Do's and Don't's for the IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing

Monday, April 22, 2013

There could be different ways to present the answer in IELTS writing task-1 but here are the common guidelines which need to be taken under consideration in writing:-

When writing introduction don`t copy the question, it will carry discredit of plagiarism. Try to write the sentence with your own word. 

One effective technique would be to paraphrase the question by replacing words with synonyms and changing sentence structure and don`t  use any long chunks of words same as the question.

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Don`t try to say the same idea with different sentence twice. It makes the content poor and can disturb the examiner. 

It also shows the lack of diversity in writing which can in the long run affect the marking process. If you are week in grammar then do not use too much complex and compound sentences they have tense issues need to be focused. 

Try to write your ideas and supporting examples in simple sentence and simple is beautiful. But, occasionally write 3 or 4 sentences with compound and complex structures.  

Too much simple sentences can make the writing no-academic, so use some linker like “on the other hand”, “another part of the scenario is that” to make the flow of writing as coherent as possible.

In the grammar part tense is more important than any other structures. For example. If you are describing a graph presenting data of past years., then you should use past form of verbs. 

Same as describing future tense should be used in describing future trends or data. It is noticeable here that for writing about process diagram always use present form of verbs.

Don`t put your hand from the answering booklet after you finish your writing before 1 hour. Make a revision as thoroughly as possible and make correction wherever needed. 

Using a pencil can help a lot in this revision process as you can always erase it and your would not get dirty with jig jag crosses.

Remember Part-1 is not a creative writing. You are suppose to present what is relevant to the graph, table or diagram. So, don`t use your imagination to describe any data or facts. 

The examiner will deduct any irrelevant sentences from the total word count and the marks get affected with this.

So, to do well in the Part-1 writing in IELTS, just stick to the structure with relevancy. A very competent English language user can get half a band if they do follow the guidelines presented in this article. 

On the other hand, a normal competent candidate can score high by following these roles. In the long run, there is no Right or wrong answer in the IELTS test. A good preparation and confident will make the difference here.

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