With IELTS writing, remember to spend some time reading, understanding, and planning how you are going to answer the question.
It is not a race to start; so take your time and make sure you are running in the right direction when you do. Many candidates believe that any time not writing is wasted time, and rush to start. In both Task 1 and Task 2, the time given allows for over 6.5 words per minute to be written. Spending 5 minutes preparation time on each task means you have to write eight words per minute. If you doubled that to 10 minutes per task you
If you doubled that to 10 minutes per task, you have to write ten words per minute! Now, I am not suggesting that you spend that amount of time in preparation, but I think you can see that there is ample time to prepare and then write your response. A word every 6 seconds is not difficult for a well prepared IELTS candidate to achieve!
The more time you prepare and organise your response to the question, the easier it is for your writing to flow. Always stopping to think about what to say next, is not the best way to write accurately and efficiently. Worse still, is if you are not entirely covering the question requirements, or in a worst case scenario; writing about something totally unconnected!
Are You Planning to Fail?
As the old saying goes, if we don’t have a plan, we are planning to fail! So plan to succeed, and put in the preparation first. Careful preparation will also reduce the worry and any stress that you may be feeling. We only fear the unknown and things that we don’t understand. Make sure you do understand the question and know exactly how you are going to tackle it. In stressful situations, we are more likely to make mistakes. Just remember to take our time and take control.
I have marked so many IELTS writing papers, where the question was not fully understood and was totally off the topic. Straying slightly from topic alone, will not usually cause you to fail, but it might just result in you failing to achieve the test result you need and are capable of delivering!
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