There is so much information and advice about IELTS on the web that you might be wondering where to start. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of bad advice out there! Here are some tips you can trust.
Many students find writing to be the most difficult part of the IELTS test, so let’s focus on Academic writing task 1. Here are some tips based on common mistakes that test-takers make:
Do not describe every detail of the information you are given. Be selective with what you choose to describe.
Remember to support your description with figures from the chart/graph/table you are given. If you don’t highlight key features with figures, the highest score you will get for task achievement is a band 5.
Do not try to interpret the data. All you need to do is describe it, so don’t waste time thinking of reasons for the figures.
Remember the overview. No overview = nothing over a band 5 for task achievement.
Pay attention to the clock. You are always told to spend about 20 minutes on task 1. You should really try to do this as you need to allocate more of your time to task 2. Why? Because task 2 is worth twice as many marks. Practise writing under time pressure so that you can enter the exam with confidence in your ability to write quickly.