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IELTS Writing: The easiest way to fail

IELTS Writing: The easiest way to fail

The challenge

First, try to answer these questions:

  1. What is the minimum number of words you need to write for Writing Task 1?
  2. What are the five points the examiner is looking for in IELTS Writing?
  3. How should you divide your time between Task 1 and Task 2?

If you can’t answer these three questions confidently, you are not ready to take IELTS. The easiest way to fail to get the band score you need is to go into the test without fully understanding what is required of you.

The solution

We have developed a series of Study Guides to give you all the basic information you need for each of the four test papers, to make sure you are aware of the crucial admin requirements and to give you an insight into preparation in general.

You can download the Writing Study Guide here. To get the others, visit www.ieltspractice.com and subscribe in the bottom right hand corner. The Study Guides are free of charge.


  1. shan says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing this important information.

    150 words for task 1 and 250 words for task 2. Should spend 20 minute in task 1 and 40 minute in task 2.
    My questions is: Which task student need to perform first Task 1 or Task 2? is there any that you can share related to my question that would be helpful.

    • Hi, Shan. It doesn’t really matter which part you do first. The important thing is to be disciplined and be strict with your time and spend 15-20 minutes on task 1 and 35-40 minutes on the essay. Make sure you leave some time at the end to check your own writings — look for spelling, grammatical and syntax errors. Don’t get carried away with one of the tasks because you will not leave yourself enough time for the other! All the best to you and your IELTS test!

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