IELTS Energy 20: How Time Flies on the IELTS Writing Task 1 and Task 2

IELTS Writing time strategy

Are you getting ready for your IELTS exam?

One big challenge on the IELTS is timing on the Writing test.

Today we’ll help you with a great time-management strategy.

You have a total of 60 minutes to do the whole Writing test. Task 2 is 250 words and Task 1 is 150 words so you need to spend more time on Writing Task 2.

We recommend 20 minutes for Task 1 and 40 minutes for Task 2.

However, don’t start with Writing Task 2. Do Task 1 first.

You also need to allow time for planning.

It really depends on you and how you prefer to write but we recommend that you practice and see what’s right for you in terms of planning time.

As a general guideline, you could spend 4 minutes planning and then spend a few minutes after to check your work.

When you practice brainstorming and coming up with ideas in the planning step, don’t forget to write down everything you think of.

In Task 2, spend 5 minutes planning, 30 minutes writing, 5 minutes to check.

You need to practice the timing for all of these steps and adjust it based on what you need.

Practice is the key with time management.

The biggest mistakes that people make with time management on IELTS Writing is when they skip both planning and checking at the end.

When you check, look for spelling, grammar, vocabulary, etc.

Listen to this episode to learn more about how to check your own IELTS Writing test.

 

What other questions do you have about IELTS Writing?

Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Dawid Durda

    Hello. Couple years ago I was taking exam to forces. It was 40 question but each close (a b c d) and 40min on answers. 2 way of thinking:
    -1min on 1 question
    -40min entire.
    Its something like psychology trick but better approach is number 2. One you may ask in 10sec other you need 2min.
    Flexible.
    If you already good at comin up with your ideas in your own laungage you probably take this well. For example..you read a lot and think about economic system and create in your head ideas about how to improve a Law …man you seeing topic and with certain level of English instantly start out with topic further.

    • @dawiddurda:disqus yes it is true that if you already consume a lot of information in English and practice articulating it, this could help your score. However, you also need to learn strategies for the test. Good luck and thanks for listening

  • Molly Yang

    The biggest mistakes that people make with time management on IELTS Writing is when they skip both planning and checking at the end.
    Check spelling, grammar, vocabulary etc.