IELTS Academic Writing Tips

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IELTS Preparation Tips

Before the Test

Copy well written passages

Copy well-written passages onto paper. CELPIP writing tips

As you copy, concentrate on the sentence structure.

With each attempt, try to remember groups of words in natural phrases.

Gradually increase the number of words and then check that you have copied accurately.

Practice Writing Reports

IELTS Academic writing tips

Practice writing reports and summaries about:

* graphs
* pie charts
* tables
* processes
* bar charts

It’s a good idea to practice writing reports about diagrams you are least comfortable with.

You can send your writing for correction here

Practice expressing your Opinion

Practice expressing your opinion in writing.

Practice developing your idea and writing in paragraphs.

It’s a good idea to practice expressing your opinion about the topics you are least comfortable with.

You can send your writing for correction here

Clean up Your Tenses

Practice your tenses. Know your tenses inside out, back to front, and upside down!

Our One-A-Day series of workbooks can help you review and practice your tenses to increase your accuracy and your score.

* Basic Tenses
* Perfect Tenses

Read and listen to Current Affairs 

Read about current affairs programs to familiarize yourself with phrases and vocabulary.

Reading about current affairs will give you a range of ideas to write about

IELTS Preparation Tips

During the Test

Do not rewrite the question

IELTS General writing tips

Do not rewrite the question.

You can paraphrase the question in your introduction so that your reader knows what the essay is about.


No Title

You do not need a title for the writing tasks in IELTS General


TOEFL writing tips

Do not write in the margins

Use left and right margins. Write from the very edge of the left margin all the way to the very edge of the right margin.

If a word doesn’t fit, write the whole word on the next line. Do not split words.


Do not double space

Separate paragraphs with either a blank line or an indentation. Do not use both, and do not double space.


Correct errors with a line

If you make a mistake, simply cross out the error with one line and continue


Develop your ideas fully

Give your paragraphs lots of depth and breadth


Write ClearlyIELTS Academic writing tips

Use cursive writing. It makes your writing look more mature and credible.


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