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Answered on 05 May IELTS General Reading IELTS General Writing

Hi, how to improve IELTS GT Reading and Writing Modules score. I am unable to get more than 6.5 in these sections?

Mausami Shah

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Hi, To improve the score in writing section, only strategies will not help you. Coming up with proper content and brainstorming about different topics in IELTS is very important. Proper guidance can take you upto 7.5 band score. Reading score can be improved by practicing in the right way. Simply solving... read more

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To improve the score in writing section, only strategies will not help you. Coming up with proper content and brainstorming about different topics in IELTS is very important. Proper guidance can take you upto 7.5 band score. 

Reading score can be improved by practicing in the right way. Simply solving reading tests will not as effective.

Get in touch with me to understand more.

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Answered on 28 Apr IELTS General Writing

How can I find someone to evaluate IELTS GT Writing Tasks (1&2).

Sreerupa Ghosh

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Hii I provide writing correction services dat entails 25 sessions of detailed evaluation of essay on different topics and assistance on oder high priority topics.
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Asked on 14/11/2017 IELTS General Writing

Please tell me the best way to write discussion type of essay.

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Lesson Posted on 20/09/2017 IELTS General Writing

Tips on how to score more in IELTS Academic Writing

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In the IELTS Academic Writing test there are 2 tasks: Task-1- Summarize the information given in a graph, table or chart or describe a process( how something works or is done) Task-2- Essay writing On the whole, 60 mins / 1hour will be given to the candidate to complete the both the writing tasks. Task... read more

In the IELTS Academic Writing test there are 2 tasks:

  1. Task-1- Summarize the information given in a graph, table or chart or describe a process( how something works or is done)
  2. Task-2- Essay writing

On the whole, 60 mins / 1hour will be given to the candidate to complete the both the writing tasks.

Task 1 -20 minutes

Task 2- 40 minutes

 

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

Usually diagrams, charts, graphs or tables are given in task-1.

You will be assessed on your language skills, your ability to report facts, identify main features and to compare and contrast any given data.

The word limit is usually 150-200 words, but always read the instructions given.

  1. Comprehension: This is a crucial step, even before you start writing. The success of the task lies in how well you understand the given picture/table/diagram. Skim through the table and understand what the table represents.

 

Eg., look at the given example here,

 

This a table which gives information on consumer expenditure in 5 countries on various products in the year 2002.

Here, we need to focus on the key points,i.e.

 

What is the table about?   -  Consumer expenditure

How many items/ names/countries are listed? - five

Any specific year – 2002

 

If we can grasp this information, we can move on to the next step.

 

  1. Proper introduction:

Introduction is an essential component of any writing task. It gives a good head start to your draft, with which you will get a chance to create a good impression in the evaluator’s mind.

Do not repeat the sentence given in the task

 

For instance:

 

 

You can introduce the topic like this, instead of using the same sentence given in the question.

The table compares expenditure on different goods by consumers in 5 different countries in the year 2002.

 

  1. Compare and contrast :

 

Use comparison words like-- similar to, as much as, more than, less than, however, although, as much as, like, maximum, minimum, most, least and other words to compare and contrast given data.

For example, in the given table, compare and contrast each and every country’s expenditure with the others. We can also compare expenditure of each country on each item.

Example:

Turkey spent the most on Food, Drinks and Tobacco with Ireland coming a close second. Italy Spain and Sweden spent approximately similar amounts on Food, Drinks and Tobacco.

Among all the countries, Spain spent the least amount on Leisure and Education while Turkey spent the most under this category.

 

  1. Use linkers :

 

Linkers join two or more simple sentences to form a single complex or compound sentence.

In task-1, linkers play a key role as you need to compare or illustrate or describe the given picture.

For example: However, even though, first of all, instead, to illustrate, in addition, moreover, according to, rather……..

 

Using the above table as an example, we could say:

 

Spain spent less on education / leisure, whereas, Italy spent more in that category. At the same time, both the countries expended almost the same amount on clothing /footwear.

 

  1. Divide into paragraphs

 

Divide the passage you have written into 2-4 paragraphs, to make the passage look more orderly and well structured.

