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IELTS Writing Task 1: flow chart essay

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IELTS Writing Task 1: flow chart essay

The chart below shows the process of waste paper recycling.

The flow chart shows how waste paper is recycled. It is clear that there are six distinct stages in this process, from the initial collection of waste paper to the eventual production of usable paper.

At the first stage in the paper recycling process, waste paper is collected either from paper banks, where members of the public leave their used paper, or directly from businesses. This paper is then sorted by hand and separated according to its grade, with any paper that is not suitable for recycling being removed. Next, the graded paper is transported to a paper mill.

Stages four and five of the process both involve cleaning. The paper is cleaned and pulped, and foreign objects such as staples are taken out. Following this, all remnants of ink and glue are removed from the paper at the de-inking stage. Finally, the pulp can be processed in a paper making machine, which makes the end product: usable paper.

(160 words, band 9)



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IELTS writing task 2 academic and GT Tips

IELTS writing task 2 Academic and GT Tips

In the second part of the IELTS Academic/GT Writing Test, you have to write 250 words. You should spend 40 minutes on this task. Writing Task 2 is worth more than Task 1, so you need to do it well.

For IELTS Writing Task 2, you have to write an essay discussing a topic. You will be given an opinion/ argument, different points of view or a problem to discuss.

Most students prepare phrases for introducing and linking ideas. However, not many students prepare good ideas and opinions for IELTS topics.

We’ll work on these areas:

  • How to structure a good Task 2 essay.
  • Preparation of ideas, opinions and good vocabulary for each IELTS topic.
  • How to build and link sentences to create coherent paragraphs.
  • Common mistakes in grammar and word usage.

Some hard work on these areas can make a big difference to your writing score.  JJ


Today I want to show you what happens in my brain when I see any IELTS Writing Task 2 question.

Here are my thinking steps:

  1. I read the question very carefully, maybe five times. I ask myself “What’s the topic? What is the question asking me to write about?”
  2. I underline the key things that must be included in the essay. I always answer every part of the question.
  3. Now I think about my 4-paragraph structure. I can write any type of essay in 4 paragraphs; I just need to decide what to put in each paragraph.
  4. If I need to give my opinion, I think, “What is the easiest opinion to explain? What good vocabulary could I use?”
  5. Then I write down some vocabulary ideas that are related to the topic.
  6. I try to write 2 sentences for the introduction: I introduce the topic; then give a simple answer (including my opinion if the question asks for it).
  7. I write short ‘topic sentences’ to start each paragraph; then develop my ideas by explaining and supporting with examples.
  8. I look at the question from time to time in order to check that I’m answering every part of it.
  9. I know that I write about 7-8 words per line; therefore, I can quickly check the approximate number of words that I have written.
  10. If I need more words (to reach 250), I expand one of my examples in the main body paragraphs. If necessary, I draw an arrow to show where I want to add the extra words.


 How to write an introduction!!

For IELTS Writing Task 2, keep your introduction short and simple. Don’t waste time writing a long introduction; the main body paragraphs are more important.

A good IELTS Writing introduction needs only 2 things:

  1. A sentence that introduces the topic
  2. A sentence that gives a short, general answer to the question



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