IELTS Writing Task 2 Preparation Tips/Tricks 2020

In IELTS Writing Task 2 you are asked to write an essay of 250 words and while writing the essay you should follow a particular structure such as first you need to write an introduction to the topic, followed by a paragraph analyzing an essay question, developing coherency and understanding the essay questions.

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. You can follow the following tips and tricks:

Handwritten Responses

Nowadays, the computer-delivered IELTS exam is more in use than the handwritten IELTS exam. So if you are planning to take a handwritten IELTS exam then try to practice IELTS writing task 2 in using paper and pencil so that it will be helpful for you and also you can measure the speed of your writing which in turn will help you to manage the timings.


Timing is really important in writing test, the writing speed may differ from person to person. The more you practice the writing tasks the more you will improve your writing speed. In order to manage your timing, you can allocate the timing for different parts of the essay. For example: planning the essay 2-10 minutes, writing the essay 25-30 minutes, reviewing the essay and editing it 5 minutes.

Formal Writing

While writing the essay you should be formal enough. 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 words which you use while speaking. The main things to be kept in mind while writing an essay formally can be as follows:

  • Organize Ideas into separate paragraphs

As you all know there is a structure for writing an easy and you have to follow the same format so that your essay looks professional and structured. Every main feature in the essay should be organized into different paragraphs.

  • Write in complete sentences

Whenever you write an essay, do not leave the 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 the ideas or the phrases that are already used. You should not stick on to the same idea. Try to bring some new ideas while writing the test and for this, you have to practice a lot.

  • Use a neutral tone

While writing the essay use a neutral tone, do not show any anger, over-excitement on any of thee ideas were given. Explain the topic in a calm tone. Do not show any negative opinions about the topic.


Understanding the question before attempting the answer is really necessary. In order to write the answer, you must understand the questions 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

There are different topics that appear in the exam, but you must know the topics that appear in the exam repeatedly and to know this it is important to practice daily with the actual test papers that have appeared before. 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 in order to practice 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 repeat the question in your own words which is called paraphrasing the question. Keep in mind that you are not supposed to copy the question. You can write the answer same as the question but using the synonyms of the word.

  • Give your opinion:

Once you are done with restating your question. You need to give opinion about the the topic that is given. You have to do this because you need to make the examiner believe that you have understood the question that is stated and you need to briefly state what and all you are going to explain about the topic.

Step 2: Support your opinion

Once you give opinion you need to support it by giving some real life examples, which are innovative. You can use the phrases like ‘i pesonally believe that’, ‘in my point of view’ and so on.

Step 3: Give other side of your opinion

Once your done giving one side of your opinion, try to give the other side of your opinion. This shows that you are more aware of the topic and you have a good knowledge about the topic. While giving the other opinion you can use the phrases like, ‘ in other 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, summing whatever you have written starting from the introduction. You need to prove the examiner that you have a good command over 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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