Start with an introduction about what the picture/graph/table is about.

The next para should talk about one area or subject shown in the illustration.

The next paragraphs also could carry different ideas.

Make a concluding paragraph with a summary of what you think.

Using the above table as an example you could structure your passage in this manner:

Intro:

What is the table about?

Para 1:

What does each country expend most and least on?

Para2

Which countries spend more on Food/Drinks/Tobacco; Clothing/Footwear; Leisure/Education---compare and contrast

Conclusion:

Each country spends most on Food, Drinks and Tobacco and least on Education and Leisure.

 

  1. Accurate information:

 

It is one of the key points for your success.

It is important to explain the data in the given image exactly. For this we need to use the same facts: percentage, numbers, dates, names etc. You cannot change the figures. Even if you write an excellent passage in correct English, you will lose points if you make mistakes while describing the facts.

 

 

  1. Word limit:

 

Practice writing within your word limit of 150 words. See how many lines of your regular handwriting makes up 150 words. Practice writing within that many lines.

You need to write a minimum of 150 words and you can go upto 200 words.

The main scoring point in IELTS Academic Writing is that you should be able to follow instructions and comprehend the task.

Writing more or leass than the word limit will fetch you less scores.

 

  1. Time Management

 

Plan to finish Task1 within 20 minutes.

Manage your time by dividing your task into several time pockets:

3 minutes—Skim the given image

2 minutes---note down the main features

5 minutes—make a first draft describing the picture.

2 minutes –correct mistakes. Divide the passage into paragraphs by making lines and notations.

5minutes --copy from your notes to the answer sheet.

2 minutes ---check for grammar and spelling errors.

 

  1. Vocabulary, grammar and spellings

           Get a very high score by using good vocabulary, keeping your writing error free: no spelling mistakes and no grammatical mistakes. Use simple vocabulary and simple grammar if your level of English is not that high.

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Lesson Posted on 30/08/2017 IELTS General Writing

Subject Verb Agreement: Part 1

Veena K.N

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1. When the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by and, use a plural verb.Example: She and her friends are at the fair. 2. When two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by or or nor, use a singular verb.Example: The book or the pen is in the drawer.... read more

1. When the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by and, use a plural verb.
Example: She and her friends are at the fair.
 
2. When two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by or or nor, use a singular verb.
Example: The book or the pen is in the drawer.
 
3. When a compound subject contains both a singular and a plural noun or pronoun joined by or or nor, the verb should agree with the part of the subject that is nearer the verb.
Example: 1. The boy or his friends run every day.
               2. His friends or the boy runs every day.
 
4. Doesn't is a contraction of does not and should be used only with a singular subject. Don't is a contraction of do not and should be used only with a plural subject. The exception to this rule appears in the case of the first person and second person pronouns I and you. With these pronouns, the contraction don't should be used.
Example: 1. He doesn't like it.
               2. They don't like it.

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Lesson Posted on 22/03/2017 IELTS Academic Reading IELTS General Test IELTS Academic Writing +1 IELTS General Writing less

IELTS Writing Section - Essay Writing

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IELTS Writing Essay Neeti Education Services The essays of IELTS are very easy to attempt as the topics given are general in nature. In order to properly attempt the essay: Do's: 1. Always give an introduction to the topic in a few lines 5 TO 6 lines. 2. Make a body after introduction which... read more
IELTS Writing Essay
Neeti Education Services
 
The essays of IELTS are very easy to attempt as the topics given are general in nature. In order to properly attempt the essay:
Do's:
 1. Always give an introduction to the topic in a few lines 5 TO 6 lines.
2. Make a body after introduction which may contain 2 to 3 paragraphs.
3. Give a proper conclusion whether in for or against the topic or just give an amicable solution. The essay may not always have a for or against, there you must give all the valid points that describe your essay in a nutshell. 
4. Write more than 250 words, try to end in 350 to 400 words.
5. Use proper grammar, content, vocabulary, coherence and proper punctuation to make a presentable essay.
 
Dont's:
 
1. Never copy the language of the question to introduce the essay.
2. Do not write too lengthy or too precise essays.
3. Do not be too assertive of an opinion.
 
