This book contains the most common mistakes made by candidates at band 6 in IELTS writing. Each unit identifies a common mistake, teaches you the correct form, then helps you practise the language point. Through authentic IELTS practice exercises, you can test yourself to make sure you no longer make these common mistakes and improve your writing score.
Common Mistakes at IELTS Intermediate contains 30 units dealing with common problems in IELTS writing. The aim of the book is to help you notice the problem, correct it, then practise producing the language more accurately in authentic IELTS tasks. After each 3 units, there is a test so that you can review what you have learned.
This book is based on mistakes made by real candidates at bands 5 and 6 during the writing test. It was written after carefully studying writing task answers produced by thousands of candidates at this level from a wide range of nationalities. If you are stuck at band 5 or 6 in writing, this book focuses on mistakes you will be making most often in your writing test. So, unlike other books, it is tailored to meet your needs.
If you are stuck at band 6 or 6.5 in writing, grammar and vocabulary may be a key part of your problem. Learning to identify your own common problems and correct them will not only help you produce the language more accurately during the test, but also to quickly spot your problems when you are checking your writing. When your language is more accurate, the examiner can follow your ideas much more easily in the test. People who use this book tell me that they find it invaluable.
Many people waste time and effort learning to write ‘complex’ sentences which the examiner cannot follow. If you really want to improve your score, you must focus on learning to write in a clear and accurate way, not in a complex and complicated way. Common Mistakes at IELTS Intermediate will help you to achieve the right level of accuracy and complexity. Read the grammar chapter of my free book to understand why aiming to write in a very complex way will keep you stuck at band 6 or below.
Common Mistakes at IELTS Intermediate focuses on the most common grammar and vocabulary problems, but you it cannot teach you all of the language and skills you need for the test. My two vocabulary books (Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS and Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced) and my band 7+ and 8+ vocabulary apps, will teach you the language you need, while The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS teaches you the skills you need as well as giving you 8 complete IELTS practice tests.