How to start writing your IELTS essay?

You get only about 40 minutes to write your IELTS essay. If you approach the task without proper planning, you will not be able to finish it within this time.

Here is how to prepare for the writing tasks.

Stage 1: Preparation

Read the task carefully

You should understand what you are asked to write about. You should also be able to identify the appropriate style for your essay.

Note down your ideas

You have to do this on your question paper. Do not waste time by writing complete sentences. Just note down all points that might be relevant to the topic. They don’t necessarily have to follow a logical order. Don’t spend more than five minutes on brainstorming.

Plan your essay

Select and group your ideas according to the suggested layout for your essay. Don’t spend more than five minutes for this.

Stage 2: Drafting

Write your essay. I recommend that you use a pencil for this because then it will be easier for you to make corrections. Make sure that everything that you write is legible. The examiner should be able to read what you have written.

Don’t spend more than 20 minutes for this.

Stage 3: Reviewing

By simply reviewing your work, you will be able to improve your score. Look for spelling and grammar mistakes. Correct as many mistakes as you can. Don’t spend more than ten minutes for reviewing your work.

While reviewing your work, make sure that you have answered all aspects of the task and that the style and tone is appropriate.

You also have to ensure that you have written at least 250 words and included an introduction and a conclusion.

Your paraphrasing has to be clear and logical and your supporting points have to be relevant.


Manjusha Nambiar

Hi, I'm Manjusha. This is my blog where I give IELTS preparation tips.

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