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    9 IELTS Writing General Exam Tips To Score A Band 7

    Want to know the top 9 tips that will help you score a band 7 in the IELTS writing general exam? These strategies have been tried and tested by the thousands of IELTS students that I coached in the past.

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    IELTS Writing General

    Trying to prepare for the IELTS writing general training exam can be overwhelming, especially when you are trying to find preparation material to help you achieve a high band. As an experienced IELTS coach myself, I have gathered and written this article with all the important information that you need to know about the IELTS writing general section.

    You are going to learn all about the IELTS writing general task 1 section, the IELTS writing general task 2 section, as well as see IELTS writing general task 2 samples and get an overview of how you should format your IELTS letter writing general.

    This post is all about the IELTS writing general training exam.

    IELTS Writing General

    IELTS Writing General Task 1 Basics

    The IELTS writing general task 1 requires you to write a letter to someone. This can range from a formal, semi-formal, or informal letter. Depending on the type of letter you are given, you must make sure that you use the proper vocabulary throughout your answer. Keep in mind that the words you use for an informal letter are totally different than a formal or semiformal letter.

    If you are not sure how to identify the difference between formal, semiformal, and informal letters, make sure you check out the article titled IELTS writing task 1 general – 7 simple steps to score a band 8. 

    Keep in mind that you will only have twenty minutes to complete IELTS writing general task 1, so it is important that you not only able to write a letter that will help you reach a high band, but also you are able to organize your thoughts and structure your letter in a manner that makes the most sense. Have a look at the 3 different letters in more detail for the IELTS letter writing general question below.

    The 3 Different IELTS Letter Writing General Questions You May Get

    As mentioned, you will be required to write a 150-word minimum passage for the IELTS letter writing general question. If you get a question where you are requesting or giving advice to a company or manufacturer, then you will likely be required to write a formal letter. One way to remember the difference between the three different letters is that you often write a formal letter to someone you don’t know at all.

    Whereas, semiformal letters in the IELTS writing general task 1 questions are written for someone you may know but not on a personal level. In other words, this can be your landlord or your manager at work.

    Finally, the easiest way to identify an informal letter is that is often written to someone you have a close connection with and share your personal life with them, such as a close friend, family member, or someone you confide in.

    Remember that when you are writing your answer for the IELTS letter writing general question, it’s important that you use the right vocabulary depending on the type of letter you are given. Furthermore, if you are able to show the examiner that you were able to identify the letter type and have used the right words throughout your answer, this will help you achieve a high band.

    Structuring Your Letter – IELTS General Writing Format

    When trying to structure your letter for the task 1 question, it’s important that the IELTS general writing format is organized where the sequencing of the paragraphs is written in the best manner. If you are not sure what IELTS general writing format to follow, have a look at the article titled IELTS essentials for IELTS writing task 1.

    Next, you will learn about the IELTS writing general task 2 question.

    What You Should Know About IELTS Writing General Task 2

    The IELTS writing general task 2 question requires you to write a 250-word essay on a given question that can be related to your opinion on something where you have to either weigh out the advantages and disadvantages, agree or disagree, identify the problem and solution, or discuss both views.

    If you want to learn more about the different question types for the IELTS writing general task 2 question, check out the article titled IELTS writing task 2 – Tips and Tricks.

    How To Prepare For The IELTS Essay Writing General Question

    The best way you can prepare for the IELTS essay writing general question is to first be able to identify the difference between a formal, semi-formal, and informal letter. Once you identify the letter you are going to write, you should take one minute to outline the main ideas you will discuss throughout your essay. To clarify, outlining the main ideas of your essay BEFORE starting to actually write it, will ensure that you answer every aspect of the question that the examiner is looking for.

    If you aren’t sure how you can outline your essay, have a look at the article I mentioned in the above paragraph, I HIGHLY recommend you get into the habit of practicing the art of outlining because this will save you a ton of time when you are writing your IELTS essay writing general question.

    Next, are some IELTS writing general tips on how to prepare for the IELTS writing general exam.

    IELTS Writing General Tips On Preparing For The Exam

    If you are not sure how to prepare for the exam, take a look at these IELTS writing general tips that will help you:

    • Get familiar with the different letter types (informal, semi-formal, and formal)
    • Take a look at the band descriptors and what the examiner will be marking you on.
    • Think about the vocabulary you would use to introduce the letter and how you will conclude the letter.
    • Get into the habit of outlining your essay BEFORE starting to write out the answer.
    • When you are outlining your essay, think about how you will break down your paragraphs.
    • Become familiar with the different vocabulary you can use for formal, semi-formal, and informal letters.
    • Use related vocabulary and synonym language throughout your essay.
    • Try to use different sentence types throughout your essay to show the examiner your writing abilities
    • Pay close attention to consistently writing in the same tense form throughout your entire essay.

    Now that you have read about some tips, have a look at some IELTS writing general samples for both task 1 and task 2.

    IELTS Writing General Samples Of The Outline

    Have a look at these IELTS writing general samples for task 1. Closely pay attention to the structure of the paragraphs and the above IELTS tips discussed above.

    Have a look at one of the samples below. You can find the article titled IELTS Writing Task 1 II 7 Simple Steps To Score A Band 8.

    Next, you will see some IELTS general task 2 samples for the agree disagree essay question.

    IELTS General Task 2 Samples For Agree Disagree Question Types

    If you are looking for some IELTS general task 2 samples, have a look at this video where I break down an essay sample for the agree-disagree question. In this video, I describe how you should structure your essay and how the end result should look.

    Pay attention to How The Paragraphs Introduce Every Question That Needs To Be Answered

    When looking at the answers, pay attention to how each question was answered in the essay. This is important because you want to make sure you have fulfilled all the requirements of the exam.

    How You Should Look For IELTS General Writing Topics For Practice

    You should start by reading books, and articles on a topic that interests you, when looking for IELTS general writing topics. The reason for this is that when you read an article of interest, you will be able to concentrate on sentence formation and how the words are structured in a sentence.

    Understanding The IELTS General Writing Band Descriptors

    Finally, the main step to scoring a high band in the writing section is to understand the IELTS general writing band descriptors. You will be marked on 4 different parts that include:

    • Task Achievement
    • Coherence and Cohesion
    • Lexical Resource
    • Grammatical Range And Accuracy

    Have a look at this video, where the IELTS band descriptors are explained in great details with examples.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5MDXH-MxBw&feature=youtu.behttps://youtu.be/w5MDXH-MxBw 

     

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