For both parts of the Writing module, the language you use must be academic in style and tone. If you use a casual style of writing, your score will suffer. Here are some tips and tricks you can employ to make your writing consistently academic.
One way of making your writing more academic is to use a tentative rather than assertive language.
Writers of academic prose use certain words and phrases to make their writing more formal and less assertive. In this lesson we will take a look at some of these words and phrases.
Possibly and probably
These adverbs make your writing less assertive. Use them in front of verbs and noun phrases.
May and might
These modal auxiliary verbs can also be used to make your writing more tentative.
Appears to and seems to
Academic writers also make good use of the verb phrases appears to and seems to.
Avoid adverbs like always and every. Instead use often and many / much.