Many students ask me how they can achieve a better writing score for their IELTS (General or Academic). Most of them are desperate, having spent 300 CAD on a test already. Some are even more unfortunate as they are on their 6th test.
My students then ask me, “Should I buy a vocabulary book?” Or, they ask, “Should I work on my grammar?” The answer is YES and NO.
This sounds contradictory but it’s actually not.
YES. If you are just aiming for a level 5.5 or 6.5 and you lack basic English skills, I highly advise you to work on vocabulary and grammar.
NO. If you have the basic vocabulary already, having studied in higher education, I recommend that you actually work on building your content. You also need more knowledge of what the IELTS requires from you and to bridge the gap between your current ability and your desired score.
Here’s an example of a candidate who has generally good language but an average grasp of the question as well as weak coherence and cohesion.
WRITING TASK 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Some people believe that teaching children at home is best for a child’s
development while others think that it is important for children to go to school.
Discuss the advantages of both methods and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Although it is sometimes considered that studying at home is advantageous for student’s development, other people argue that it is essential for pupils to attend school. In my opinion, I believe that school education is more important than study from home as children can enhance their social skills at institutes and also learn about various extra-curricular activities.
On the one hand, some people are convinced that teaching students at home is beneficial for pupil’s development. One advantage is that there are no discrimination at home. In other words, children from poor background usually face discriminatory behaviour from rich students but this is not the case in this type of education. Another benefit is that pupils can solve their weaknesses easily at home as teacher can focus on child’s mistakes and weaker topics. They do not have a bunch of students to teach or enhance their skills because they only have to focus on particular child.
On the other hand, since school education offers various benefits, it is often argued that it is important for students to attend educational institutes, and I agree with this statement. Firstly, school improves children’s social skills. This is due to the fact that they meet students from different background and culture, and this helps them to learn different culture’s language, habits and living styles. Secondly, numerous institutes provides art and sports lessons which aid pupils to know their hidden talent and get success from it. For example, according to recent survey from Ghana, 70 per cent Indian athletics have started playing their sports from primary school. In short, school aids children to develop their social and personal skills.
In conclusion, while people may vary in their opinion, I think that children must occupy education from school as it also offers knowledge other than academic subjects.
Candidate’s intended score: 7
The actual score: 6-6.5
You must be wondering WHY such a decent piece of writing would be only graded 6.
The format of the IELTS is misunderstood. Many content points are underdeveloped or invalid.
For more detailed information, contact us for the Overview Class which explains what a level 7 should look like and discerns between a level 6.5 and 7.