Attention: What is the IELTS Test REALLY About?

In the writing section of the IELTS test, the student has to deal with two tasks for both the Academic and the General Writing Versions.  However, the tasks type is different in both the versions.  With respect to the Academic module, the first task deals with the description of a graph, a pie chart, a diagram, or a process. The student is required to describe it in about 150 words.  This should be allotted a time of twenty minutes.

In Task 2 of the Academic Writing for IELTS, the student is presented with a point of view of an argument or with a problem.  You need to write about 250 words on this topic and have forty minutes time.  Before attempting this task, the candidate should read the given task carefully and plan out a full and relevant response.  For instance, if the topic deals with a particular aspect of a disease, then the response should deal with that particular aspect too and should not deal with it in a general way.  The answer should definitely be of 250 words and not less than that, or else it will be penalized.  However, it can exceed the number by about a few words.

If you write too long an answer, there may not time enough for checking and making appropriate corrections.  Task 2 of the Academic writing in IELTS contributes double the amount of band score when compared to Task 1.  Therefore the student must definitely make it a point to attempt this task, or else a good band score is not possible.

Full, grammatical and connected sentences must be used in this task and not bullets or note forms.  When writing a response in the IELTS test, you must take care not to repeat the question directly but to reframe it if necessary.  The argument must be clear and well-organized in content and the student must supply examples or evidence in order to support any ideas or opinion,  Besides, the language and vocabulary used must be correct.

There is no right or wrong answer for this task in the IELTS test, as it is more of an opinion.  You have to present an argument or case along with some examples or evidence to support your argument.  The student must use his own ideas and knowledge and write from his experience for this task. There is no compulsion that you have to agree with the argument.  Sometimes an argument or topic could have two sides to it, and in this case you could try making a list of pros and cons or just points for and against the topic.  The topic should also be analyzed fully.  Be careful that you don’t deal with only a limited aspect of the topic.

Good and clear writing for the IELTS test involves simplicity of language.  Make a rough note of the key ideas you are planning to use for supporting the argument.  Under each key idea you may need to write down some supporting points.  Then you can think of your own experiences with relation to the topic and try to incorporate those examples if they are relevant.

The introduction for the Task 2 of the Academic writing is very important as it gives the examiner a first impression regarding your writing skills. The kind of discussion topics that are presented in the test for this task are quite broad and all students from diverse backgrounds will be able to write on it.  You should explain what you have understood from the given task in the introduction.  The student must never copy the task word for word as the examiner will ignore it and you will not be awarded any points for this part.  The above points need to be kept in mind while undertaking Part 2 of the IELTS writing for Academic module.

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