IELTS Writing: 12 Areas to Watch Out For!
This means that you don't write at least 150 words (Task 1) or 250 words (Task 2)
This means you leave out important (main points) from your Task 1 answer.
This means that you have not written in block paragraphs. For example, you have used bullet points and indented lists so your answer looks more like notes taken in a lecture.
For example, you could have been too informal (eg: instead of 'children', you have written 'kids', etc.). In General Training Task 1 letter, you must choose the correct tone - it will be personal, semi-formal or formal.
This means that you have not written a summary statement in your Task 1 response.
In Academic Task 1 it is important that you back up your statements with actual figures/numbers.
You must make sure that your ideas relate to the question. Don't try to memorise an answer. In Academic Task 1 don't try to interpret or give reasons for the data.
In Academic Task 1, make sure you don't 'mechanically' describe the data (eg: in 2018 the numbers decreased to 17. In 2019 the numbers increased to 21%. In 2020 the numbers stayed the same. In 2021 the numbers...)
Don't try to memorise a full answer and hope that it will work on test day - it won't . Make sure you carefully read the question and make sure your writing relates to the topic.
If the question asks: 'To what extent do you agree or disagree?' It's important that you address both parts. If a question asks, 'Discuss both sides and give your opinion', it's important that you include all three aspects.
Make sure you write in block paragraphs (we recommend leaving a blank line between each paragraph) and make sure each paragraph contains a clear, central topic.