Tips to help you in the IELTS Writing

by IDP IELTS — August 6th, 2020

If you started preparing for IELTS, you already know more about the things you need to pay attention to in the Writing section, but you can organize your thoughts more easily with these IELTS Writing tips.

Before we get to the tips, let’s look at the small reminders:

  • The Writing section consists of two tasks: Task 1 and Task 2.
  • You must write a letter in the IELTS General Training Task 1. This letter can be written to different individuals, such as a friend, relative, boss, or firm. This is a situation you need to request information or explanation in the letter.
  • You are asked to describe or explain the graph, diagram, or table given in IELTS Academic Task 1.
  • The Writing Task 2 section is the same for both General Training IELTS and Academic IELTS. You must write an essay in response to the given problem or topic.

Here are tips to help you in the IELTS Writing:

Read carefully and take notes

Take time to read the question carefully before you start writing. Once you fully understand the question, you can start writing.

While preparing your answers:

  • Note the ideas you think fit the question.
  • Create a small outline to organize the ideas that come to mind. Add the best answers from your notes to this draft.
  • Expand your answer with examples and supporting details once you have decided what to write.
Time to write 

Once you’ve decided it’s time to write. For your answer to be related and well organized, you should write it in paragraphs. Avoid writing itemized.

You should write your Task 2 answer in essay format with an introduction, development (2-3 paragraphs), and final paragraph. We recommend that you look at online examples and practice writing before the exam.

The essay format should be as follows:

  • Introduction – write the main idea (s) and then your thesis statement with an introduction to the topic – so explain what it will be about.
  • Body – write the points you want to tell, support these points with examples and details.
  • Conclusion – summarize what you wrote in the other paragraphs.

A few suggestions for the Task 1 format:

  • Begin with a brief greeting to the letter you need to write in IELTS General Training Task 1. Then explain to the recipient why you wrote it. In this section, you need to ask about the specific details. When writing your answer, be sure to touch on all points in the question and finish with a short close.
  • You must define or explain the graph, diagram or table given in the IELTS Academic Task 1 question. In your answer, write an introductory paragraph, mention the main points, similarities, and differences of what you are describing. Write a short conclusion paragraph, summarize your answer.
Time management

For the Writing section, you will be given 60 minutes to complete. Plan how to use this time most efficiently. It is generally recommended to spend 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on Task 2. We recommend that you use the last minutes of the test to quickly review your answer and make the necessary corrections.

Use of conjunctions

The most useful thing you can use to organize and link your writing: Conjunctions.

Make sure you relate your ideas using conjunctions so that the reader can follow what you write more easily. A short list of the different conjunctions you can use in the IELTS Writing:

  • Furthermore  
  • However  
  • Next  
  • First, second, third  
  • Finally
  • So 
  • Then  

Practice regularly regarding the use of this conjunctions and many more.


Before taking the test, it would be wise to check the IELTS sample questions and answers. Thus, you can learn about the test format and question types to prepare how to write your answers. If you wish, you can get help from an IELTS expert before your test. Check IDP IELTS Writing Assist service

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