The IELTS exam is conducted for students who seek to enter into an English-speaking university, school or college as well as for people who want to provide this score for immigration purposes into an English-speaking country. By thoroughly practicing the various aspects of reading, speaking, writing and listening sections that are tested, one can definitely get a band score of 6. Enhancement of language skills is the ultimate objective of the student aspiring to get a high band score in the exam.
For the writing tasks in both Academic and General Versions of the IELTS exam, it would be better to sit and write down the tasks while practicing. Some students think it is better to just think about what they would write and jot down the points. This may not be enough preparation. Only by practicing writing on a lot of practice questions, you can avoid being repetitive.
For instance, suppose you take a graph which shows the different months on the x-axis and the amount of sales of hamburgers on the y-axis, in the first task of the Academic Writing. The first thing to consider would be to see whether the line graph is constantly rising, constantly falling or is a combination of rise and fall with any steady phase between. The next thing to consider in this task of the IELTS exam would be the tense you would use in the graph. Since it is talking about the sales that have already taken place, it would be better to present it in the past tense. The first sentence would probably be describing the general subject of the graph. You could say that the given graph shows the trends in the sale of hamburgers throughout the months in a particular year.
Next you could make four sentences regarding the various trends that you see regarding the sales of the hamburgers. You can try using words such as stable, fewer, rise, peak, drop, popular, sudden fall, sudden rise and so on to show the trends in the different months. Some students might consider explaining this particular graph with the help of twelve sentences explaining the sale for every month. But this would be highly repetitive and is not a good way of representing the information.
It is better to describe trends in this kind of task of the IELTS exam, with the use of words given above rather than repeat the sentences. One should be able to spot patterns and then explain any event. The examiner would like to see whether you are able to identify important aspects of the graph and represent them.
In the second writing task for both Academic and General Training of the IELTS exam, an opinion is required where the student has to give support or go against a view or argument presented in the given question. This support can be in the form of examples and relevant evidence from your own personal experience.
For instance, if the question is discussing the impact of information technology on people and claims that some have incorporated it as a way of life while others know very little about it. They then claim that this could lead to a polarization in society which might ultimately lead to serious social problems. The first thing to do when you read such an argument is to realize whether a particular opinion is given in the statement. Next, you would have to decide whether you agree with the given opinion, disagree with it or partially agree with it. This has to be expressed very clearly in your answer. There is no correct or wrong answer to the above question. You are free to agree or disagree with the question given in this task. These tips should be kept in mind while tackling the writing aspect of the IELTS exam.