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Academic IELTS Writing Task 1: Writing a summarising sentence

Let’s have a look at the band descriptors for Task Achievement for Academic Writing Task 1: Band 5 – recounts detail mechanically with no clear overview Band 6 – presents an overview with information appropriately selected The overview sentence can make all the difference between whether you get a band 5 or less, or a … Continue reading

Academic IELTS Writing Task 1: Writing an introductory sentence

When writing the report for writing task 1, you should begin with an introductory sentence. In your own words, you should briefly describe the input material. (Click here to see information about the different input types). Typical introductory sentences A typical introductory sentence will look like this. [Pay attention to subject verb agreement (see the … Continue reading

Join our campain to stop spam in the IELTS speaking and writing!

I’d like to start by sharing a little bit of spam with you. I keep getting the same comment on our blog postings. A number of ‘different people’ post: Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time 🙂 Now, much as I would like to believe the writer really thought it was an awesome … Continue reading

Academic Writing Task 1: Input Types

In the IELTS exam, you may be asked to describe one of more of the following input types. Read about each one, and check that you know the meanings of the key words in bold. Pie charts Bar charts Tables Line graphs Diagrams Pie charts What are pie charts? Pie charts are a very popular … Continue reading

The KISS principle in IELTS writing task 2

Have you ever heard of the KISS principle? There are many different ideas about what this acronym means, and not all of them are very polite (e.g. Keep It Simple, Stupid). My favourite is “Keep It Simple and Straightforward”. The KISS principle is followed by designers, writers, trainers and managers. It’s also a very useful … Continue reading

Is writing task 2 in the academic IELTS really an academic essay?

If you have studied academic writing or composition at university, you are probably going to answer ‘no’ to this question. The type of essay that you write in task 2 of the IELTS is not a typical academic essay. You will NOT collect information to support your main points from different sources. You will NOT … Continue reading

The Secrets of the IELTS Bands (Speaking and Writing)

Have you ever wondered how the examiners decide what band you should get in speaking and writing? Do you get scared that you might get a strict examiner who will give you a lower band than you deserve? Have you heard that the examiners in one centre give higher marks than examiners in another centre? … Continue reading