho, is there any upper limit on the number of words, that can be used for writing both essays? the centre i went to, for some mock ielts tests, stated that i should not increase the no. of words beyond 170, for first essay, and beyond 270 for second... is there any hard and fast rule?

also i started blogging recently,, could you comment on it, how it is in standard...

Ankit said...

Hi Ajay,

Yes, its important that you follow the word limit as suggested by IELTS.
But to be frank, i exceeded word limit by around 30-40 words in both my writing tasks.

i am of the opinion that there is no harm if you exceed word limit( but make sure you are not exceeding 20-30 words)
which is perfectly fine. so i feel you are doing the right thing.

Yes, these institutes who recommend following word limit are doing right job by asking you to not exceed too much !
I hope that answers your question. i left a comment on your blog too..


Anonymous said...

hi.. i'm munie..i'm gonna sit for the test next month on the 7th. i'm wondering whether u have any other tips for me for writing task a. i've read the book but i still don't understand what i'm supposed to write in the content and conclusion. thank u..=)

yuvi said...

Hi ankit bhushan here my ielts exam on 8 of november in surat, till now im preparing normally now what to do as last tome preparation pls help..

abhinay said...

I am extremely grateful to u for giving more valuable information..

Thanks for the Information
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