How to Revise an IELTS Essay

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When practicing for the IELTS writing task 2, revising your previous writings is as important as doing practice tests. By improving the essay structure, sentences, and vocabulary, it effectively sharpens your writing skills. However, some students may wonder how to revise an IELTS essay properly. Today let’s take a look at some tips on revising an IELTS essay!

Structure level

To revise an essay, you need to start from the whole structure and then to the details. The essay should have a clear and logical structure. Here are some questions you can ask yourself.

#1. Is there a clear introduction, body and conclusion?

#2. Is there a clear thesis statement that answers the question and shows your opinion?

#3. Is there a clear topic sentence and supporting details in each paragraph?

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Read your essay and mark the introduction, body and conclusion. Underline the thesis statement, topic sentences and supporting details. Make sure that none of those is missing.

#4. Is it logical between paragraphs?

You can improve the logic between paragraphs by using transitional words. Check out our post on useful phrases to link your writing to learn more useful transitional words!

Sentence level

#1. Is every sentence grammatically correct?

Grammar mistakes are one of the most common mistakes in IELTS writing. Check word order and tenses carefully. Also, check out our post on how to use commas correctly to avoid run-on sentences.

#2. Is it logical between sentences?

Sentences cannot be randomly put together. They should have logical connections with each other. Transitional words can also help you to improve the logic between sentences. Therefore, use the proper ones when it is necessary.

#3. Is there a wide range of sentence structures?

If your essay only includes simple sentences, you won’t receive a good score. To get a higher band score, you need to vary your sentence structure. That means you have to use a wide range of sentence structures such as compound sentences and complex sentences. Take a look at the post on useful sentence patterns for IELTS writing!

Vocabulary level

#1 Are there any spelling mistakes?

Spelling mistakes can be eliminated by checking carefully.

#2 Is there a wide range of vocabulary?

Do not use the same word again and again because the vocabulary range is also one of the criteria of IELTS writing. Therefore, expanding your vocabulary is essential for improving writing. Check out our post on five ways to learn English words!

When you are going to revise a previous writing, ask yourself the questions mentioned in this blog to find out the things you need to work on!


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