3 quick ways to improve your spelling and make fewer mistakes in IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing
Spelling is important in IELTS. If you spell an answer incorrectly in IELTS Listening or Reading, you won’t receive a mark for that answer. The more spelling mistakes you make in IELTS Writing, the less likely you are to get the Writing band score you need.
- Writing band score 6.0: “Makes some errors in spelling…”
- Writing band score 7.0: “May produce occasional errors…”
- Writing band score 8.0: “Produces rare errors in spelling…”
The good news is you can improve your spelling quickly by using the 3 simple techniques below.
1. Practice IELTS spelling with this simple 4-step technique
Once you’ve identified what spelling mistakes you make or when you learn a new word, you can use this quick and simple technique to remember how to spell these words.
LOOK at how the word is spelt.
COVER the word so you can’t see it.
WRITE the word without looking at how it is spelt.
CHECK you have spelt it correctly.
If you’ve spelt it correctly using this technique, go through the four steps again as you’re more likely to remember the spelling if you’ve spelt it correctly twice.
You’re more likely to remember the spelling of a word if you’ve spelt it correctly twice using the Look, Cover, Write, Check technique.
If you’ve spelt it incorrectly, look at how the word is spelt and then keep going through the four steps until you’ve spelt the word correctly twice.
I’ve seen IELTS candidates dramatically improve their spelling in a few weeks by using this technique for just 5 minutes a day.
2. Create interesting ways to remember how to spell words
Another way to make fewer IELTS spelling mistakes is to create phrases or sentences, mnemonics, to help you remember difficult to spell words.
I used to forget how many ‘c‘s and ‘s‘s were in the word ‘necessary‘ but, since creating the following phrase, I remember that the word contains one ‘c‘ but two ‘s‘s.
- one coffee, two sugars (necessary)
This technique is especially useful for remembering the spelling of words with double letters.
3. Turn off autocorrect
How much do you rely on autocorrect when writing emails, SMS or documents?
In many cases, autocorrect will correct your spelling mistakes without you even noticing, which isn’t going to help you make fewer IELTS spelling mistakes.
If you turn off autocorrect on all your devices/apps a few weeks before your IELTS test and start checking your writing for spelling mistakes, this will help you identify which words you don’t know how to spell and encourage you to learn how to spell them.
If you know any other ways to improve your spelling and make fewer IELTS spelling mistakes, please share them in the comments section below.