I would also recommend avoiding proverbs as well. Most proverbs are not appropriate for academic writing. Here’s an example of an inappropriate proverb in writing “all that glitters is not gold”. While the meaning might be perfect for your essay, it would be better to write “people should not be deceived by appearances because they can be deceptive” The latter sentence has a much better variety of appropriate vocabulary for a high score.
Write with a pencil and replace the mostly used words with its synonyms while proof reading the essay
write neatly by giving enough space and to increase the font as i found my writing is bit small and not reader friendly
improve vocabulary and use some list of common idioms that are allowed to use in IELTS essay
Thank you for this information.
I thought it would be great to use a proverb or a quote in an essay.
I will keep in mind what you recommended in this post.
I have recently received several lessons from an IELTS tutor that use to be an IELTS examiner as well. He gave me advice to use proverb in the first paragraph of my IELTS general writing task 2.
I am confuse now as I saw that some people said it’s not an appropriate style for IELTS writing. What do you think about it?
~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), , 1882
In ancient days, tradition says,
When knowledge was much stinted—
When few could teach and fewer preach,
And books were not yet printed—
What wise men thought, by prudence taught,
They pithily expounded;
And proverbs sage, from age to age,
In every mouth abounded.
O Blessings on the men of yore,
Whom wisdom thus augmented,
And left a store of easy lore
For human use invented.
~, 1864, quoted in by Dwight Edwards Marvin, 1916
In a world in which men write thousands of books and one million scientific papers a year, the mythic bricoleur is the man who plays with all that information and hears a music inside the noise.
A knowledge of general literature is one of the evidences of an enlightened mind; and to give an apt quotation at a fitting time, proves that the mind is stored with sentential lore that can always be used to great advantage by its possessor.