Ielts Task 2 Writing Tips and FAQ

IELTS Task 2 Writing Tips FAQ

Here are some of the most common IELTS Task 2 Questions I have been asked by my students and by people around the world.

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    What happens if I write less than 250 words?

    If you write less than 240, you will lose 1 band on Task Response. If it is much shorter you can lose 2, or even 3 bands. This means, instead of a 6 for TR, you would only get a 5, 4 or 3! So, the best thing to do is practice writing a bit over 250 words.

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    What happens if I don't use paragraphs?

    Because Task 2 Writing is an essay, it must have paragraphs. If you write all your ideas together, you can only get a maximum of 5 in Task Response. So make sure you clearly separate your essay into and introduction, at least two body paragraphs, and a conclusion. The best way is to leave a gap between each paragraph.

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    Can I copy the question?

    You can but you shouldn’t! If you copy more than three words in a row, the IELTS examiner won’t count them! This means you could drop below 240 words (See number 1). Instead, try to use a different sentence type, and change some of the words a bit.

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    How do I use IELTS 7 Vocabulary?

    There is no such thing as IELTS 7 vocabulary. However, to get a band 7 in LR (Lexical Resource) you need to be using vocabulary in a more natural way. In other words, you should be using most suitable words for each idea and sentence.

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    How many question types are there?

    Most IELTS books and IELTS teachers will tell you there are 4 types. However, there are actually many combinations and slight differences.

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    I always do really bad in task response. Why?

    Usually this is because you aren’t answering the question directly. If you haven’t joined the email list, join! When you do, you’ll get a practice worksheet to help you answer the questions more directly.

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    Should I memorize sentences?

    Don’t. Instead focus on memorizing short pieces of English you can use to make good sentences. For example, you could learn to use ‘one option is’ or ‘This can lead to’.

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    Should I use famous quotes?

    You don’t need to. Usually when people use quotes they quotes don’t fit the question or topic very well. Also, it can be hard to use quotes to support your main ideas unless you already have very good language. Finally, even if you use a quote successfully, it will not boost your score more than using normal ideas.

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    Do I need an introduction?

    This is like number 2. Because you are writing an essay, you need an introduction and a conclusion. If you don’t you are not achieving the task, and you may only get a 5 for task response.

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    I don't know much about issues. What should I do?

    The best thing to do is to read and listen to modern issues. The Economist is a great source. The more you read the more you will be familiar with a range of issues. (It will also help your IELTS reading!). But remember, you will never have to write about controversial topics such as abortion and democracy. Have a look at The Economist

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    How do I get good ideas?

    Remember, while you need to be familiar with a variety of issues, you do not need ‘good’ ideas. You just need ideas. These can even be a bit stupid. It doesn’t matter. Focus on having organized paragraphs and main ideas and developing your ideas with examples, reasons, and other techniques.

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