Studying abroad is not just about bagging a degree in some foreign land. It’s about pushing your limits, challenging your being and venturing way beyond your zone of comfort. You are a completely different human. You soar high with flying colors and a vibrant career prospect. What gives wings to your dreams of studying abroad are exams like IELTS. IELTS is a language proficiency test for the not native English language speakers. It tests the candidate’s proficiency and command over the language. Majorly accepted by academic institutions of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Britain, this exam comprises of four stages namely: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
And of all the stages, examinees find it really challenging to get through the writing section as it could be tricky at times. You will be asked to write an essay on a given topic. As it might get complex to answer the essay column, here are a few do’s and don’ts to follow while writing an essay for IELTS:
- Before appearing for the test, make sure you read a lot of essays for IELTS and get a fair idea about what quality of essay are you expected to write for a 7+ band.
- Do your research on a number of topics beforehand so that you don’t have to waste time on the ideation of content to be written.
- Analyze the topic thoroughly and frame your essay accordingly, dividing your content into sections like introduction, body, and conclusion. It is advised to maintain coherence so that it does not appear to be written in a compelled format.
- Write an essay with a rich yet unambiguous vocabulary so that the examiner establishes an impression of your strong grasp of the language. Writing with a good vocabulary works in your favor until and unless you do not go over the top and start using phrases that are difficult to understand for the examiner as well. Keep track of that.
- Always adhere to the word limit. Always. No matter how good you are at expressing your views or how proficient you are with the language. If you cannot abide by the word limit rules, your chances of losing bands increase. Stick to a limit of 250 to 260 words. Do not write below 240 or more than 265 words as these are the limitations beyond which your bands start getting deducted.
- While composing your essay, do not keep anticipating what the examiner might think about a particular line you have jotted down. Stay clear about your ideas and views and express it in the best way possible. You do not need to be anxious about the examiner’s remarks to every single sentence of yours. That is going to do more than good.
- When we say, “Do your research” or “analyze the topic”, we do not mean you memorize the essay you come across and jot down those exact phrases for your test. By research and analysis, we mean having a fair idea about the concepts and fundamentals so that you can confidently express your views and corroborate it wherever needed. If you try to mug up articles and essays and then write it down in your test, chances are you might miss a few phrases. That way the complete idea behind the essay changes and you may lose bands.
- Avoid using lengthy or emotive sentences. Lengthy statements generally fail to deliver the fundamental idea behind your essay and makes it appear ambiguous. And if your work is not simple and easy to understand, you are more likely to lose your bands.
With these simple tips and tricks in mind, we are sure you’ll be able to sail through and secure remarkable bands. Here’s wishing you luck.