Top Do’s And Don’ts About IELTS Writing Test Task 2


Writing is not something like a gifted quality. Majority of the good writers are people who have got themselves trained on how to write effectively. If you are going to take IELTS, then writing test is going to be more difficult for you. You will have to show your writing skills to get through it.

Here, we have listed what you shall do and what you shall not do when it comes to answering writing task 2 in your IELTS writing test in 2018.

What Shall You do When You Take IELTS Writing Test Task 2?

  • Understand more about the topic. You need to know what the examiner has asked you to do and answer accordingly
  • You will have to answer the question (or all the parts of the question)
  • It is wise to spend at least a few minutes in planning how to begin or how to structure your answer
  • It will make good impression if you can paraphrase the task.
  • Present the aim of the topic or the essential idea of the topic given to you in the first few sentences
  • Make sure you divide the essay in smaller paragraphs. Usually, four-five small paragraphs look good or create a good impression on the examiner
  • Try to begin each paragraph with the sentence that reflects the given topic
  • Provide reasons if the examiner has asked you to
  • Summarize the points in a more effective way
  • Try to provide the best and the most suitable conclusion
  • It is good to present your opinion in a more formal style (for example, “In my opinion” or “I believe” or “I agree that” etc)
  • Make us of formal vocabulary. Make use of simple and easy-to-understand words.
  • Make use of passive voice (for instance, the work will be completed on ………)
  • Make use of correct words which represent distinct ideas
  • Use formal words that can link sentences in the right way
  • Make use of different types of sentences
  • Use simple to complex sentences
  • Proofread before submitting the answer (Check spellings, look for errors, check grammar, check words you have used etc)
  • You will have to limit the answer to 250 words

What shall you not do when taking IELTS Writing Task 2?

  • You do not have to be in hurry to begin your answer
  • Don’t make us of contractions (for instance, She doesn’t, I don’t, I haven’t I’d, I didn’t etc).
  • Don’t try to be too sentimental in presenting the opinion
  • Don’t make use of emotive words (for instance, excellent, fabulous, marvelous, gorgeous etc)
  • Don’t just provide personal or local examples when the topic covered is global in nature.
  • Avoid colloquial words or expressions
  • It is not necessary that you shall put to use complex or difficult-to-understand words.
  • Don’t make use of words which are of different language (for example, words from other
  • languages like Spanish, French, German etc
  • Avoid extremely simple vocabulary (for instance, good, bad, easy, top, etc)
  • Don’t just write only simple sentences


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