Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you know what the difference is between them?

In all of our materials and resources, we pride ourselves on being explicit.

We respect that you are adults, and if you are given advice, you deserve to know exactly why this is advice you should follow.

That’s why everything we tell you is directly linked to what the IELTS examiner is looking for in Writing and Speaking.

Use the following ideas in your own checklist when you proofread your essays.

Task Achievement: IELTS Academic Task 1

  • You must provide a clear overall trend.

Task Achievement: IELTS General Task 1

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Task Response: IELTS Task 2

  • All parts of the question (all key ideas) must be addressed in your essay in a balanced way.
  • You must support your ideas with clear, specific details and examples.
  • The examiner must be able to clearly identify your opinion on the topic.
  • All of your ideas must clearly connect to the test question. Don’t wander off topic!
  • Don’t copy the test question.


More words is not always better! Limit yourself to writing 150-180 words in Task 1, and 250-280 in Task 2.

Are you following this advice in  your IELTS Writing?

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