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Score High in Task 2 Essay Writing

IELTS examiners score your writing from a matrix, covering 4 different elements within the writing. Therefore, an increased awareness of which ‘ingredients’ need to go into your writing, in order to score well, is essential.

First, the absolute MUSTS are:

No repetition of the Question Words in the introduction and a good range of vocabulary throughout the essay.

Use of Paragraphs to ‘organise’ your writing and make it effortless for the reader. in this case the IELTS examiner!

Clear Topic Sentences at the start of your paragraphs.

Linking Words to ‘join’ your paragraphs, logically.

Good Punctuation

After all of the above, you can include a counter-argument at the end of your paragraph, but be careful that you don’t confuse this tactic with the ‘other side of the argument’. In addition, make sure that the lengths of your paragraphs are similar so that the essay is balanced in content.

If you have any questions, related to any of the points in this blog, please have a look at previously written blogs on the same topics or alternatively, contact me on:

marian@englishforemigration.com

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NOT READING for IELTS Reading Success

Bizarrely, the secret of success in IELTS reading is NOT READING every word of the text! When a student tells me “I finished it without reading the whole text”, I congratulate them. Although, this must appear counter-intuitive to many of you the truth of the statement lies in the fact that the speaker has used reading strategies, skimming and scanning skills.

These terms are widely used in many IELTS related books and online sites.  Therefore, a good understanding, and ability to apply them, is critical to achieving the IELTS score required. All to often I hear, “I can’t skim or scan so don’t try”. This is a completely understandable statement but not one which leads easily to success. There are a huge amounts of references and online videos available explaining what these techniques are and how to use them. They need to be understood!

Once, you know what the processes are it doesn’t take long until  the brain has been  ‘trained’ to read the words contained in the text rather, simply ‘look’ at them. To get this started you may like to search for words from right to left rather than the direction we read in, left to right. Another, method is to search vertically, in a zig-zag direction. Whichever method works best for you, it must be ‘second nature’ by the day of the exam.

So when that day comes and you open the reading paper, you avoid panic, improve your time management and most importantly the number of correct answers on your score sheet!tips-1

 

GT Writing Task 1: Types of letters you may have to write in the exam

In both General and Academic IELTS Writing, Task 1 should take 15 – 20 minutes and be contain more than150 words. However the actual tasks are different with General IELTS Writing asking you to write a  letter.  For this letter, there is a ‘menu’ of letter types used for these IELTS questions and it is important to be aware of them so that you use the appropriate language in your answer.  The range of types are:

  • Application
  • Apology / Acceptance
  • Complaint
  • Enquiry / Request
  • Thanks / Social

On the question paper, you are helped by the opening eg  Dear Sir/ Madam or simply Dear…… indicates what the style of the letter you are asked to write.

  • Dear Sir/ Madam = Formal = ending with Yours faithfully
  • Dear = Semi-formal or informal, depending on the context = ending with Yours sincerely
  • Hi = letter to a friend = ending of your choice!

Before you start to write, you now know the ‘function’ of the letter and also the style letter writing you should use.

Letter

 

For examples of the different types of letters, look for sample letters available on many IELTS websites.

 

What are True / False/ NG and Yes/ No/ NG Reading Questions?

Only in IELTS Reading exams do you find this particular type of reading question.  Therefore, these questions are ‘unusual’ in comparison with other  reading exams.  However, failing to get to grips with the technique of correctly answering them can be costly when it comes to achieving higher band scores. For this reason, here is a brief outline of what the questions expect the reader to do and techniques to use to be successful.

True &Yes  =  there is information in the text that AGREES with the question 

False & No  =  CONTRADICTS what is stated.  This may be because the text states the direct opposite, the negative or simply something different!

Not Given  =  ‘Don’t know’ because in the text, there is NO INFORMATION directly linked to the specific question

How to answer them accurately

  • Underline the KEYWORDS for a clearer understanding. This also allows you to think of opposites/synonyms for the keywords.
  • Turn the statement into a question before trying to answer it from the text.   If you can’t then it’s NG.
  • Look for words which ‘qualify’ the statement eg only, little, not many, sometimes, usually, most, probably etc.
  • Look for positive and negative words eg like, favour, support, encourage / ignore, deny, refuse etc.

