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 !!