Are you an IELTS candidate? Are you worried about your exam? If the answers are yes, this article is for you. For better score, you need not write language like the great poet or writer. Just simply present the ideas maintaining some rules. Now you might ask, what are the rules?, Let's go for learning those miraculous rules!
In IELTS writing, you will find two kinds of task, task-1 & task-2. Task -1 is related to line graph, pie chart, bar graph or table. On the other hand, task -2 comes with argumentative topics. In task-1, you will just describe the graph by 150 to 170 words. You cannot add your own idea with it. You are required to describe the idea. That’s it. But taks -2 demand something more, like vocabulary, grammar etc. For task -2, you should not write more than 280 words as you are instructed to write only 250 words.
How is your writing tasks assessed? The examiner follows some rules to assess your writing task. Those are:
3. Use of cohesive devices
5. Task Response &
You might not understand the above topics. Let us try to understand those things:
1.Grammar: The main thing of the exam is that you must write grammatically correct sentences. This is the first condition of your writing exam. If someone cannot produce a correct sentence, how can he present the idea properly? You must look for subject verb agreement of the complex sentence, tense, use of preposition, voice and singular and plural form of noun. Look at the following examples-
“I go to university yesterday” it’s a past event, but it is written in present tense. So, there is wrong use of Tense.
“There is 3 students in this class” after three, you should write “are” not “is”
“I know the people, who comes here everyday” Here "who" is indicating people and “people” has been used here as plural, so, you should write "come" instead of "comes" as plural subject agree with plural verbs.
2. Vocabulary: The examiner looks for how efficient you are to use wide range of vocabulary in your writing. You should use appropriate vocabulary that means using right words in the right place. Try to avoid words like “very” “nice”.
3. Use of linkers: In English language there are two kinds of linkres, sentence linkers and ideas linkers. Sentence linkers are like (and, but, or, not, not—only, but also, since, as because, though, although, if, so that, in order to, etc. You cannot use these linkers to connect ideas. These will be used only to connect sentences.
For example, since he was ill, he could not go to university.
On the other hand, there are some ideas linkers, which actually connect the ideas. These linkers are in addition to, moreover, however, instead of, on the contrary, for example, such as, like, for instance, etc. You cannot use these linkers for producing sentences.
To explain, Mr. Hasan has wonderful palace and he has also a charming tea garden. In addition to these, he possesses a luxurious car.
4. Coherence: Coherence is a rule of many different factors, which combine every sentence, every paragraph and every phrase to the main idea of the topic. That means, you cannot go beyond your topic.
For instance: You are asked to write about importance of Technology in Education and you have stated like this-
It is quite impossible to lead our life without technology. It is found that technology is used in business, hospital, communication and many other sectors. Business has now become easier for the advancement of technology. It is also found that we can communicate with our friends within a second. For the advancement of technology there is no obstacle to achieve higher education.
>>> The topic was about technology in education, but the topic has been written on the importance of technology. So, coherence rules have been violated here. Sentences on the red mark are out of context and irrelevant.
5. Task Response: It is related to coherence. You must understand your topic and you should know what the topic is about and what the topic’s demand is. Even you should make your position clear. It will show whether you agree or disagree with the statement.
6. Presentation: For argumentative writing you must follow some rules. There are 4 parts in argumentative essay i.e. general statement, thesis statement, body and conclusion.
General statement: In this part you will just paraphrase the topic with your own words. It will help you to increase some words. If you wish you can start the essay with thesis statement as there is no hard and fast rule of essay writing.
Thesis statement: This is considered to be the most important part of your essay. This statement will guide you to write whole essay. If you cannot write proper thesis statement, you cannot produce perfect essay. You must mention in your statement whether you agree or disagree with the topics and must state some key points why you are supporting the ideas.
Body: It might be consist of 3 paragraphs each with 50 to 60 words. In this part, you will describe your argument with logic and examples. You need to use linkers and appropriate words in the appropriate palce. In the body, give a little touch with disagreement(about 40 words) if you agree with the topic.
Conclusion: In this part, you must not include any new ideas. Just give some implications (suggestions). You can either summarize the whole passage or restate the thesis statement here. It will be about 50 words only.
Read the example below and find out the parts of the essay. It has been taken from one of the students.
Nowadays food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way people live?
Give reason for your answer using your own ideas and experiences.
It is observed that now preparing food is much easier task than previous time. However, some people do not agree with this statement. I think that this change is improving in many ways of people life. Such as, people get more time, take care of their family, get time to do exercise, utilize their time in some social activities etc. Let’s discuss these points briefly.
At present, people use various equipments to make their life more comfortable. For instance, previously, if anyone wanted to make pizza, it would take more than an hour. But now it takes only ten to fifteen minutes. Because of the microwave, it takes few minutes to make a pizza. Thus, it saves time and women get more opportunities to become socialized.
Previously, people took longer hour to cook food for their family and they did not get enough time to look after their children. But time has changed. People get all ingredients to cook food from their nearest shop. They just buy those things and prepare the food within a short time. As a result, women can invest their quality time to the family.
Moreover, people are more health conscious than before. In the past, a person who was involved to make food and at the day end lost all his or her energy. But now food making has become easier and less time consuming that’s why individual has enough time to do regular exercise, which keeps them healthy.
To sum up, it can be said that it is not a big deal to make food. Even, it shows that this change has a great impact to human society and their way of life.
1. Excellent intro, thesis statement
2. Mature development
3. Perfect conclusion
4. Proper use of linkers
5. Objective writing
6. A few minor grammatical mistakes
7. Task response has been done accurately