The writing test of IELTS Academic, as well as IELTS General, consists of two tasks each. And the test is timed i.e the first task is allotted 20 minutes to complete 150 words and the second task is allotted 40 minutes to complete 250 words.

The writing tasks require a typical format in order to score good marks. Failure to do so may lead to the rejection of data.

Now let us see what can lead to rejection of data:

Irrelevant content:  The tasks in the writing tasks are very clearly defined. There is a question which you need to address in a similar tone. Going completely off the track just to fulfill the word limit and not tending to the questions well will lead to rejection of your content as it will not suffice the task.

Lack of Cohesion and Coherence: While addressing the tasks, creating the continuity and the spontaneity is a must in the text in the writing section. Lack of cohesion and coherence in the content will not be able to express the right meaning behind the text. And that creates an imbalanced structure in your content. Thus, it leads to rejection of the written content.

Misquoted examples: Due to paucity of time, sometimes you tend to quote the wrong examples just to cover up your idea in a rush, which is a big “NO” in a writing section. It makes your content inaccurate and invalid as the supporting examples are misquoted. This may depict that you do not understand the question well.

Overuse of similar vocabulary: The glossary plays a crucial role in writing tasks. Overuse of similar words in the content can make it look repeated and the content loses its effectiveness. Although it is not a hard and fast rule not to repeat a word, rather using synonyms or different words to express the same thing can make your writing more appealing to the examiner. Overusing similar vocabulary may lead to deduction of marks.

Contradicting the ideas: Writing or responding to a given question needs  clarity of what you want to convey. Besides that, if there is a choice in the question to agree or disagree, always be clear of the side you take. If there is no clarity in the written content/ response and the ideas you express are contradictory, it does not fulfill the task which implies that you have not achieved the task as was expected from you. In that case, your content will be rendered invalid and may be rejected by the examiner.

What to do to avoid getting your writing data rejected?

Read the question: The first and the foremost tip I would give to every candidate is to go through the given question thoroughly so that you have a deep understanding of what is being asked from you and what is expected in the response.

Plan your writing task: It is a must-do thing, to spend at least 5 minutes to plan your writing task.

Each task requires different treatment such as:

Essay Writing: Plan to begin your task by responding to the thesis statement which becomes the introduction of the essay which is then followed by 2 to 3 body paragraphs depending on the type of question and then end it up with a conclusion.

Report Writing: Create a plan to gather the visual facts and figures and start your task with an introduction which usually is the purpose of the visual information and you can reword the title along with an overview, followed by the demonstration of the facts in the body paragraphs.

Letter: Planning a letter beforehand represents the clarity of your thoughts. Begin with the greetings and then a brief introduction with the purpose of writing the letter. Next, describe the situation or put the request for information, followed by the suggestion in the next paragraph and then the closing sentence, and sign off using appropriate language.

Organize your ideas: After planning your writing task, accumulate all the right ideas which you need to incorporate into your content and mark them priority/importance wise. Then, organize your ideas in a structured order and then start writing. Address all the given parts of the question with related supporting examples. You can quote a real-life experience as an example to validate your viewpoint.

Quote the appropriate examples: It is imperative to mention the appropriate supporting examples that are related to the idea/topic. Else, an inaccurate example or inappropriate use of an example can lead to mismatched information and will misrepresent your content i.e the idea conveys something else and the supporting example depicts something different. The examiner may misunderstand your content, so make sure to use relevant examples to support your ideas.

Avoid using information overdose: It is essential to know the difference between providing the information and the information overdose. Whenever you write your response to a given task, make sure to jot down only the most important ideas and elaborate them at length instead of providing excessive idea and stuffing them in the body paragraphs. Overdose of ideas will lead to messy writing and may misrepresent your answer and that can be considered as an invalid response.

Review: Whenever you attempt your tasks it is always advisable to review your written content when you are finished to check for your writing style, vocabulary, grammar, punctuations and the relevance of content to the topic. Also, do check if all the parts of the question are attempted well as the tasks are time-bound, so in a rush, one may write certain off-track idea(s) which may not be required, the review will help you correct the mistakes.

All the above-mentioned points play a vital role in avoiding your writing content getting rejected or chastened. Following them will only lead you to write accurate, appropriate content which is valid and acceptable and hence, you will score better along with the acceptance of your content. It will also demonstrate that you have a fair understanding of the given question.