Today’s blog post follows on from last week on the topic of reviewing and editing your IELTS writing. This week, I have posted the same text with all spelling, punctuation and grammar errors highlighted, as well as the repeated words and phrases that need paraphrasing. Did you identify all of them last week? Did you miss any? Can you correct any extra mistakes shown here?
At the beginning of the exam, before you start writing, it’s important to spend some time to planning your essay. You shuld also leave time at the end to go through youre work. By planning well at the beginning, you can avoid lots of edits later at the end. It should not be necessary to rewrite whole sentences if you have planned adequately and have a clear idea of what you want to say before you start writing. Brainstorming, planning and drafting are important skills to practice in preparation for your exam and will save you a great deal of time during the exam.
However, you will be under pressure because of the time constraints of the exam and it’s likely that you will make small errors. The most common errors are with spelling. but often errors include grammar errors, like omitting articles (a, the) or using the wrong auxiliary verbs (eg. have instead of has). It’s also important to check your subject-verb agreements. Maybe you have included extra words you don’t need or omitted an important word.
Repetition is also something you should check. It is tiresome for a reader when words or phrases were repeated to often in a text and it suggest to the examiner that you do not have a range of grammar and lexis, which is what you must demonstrate in order to score well. Obvously, theire are times when you will need to use the same word more than once but try to avoid doing this, Instead, try to use synonyms (words that mean the same same thing) which demonstrates a knowledge of lexis, or paraphrase the original sentence (say the same thing in a different way), which demonstrates a mastery of English usage and grammar.
Punctuation is another thing to check. Make sure you has used commas ^ full stops and apostrophes correctly and that each new sentence begin with a Capital Letter.
About 3 minutes is all you really need at the end of the exam to check and correct your work, which is not much. But you should remember that this is a crucial stage and so make sure that you don’t run out of time towards the end.
Now that you have read though the text above, you can download the free resource where I have fully corrected the paragraphs and compare your editing skills with mine! Click on the box below.