While preparing for IELTS, people are mostly concerned about one thing and that is GRAMMAR!
Got goosebumps, right? Don’t worry. It’s normal.
However, have you ever thought that despite some of the IELTS Aspirants communicating in English in their day-to-day life, why do they make grammatical mistakes while performing IELTS Writing task? The answer is simple. We don’t USE grammar. We LEARN grammar and USE ENGLISH which is based on grammar. It’s like eating the roots of mango tree instead of the real mangoes. You wouldn’t do that, would you?
So, what’s the solution to come out of the fear of this so-called devil named Grammar? Again, it’s simple. Be friends with it, get to know it, get a bit deep understanding of it.
As far as IELTS is concerned, if you understand the “Grammatical Range & Accuracy” Band Descriptor, it will be enough for you to stay focused on the required aspect.
This criterion focuses on the range and accuracy of the grammar demonstrated by the test taker.
For grammatical range, consider whether what you are describing is something that happened in the past, use past tenses. If it is happening in present, use the present tenses & if it is predicting the future, use a variety of future tenses.
Sometimes, you can use a combination of these different tenses. E.g., while analysing Task 1 diagram, note the time period being described and use the matching tenses when describing the information.
Demonstrating the range of written grammar might also mean use of some of these tenses: Comparatives, Conditionals, Modal Verbs & Passive Tense, especially for Task 1 process description.
All writing tasks allow you to use complex sentence structures. Complex structures are the sentences giving multiple information. Usually, a simple sentence has single information.
You may practice writing by transforming simple sentences to complex sentences by adding more information to the sentence.
A good idea to do this would be asking Wh questions to yourself to decide what you would like to include as additional information.
In your writing, there should be a perfect balance of complex sentences and simple sentences. In addition, punctuation can change meaning too.
Please bear in mind that IELTS Test doesn’t want you to be 100% correct in your writing. However, control is very important.
A few grammatical errors impact communication more than others. The score will be given according to the impact of errors on communication rather than the number of mistakes.
Leave time towards the end of the writing to find and correct errors. You will always identify grammar or spelling mistakes. Correcting these can improve your score and may increase at least 1 band.
The checklist of things to verify after writing is as following:
- Grammatical errors
- Word Limit
- Similarity in Sentence structure
I trust you will find these tips useful to achieve your desired bands in IELTS.
Please note that there is no shortcut or techniques. You will only improve with practice and persistence.
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