IELTS academic writing task 2 tips

IELTS academic writing task 2 tips: How to improve your score

In this task, both General Training and Academic students are expected to write an essay on a given topic. The following table gives an overview of the don’ts and do’s of writing task 2.

Don’ts Do’s
Copy the given introduction Rewrite the introduction of the essay in your own language.
Poor task response

Poor understanding of the question and irrelevant information

Good task response

Understand the question, plan your essay and include relevant information.

Telling stories about your personal life, friends or family. Give more general examples to support your views.
Poor structure i.e. writing the whole essay in one or two paragraphs. Write in small paragraphs: Introduction, main body paragraphs and conclusion.
Illegible (difficult to read) handwriting. Write neatly.
Writing too few words. Count the number of words.

minimum 250 words

Writing too many words. Task 2: maximum 280-300 words
Using informal language. Use academic vocabulary.
Weak linking of ideas Use connectors to link your ideas.
Using contractions such as doesn’t, don’t and shouldn’t etc. Use full forms like does not, do not and should not etc.
Using jargons (special words and phrases that are used by particular groups of people, especially in their work) Make your ideas and examples accessible to a general reader. For example, if you are a mechanical engineer, do not use specialized terms of your field.

 

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