Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today I’ll talk about 4 ways to clean up your IELTS Task 2 essay for higher writing scores.

IELTS candidates are often worried about having a clean, or presentable, essay. They are anxious about this impacting their Writing score.

For instance, are you anxious about your handwriting?

Or, perhaps you are worried about erasing words or sentences, or crossing things out in the proofreading stage?

Below, you’ll see how having a “clean” essay can positively affect your IELTS Task 2 score.



1. Messy essay

Firstly, having a messy essay has absolutely no effect on your score.

When you are proofreading, you should not bother erasing things. This wastes time.

Instead, just cross the word off and write the correction above it. This can actually improve your Vocabulary and Grammar scores.

2. Bad handwriting

Here, again, most students are needlessly getting distracted by something that does not matter. The examiners are trained professionals, and can decipher bad handwriting with no problem.


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Having said that, however, if you have extremely horrible handwriting, it is an option to write in all capital letters. This is also a good choice if you have problems with capitalization rules.

3. Paragraphs

You must clearly indent the first line of every paragraph, which means starting the first line about 5 spaces in.

4. Linking words

Part of presenting an easy to read essay is using linking words.

In order to score highly for Cohesion and Coherence, your ideas must clearly flow from one to the other. The examiner looks for your linking words and transition phrases.

For example, here are phrases you can use in the body paragraph of your Task 2 essay: Regarding the negative connotations of… The first of these is… To illustrate this, a case in point would be…

Use today’s advice to increase your IELTS Writing score!

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