WRITING

In the writing portion of the exam, you will have two tasks to complete in 60 minutes.

If you write emails and reports for work every day, that is a fantastic starting point for us to work with. You’ll see that the tasks in IELTS exam are quite different from what you write on a daily basis, but by understanding the tasks and strategizing to give the examiner exactly what he/she is looking for, we will be able to get as high of a score as possible!

General Task 1 Writing (For IELTS General Takers)

To start off the lessons, we will dive into the most difficult part of the IELTS exam: Writing. Worldwide, people score lower in IELTS writing than they do in every other area of the exam, so this is an element we need to work through thoroughly to make sure you get as high of a score as possible.

In these lessons, we will focus on 3 areas: What to expect on the exam, how the examiners grade the exam, and strategies to implement to make sure you get as high of a score as possible.

All of the lessons include specific examples of the strategies in practice and at the end, you will do an exam simulation, which we will then analyze thoroughly to give you a score, but most importantly, specific feedback on how to improve now!

  • What will the question look like for my IELTS General Training Task 1?
  • How your IELTS General Training Task 1 performance is assessed in Task Achievement, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammar using this grid.
  • The most common mistakes in General Training Task 1 (and how to avoid them!).
  • A step by step guide to using the WW3CC system as a strategy!
  • Your WHY sentence. Why it is important and how to implement it perfectly every single time.
  • Cycling through your paraphrases: How to make sure you get a high score in your vocabulary performance.
  • The 3 most common mistakes people make in Topic 1, 2, and 3. These mistakes mean a low score for even a native speaker.
  • Perfect paragraphing in IELTS: An easy way to make sure you get a high score for paragraphing.
  • Going off topic in your letter and the effect it has on your score.
  • What to do when you have two topics that are similar in the question.
  • The 3 circles method for General Training Task 1.
  • Strategies to use the perfect conclusion every single time.
  • 3 General Training Task 1 Writing Samples, with a score and detailed feedback.

Homework: After this lesson, you will complete one (or several) real writing exam simulations and submit them to us. Out team will thoroughly analyze your performance, give a score and detailed feedback on how to improve. You will have access to all of the video lessons, even if you are joining us live online, so you can review the portion of the strategy that you need to improve in and then try again until you are reaching the score you need!

Academic Task 1 Writing (For IELTS Academic Takers)

The second lesson deals with Academic Task 1. If you are taking the General exam, it is still a good idea to take this lesson since the techniques we learn can be used in the General version of IELTS or in the Academic.

As always, we focus on 3 areas to make sure you get the score you need, which are understanding the task, scoring system and implementing strategies to make sure you get the highest score possible!

  • What will my Academic Task 1 question look like?
  • What exactly is the examiner looking for in Task Achievement, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammar? We will analyze the scoring grid available here: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/IELTS_task_1_Writing_band_descriptors.pdf
  • Using the 3 Circles Method in Writing
  • Understanding an overview vs. a description. This is the difference between a Band 5  and a Band 7.
  • Understanding CLB vs. IELTS Band Scoring system.
  • The #1 IELTS Academic Task 1 Secret!
  • The IOD3CC technique and how to use it every single time.
  • Examples and analyses of perfect ACT1 essays.

Homework: After this lesson, you will complete one (or several) real writing exam simulations and submit them to us. Out team will thoroughly analyze your performance, give a score and detailed feedback on how to improve. You will have access to all of the video lessons, even if you are joining us live online, so you can review the portion of the strategy that you need to improve in and then try again until you are reaching the score you need!

Task 2 Writing 

Now that we have a solid foundation of understanding what the examiners are looking for and the importance of strategizing, we can move into Task 2 of Writing. The Academic and General exams are extremely different in Writing Task 1, but are very similar in Task 2. This allows us to incorporate the perfect strategy regardless of which version of the exam we are taking.

In this first lesson, we will focus on deepening our understanding of the scoring criteria the examiners are using, which will lead directly into step by step instructions on how to deliver exactly what they are looking for.

We will do this through a detailed analysis of the most common question type you will likely face in this section of the exam: an Agree/Disagree question.

After this, we will focus on the second-most common question type, which is when you are asked 2 questions within one topic.

You will become an expert in how to answer these two question types from the samples we will look at and the examples which you will write and have feedback on.

The continuation of our Task 2 Writing will focus on the most rare question type, which is also the most complex: Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

3 STEPS TO PASSING YOUR EXAM

Step 1: Know the Writing Exam Procedure second by second.

Step 2: Understand what the examiner is looking for an how the exam is scored.

Step 3: Strategize for each step of the exam to maximize your score!

Does this system work? YES!!! But only if you are willing to work hard.

FREE WRITING EXAM SIMULATION

If you feel ready to begin preparing for your IELTS exam, click here to work through our lessons!

HERE ARE THE OTHER LESSONS:

Get the score you need in IELTS Writing!

Writing can be the most difficult area of the IELTS exam if you are not prepared. We’ve got you covered! Work through the following lessons and you will be certain to have a plan that you will be able to implement on exam day!


Writing Exam Procedures


Writing Exam Scoring System


Writing Exam Simulation 1 Task 1


Writing Exam Strategies General Training Task 2


Writing Exam Punctuation Strategies


Writing Exam Strategies General Training Task 1


Writing Exam Simulation 1 Task 2


Writing Exam Simulation 2 Task 1


Writing Exam Simulation 2 Task 2


Writing Exam Simulation 3 Task 1


Writing Exam Simulation 3 Task 2


Writing Exam Simulation 4 Task 1


Writing Exam Simulation 4 Task 2

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