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5 tips to instantly improve your IELTS score

Apr 24 2023

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These 5 tips will instantly improve your language and make you ready for any English language exam like IELTS, PTE, DET, OET, or TOEFL.

Improving your IELTS score is important for anyone who wants to study, work or migrate to an English-speaking country. Here are five tips to help you improve your IELTS score by avoiding common mistakes. These tips should also be a part of your learning routine if you are looking for a high score in PTE.

1. Writing Good Introductions:

A good introduction should be short and simple, but also engaging and informative. Start with a general statement about the topic, then provide some background information and end with a thesis statement that clearly states the main point of your essay. The same also applies while writing a letter, whether it is for the IELTS General Test or even if you are looking for a guaranteed score of B+ in OET.

2. Building Good Paragraphs:

A paragraph is a group of sentences that discuss a single idea. To build a good paragraph, start with a topic sentence that introduces the main idea, provide supporting sentences that give more details, and end with a concluding sentence that summarizes the paragraph. If you want to get a 7+ Band score in IELTS, paragraphing is a vital element. Without proper paragraphing, you score in IELTS (in CC) will not go beyond Band 6.

3. Misplaced Modifiers:

Misplaced modifiers occur when a modifier (e.g., an adjective or adverb) is in the wrong place in a sentence, making the sentence unclear or confusing. For example, “I saw a bird walking down the street with a pair of binoculars” could be interpreted to mean that the bird was carrying binoculars. To avoid misplaced modifiers, make sure the modifier is placed next to the word it is modifying.
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4. Subject-Verb Agreement Errors:

Subject-verb agreement errors occur when the subject and verb do not match in number. For example, “The shelf on which the books are broken” should be “The shelf on which the books are, is broken” since “books” is plural while "shelf" is singular. To avoid subject-verb agreement errors, make sure the verb agrees with the subject in number and person.
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5. Sentence Fragments:

A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence that is missing a subject, verb, or both. For example, “On the way to the store” is a sentence fragment because it is missing a verb. The readers do now know why you are going to the store, or what happened there, or who is on the way to the store. Leaving readers confused will mean that your score in IELTS will be restricted to a Band 5 (in GR, especially) To avoid sentence fragments, make sure each sentence has a subject and verb and expresses a complete thought.

By avoiding misplaced modifiers, subject-verb agreement errors, sentence fragments, and by building good paragraphs and writing good introductions, you can significantly improve your IELTS score. These tips may seem basic, but they are crucial to mastering the English language and achieving success in your academic or professional pursuits.
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