HOW TO SCORE BANDS 7 IN WRITING

HOW TO SCORE BANDS 7 IN WRITING

A multitude of IELTS learners ask me how to boost their IELTS to Band 7.0 or higher. It’s not an easy question to answer, but fortunately there are many tips you can make use of in order to boost your IELTS Writing skills.

Vary your Sentence Length

Once you know the different types of sentences, you should practice using them. The most difficult one is the compound-complex sentence, but even if you don’t know that, you can still get a good score with a mix of simple, compound, and complex sentences. The key is varying the length and type of sentence so it sounds natural.

HOW TO SCORE BANDS 7 IN WRITING

Look at this example:

– Firstly, children watch too much TV. It’s bad for their health. It can make them addicted. They will spend too much time indoors. This can make them fat.

The sentences are all short and could easily be mixed together into more interesting patterns:

– Firstly, children watch too much TV, which is bad for their health. This habit can cause them to become addicted, resulting in them spending too much time indoors and thus getting fat.

HOW TO SCORE BANDS 7 IN WRITING

Remember Collocations

Students preparing for the IELTS exam always want to study lots of vocabulary. This is understandable as vocabulary is important for understanding and making yourself understood. However, knowing a word’s meaning is very different from being able to use it. Learn a word in context and you will be able to apply it more easily. When you are learning vocabulary, pay attention to what words commonly go together.

Example:

Verb + thought:

Spare a thought

Spare a thought for all those who are homeless on a cold night like this.

Noun + preposition + thought: great deal of thought

Shirley doesn’t devote a great deal of thought to her appearance.

Avoid using really, so, a lot, very

HOW TO SCORE BANDS 7 IN WRITING

In IELTS writing, you need to write an essay, using “academic” language. So your goal should be to be reasonably formal/academic. To do so, you should not use imprecise language like really, so, a lot, very, etc

Examples:

Many IELTS candidates think that achieving Band 8.0 in IELTS is very hard.

==> Use a stronger word: Many IELTS candidates think that achieving Band 8.0 in IELTS is difficult

Very good ==> top-notch, splendid, terrific, excellent, magnificent, fabulous, outstanding, etc

Very bad ==> horrible, terrible, outrageous, distressing, awful, etc

Very delicious ==> appetizing, delectable, flavorful, scrumptious, enjoyable, palatable, etc.

Do not use Contractions in Academic Writing

HOW TO SCORE BANDS 7 IN WRITING

It’s better to write out the words like:

Don’t ==> do not

Can’t ==> cannot

Mustn’t ==> must not

Couldn’t ==> could not

Wouldn’t ==> would not

Isn’t ==> is not

Haven’t ==> have not

Hasn’t ==> has not

HOW TO SCORE BANDS 7 IN WRITING

Avoid “There is/ There are”

When you write, try to write your ideas in a clear & concise way. There is/there are is extra words that are not needed. So just leave them out to make your sentences stronger and straight to the point.

Example:

There are many issues that students have to face at university

==> Students face a multitude of issues at university

So, by following all these tips you will be able to score 7 or more than 7 bands.

Thanks for reading

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