IELTS Writing Task 2 Preparation Tips/Tricks 2020

In IELTS Writing Task 2 you will be asked to write an essay of 250 words. While writing the essay you should follow a particular structure. You need to write an introduction to the topic. It should be followed by a paragraph with logical analysis. You should also give an appropriate conclusion.

Tips/Tricks for IELTS Writing Task 2

There are a few basic tips/ tricks to be followed while writing an essay for IELTS writing task 2. They are as follows:

Handwritten Responses

Nowadays, the computer-based IELTS exam is more in use than the handwritten IELTS exam. So if you are planning to take a handwritten IELTS exam, try to practice IELTS writing task 2 using pen and paper. Also, you can measure the speed of your writing which will help you in time management.


Timing is very important in writing test. The writing speed may differ from person to person. You can improve your writing speed by practising different writing tasks. In order to manage your time, you can allocate the time for different parts of the essay. For example: allocate  2-10 minutes for planning the essay,  allot 25-30 minutes for writing the essay, 5 minutes for reviewing and editing the essay etc.

Formal Writing

The essay should be written in a formal manner. This means you should write the essay in the same way as you write the report for school or office. Do not use any slang, which you use while speaking. The main things to be borne in mind while writing an essay formally is as follows:

  • Organize Ideas into separate paragraphs

Since there is a structure for writing the essay, it has to be followed so that the essay looks professional. Main features in the essay should be organized into different paragraphs.

  • Write in complete sentences

Whenever you write an essay, do not leave any sentence incomplete. Always try to conclude the sentence. You have to make sure that the sentence has an independent clause along with the verb and subjects. If you are using a complex sentence in the essay make sure that you use the connectors.

  • Do not repeat words or ideas

While writing the essay make sure you do not repeat any ideas or phrases. Your essay should not be targeted around one point. Try to bring some new ideas while writing the test. You can acquire this skill through practice.

  • Use a neutral tone

While writing the essay use a neutral tone. Do not express any anger, over-excitement on any of the ideas given. Do not write any negative opinion about the topic.


In order to write the answer, you must understand the question given. There are different types of questions that appear in the writing test and you need to look carefully in order to identify what kind of question is given.

Know the common topics

You must practice with the actual test papers. By this, you will get an idea as of how and what kind of topics appear in the IELTS Writing test.

Practice IELTS Writing Task 2

There is a certain structure one needs to follow while practising for the IELTS Writing task. You can follow this below structure in order to get a clear idea:

Step 1: Introduction

  • Paraphrase the question:

In the introduction part, you can paraphrase the question. Keep in mind that you are not supposed to copy the question. You can use synonyms while answering.

  • Give your opinion:

Once you are done with restating your question, you need to give your opinion about the topic. You have to do this because you have to let the examiner know that you have understood the question that is asked and you need to give a brief overview.

Step 2: Support your opinion

Always support your opinion with innovative real-time examples. You can use the phrases like ‘i personally believe that’, ‘in my point of view’ and so on.

Step 3: Give the other side of your opinion

Once your done stating one side of your opinion, try to write about the other side. This shows that you are more aware of the topic. While giving the other opinion you can use the phrases such as, ‘ in another way it can be explained as’, ‘ however there is another side to this discussion’ and so on.

Step 4: Conclusion

  • Summarize the opinion:

Once you are done giving the for and against opinions, you have to give a brief summary. You need to prove to the examiner that you have a good command over the language, grammar and vocabulary.

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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.

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