Nervous in IELTS writing Task 2! How to deal with it? Check the Tips, Tricks, and strategies below
In order to acquire a good score in IELTS writing task 2, the candidate needs to understand the types of task 2 and the criteria on which writing is marked in a real-time IELTS test.
1) Types of Writing Task 2
- Advantages and Disadvantages
- Agree or Disagree
- Reasons, causes, effects
- 2 views and opinion
2) Understand the Marking Criteria
The writing task in an IELTS test is marked on a score of Band 0-9 under 4 marking criteria namely:
- Task Response
- Coherence and Cohesion
- Grammatical Range and accuracy
- Lexical Resource
Task response: Checks if all the parts of the task are covered or not and whether these ideas are connected and well-developed
Coherence and Cohesion: Assesses whether all the ideas are logically connected or not, and the use of cohesive devices and sequencing of ideas in an organized manner
Grammatical range and accuracy: Verify the range of sentence structures used-simple or complex and whether the sentences are error-free
Lexical Resource: Does the assessment of a range of vocabulary used, spellings, and collocations
3) Pillars of a good IELTS Writing Task 2
Plan- Planning of task needs to be done to attain a score of above 7 bands.
Time management- An important factor to be considered is managing time.
Practice: To score well in writing task 2, proper and regular practice is a must.
Topics of IELTS Writing Task 2
- Family and Friends
- Government and Society
- Jobs and Employment
- Science and Technology
- Travel and Tourism
- TV, Music, and Media
4) Structure of Writing Task 2
- Body Paragraph 1
- Body Paragraph 2
- Introduction expects to include a general statement, rephrasing of question along with an answer with a reason
- Body Paragraphs must include the ideas, supported by including specific reasons, explanations and examples.
- The conclusion is expected to include the key point and a message.
5) Road blocks to a good score in writing
- There might be certain errors made in IELTS writing Task 2, leading to a low score:
- There may be irrelevant details given, such as over discussion of one side and not covering the other one.
- An incorrect format is another culprit behind a low score
- A key feature of a writing task is to address all the prompts of tasks equally, as partially addressing a bullet point could limit the scores to Band 5 in “Task Response”
- A major setback in writing scores could be because of using inappropriate or memorized language or using phrases or cliches where they are not suitable, a memorized task may result in just Band 4.
- Spelling and grammatical errors play a crucial role in lowering the scores.
- In order to score high in Task 2, proper paragraphing is the key feature. Improper paragraphing may lead scores to just Band 5.