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

Today you’ll learn how to avoid common IELTS brainstorm rookie mistakes on your exam.

On the test, you must brainstorm twice- for Writing and for Speaking Part 2.

However, the way you take these notes is different.

Speaking Part 2 Notes

  • You only get one minute
  • Don’t write complete sentences
  • Write down everything you think of- including details
  • Try organizing your notes chronologically, as in a narrative or story
  • Write the specific topic first
  • Then, think about building out the context of the topic
  • Don’t describe too many things– dive deeply into just one thing, like one person or one place


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  • Glance down at your notes while you talk for the 2 minutes
  • Only write in English

Listen to some of our sample answers to see how Part 2 should sound, and take a look at this video about the Part 2 strategy of before/during/after.

Writing Task 2 Brainstorm

Having this information is only half the battle! You must still practice applying them a lot, until you feel confident and comfortable, before exam day.

In this episode, we reference episode 570 with Adrian from Academic English Help.

What do you think about today’s advice?

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