IELTS Writing Test: Task 2 (Tips and Advice)

Task 2 is usually an open-ended question that will ask you to compare or contrast, state advantages and disadvantages, or state whether you agree or disagree with a point of view. You are required to write 250 words.

Paragraph 1: Paraphrase the question and state what you are going to write about, your opinion.

Paragraph 2-4: State your points and give reasons to back your opinions. Paragraph 5-Summarize your point and write a brief conclusion.

General Tips

1. Monitor your time; allow yourself 20 minutes for Task 1 and 40 minutes for Task 2.

2. Make a quick outline before you start writing. This will help you stay on topic and serve as a reference while you write. It will also help you stay organized; the examiner will look for proper organization.

3. You will not get extra points if you write more than the required number of words.

4. Try to use complex sentences as much as possible.

5. Use vocabulary that you are comfortable with.

6. Do not write memorized chunks; write according to what you know and use the sentence structures and vocabulary that you are able to effectively use.

7. Take a minute to review what you have written. Check for grammar and spelling mistakes.

8. Make sure you paraphrase the questions for both tasks; this shows that you understand what is being asked.

9. Connect your paragraphs through points using, ˜First, Next, Finally, or ˜Initially, Then, Lastly. This will keep you organized.

10. Begin the last paragraph with, In summary, or In conclusion. This shows that you are ending the essay.

11. Practice writing by sitting in a place with people around you. This will help you become accustomed to the real test atmosphere. Candidates will sit next to each other at tables during the actual test.

12. Time yourself while you practice the writing questions.

13. Never use a dictionary while you practice.

14. Have someone else read your practice answers and have them point out the mistakes. You should also read their answers and point out their mistakes.

15. Practice with someone who will also be taking the test; they may know things that you do not.