This tutorial will teach you 3 simple strategies to score Band 7 in IELTS. Follow the 3 steps mentioned in the video and you will never go wrong.

Here's a summary of the 3 simple strategies for IELTS essays discussed in this video in case you have trouble viewing it:

Strategy 1: Read the question carefully

The first thing to do in writing task 2 is identify the topic of the essay. Read the question carefully

Strategy 2: Identify the keywords that define the topic

These are mostly evident in the nouns in the sentence. For example..

The obesity rate among teenagers has increased dramatically in many developed countries. Discuss some possible reasons for this increase and suggest solutions.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.

When you identify the topic, always look carefully to see if it is being narrowed down to a particular area that you need to focus on. If you write about the wrong topic or go off topic when you write your answer, you will end up getting a low band score.

For example, in the above question the main topic is "Obesity rate increase among teenagers in developed countries". If you write about obesity rate amongst adults or over 50's then you will lose marks. Similarly if you write about obesity rate increase among teenagers in developing countries then you would lose marks too.

Strategy 3: Identify all parts of the question

The questions for writing task 2 can be tricky at times and have several parts. Question parts can be identified by looking for joining words such as "and", "or" in the question.

Let's look at the same example that we used before and identify all the parts of the question.

The obesity rate among teenagers has increased dramatically in many developed countries. Discuss some possible reasons for this increase and suggest solutions.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.

You need to give arguments for each part of the question. If you write about only one part and not the other, you will end up losing marks. For example, in the above question there are 2 parts to the question separated by an and. These are:

  1. Possible reasons why obesity rate among teenagers in developed countries has increased.
  2. Suggested solutions for this problem.

You MUST discuss both these parts to ensure you have fully answered the question and you must write roughly equal amounts about each part.

Doing any of the following things will reduce your score for task response, and hence may reduce your overall score:

  1. Only writing about reasons or only solutions
  2. Writing most of your essay about reasons and only a small part on solutions (or visa versa)
  3. Writing about the reasons and solutions for obesity in general, and not referring to teenage obesity (the topic)
  4. Writing about neither reasons nor solutions

This is why it is so important to spend some time at the beginning making sure you identify the task so that you know what you have to write about.


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  1. Atul Pandey 9 years ago

    Did you find the above video tutorial useful?
    If so, what other topics do you want me to create a tutorial next?

    • Aman 7 years ago


    • Anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes it’s very helpful..good job….

  2. faraz 9 years ago


  3. Zaher 7 years ago

    It was very useful , thanks so much.

  4. Anonymous 7 years ago

    I found it very useful. Thank you so much for providing us with this way of looking to writing part.

  5. Ross 7 years ago

    wrong spelling “loosing”
    end up losing

  6. ifeoma 7 years ago

    This is helpful to me to improve my level of coherence

  7. sabarinath gopalakrishnan ponnamma 6 years ago

    Dear Atul
    Where is the level check after the video???

  8. sabari 6 years ago

    the video is extremely useful

  9. Rani 6 years ago

    Please help in writing agree or disagree essay.

  10. Rani 6 years ago

    Please help in writing agree or disagree essay . explanation required.

  11. Reema Gandotra 6 years ago

    Hi Atul,

    The video was really useful for everyone who wish to take ielts. This video contained problem and solution topic. It will be great to watch more videos on different types of writing part 2.


    • Author
      IELTS Online Practice 6 years ago

      Thanks Reema!

      I am in the process of making a library of videos for various essay types.

      Will announce it in a few weeks.


  12. Ramandeep kaur 6 years ago

    It’s help me a lot . Thank you so much for this .

  13. Simran Maan 6 years ago

    It’s helpful ????

  14. Binsha shereef 5 years ago

    This is really worth it.Useful for proper idea and can help to time management.

  15. Binsha shereef 5 years ago

    Looking for these kinds of sources which helps all to plan from the beginning.its really worth it.

  16. Sithembinkosi 4 years ago

    Interesting video tutorial,it really helped me to understand the things that i over looked on the writing would be a great pleasure to see more videos tutorials on different topics

    • Author
      IELTS Online Practice 4 years ago

      Dear Sithembinkosi,

      I’m glad that the video helped you.

      There are more videos in the tutorials about other aspects of Writing task 2.

      Good luck with your IELTS exam!


  17. Ignatius 4 years ago

    Very useful tips. Pls I would like you to explain in the other essay types like you did in the causes and solutions as to how to generate ideas using the what, why, how. Thanks

  18. Author
    IELTS Online Practice 4 years ago

    Dear Ignatius,

    I’m glad that you found it useful.

    I will create more videos in a few days with tips for other essay types too.


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