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Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes on IELTS™ Writing Task 2

7 Common Mistakes on IELTS™

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Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes on IELTS™ Writing Task 2

Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes on IELTS™ Writing Task 2. In Writing Task 2 or known as IELTS™ Essay Writing, you are given an opinion, problem or issue to discuss. This task should be answered using a formal, academic style of English. Moreover, Task 2 is worth more compared with Task 1. Therefore, it is suggested that you get this section done first.

As part of your preparation, it is important to know the following criteria used in assessing the IELTS™ Writing Task 2:

  • Task Response – how well you have understood the question and whether or not you have answered all the different parts of the question with clear and logical arguments.
  • Coherence and Cohesion – how clearly you have linked your ideas together and have used paragraph (introductory paragraph, body paragraph, and conclusion)
  • Lexical Resource – how wide is your range of topic vocabulary and word formation.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy – how varies and accurate are your sentence types and


Here are 7 Common Mistakes on IELTS™ to Avoid:

  1. Simply copy words and phrases from the questions. Instead, try to paraphrase the question by looking for the synonym or change the sentence structure.
  2. Repeating the same words, phrases, and ideas frequently. What can be done is having to use a wide range of vocabulary and to present a well-developed response to the question with relevant, extended, and supported ideas.
  3. Not having strong supporting evidence for any of your claims or views in the body paragraph.
  4. Use abbreviation or contraction (e.g. etc, doesn’t, hasn’t). You will be penalised if your answer is not written as full connected text. Hence, you must use complete sentences and avoid using bullet points.
  5. Unorganised and unrelated paragraphs. It is advisable to use a wide range of structures, organised, linked paragraph with simple, compound, and complex sentences.
  6. Off-topic response and unclear ideas.
  7. Minor yet obvious error. Thus, spare time to check your answer for careless mistakes, checking for spelling mistake, punctuation, subject and verb agreement, singular/plural nouns, and tense mistakes.


General Suggestions

  • Spend no more than five minutes analysing the question and planning.
  • Make very brief notes about what you are going to write for each paragraph, one idea for each paragraph is enough.
  • Work out how many lines 250 words are in your handwriting. If you write about ten words per line, then you will need to produce at least 25 lines.
  • Aim to write about 270 words.
  • You need to know your strengths and your limitations and your common mistakes. Then break your limitations and correct the mistakes.

We hope these tips are useful. If you want to know more about how to get a better score in IELTS™ or TOEFL®, contact SUN English at (021) 4585 5238 for more information. (KHU)



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