IELTS Academic Writing Tips

IELTS Academic Writing Tips

Before the Test

Copy well written passages

CELPIP writing tips

As you prepare for your test, copy well-written passages onto paper. 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

Our second IELTS Academic writing tip suggests you 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 and developing your ideas throughout your paragraphs.

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

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.

“…I felt much more confident after a few classes…”  Sandra P.

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 Academic Writing Tips

During the Test

Do not rewrite the question

IELTS General writing tips

You need to make sure you provide some kind of status so that your reader knows what you’re talking about, but this can be in the form of a paraphrased question.


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 spaceTOEFL writing tips

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

‘Leaving a line’ and ‘indenting’ are actually two different writing styles. It’s important that you only use one of the styles.


Correct errors with a line

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

Erasing and scribbling eat up a lot of time. That time would probably be better spent checking for errors or developing your paragraphs more fully.


Write ClearlyIELTS Academic writing tips

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

IELTS is available as a computer based test, so if you know that your writing is illegible, choose the computer based option.

If the examiners can’t read what you’ve written, they can’t give you your score.


Develop your ideas fully

Give your paragraphs lots of depth and breadth. Think of the word ‘because’ as your very best friend!

For example, “Childhood is an important time because children learn so many foundational knowledge, behaviours, and attitudes.”