Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today we answer a 3 Keys student question about using a non-IELTS website for IELTS writing help.

Recently I came across this website, writeandimprove. Can I trust their suggestions? I think it’s a Cambridge website.

This is a Cambridge site, offering free writing correction services.

To be honest, if a resource is free, this is a red flag.

The people grading your writing are probably not being paid that much, and probably aren’t professionals.

It will also probably be a type of sales funnel, where you will be asked to purchase products after using the service.

In addition, as IELTS students, you need to be working with an IELTS professional, as the essays are different than academic writing.

An educated native speaker could help you with vocabulary, grammar, and linking words, but, not knowing the scoring requirements, will not be able to improve your score in every category.

This is important to know in allocating your funds for preparation.

You could pay less for a general English tutor to get help with the aspects previously mentioned.

Then, spend a little bit more, to get feedback from an IELTS pro to help you specifically meet high IELTS requirements.

You must say “I” in your Task 2 essay

In normal academic writing, you cannot use “I”. However, you must include your personal opinion in 3 different places in your Task 2 essay.


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You should use a personal example

This would be too informal for normal academic writing.

On IELTS, in contrast, you don’t have access to a computer or research. So, in order to support your opinion, you must mine your own experiences and use them as examples and details.

Stick to the word limits

The essays are short and you must organize them in a specific way. Also, the body paragraphs should not have concluding sentences such as longer paragraphs in other essays.

Task 1 is completely, uniquely IELTS

There is just no person outside IELTS who could tell you how to tackle Academic Task 1- which numbers are important, how to describe them, and how to organize this information into a 3 paragraph essay.

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