Tips for IELTS writing task – 2 (academic)

Here are few tips that might help you perform better in your task 2 of academic writing in your IELTS test.

Before you start writing, read the question stem carefully. Take care of the words used in the question. And stick to the facts asked in the question throughout your writing.

Writing an Introduction:

Introduce in your own way, try not to make it too large. You may state what are you going to say in the remaining paras like ‘the essay will try to explore the disadvantages of smoking’. Don’t write conclusion type statement here.

Writing the Body:

  1. Now moving on to the body part of the writing.  You may make one para or multiple depending upon the requirement. If you are asked about advantage and disadvantage of mobile phone, 2 para stating each will be helpful.
  2. Give example, if you are asked to do so. What many of us, including me confuse is the difference between example and logic (a teacher corrected me in this regard). Let me explain – when you are writing about negative sides of mobile phone, a logic you may keep is that talking on this devices along with driving is harmful, but don’t mistake it with an example. An example for this will possibly be something like this- ‘ a friend of mine encountered an accident while driving her car and talking with her boy friend on mobile’.
  3. If you are writing about advantage and disadvantage try to give an example of each.

Writing  the Conclusion/Summery:

This is another vital part. Here, you should say your opinion or suggestions, if any. A good attitude statement is also fine if possible to attach, like ‘child labor is a curse to our society and may our wisdom blossom to prevent it’. Some even suggest to attach a quotation of some great person like Newton or Lincoln or Gandhi, but do that only if you can remember it word to word But people say that it can give your score a edge, not sure, how true it is. I found the latter very difficult, so I never tried it.

After finishing the writing of the task, if possible check it immediately, word to word, so that you can get rid of all possible mistakes you might have made in spelling, grammar, tense etc.

The writing above is a clip of an individualized experience of the author of this article and has no relation with any official IELTS exam or its bodies. Please cross check issues that concern you from various competent authorities dealing with IELTS. This blog shouldn’t be used as a tool to prepare for any exam or test.