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 or wrong.
· Keep your essay structure simple: a short introduction and conclusion, and two well-developed main body paragraphs