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General strategies for IELTS writing modules

The task 2 of the IELTS writing module asks you to write an essay containing at least 250 words. You will get about 40 minutes to write your essay. Here are some tips for tackling this task.

Don’t start writing immediately. Before you start writing, you should spend a few minutes analyzing the prompt. The prompt may contain surprising or contrasting information.

Do not copy the wording in the exam question. If you do, you will probably not be penalized, but the words you copied will be deducted from the total number of words and will not be assessed. To be on the safe side, you must write at least 275 words. So, even if some words are deducted from your essay, you will still have the required number of words (250).

Decide how to approach the task. You can approach your IELTS essay in two ways: you can choose an argument-led or a thesis-led approach.

The argument-led approach should be used when the prompt contains two or more questions.

It is useful for discussing different views, comparing advantages and disadvantages and analysing problems and suggesting solutions.

Argument-led approach

You should be able to support both opinions with logical arguments.

Read the essay prompt carefully and underline the keywords. This will help you focus your answer on the key points. You should then brainstorm ideas both for and against the issue.

Develop the body of your essay

In each paragraph, you should discuss only one main argument. You have to start a new paragraph, when you discuss another idea. Each point should be justified with clear supporting material.

Provide a strong conclusion

Conclude your essay by summarizing your main points. You must also state your own personal view.