Do you have enough vocabulary to get higher than an IELTS Writing band 5.0?
One of the things the examiner will look at in your writing is whether you choose words with the right meaning, i.e. whether you have enough vocabulary for the task.
Here’s part of a sentence from an IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 band 5.0 text from the Official IELTS Practice Materials that has some mistakes in word choice.
“Australia’s share of Japan’s tourist market it stood from 2 percentage to 6 percentage…”
In this sentence, which is describing some information in a graph, the candidate chose to use ‘stood’ instead of ‘increased’ and ‘percentage’ instead of ‘percent’ and both of these were mistakes with word choice. The sentence also contains a grammar mistake, the inclusion of the word ‘it’.
Here’s an example of how you can answer all parts of IELTS Writing Task 2 when you are asked to discuss two different views on a particular topic. (The IELTS Writing Task 2 is from the book Cambridge IELTS 8).
Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of society. Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn this.
As you probably know, in IELTS Academic writing task 1 you have to summarise the information in a graph, chart, table or diagram (or more than one of these).
To show you the kind of writing required for this task, have a look at the chart below from the official IELTS website, think about what information you should include in a written summary, and then read the following example answer.
The chart shows the number of men and women in further education in Britain in three periods and whether they were studying fulltime or part-time.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.