Writing test advice

by Elisa

First thing you should know is that you can use either pen or pencil to write answers and you can even can write everything in CAPITAL LETTERS.

You will not have any spare paper to make notes but you can write anything you like on the question paper (in other words, question paper is where you can make notes)... 

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Some notes about punctuation

by Katie

Good punctuation is crucial for successful essay writing and it is graded as Grammatical Range and Accuracy. Many students use little punctuation in their essays beyond commas and full stops. But to be restricted to just two forms of punctuation mark, when writing your essay, is like building a house using only a hammer and a saw: you can do it; but not very well. By learning to use more, or all, of the available forms of punctuation you will be able to communicate and express your ideas, and arguments, more clearly. Here are the most common punctuation marks which you need to use properly in your IELTS essays...

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Some notes about formal writing styles

by Cindy

Task 2 of an IELTS test requires to be written in formal style in which you should use:

  • Passive voice, impersonal constructions
    • It is argued that...; It cannot be denied that...
  • A range of advanced vocabulary (verbs, adjectives, abstract nouns...)
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Task 2 Essays

by Michelle

An essay in Task 2 is a piece of formal writing which discusses a particular issue, situation or problem. There are three main types of discursive essays in IELTS tests:

  1. For and against essays
  2. Opinion essays
  3. Essays suggesting solutions to problems
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How to start and end an essay

by Rose

In the first paragraph, you should state the topic and/or your opinion, and you may include one or more of the following techniques.

  • Make reference to an unusual or striking idea/scene/situation
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How your essays are graded

by Cherry

This is how they grade your essay: you receive points for Task AchievementCoherence and CohesionnLexical Resource, and Grammatical Range and Accuracy...

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Requirements for band 7

by Adam

Task 1

Task Achievement (Task Response)

  • covers the requirements of the task
  • presents a clear purpose, with the tone consistent and appropriate
  • clearly presents and highlights key features/bullet points but could be more fully extended...
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IELTS General Training Writing - Introduction

by Cherry


The General Training Writing test is 60 minutes long and has two writing tasks of 150 words and 250 words.

1. Task 1

In Task 1, candidates are asked to respond to a situation, by writing a letter for example, requesting information or explaining a situation. An example of this task would be:


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