common mistakes of IELTS writing 9 COMMON MISTAKES OF IELTS WRITING


Here’s 9 most common mistakes of IELTS writing those we’ve noticed at our IELTS  class tests and mock tests. Hope you will be able to avoid those in future.

  1. Not managing the time: Generally, you will get 20 minutes for IELTS writing task 1. But it would be better if you spend 15 minutes in the 1st task and save extra 5 minutes for revising at the end of your writing task. To finish task 1 within 15 minutes you have to practice a lot surely. Else, it is an impossible thing to do. Same for the writing task 2 . You should divide your time into three parts for a better result. 10 minutes for brainstorming, 25 minutes for writing and 5 minutes for revising. Now here is the thing, you should not spend more than 25 minutes in writing the essay. Otherwise, you will not be able to check what you have written. Remember time is the crucial thing which you have to maintain in IELTS.

 2.  Not understanding the question:  This is one of the most common mistakes in IELTS wiring. In writing task 2 some questions are a bit tricky. Yes of course some are straight forward questions but some really difficult to understand at once. So, give yourself time to understand the question properly. Other than that, you will loose 20% of your mark for not achieving the task. Which is why you need to read the whole question at least for 2 or 3 times.

  1. Not planning the task 2 properly: Another common mistakes of IELTS writing is not planning appropriately.  You don’t need to plan anything in writing task 1. However, you have to make a map of keywords that about what are you going to write down in task 2 essay. Both for GT and AC students task 1 would be easier. You will get a map or graph or a letter to write down. But in task 2 you have plan first then you have organize them and you are good to go. This will help you to finish your task within 20 minutes or 25 minutes. 
  2. Not discussing both sides: If the question requires to discuss about two sides of a topic then you have to explain both sides. Do not skip it. Positive and negative you have to discuss both that’s how the examiner will get to know that you are well prepared for the IELTS. You will definitely write down the side you support then you also have to write at least two or three points about the negative side.

5.Not giving any example: Whatever logic you are putting in your task 2 try to give some relevant examples. This will enrich your writing. Else, your writing would not be that much flawless. 

  1. Not using enough linking words: Before you provide any kind of example you can start with “for example or for instance”. Moreover, in the conclusion section you can start with “ to conclude it up or finally” something like this. But do not use informal words such as “ in a nut shell or to wrap it up” these are the words that we use with our friends in informal conversations. 
  2. Using informal words: Do not use informal words in your writing. Also try to avoid writing short forms such as, don’t, can’t, etc, won’t. Replace  the informal words with the formal one. 
  3. Do not panic: Panicking is one of nine’s most common mistakes of IELTS writing. Stop watching too many videos and countless strategies. It will push you into a great depression and definitely you do not want that. Strategy is almost the same. Try to build up your basic level.  
  4. Inappropriate usage of words: Use words which are blendable in your sentences. Do not go for the wrong tough vocabularies which is not appropriate for the sentence you have written. Same as the case in sentence making , do not make it extra complicated. Avoid grammatical errors and make sure the sentence is understandable to everyone. 


These were the common mistakes of IELTS writing that we generally make in IELTS . Hope that you will not attempt these mistakes again. Just keep in mind these points. You will get outstanding mark in writing for sure.  For more free IELTS tips click here to subscribe our Youtube channel. 


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