Some general instructions: 
 
Try to create a backbone (bullet points) before writing the essay. Think before you write. Formulate ideas in mind and think about what you will write in introduction, body and conclusion. Do all of this in a rough sheet. You will not forget any idea while writing if you follow this. Once you are done with the writing process always read what you have written and check for mistakes and rectify those. You will be able to write an awesome essay in 40 minutes if you keep these little things in mind.
 
In order to get ideas read more and more, it will increase your reading speed as well. Do check old papers and sample papers to see what kind of questions have come, read passages already available online and in books which have secured more than 7 bands on IELTS. 
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Lesson Posted on 17/02/2017 Language/Spoken English IELTS Academic Writing IELTS General Writing +1 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/PTE Academic Exam Coaching less

Confusing words: although/though/despite/inspite of.

Krithika N.

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‘In spite of’, ‘Despite’ and ‘although’ are all used to show contrast and are used for the same meaning. The only difference is the way they are used; the structure in which they are used. ‘In spite of’ and ‘despite’ are placed in front of... read more

‘In spite of’, ‘Despite’ and ‘although’ are all used to show contrast and are used for the same meaning. The only difference is the way they are used; the structure in which they are used.

‘In spite of’ and ‘despite’ are placed in front of a noun or pronoun:
We had a great time in spite of the rain.
We had a great time despite the rain.
Despite studying very hard, he still didn’t pass the exam. ‘studying’ is the noun form of the verb ‘study’

‘Despite’ does NOT have ‘of’ after it:
Despite the rough weather they still set sail. NOT, Despite of the bad weather.

‘although’ is used in front of a subject and a verb:
We had a great time although it rained.
Although he studied very hard, he still didn’t pass the exam.

If ‘In spite of’ and ‘despite’ are used in front of the phrase ‘the fact that’ then they can be used with a subject and a verb:
In spite of the fact that he studied very hard, he still didn’t pass the exam.
Despite the fact that it rained we still had a great time.

‘Even though’ can be used the same way as ‘although’. For most native speakers ‘even though’ is slightly stronger than ‘although’:
Even though we were in a terrible hotel, we had a great time.

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Lesson Posted on 17/02/2017 Language/Spoken English IELTS Academic Writing IELTS General Writing +3 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/PTE Academic Exam Coaching Exam Coaching/Bank Clerical Exam Coaching Exam Coaching/Bank Clerical Exam Coaching/English less

common english idioms

Krithika N.

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1. ‘The best of both worlds’ – means you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time. “By working part-time and looking after her kids two days a week she managed to get the best of both worlds.” 2. ‘Speak of the devil’ – this means that the... read more

1. ‘The best of both worlds’ – means you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time.

“By working part-time and looking after her kids two days a week she managed to get the best of both worlds.”

2. ‘Speak of the devil’ – this means that the person you’re just talking about actually turns up at that moment.

“Hi Tom, speak of the devil, I was just telling Sara about your new car.”

3. ‘See eye to eye’ – this means agreeing with someone.

“They finally saw eye to eye on the business deal.”

4. ‘Once in a blue moon’ – an event that happens infrequently.

“I only go to the cinema once in a blue moon.”

5. ‘When pigs fly’ – something that will never happen.

“When pigs fly she’ll tidy up her room.”

6. ‘To cost an arm and a leg’– something is very expensive.

“Fuel these days costs and arm and a leg.”

7. ‘A piece of cake’– something is very easy.

“The English test was a piece of cake.”

8. ‘Let the cat out of the bag’ – to accidentally reveal a secret.

“I let the cat out of the bag about their wedding plans.”

9. ‘To feel under the weather’ – to not feel well.

“I’m really feeling under the weather today; I have a terrible cold.”

10. ‘To kill two birds with one stone’ – to solve two problems at once.

“By taking my dad on holiday, I killed two birds with one stone. I got to go away but also spend time with him.”

11. ‘To cut corners’ – to do something badly or cheaply.

“They really cut corners when they built this bathroom; the shower is leaking.”

