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How to get a 7.5 or higher on Writing Task 2

Here are a few tips to remember when you’re writing your Task 2 essay!

#1: Write at least 250 words (260-270 words is optimal)

Follow this structure, and you’ll be sure to reach 250 words!

  • Introduction: 2 sentences
  • Main Paragraph: 5 sentences
  • Main Paragraph: 5 sentences
  • Conclusion: 1 sentence

As you can see, your Task 2 essay will have four paragraphs.

#2: Include specific examples to support your ideas.

When you include specific examples, you end up writing interesting vocabulary and expressions. When your ideas are too general, you end up repeating the same language and ideas over and over again.

Let’s look at this topic:

Why are people who leave school more successful compared to those who complete their studies? What are the reasons? What is required to be successful?

Here is a great, specific example:

For example, Steve Jobs dropped out of college after a few semesters. Later, he started the Apple company in his garage with a few friends. This company became one of the most innovative and profitable companies in the world.

If I had never talked about this specific example, I wouldn’t have had the chance to use the expressions, “dropped out of college” and “one of the most innovative and profitable companies.”  

#3: Use simple and direct language.

A lot of people think they need to use “complicated” or “advanced” vocabulary and grammar to get a high score. This is actually the opposite! If you try to use “9-level” vocabulary, the sentences won’t make sense.

Never, ever make the examiner read a sentence twice. 

Just focus on communicating your ideas clearly and directly. And going back to #2, if you’re specific in your examples, the good vocabulary and expressions will come. 

Here’s an example of a bad, complicated sentence:

As a result, managers of these companies satisfy the financial inquiries of employees.

What does “satisfy the financial inquiries of employees” mean?

In an effort to sound more sophisticated, the meaning is lost.

Here’s a good, clear sentence:

As a result, managers of these companies agree to raise their employees’ salary.

#4: Practice, practice, practice

The best way to improve your score is to write Task 2 essays every single day. The students who have gotten the best scores are the ones who have written dozens and dozens of these IELTS essays. 

In fact, one of my students has a Google Document full of 50 pages of essays! He got a 7 on the test!

These are our four tips for Task 2 essays! What is your favorite tip? Comment below!

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