IELTS Writing Task 2: the
keys to a high score
Memorising phrases for any essay, original or difficult words,
complex grammatical structures, a long introduction with background and thesis
statement: these are NOT the keys to a high score!
If you want to get the highest score possible with your current
level of English:
Focus on answering the question well. This means that you need
good ideas (which is why planning is important). Explain your ideas in detail
in the main body paragraphs.
Work on topic vocabulary rather than
'any essay vocabulary'.
Forget about 'complex structures' and 'difficult words'. When you
try too hard to make your writing look difficult, it usually just seems strange
Keep your essay structure simple: a short introduction and
conclusion, and two well-developed main body paragraphs