Ten Top Tips for IELTS Writing

  1. Paraphrase, do not copy, the information in the task instructions in your introduction
  2. Highlight the overall trend(s) or most important features in your first or last paragraph - this is the overview
  3. Be clear what you are describing (% / millions / thousands etc.)
  4. Use specific numbers from the graph / table
  5. Describe all the features shown on the graph / table (including ‘other’)
  6. Use the correct tense (be careful of future tenses)
  7. Use more advanced vocabulary such as collocations
  8. Vary your writing (fell significantly / a significant fall)
  9. Write a concluding paragraph
  10. Write at least 150 words
  1. Write a minimum of 250 words
  2. Write in a formal style (no abbreviations, no bullet points)
  3. Task 2 is worth more marks than Task 1, so spend more time (40 minutes) on Task 2
  4. Underline the keywords in the question
  5. Structure your essay by writing in clear paragraphs
  6. One paragraph = one idea
  7. Start each paragraph with a topic sentence
  8. Use evidence, examples or facts to support your argument
  9. Order your argument logically - do not jump around from idea to idea
  10. Remember to write an introduction and a conclusion

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