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  A multitude of IELTS learners ask me how to boost their IELTS Writing scores 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. Below, I’ll show you some areas to focus on in order to boost your IELTS writing skills.


  01 句子长度多样性

  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. 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.

  02 牢记固定搭配

  Remember collocation

  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.



  ★ Verb + thought:

  ☆ Spare a thought for 想到,替……着想

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


  ☆ Hear ones thought 聆听……的想法

  Have you given the new proposal any thought yet? We’re keen to hear your thought


  ☆ The thought occurs to someone


  The thought just occurs to me that it’s mum’s birthday tomorrow and we haven’t got her a card.


  ☆ Gather one’s thought


  The President was taken aback by the question and took a minute to gather his thoughts.


  ★ Noun + preposition + thought:

  ☆ great deal of thought


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


  ☆ freedom of thought


  Some places don’t encourage freedom of thought.


  ☆ school of thought


  One school of thought contends that modern man originated in Central Africa.


  ☆ train of thought


  Sorry, where was I? I’ve lost my train of thought.


  03 避免使用 really, so, a lot, very

  Avoid ceally, so, a lot, very

  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

  在雅思写作中,你需要使用学术语言,你的目标是正式和学术,所以你不要使用较为口语化的really, so , a lot and very.


  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

  Robot-driven car is really controversial

  ==> Robot-driven car is controversial

  A lot of IELTS learners share their great tips on IELTS writing, speaking on IELTS Material website.

  ==> Many/A great number of/ A multitude of IELTS learners……

  04 不要在学术写作中使用缩略形式

  Do not use Contractions in academic 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

  05 避免使用 There is/ There are

  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.



  There are many issues that students have to face at university

  ==> Students face a multitude of issues at university

  06 了解句子类型

  Know the sentence types

  It’s really important that you know the difference between a simple sentence and a complex sentence. You don’t need to know the terminology, but it is important that you can form full sentences. Knowing the sentence types means being able to avoid these cardinal sins of writing:



  1. sentence fragment


  2. run-on sentences


  3. comma splices




  This is the most common grammar error IELTS students make. A sentence fragment cannot be a sentence by itself. It does not even have one independent clause.

  Remember: a simple sentence is an independent clause, which requires 3 things:

  1. A subject

  2. A verb

  3. A complete thought



  Sometimes it seems to be a sentence, but if we examine it closely it lacks the necessary parts and thus cannot stand alone.



  Ø The doctor worked round the clock. Operating on the boy.

  Ø As India has entered the WTO. The local entrepreneurs are faced with both challenges and opportunities.


  Ø The doctor worked around the clock, operating on the boy.

  Ø As India has entered the WTO, the local entrepreneurs are faced with both challenges and opportunities.



  A run-on sentence consists of two or more main clauses that are joined together without proper punctuation (comma, semi-colon, period, etc). We often speak in run-on sentences but our pauses indicate meaning; however, when we write we need to use punctuation to break up our sentences and impart proper meaning.

  Comma splices occur when two independent clauses are joined by a comma. Remember: a comma is not strong enough to join these clauses itself! You need a conjunctive coordinator to complement it, or else use a semi-colon and a conjunctive adverb.

  Most importantly, to do well in the IELTS writing you don’t need to be a punctuation expert. Just knowing commas and periods is usually sufficient for a good grade.





  Van Gogh is a world-famous artist his paintings can be found in many museums and art galleries.

  Allen Ginsberg is a renowned American poet, his most famous poem is Howl.


  Van Gogh is a world-famous artist whose paintings can be found in many museums and art galleries.

  Van Gogh is a world-famous artist. His paintings can be found in many museums and art galleries.

  Van Gogh is a world-famous artist; his paintings can be found in many museums and art galleries.

  Allen Ginsberg is a renowned American poet, whose most famous poem is Howl.

  Allen Ginsberg is a renowned American poet. His most famous poem is Howl.

  Allen Ginsberg is a renowned American poet; his most famous poem is Howl.




  Be careful to avoid a comma splice. This is a very comma error wherein two independent clauses are joined with a comma, like this:



  The dog was hungry, he wanted some food.


  The dog was hungry; he wanted some food.

  The dog was hungry. He wanted some food.

  The dog was hungry, and he wanted some food.