Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Not Reading the Task 2 Question Carefully

Recently, we talked about the dangers of even mistaking one word in the question. This could throw you off topic, and bring your Task Response score down to a 5 in IELTS Writing Task 2.

Not Reading Everything on the Task 1 Question

IELTS loves to put small words around the graphs and charts. These small words are always very important! If you don’t read everything carefully, you could end up writing about the numbers in an incorrect and inaccurate way.

Don’t Repeat Yourself

This can happen in two ways: repeating specific vocabulary words and repeating ideas.

Remember, every sentence you write has to provide new information, and be necessary in your essay.

Also, if you repeat words too many times, it looks like you don’t have enough vocabulary, and this score could drop to a 5.

That’s why in the third step of the writing process, you must proofread your work. In our course, I give you a simple checklist to use when you proof your work, and this skill must be practiced!


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Don’t Trust IELTS Myths!

If you’re studying with an Academic Writing teacher, or a tutor who does not intimately know the IELTS scoring system, you may be learning rules that don’t actually improve your IELTS score.

For example, some teachers tell you to not use “I” in your Task 2 essay. This is wrong!

You MUST present a strong, personal opinion in order to get a high score for Task Response.

Not Controlling Your Time

When you’re nervous, it’s easy to lose control of your timing strategies.

Take the time for each step of the writing process. For example, in IELTS Task 2, take 5 minutes to read carefully and plan, then 30 minutes to write, and, finally, 5 minutes to check your essay.

Have you experienced some of these mistakes?

Tell us your story in the comments section below!


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