Introduction to IELTS Writing by Girish Pillai


The writing test of IELTS is the one I would rate, as one of the tough sections of IELTS, there is a twofold reason as it subjective test; i.e. there are no marks or questions, and what you write can be viewed as from so many angles. So a balanced view is a must, all issues have their pros and cons; and you should strive to look at the issue objectively and give your unbiased opinion (unless it’s is on a topic that has only one side, for E.g. poverty has no positive aspect)

This consists to two questions to be answered in a span of an hour. The first question would require you to write your interpretation of a graph or a chart in 150 words- if you are applying for the academic test (student Visa) General candidates (candidates applying for permanent resident ship) have to write a letter. Your writing skills are assessed in terms of your vocabulary and grammar skills, also as it is a paper based test spelling mistakes would bring your score down.

The second question would ask your opinion on               a topic and you have to write your views or experience to showcase the ability to write on it for 250 words. – I will cover it next week.

Please note the word limit is important, you write less than the word limit you will lose marks. More than 10 percent of the word limit again reflects your inability to write in a concise manner. Restating the point you have already raised previously is a strict no no, please remember these evaluators read each word check for punctuation marks and will give low grades if you write unnecessary words.

Writing and speaking test have a positive side too as you can showcase your language skills, by using idioms and proverbs which would highlight your command of the language and get better scores. Pointers

  1. Watch out for spelling mistakes, avoid words that you don’t know; stick with simple sentences, and insure that you check for punctuation marks.
  2. Don’t waste words making the background and repeating yourself
  3. Pls dnt use whatsapp language
  4. Try not to exceed the word limit by more than 10%
  5. Each point covered must flow naturally into the next
  6. Note– “a” “an” and numbers used, count as words too
  7. Initially you could write on the computer if you are not that fluent in writing. This would help as the spell check would tell you what words you have written wrong, and spot your grammar mistakes.

Attempt the task given below.

Task 1 – General

You’ve recently moved to a different house. Write a letter to your English speaking friend. In your letter:

  • Explain why you’ve moved.
  • Describe the new house.
  • Invite your friend to come and visit.

How to go about it

Break the letter into 3 short paragraphs; covering all the 3 points mentioned

  • Begin by why you couldn’t contact your friend as you had to move unexpectedly
  • Describe a couple of points about your new home- the décor and the ambience
  • Invite him to spend a weekend at your new home, mention a common activity that you would do together like attend a concert or a sport

by Girish Pillai

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