Which sentence is better?

Now take a quick test to see if you can identify the best sentence – and the reason why it is the best! Click the link below to get started!

Important points to remember

To write a good essay, you need to know how to present your points in a formal style. This page will show you some of the common errors in the IELTS writing test and how to avoid them. Avoid using personal pronouns (I / we / you / us etc) Compare these two sentences: I … Read more

Video: Errors and tips (review)

Narration: To summarise, there are nine points you need to consider: avoid contractions, avoid phrasal verbs, avoid emphasising with capital letters or being too direct, avoid emphasising with exclamation marks, avoid repeating the same vocabulary, use passive voice sentences if possible, use complex sentences, use good linking words, and finally, use your most academic vocabulary. … Read more

Video: Writing tips

Narration: Now we will look at the other paragraph you saw at the beginning of this lesson, identifying the areas that make it superior. The first point to note is that the candidate has used a passive voice construction with ‘can be ascribed’. This will improve the result of the essay as it demonstrates a … Read more

Video: Common errors

Narration: In this IELTS writing course you will find a number of different lessons that will help you improve your academic writing. In this lesson, we will look at some of the basic points you need to consider. Let’s look back at the bad paragraph you saw at the beginning of this lesson. The first … Read more

Which paragraph is better?

Read the paragraphs below. Which paragraph do you think is most suitable for Task 2? Paragraph A I think that a lot of people don’t make the most of education when they get the chance. There are lots of reasons why – they give up too easily, or they decide to take a job. Then … Read more

Summary of this lesson

In this lesson you should have learned… the basic principles of formal writing what common errors you should avoid tips to help you improve your formal writing for Task 2 the rules of writing in a formal style Return to the Unit Menu

Essential vocabulary for this lesson

To complete this lesson, you will need to know the following vocabulary. When you are sure you know all the words, continue to the next page. ERROR BARBARIC POTENTIAL TEMPTATION SHORT-SIGHTED COMMON IRRESPONSIBLE

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: the basic principles of formal writing about common errors that cost points – and how to avoid making these errors tips to help you write more formally in Task 2 the rules that will help you improve your writing in a formal style