IELTS Academic Writing

IELTS Academic Writing: Do’s and Don’t’s

by IDP IELTS — July 22nd, 2020

IELTS Academic is the IELTS module, which is accepted as proof of the English language skills of non-native speakers who wish to study abroad. Generally, the IELTS Academic Writing section can be challenging for many people who will take the test for the first time and give you sleepless nights, even for those who have already taken the test. However, if you know what to do and don’t in the Writing section, you can save yourself from unnecessary worries.  So do you know about to do’s and don’t’s in IELTS Academic Writing? Here we go:

Do’s in IELTS Academic Writing
  • Write your comments while explaining graphs and charts in Task 1.
  • Analyze the graphs correctly and use the right words.
  • Give yourself some time to think and plan what to write in Task 2.
  • Once you start writing, stick to an idea. Don’t jump from one idea to another. It is quite natural to have different points of view about a subject, but there should be only one idea in the flow of the subject while writing. When you are dragged from one idea to another, the person evaluating your test may find it difficult to understand what you mean.
  • Allow enough time to understand the questions. Be sure you understand the questions correctly, do not rush to answer.
  • We recommend to write your thoughts in 3 section: introduction, development and conclusion.
  • Write an overview for Task 2 and summary of the discussed points for Task 2.
  • Use sentences suitable for all content in the introduction. If the words you choose are different from the subject you will write, this may confuse the person who evaluate your test.
  • Avoid commonly used phrases, as known as, cliché. For example, using words like “controversial” or “highly debated topic” may not be correct because a topic that is controversial for some may not be the same for the majority. Common stereotypes to avoid when writing: “hand to mouth”, “there is no time like the present” and “ignorance is bliss”.
  • Pay attention to spelling and punctuation.
  • Use simple words and phrases. When you write something using complex words, ask yourself if it can be explained with simple words and sentences. If your answer is yes, write again.
  • Conclusion paragraph should be as straightforward.  Avoid using words like ‘above’ and ‘below’ in conclusion.
  • Try to find all the errors by reviewing what you’ve written a few times.
Don’t’s in IELTS Academic Writing
  • Don’t write more than given word limit.
  • Don’t confuse ‘for’ and ‘against’ questions.
  • Resmi olmayan bir dil kullanmayın.
  • Even it’s good to follow the time, don’t check it continuosly.
  • Do not be off topic.
  • Do not use the words and phrases in the question. Instead, try to use synonyms. Citing as in the question affects your score.
  • Do not let anxiety to take you.
  • Do not push yourself to use complicated or less used words – do not – write the words you normally use.
  • Set your time to be enough for both tasks – if you devote more time to one, you may not be able to complete the other.
  • Avoid using an emotional language: e.g filthy, cruel, slash, ugly
  • Avoid giving examples based on your personal experience.
  • Do not write slangs or the words you use while speaking.
  • Never use too many phrases and idioms. Ifyou can explain something with using everyday words, do not use phrases.

As we give you enough clues, you can now start writing.

Need help with your IELTS Writing ?

Check IELTS Writing Assist

Book your IELTS