IELTS academic writing classes in Chennai, Ambattur- MAKS BELA
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IELTS ACADEMIC WRITING – MAKS BELA

How MAKS BELA IELTS Academic writing training differs?

In IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Candidates are expected to describe some graphic or pictorial information. The graphic information comes in one of five forms – a line graph, bar graph, pie chart, table or diagram illustrating a process. The candidates are required to describe the information or the process in a report of 150 words. This task should be completed in 20 minutes. To fulfil the task requirements one must be familiar with the language appropriate to report writing generally. MAKS BELA IELTS Academic writing training helps the candidates to identify the most important and relevant information and trends in a graph, chart, table or diagram, with the help of our IELTS training the candidates can produce a well-organized overview of it using language accurately in an academic style.

  TASK TWO is an essay based on a topic given on the question paper. Candidates should write at least 250 words in 40 minutes. The candidates are expected to produce a written argument on a given topic and to organize your answer clearly, given some examples to support your points. The candidates must keep in mind that Task Two carries more weight in the final band score than Task One. MAKS BELA IELTS Academic writing task 2 coaching supports the candidate to present a clear, relevant, well-organized argument, giving evidence or examples to support ideas and use language accurately.

IELTS Academic Writing description

 In IELTS Academic Writing candidates has to undergo two Writing tasks and BOTH must be completed within 60 minutes

Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:

 Task 1 – you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.

 In Task 1, test takers are asked to describe some visual information (graph/table/chart/diagram) in their own words. They need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes. In Task 2, they respond to a point of view or argument or problem. They need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.

 Answers must be given on the answer sheet and must be written in full. Notes or bullet points are not as acceptable as answers. Test takers may write on the question paper but this cannot be taken from the examination room and will not be seen by the examiner.

In Writing Task 1, test takers may be asked to describe facts or figures presented in one or more graphs, charts or tables on a related topic; or they may be given a diagram of a machine, a device or a process and asked to explain how it works. They should write in an academic or semi-formal/neutral style and include the most important and the most relevant points in the diagram. Some minor points or details may be left out.

 Test takers should spend no more than 20 minutes on this task. They are asked to write at least 150 words and will be penalized if their answer is too short. While test-takers will not be penalized for writing more than 150 words, they should remember that a longer Task 1 answer may mean that they have less time to spend on Task 2, which contributes twice as much to the Writing band score.

 Test takers should also note that they will be penalized for irrelevance if the response is off-topic or is not written as full, connected text (e.g. using bullet points in any part of the response, or note form, etc.). They will be severely penalized for plagiarism (i.e. copying from another source).

 Test takers must write their answers on the answer booklet.

 What is tested?

 This task assesses the ability to identify the most important and relevant information and trends in a graph, chart, table or diagram, and to give a well-organized overview of it using language accurately in an academic style.

 Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style. 

 In Writing Task 2, test takers are given a topic to write about an academic or semi-formal/neutral style. Answers should be a discursive consideration of the relevant issues. Test takers should make sure that they read the task carefully and provide a full and relevant response. For example, if the topic is a particular aspect of computers, they should focus on this aspect in their response. They should not simply write about computers in general.

Test takers should spend no more than 40 minutes on this task. They are asked to write at least 250 words and will be penalized if their answer is too short. While test-takers will not be penalized for writing more than 250 words, if they write a very long answer they may not have time for checking and correcting at the end and some ideas may not be directly relevant to the question. 

 Task 2 contributes twice as much to the final Writing band score as Task 1. Therefore, test takers who fail to attempt to answer this task will greatly reduce their chance of achieving a good band.

 Test takers will be penalized for irrelevance if the response is off-topic or is not written as full, connected text (e.g. using bullet points in any part of the response, or note form, etc.). They will be severely penalized for plagiarism (i.e. copying from another source). Finally, test takers should make sure that they do not copy directly from the question paper because this will not be assessed.

They must write their answers on the answer booklet.

 What is tested?

This task assesses the ability to present a clear, relevant, well-organized argument, giving evidence or examples to support ideas and use language accurately.

 IELTS Academic Writing – Marking and assessment

Each task is assessed independently. The assessment of Task 2 carries more weight in marking than Task 1.

 Responses are assessed by certificated IELTS examiners. All IELTS examiners hold relevant teaching qualifications and are recruited as examiners by the test centres and approved by the British Council or IDP: IELTS Australia.

 Scores are reported in whole and half bands. Detailed performance descriptors have been developed which describe written performance at the nine IELTS bands. These are available on the How IELTS is scored page. They apply to both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training versions and are based on the following criteria.

 Task 1 responses are assessed on:

  • Task achievement
  • Coherence and cohesion
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy.

 Task 2 responses are assessed on:

    • Task response
    • Coherence and cohesion
    • Lexical resource
    • Grammatical range and accuracy.

    Task 1

     Task achievement 

     This assesses how appropriately, accurately and relevantly the response fulfils the requirements set out in the task, using the minimum of 150 words. Academic Writing Task 1 is a writing task that has a defined input and a largely predictable output. It is an information-transfer task that relates narrowly to the factual content of an input diagram and not to speculative explanations that lie outside the given data.

     Coherence and cohesion 

     This concerns overall clarity and fluency: how the response organizes and links information, ideas, and language. Coherence refers to the linking of ideas through logical sequencing. Cohesion refers to the varied and appropriate use of cohesive devices (for example, logical connectors, pronouns, and conjunctions) to assist in making the conceptual and referential relationships between and within sentences clear.

     Lexical resource 

     This refers to the range of vocabulary used and its accuracy and appropriacy in terms of the specific task.

     Grammatical range and accuracy 

     This refers to the range and accurate use of grammar as manifested in their sentence writing.

    Task 2

     Task response 

     In both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training versions, Task 2 requires test takers to formulate and develop a position with a given prompt in the form of a question or statement. Ideas should be supported by evidence, and examples may be drawn from the test-takers’ own experience. Responses must be at least 250 words in length. Scripts under the required minimum word limit will be penalized.

     Coherence and cohesion 

     This assesses the overall clarity and fluency of the message: how the response organizes and links information, ideas, and language. Coherence refers to the linking of ideas through logical sequencing. Cohesion refers to the varied and appropriate use of cohesive devices (for example, logical connectors, pronouns, and conjunctions) to assist in making the conceptual and referential relationships between and within sentences clear.

     Lexical resource 

     This criterion refers to the range of vocabulary used and its accuracy and appropriacy in terms of the specific task.

     Grammatical range and accuracy 

     This assesses the range and accurate use of grammar, as manifested in their test takers’ writing at the sentence level.

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