Written by:Sarah de Rijke

Date : 05 September 2019 Categories : Blog

How do you increase your score in the IELTS (writing) exam?

We know how important it is to achieve the score you need in your IELTS Writing test. In fact, we understand that sometimes it may take a couple of tries before you can achieve a certain score. This is why we have written this post which explores some strategies that will help you increase your score in the IELTS writing module.IELTS course difference

As we have discussed in previous posts, familiarizing yourself with the format of the test is fundamental for you to get a high score. Not only do you need to follow the prompts to the letter but you also need to fulfil the requirements of the grading criteria for a specific band (score). Keep in mind that both task 1 and task 2 of the General and Academic modules are graded based on four areas (called the assessment criteria) which are: content, organisation, vocabulary, grammar.

Below you can find an overview of the skills and strategies that you should employ to be able to meet all the requirements of the assessment criteria for task 1.

Strategies for task 1

Assessment criteria

Skills and strategies

Task achievement– Add data to uphold your views/statements
– Provide an overview/description of the information
– Select the most relevant information
– Write at least 150 words
Coherence and Cohesion– Use linkers/cohesive devices appropriately
– Use paragraphs appropriately
– Use reference words to avoid repetition
– Write information in a logical order
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)– Select the right words
– Choose words that go well together (collocations)
– Spell words correctly
– Use precise words and expressions
Grammatical Range and Accuracy– Use proper punctuation
– Use the right tense and voice (active vs. passive)
– Use words in the correct form
– Use complex sentences (e.g. conditionals)
– Use the right prepositions
– Use comparative structures properly

Naturally, many of the skills and strategies used in task 1 should also be used in task 2. However, the nature and content of task 2 is very different than that of task 1. Therefore, notice that the skills and strategies outlined below, especially those for task achievement, will differ from those used in task 1.

Strategies for task 2

Assessment criteria

Skills and strategies

Task achievement– Show a clear position or balanced views
– Include sufficient main ideas
– Add support to main ideas (examples)
– Introduce and conclude the topic
Coherence and Cohesion– Link main and supporting points successfully
– Use linkers/cohesive devices where needed
– Use paragraphs appropriately
– Use reference words to avoid repetition
– Write information in a logical order
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)– Use less common vocabulary
– Select the right words
– Choose words that go well together
– Spell words correctly
– Use precise words and expressions
Grammatical Range and Accuracy– Use a range of sentence types
– Use the proper punctuation
– Use the right tense and voice (active vs. passive)
– Use words in the correct form
– Use complex sentences (e.g. conditionals, relative clauses)

If you take these skills and strategies into consideration while drafting your work, you will definitely become a better writer and your chances of scoring higher on the test will improve.

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