Today you’ll learn what grammar risks you should take on IELTS to get a 7 and when to play it safe with your grammar choices.
Do you know how complex your grammar needs to be to get a score of 7?
For a 7 you need a mix of sentence structures. To get a 7 you need simple (subject + verb “I go to the store”) and compound sentences (two simple sentences put together using conjunctions “I go to the store and I like to shop”) and complex sentences (adding a dependent clause such as “I go to the store which is near my house because I love to buy the food that they have”).
However, you also need to be sure that you don’t have a lot of mistakes. It’s ok to make some mistakes. You can make mistakes up to a band score of 8.
You should play it safe on the IELTS and use the grammar structures that you are comfortable with.
Don’t try using rare grammar tenses like the past perfect.
Don’t experiment with new tenses on the IELTS exam.
To sum up, to get a 7 you need 80% of your sentences to have no mistakes. You should get comfortable with relative clauses because it’s a great way to mix in the more advanced grammar that you need and they are easy.
How can you add these more complex grammar points?
Try to make it relevant to you when you practice.
What tenses have you used on the IELTS exam?
Tell us in the comments!