How To Succeed in the IELTS ACADEMIC TEST (Written)
Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking skills are assessed using a nine-band proficiency scale and the scores should demonstrate an advanced English (Pharmacists, Doctors, Dentists or Nurses may be required 7-7.5 for registration in the UK or in the Republic of Ireland).
How are +7 scores easily achievable?
For some applicants, the Writing test seems the trial by fire. The answer is preparation, but nevertheless keep in mind some effective tips from our English teachers:
Understand what examiners really evaluate: task achievement, high-level vocabulary, coherence, grammatical accuracy.
Work on writing logically structured essays, about various topics such as science, employment, education. Creating two texts within 60 minutes is difficult without practice.
Pay attention to the task: should you deliberate over some points of view, advantages and disadvantages or solutions to a specific issue?
Grammar is 25% of your score: don’t forget about sentence variety, use of tenses and the definite article.
For an academic style, write out the words instead of numbers and avoid ‘get’, ‘a lot of’, ‘loads of’, ‘kind of’ or contractions like ‘isn’t’, ‘doesn’t’, ‘you’re’ which are typically used in speech or informal texts.
Structure is crucial and same are transitions, however do not use the same discourse marker repeatedly and make sure you know its meaning.
While you must answer the questions always bear in mind that it is not your ideas but your language that is being tested.
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