💡 5 Tips for an IELTS Writing Band 9 Essay
🔹 Answer what is being asked!
Make sure you read the prompt carefully and answer the questions you’re being asked. I can’t emphasize this enough. In order to score well on Task Achievement, you need to appropriately and fully address the task.
🔹 Plan your work, work your plan.
Plan out your essay before you start writing.
What are your main points? What order are you going to make them in? How do they link together? Having a well organized essay is key scoring high marks for Coherence and Cohesion. Many IELTS test-takers will spend up to 10 minutes planning out their essay before they start writing. A few points to keep in mind:
• Your essay should have 4-5 paragraphs in total and at least 250 words
• Plan your supporting points so that they don’t go off topic
🔹 Write, review, re-write
Write your essay, review it and then “rewrite” it.
Don’t focus on getting things perfect upfront – you don’t want to waste 15 minutes trying to come up with the perfect synonym for something and then not have enough time to finish your full essay! Write your essay first (an unwritten essay won’t score well at all!) and then go back through it to see how you can improve it. Some questions to ask yourself at this stage:
• Are there places where you can swap out stronger words for weaker ones in order to improve your Lexical Resource score?
• Are there places where you can phrase things differently in order to illustrate your Grammatical Range?
🔹 Where are you falling?
To pass with a Band 9 the reality is you need two sets of skills:
• Exam skills
• Language skillsWhat are exam skills?
Can you plan an effective essay? Quickly? Ideally between 3-5 minutes.
Can you think of enough ideas and examples to put in the essay plan?
Firstly you need to discover which of these skills you need. To do this you write a lot of essays and then find out which part of the essay writing process is costing you the most amount of time, points or stress.🔹 Better language skills?
A lot of students fail the IELTS exam, and end up with 6.5. Also, a lot of students go straight to Google and search for “IELTS Writing tips”, or “Task two tips”. These tips might be helpful but sometimes the real problem might just be in the language skills.
You see writing error free perfect sentences is probably much more of challenge than you think, especially under exam conditions i.e in 40 minutes with immense pressure to pass.
The fastest way to improve your language skills is to get feedback. Ask someone to review your written work and, you will probably be surprised and disappointed 😉