How to use tenses correctly in writing tasks?

This topic applies to both IELTS writing tasks (task 1 and task 2) for academic as well as general IELTS.

In today's IELTS playlist, you will learn how to use tenses correctly in your writing tasks.

Many errors in writing are to do with verb tenses. You must think critically about what tense to use in a sentence. When in doubt, go with the simpler tense.

Another tip: try not to change tenses within a paragraph (sometimes you must though), and definitely do not change tenses in the same sentence!


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As always, if you have any questions about this topic feel free to ask in the comments below or email us on

Best of luck.

  1. Tushar Kumar 6 months ago

    Hi I have heard that our writing 2 task should be in past tense form please guide me regarding this as I am confused

    • Author
      IELTS Online Practice 6 months ago

      Dear Tushar,

      Your information is incorrect. There is no such rule about writing your essay in past tense. In fact, you need to showcase a range of grammatical structures including the use of variety of tenses.

      Hope this helps.

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