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Best Guide To IELTS Writing

There will be basically 2 tasks in the IELTS writing section, be it general training or academic and the time will be the same.


It is always regarded IELTS writing to be an integral module among all the other bands. Especially, when you are a student and intend to pursue your higher studies in English-speaking nations.

There will be basically 2 tasks in the writing section, be it general training or academic and the time will be the same. The nature of tasks is different, though. In this one, we will focus on academic IELTS in particular.

They say that reading and writing are reciprocated in a direct proportionate manner which seems quite relatable too when we dig into its aspects. This is to say that if your writing is good then you can relate well with your reading skill as well and vice versa. Let us not get more into the theoretical and philosophical hues of writing and jump into its technical know-how.

IELTS writing incorporates two basic parts with each task for which you will have 1 hour in aggregate. It is allocated 20 minutes for your task 1 and 40 minutes for task 2. Task 1 in academic IELTS actually is report writing whereas task 2 is essay writing.

It’s better if we talk about these two tasks in a more elaborate manner:

IELTS Writing Task 1

It basically is a report presentation based on certain diagrams and specified data, indexing to certain categorized information is not any less than 150 words. You are advised to complete task 1 within 20 minutes. It is most important to understand the diagram and to break down the information within the first 5 minutes in task 1.

Task 1 Question Types:

  • Map

  • Process

  • Flow-chart

  • Life cycle

  • Map

  • Process

  • Flow-chart

  • Life cycle

Key Areas for Markings

Task achievement (25%)

Lexical resource (25%)

Coherence and cohesion (25%)

Grammatical accuracy (25%)

Tips on IELTS Writing Task 1

  • Present your report in at least 3 paragraphs. i.e Intro, Overview, and Body/paragraph.

  • Apply formal structured language as it is report writing.

  • Paraphrase your intro with the use of various words without having changed their meaning.

  • Give an overview of your writing including the most notable and distinctive features.

  • You can define your body in two paragraphs or even one will do good but make sure you do not skip on the important details.

  • It is not compulsory to provide a conclusion if you have already written an overview in task 1.

  • Learn about certain vocabularies and linking devices that are most frequently used in certain types of diagrams.

  • Never overlook your grammatical flaws and spellings.

  • Do not fall on the concept of not less than 150 words overstating and understanding the details. It naturally comes around if your writing is ok.

  • Allocate initial 5 minutes to break down your diagram and finish the report in 15 minutes around.

  • Regarding the tense, consider the date mentioned in the question or details and about the sentence structure, it is advised to use more passive structured sentences.

IELTS Writing Task 2

IELTS writing task 2 is formal essay writing. You will have 40 minutes on average to write your at least 250-words essay and is always considered a sincere job as you will be marked in different areas.

Question Types

There are in general 4 types of questions in task 2

  • Opinion essay ( Agree or Disagree )

  • Advantages/Disadvantages of essay

  • Cause and solution essay

  • Discussing both views

Key areas of marking

  • Task response (25%)

  • Lexical resources (25%)

  • Coherence and cohesion (25%)

  • Grammatical accuracy (25%)

Some Useful Tips on IELTS Writing Task 2

  • Learn the recommended task 2 structure as this is formal essay writing. i.e Introduction/paraphrase, body/paragraphs and conclusion.

  • Take some time to plan and organize your essay as an unplanned essay seems to be falling out of the syllabus often.

  • Resource yourself with abundant academic vocabulary by the time you appear for the test.

  • Try to use more complex and compound sentences in your writing but ensure your sentences provide the complete sense.

  • When you respond to the topic in the beginning, show your paraphrasing skill in the introduction part.

  • Separate the paragraphs for your separate ideas and supply each with a suitable instance.

  • Don’t make multiple paragraphs in your essay because you may run out of ideas and vocabulary to explain.

  • Make yourself familiar with different essay types.

  • Always conclude your essay by the end because a complete essay is worth scoring than the abandoned one.

  • And as always, don’t be too restless while you count on your timing as students are more likely to make silly mistakes when they panic.

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