How to write an IELTS essay

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Previously, doing IELTS was an option, but now it is one of the most essential prerequisites to a degree program. IELTS is more than just an exam about the English language; it helps open doors to dozens of opportunities from around the world.

This is because IELTS is the only English language test suited for the purpose of immigration from around the world. It assesses many of your basic skills such as reading, listening, writing and speaking. The best way to showcase those elements is when students reach the essay section of the test.

Normally writing essays take time, but in IELTS you have only 40 minutes to get it done. Fortunately, this article will assist you in how to ace your essay and save you time for the rest of your paper. Follow the tips given below and you’re in the clear.

1.    Read and answer the question precisely

Usually when a student writes an essay, they are merely given a number of topics to choose from. In IELTS however, you are required to answer a question in the form of an essay. You will also be given a bit of additional background information with it. You must write your essay according to the information provided.

2.    Plan before your write

You will find that many of the topics that you have been given to write are the same as with any essay. The problem here is that the question is pretty much morphed into something else. Since you have only 40 minutes to attend this section, be sure to divide your time when writing it.

We recommend that you divide a quarter of your time, which is 10 minutes into reading first and then 30 minutes for the writing.

3.    Only do 4 to 5 paragraphs

In IELTS, students are required to have only 4 to 5 paragraphs. Obviously, there should be an introduction and a conclusion, so the body should consist of three paragraphs. This is important if you wish to a band score of 7 in cohesion and coherence.

Ensure that the central idea in each of your paragraphs is not repeating. Although you can expand those paragraphs in order to support more ideas to your essay.

4.    Keep the word limit in mind

Now while you can write about 4 to 5 paragraphs, you must allow adhere to the word limit of your essay. The standard word limit for an IELTS essay is between 260-280 words. If you are not careful, you could exceed or fail to reach your word limit. This in turn ruins the quality and quantity, which results in poor marks.

5.    Do not be nervous

Yes you are on the clock and you must mind quality, but having to consider all of this would make one nervous. With a shaky hand, your writing will be butchered in the process and it would become illegible. Being nervous also throws away your confidence, which will make you lose focus and cause you to have a writing block.

Take deep breaths and do not allow yourself to drift to that phase. Anything is possible with a calm and sound mind.

6.    Mind your pace

While it is true that you don’t have time, it does not mean that you write quickly. Writing in a quickened pace will lead to poorly spelled words and phrases. With that being said, writing too slowly will push back your time of completion. That is why you should maintain a moderate speed when you write your essay.

7.    Do proofreading

The final and perhaps most crucial element to any essay writing are making sure that your essay is void of any spelling and grammatical mistakes. Be sure to commit whatever little time you have to mend your errors before submitting your paper.

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