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.
|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.|