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

Today we are talking about a recent question in our Facebook Live class, about correct IELTS essay formats.

In a writing task, which method is better to use, the block method or the point by point method?

Format Matters for Your IELTS Scores

In both General and Academic IELTS, you must use the correct format, or your Task Achievement/Response scores, and Cohesion/Coherence scores will decrease.

If you use bullet points, for instance, this is incorrect format and will lower your scores.

In the General Task 1 letter, and the Academic Task 1 essay, you must use paragraphs. In our course, we recommend always using a 3-paragraph essay template, regardless of the type of question.


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In Task 2, which requires you to write the same type of essays for both General and Academic, you must also use paragraphs. We recommend, in our course, always following a 4-paragraph essay template.

We’ve also added an Extra Practice Package in 3 Keys, in which you can watch a video lesson of me going through the complete process of writing a Task 2 essay in 40 minutes.

Also, you can read models of all types of IELTS Task 1 and Task 2 essays, for both General and Academic.

Many of our 3 Keys students use our closed Facebook group to post their IELTS questions there, and hear back from me almost immediately.

One recent question:

Can we use ‘I’ and ‘you’ in our writing?

You must use ‘I’ in Task 2, because you must provide your strong, personal opinion for high scores.

However, you should not use ‘you’, as this is informal, and seems as if you are speaking directly to the examiner.

What do you think of today’s advice?

Let us know in the comments section below! (That rhymes!)

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