IELTS Writing Task 2 Preparation Checklist

To achieve a higher score on academic writing task 2, you need to have appropriate writing skills, and you need to write a minimum of 250 words in a recommended time of just 40 minutes. 

Here is a free checklist for IELTS Writing Task 2 essays, which will help you understand what you should learn and improve your writing skills. This checklist is for your to prepare before the actual test. 

Here is the writing task 2 preparation checklist. Once you learn them, you can put a tick next to each point on the list. This helps vastly reduce the number of mistakes you make. 

Task achievement

I have learned

  • To write between 250 and 300 words
  • What the five types of questions are

In the IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 test, you will be required to write an essay about at least one of the following:

  • 1) Opinion Essays
  • 2) Discussion Essays
  • 3) Problem Solution Essays
  • 4) Advantages & Disadvantages Essays
  • 5) Double Question Essays 
  • How to complete the task according to the rubric
  • How to write introductions (Practise paraphrasing the question to write introductions)
  • How to write an opinion in the introduction and conclusion
  • How to write a conclusion
  • Ideas for specific topics

Cohesion and Coherence

I have learned

  • how to write paragraphs in clear and well-constructed
  • to write my answer into paragraphs (an introduction, body and conclusion) to the task and topics?
  • how to write clear topic sentences, examples, reasons and results included in each paragraph
  • how to use and write correct punctuation
  • how to write sentences well-linked together 

Lexical Resource & Grammatical Range and Accuracy

I have learned

  • how to avoid repetition of words and grammatical structures
  • how to write the question suitably paraphrased
  • sufficient use of academic vocabulary
  • to use vocabulary specific to the topic such as crime, education
  • how to write and check the verb tenses and subject-verb agreement

Improve Writing Skills

I have learned

  • Language workout:
    • Word-building
    • Word formation
  • Using articles correctly
  • Developing topic sentences
  • Conditions
  • Relative clauses
  • Using noun phrases
  • Using pronouns to link ideas and avoid repetition
  • Using the passive
  • Essential language for making comparisons
  • More comparative structures
  • Advanced comparatives and connecting devices
  • Structure and linking:
    • Contrasting ideas
    • Supporting arguments and opinions
    • in spite of/despite
    • in order to / so as to / so that
    • instead (of)
  • Avoiding generalizations in your writing
  • Grammar and phrases for introductions
  • Key adverbs for emphasis, opinion and style
  • Expressing someone else’s opinion
  • Writing introductions for opinion essays
  • General vocabulary for writing about solutions
  • Using the second conditional on writing about solutions
  • Grammar and vocabulary for writing conclusions
  • Write a good paragraph 

In addition to the above points from the list, you should: 

  • Study many real test examples (Band Score 9) of each essay type.
  • Task 2 Writing Time Management:
    • Write ideas in 3 minutes
    • Start writing in 5 minutes
    • Write an essay in 20 minutes
    • Check an essay in 3 minutes
    • Learn to complete the task in less than 40 minute 

how to cheek writing for mistakes:

  • Did you directly answer the question?
  • Look grammar mistakes
  • Checking Spelling
  • Check correct punctuation and missing third person ‘s’
  • Used a variety of sentence types
  • Is it correctly structured? Such introduction and conclusion
  • Clearly defined body paragraphs and “one idea for one body paragraph.’
  • Does it have a logical flow? Are transition words used correctly?
  • Look for unclear (vague) statements – explain and give examples
  • Missing Words (Missing subject, relative pronoun)
  • Omission/incorrect inclusion of articles
  • Word order
  • Appropriately used articles – a, an and the
  • Finally, count words – should be more than 250 

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