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

Today you’ll learn the ideal lengths for your Task 2 paragraphs for IELTS essays.

In the beginning of this episode we reference this video about a Part 2 answer regarding cake.

We also talk about inspirational student Skeibhert, who got a 7 on Speaking and Writing.

Then, we answer this question by a student in our Facebook group:

I have a question about Writing Task 2. Is the proportion of paragraphs important for good scoring?

For example, in scientific articles, background, discussion and conclusion parts should not be too long, but body and methods and results parts should be long instead.

Is this also true in IELTS? Should we make the first and last paragraphs as short as possible?


We use the analogy in 3 Keys IELTS that your essay is like a hamburger– the body is the meat, and the introduction and conclusion are the bread.


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They are purely functional, and are only there to hold together the important information.

In fact, most of your score is based on the body paragraphs.

Don’t try to be impressive or specific in the introduction, because you are just going to repeat those ideas right away in the next paragraphs. Task 2 is too short to repeat ideas.

Having a solid, high-scoring template to follow eliminates these mistakes and these questions about writing your IELTS essays.

In the 3 Keys’ template, the introduction is only 3-4 sentences, and the conclusion is only 2 sentences.

It’s a waste of time to have more than that, because those sentences will not help your score.

If you have a background in academic writing, you have to learn which of those rules apply to IELTS and which don’t.

Knowing these features is essential to getting a high Writing score, just like these 3 Keys students: Tania, who got a 7, and Leticia, who achieved an 8.

Do you have any questions about IELTS Writing?

Share them with us in the comments section below!


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