The article is to alert you to some of the most common mistakes in writen English. None of these effect the meaning of you’re essay or report and so, in that sense, there not too serious. They are very simply “surface” mistakes. They can, create a problem. if you make any of these errors, the examiner may beleive its because you have a problem with basic english. That’s the problem for you because your band score may drop. The message is quiet simple: you need to check your writting carefuly for these mistakes.
1. Misunderstanding the instruction portion of the essay question
All the IELTS essay questions include a sentence that tells the student precisely what they are expected to do in their written response. Typically, the sentence will be include the words like discuss, analyze, argue, support or refute and the student is expected to respond accordingly.
2. Writing a thesis that does not respond directly to the essay question
In the event you are given an IELTS question which requires a response written in an argument essay style, it is imperative you compose a clear and relevant thesis. Nothing ruins an argument essay which is faster than a problematic thesis.
3. Do not write out the question again
As with all the other Cambridge exams, when you get to asked a question in a writing task, you should repeat the question in your opening... this does not mean that you should COPY the question. You should paraphrase the question... in other words, repeat the question, but using different words that mean the same thing.
4. Do not report everything you see!
It is not necessary to include every single piece of information that you can see in the charts, graphs and tables. A top IELTS student will be able to choose and select the best information which is presented in writing task 1. As a general rule, in the written answer, include about 5 or 6 numbers or pieces of information. So, that's about 3 pieces of information for both sections 3 and 4 mentioned above.