Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Writing for IELTS Task 2: A Step-by-Step Method (Short)


by Tish Kirkland (

The following describes my step-by-step approach to writing an essay for IELTS Writing Task 2. 

Step 1
First, I carefully read the question and underline the key words. 

Then, I think about what the question is actually asking. If it is an argument type essay, I create a yes-no question so that I can answer it easily.

Step 2 

I make two columns, one for yes and the other for no, and brainstorm my ideas to answer my yes-no question.

Some of my ideas may be repeated or somewhat irrlevant, but at this brainstorming stage this repetition is OK. I will edit my ideas more when it comes to the next step: planning.

When brainstorming, I also think about some of the words I would like to include in my essay, such as relevant idioms or collocations. By making a note of these words now, I can come back to them when I am planning, writing, or even when I am checking my work. 

Step 3

Next, I sort my ideas into a plan. I plan for 5 paragraphs: an introduction, 3 x body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Body paragraphs 1 and 2 support my opinion and body paragraph 3 offers an alternative viewpoint, but then refutes that.

Step 4 

After analysing the question, brainstorming, and planning, it’s now time to write. 

Step 5 

Finally, I check my essay and make some minor adjustments. 

While checking this essay, I make sure all my apostrophes are in the right place and my plurals are accurate. I check that my pronouns are not too repetitive and that it is clear who they refer to.

For more information about writing for Task 2 in IELTS, please take a look at my e-courses on 

- Tish

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