Why students stuck in IELTS Writing?
Mistakes are part of any exam but a student can easily overcome them if he or she keenly observes where the mistakes are encountered. Similar is the case with IELTS Exam. Nevertheless, you need to be extra careful about your mistakes in IELTS Test because even missing the required score by 0.5 Bands can cost your study or settle abroad dream.
Most of you have painful memories of writing essay in schools. Try to recall the experience. Out of the twenty minutes dedicated to essay writing, you spent 10 minutes thinking about a great introduction and writing some scrappy lines. You realize that waiting for a divine inspiration is of no use, as only 10 minutes are in hands before the final bell goes off. So, you start writing fast! Really fast! You know some ideas are better off in introduction but now you don’t have time re-write. You also notice the odd grammatical errors, but you don’t have time to fix it. And the essay is finally ready somehow.
Now, if you have gone through a similar experience in IELTS already read along.
Hasty Task Reading
Most of the students read the topic quickly and begin writing to manage time efficiently. They don’t pay attention to all words neither do they reflect on the task at hand. For an instance pay attention to the following task.
You must spend about 40 minutes on the following task.
While there are some advantages of the group study, one must focus on self-study.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-study?
Give your relevant reasons and examples from your knowledge or experience to support your position.
Write at least 250 words.
Now, most of the students end up writing whether they prefer to study in groups or individually. However, your preference for the study is not asked. You are asked only to concentrate on the pros and cons of the individual studies. Now, if you have compared the two methods and offered your preference you have not answered the question completely, although you may have had a perfect structure. So, you are bound to lose heavily on Task Response (TR), one of the evaluation criteria.
Hence, read the task well and reflect what is exactly expected by the examiner.
No plan to write an essay
Now let’s say you have analyzed and reflected on the task. The next logical step that you should take is to plan for the essay. Here, many students feel a bit hesitant as they have experienced that they need ample time to complete the essay.
Now take a step back. Can you write 10 words in a minute? Yes? Yes! Most of us can do that. So, is it difficult to write 250 words in 25 minutes? It should not be! However, it is only possible if you plan. You can dedicate about 7 to 8 minutes to plan well and think about the examples. Also, think about the flow of ideas in the essay. It will ease out pressure and you can realistically finish writing the essay within 25 minutes.
One of the most painful experiences of correcting IELTS essays is evaluating the answer sheets of the students who look towards example as filler and an excuse to inflate essays with words.
Let’s say you are asked whether watching TV is good for children or not. While supporting the idea that watching TV leads to problems, two authors write the same example, but in different fashions.
Flow of ideas
The problem with writing an essay without planning is that you cannot maintain the correct flow of ideas as you don’t have any control over them. After planning, spend some time in deciding the flow of ideas.
The last but most crucial self-inflected torture (self-harm) students post on them is memorizing esoteric vocabulary. Look at Sample 2 put in the previous point. Do you see any hi-fi vocabulary? No! Yet, it is a very effective piece of the letter. While writing it, the author has ensured that no word is repeated throughout.
Remember IELTS is an English proficiency test, in which the examiner aims to determine whether you can survive in an English-speaking environment or not? Also, Canada is not looking for the next Shakespeare! They are looking for good Engineers, Doctors, Management professionals and others who can work in their country without getting lost in translation. So, the regular words which average citizen use are more than enough to score well on the exam.
Less Words Lowers Score in IELTS Writing Tests
Just as writing more words cost marks, answering in less than the required words will also cost marks.
IELTS Writing tasks strictly follow the word count. For IELTS Writing Task 1 (Letter or Report), you need to write 150 words whereas for IELTS Writing Task 2 (Essay), you require to write 250 words. The length of these tasks plays a crucial role for your score. If you write less than the pre-specified word limit, you will obviously get a low score.
Longer Essay Won’t Give You Better Marks
There is a misconception among most of the IELTS test takers that writing longer essays will help them achieve a High Score. If you too are under such misunderstanding, then clear it right now!
When you write a long essay, there are chances that you might make mistakes as the number of words and sentences increase. This indirectly decreases your score. Thus, it’s time to break this myth right away.