Look for comparisons.

 

T F NG

For Yes/ No/ Not Given only

  • Make sure the opinion belongs to the writer and not the opinion of someone reported.

  • Comparisons are a method of judgement eg better, worse etc.
  • Adjectives can often express an opinion eg sensible, easy, worthwhile, valuable etc.
  • Adverbs can change a statement eg never, always, often, carefully etc.

Road to IELTS Success

Generally speaking, the IELTS candidates who I meet on the Road to IELTS, fall into three categories:

First, candidates who, for a range of reasons, hesitate to actually get going before slowly setting off.

Second, the most common type of candidate, who move from slow to fast lane, and back again, depending on what’s going on in their everyday life, and subsequent time constraints.

Finally, the minority category, who are able to journey up the fast lane with relative ease, achieving their target scores in a timely fashion.

So for the slow-starters, here are some tips of how to get off the slip road and into gear!

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Understand the Exam format, and what is expected of you in each section, from information found on the official website

http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare

Expand your vocabulary by avoiding using the same words in conversation, time after time. Re-phrase and make a point of not using the same word, twice in a row.  There are plenty of alternatives to choose from!

Read a newspaper regularly, stopping to read the articles which don’t interest you and are normally skipped over. IELTS covers no more than a dozen topics so you need to have an idea of everything going on around you.

Write everyday It doesn’t matter what you write, although an IELTS practice task be good, simply pick up a pencil /pen and get going for 5 -10 minutes.

Take the test, available for free, to assess what your starting point is on this link.

http://www.roadtoielts.com/testdrive/

 

 

Spring 2016 Testimonials

English for Emigration doesn’t ‘do repeat’ business.  Success results in our students progressing along their respective visa application processes, never to return!  Tbis is what some of them told us.

 

Kevin, from London, Academic IELTS for Australia

‘During my preparation for the IELTS Academic examination I realised that I required private tuition to assist me with achieving the relevant scores necessary for my Residency application. To be successful I had to focus on areas in which I did not have as much natural ability as others.  After three sessions with Marian, and a swift exam preparation call, I passed the exam at the second time of asking, with her valued support.

I highly recommend Marian to anyone that needs supporting to achieve their aspirations. However, be prepared to do your homework or there will be no punches spared with Marian :-)’

 

Natalie, from London, General IELTS for Canada

‘Marian really helped me to get the scores I needed. She was very patient and able to adapt her teaching style to help me. I would definitely recommend her to anybody who is looking to improve their scores. She is friendly, approachable, professional, knowledgeable and a great teacher.

Thank you sooo much Marian!!! :)’

 

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“I want to say thank you for your patience , encouragements and support”.

 

Sandy, from Glasgow, General IELTS for Australia

A special thanks, Marian, for helping me in achieving the IELTS exams. I could not have achieved the required score to proceed to my future visa application without your advice and support.

 

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The IELTS Writing Wall

The most common request I receive is from candidates asking for help to overcome the hurdle of a 0.5 shortfall in IELTS Writing.  Whether, your target score is 7 or 8, the strategy should be the same. My advice is to start with the IELTS writing marking matrix and ‘deconstruct’ your writing and then consider where you match the criteria, in each of the 4 components asked for.

IELTS examiners use a ‘closed system’ but there is a public version available to view at:

https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/IELTS_task_1_Writing_band_descriptors.pdf

Once you start to scrutinise the chart, you will see that within each band descriptors there are 2/3 separate parts which need to be met.  After getting your head round these, carefully check the ‘qualifying’ words of each requirement, such as column 1, Task Achievement:

Band 8 =  covers all requirements of the task sufficiently

Band 7 =  covers the requirements of the task ƒ

Band 6 =  addresses the requirements of the task

This may seem like more of a challenge than actually doing the writing papers but if you’re repeatedly missing your target, it’s worth the effort!  Alternatively, contact us at we can help unravel the words and help you improve your score.

 

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