How to write better English sentences for IELTS

Most students that take the IELTS test find that the writing exam is the most difficult task.

This difficulty is probably due to the fact that when people learn English and go to a language class the majority of the class time and exercises are used up with speaking tasks.

So, this leads to the situation where 95% of students are better at speaking English than they are at writing it.

But, as the saying goes, ‘Practice makes perfect’, so let’s practise making your English sentences a lot better.

In the video below, you can see how to make 2 normal sentences into something a bit more sophisticated.

This will impress your IELTS examiner and improve the score for your IELTS Writing test and help to raise your IELTS band score overall.

The improvement of the sentences/writing is not just for the IELTS exam though. These writing skills can improve your score in any Cambridge English exam like FCE or CAE.


1. Link your sentences
Use Linking Adverbs like therefore, additionally, consequently, firstly, secondly, finally, moreover, however

2. Use synonyms to replace basic vocabulary
Like = such as, for example
To Get = acquire, obtain, receive,
To Help = assist, aid, support

3. Change the word order for emphasis
Look at the difference between these normal sentences….
Studying gives you qualifications to help your career. Studying also improves useful life skills like time management

… And this version….
Not only does studying give you qualifications to assist your career , but it also helps improve essential life skills such as time management and task completion.

There is a big difference in the presentation of the same information, isn’t there?

The ‘not only does (sth)… but it also (verb)’ version sound more sophisticated, it is more advanced English to construct a sentence in the way. Therefore, this sentence would impress your IELTS examiner marking your writing test and consequently it would improve your IELTS writing band score.


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