12. ‘To add insult to injury’ – to make a situation worse.

“To add insult to injury the car drove off without stopping after knocking me off my bike.”

13. ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ – to not judge someone or something based solely on appearance.

“I thought this no-brand bread would be horrible; turns out you can’t judge a book by its cover.”

14. ‘Break a leg’ – means ‘good luck’ (often said to actors before they go on stage).

“Break a leg Sam, I’m sure your performance will be great.”

15. ‘To hit the nail on the head’ – to describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem.

“He hit the nail on the head when he said this company needs more HR support.”

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Lesson Posted on 16/02/2017 Language/Spoken English IELTS General Writing IELTS Academic Writing +1 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/PTE Academic Exam Coaching less

use of "some and "any"

Krithika N.

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Some Countable and uncountable Some is used with both countable and uncountable nouns: Countable Nouns - 'Some people in my school like Jazz.'Uncountable Nouns - 'There was some snow here last winter.' Positive sentences Some is used in positive sentences: 'I have some friends.''We bought some... read more

Some

Countable and uncountable

Some is used with both countable and uncountable nouns:

Countable Nouns - 'Some people in my school like Jazz.'
Uncountable Nouns - 'There was some snow here last winter.'

Positive sentences

Some is used in positive sentences:

'I have some friends.'
'We bought some coffee.'

Offering

We use some in questions when we expect the answer to be 'yes' or when we are offering something, otherwise, we use any:

'Would you like some milk?

Requests

Some is also used in questions when we are making a request:

'Can I borrow some money?'

Any

Negative sentences

Any is used in negative sentences:

'I don't have any friends.'
'There isn't any bread left.'

Questions

Any is used in questions:

'Do you have any money?'
'Is there any sugar?'

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Lesson Posted on 15/02/2017 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/IELTS Coaching IELTS Writing Test IELTS Academic Writing +1 IELTS General Writing less

IELTS Writing Task 2 Band 7+ Strategies Academic/General by Arun Anand IELTS Trainer Trivandrum

Arun Anand

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1. First of all, you need to understand the topic of the essay for writing task 2. 2. Identify the key words in the question. 3. Find out what the question wants you to do.To be on the safe side it might be a good idea for you rewrite the question in your own words on the exam paper so that you know... read more

1. First of all, you need to understand the topic of the essay for writing task 2.

2. Identify the key words in the question.

3. Find out what the question wants you to do.To be on the safe side it might be a good idea for you rewrite the question in your own words on the exam paper so that you know what exactly the question is.

4. You need to brainstorm and organise your ideas to make sure that each one of your ideas is fully explained and well supported with examples.

5. If the question solicits your opinion,make sure that you state it clearly.You must not say anything that contradicts your view in any part of your answer.

6. Spend time learning the strucutre of a good essay:Introduction,body paragraphs and conclusion.Read as many model answers as possible.

7. Never copy the question word for word for your introduction.Paraphrase the question.

8. You must write a conclusion at the end.Do not add any new information in your conclusion.Instead rephrase your key pointsand write a strong sentence that ties everything together.

9. Always employ a formal tone in each part of your writing.You need to ensure that you do not use any informal language or slang in your response.

10. Do not use bullet points.

11. You have to try to use a wide range of grammatical structures and vocabulary.

12. Remember to follow the two important of C's of IELTS writing-Cohesion and coherence.

13. Learn a lot of synonyms so your writing has a range of vocabulary and does not become repetitive.

14. Write 250 words.If your answer is underlength you will be penalised.It will suffice if it contains at least 240 words.

15. You have to put on your best writing.The examiner should be able to read and understand what you have written easily.

16. Practice makes perfect. Practise writing as many essays as you can and have them evaluated by a qualified IELTS Trainer for mistakes.

17. Attempt Task 2 first as it carries more weight and counts more towards your score.

18. Practise writing essays under exam conditions so that you will not run out of time when you sit the real exam.

19. Check your writing after you have finished. You must go over what you have written for any spelling,grammar or other errors.

20. You may either use a pencil or a pen but my advice is you must use a pencil so you can rub off any mistake you have made and fix it.

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