Many IELTS test takers fail to get a higher mark in the writing component. Why is this the case? What can be done to address this?
It cannot be denied that a considerable number of those who sit the IELTS get lower marks in the writing component. While there are indeed specific reasons for this, there are also a number of steps that can be observed to improve the situation.
There are at least three reasons why many of those who take the IELTS get lower band scores in writing. First of all, it is a fact that writing, among the four components tested in IELTS, is the most neglected skill. To illustrate, once students graduate from school, they rarely have the chance to write essays anymore as most of their jobs expose them to anything but writing. Secondly, the amount of preparation test takers observe is not enough. This is due to the fact that many examinees are in a hurry to take the test. Even if they know that writing is their weakness and that they have not prepared enough for this component, they still take the test. Finally, the writing component is the most unforgiving part of the IELTS as mistakes committed become very obvious since they are in written form. As a result, examiners can easily identify them and count them against test takers.
Nevertheless, this can be remedied easily. One highly effective step is for students to reacquaint themselves with the art and science of writing. Since it has become a neglected skill, students’ writing ability is enhanced in no time through numerous practice drills before taking the actual exam. Another equally beneficial move is for students to have their writing ability assessed before sitting the actual exam. This is best achieved through the help of reliable IELTS trainers who can assess confidently students’ strengths and weaknesses. Paying attention to the criteria observed by examiners in assessing writing can also spell a big difference. By knowing the difference between a good essay and a bad one in IELTS and by distinguishing how academic reports best follow the assessment criteria, students are guaranteed to get higher marks in their writing tests.
By and large, specific causes exist why a number of students do not do well in writing. However, concrete steps can be taken to resolve this matter.