**Confused****?**

I meet a lot of students who are confused about the **IELTS writing** test. One problem students have is knowing **how much** to write. Another problem is worrying about** time management** in the test.

Read on for some advice that should help with both of these problems…

### 1. How much to Write in the Writing Test

In the IELTS test it is **not** a good idea to write **too much**, but it is also **not** a good idea to write **too little**.

In **Task 1**, you should write **AT LEAST 150 words**. This means you must write 150 words or more.

In** Task 2,** you should write** AT LEAST 250 words**. This means that you must write 250 words or more.

If you write **fewer** than 150 words in Task 1 or fewer than 250 words in Task 2, you will **lose marks**. So make sure you write more!

However, some students think that this means the more they write the higher their score will be. This is **NOT TRUE**.

As long as your writing is over the minimum number of words, the amount you write **does not matter.** In fact, if you write too much you may **run out of time** or you may have a lot of **mistakes**.

### 2. How to get it right

**My advice** for this is to:

1. Go to the IELTS official website and download the **answer sheets** for task 1 and task 2. (Or just click on these links.)

2. **Print out** the answer sheets (you may need more than one copy)

3. Find an **example question** for Task 1 (such as this one here ) and an example question for Task 2 (such as this one here).

4. **Plan** your answer to Task 1.

5. **Write** your answer to Task 1 on the answer sheet.

6. **Count** your words.

7. If you have more than 150 words, that’s great! If you have fewer than 150 words, you need to **rewrite your answer** to include more words.

8. When you have over 150 words, **count how many lines** on the answer sheet you used to get to 150 words. (For example, 150 words in my writing is about **20 lines** on the IELTS answer sheet. What about yours?)

9. Do the same for Task 2 with 250 words.

10. **Practise** this again with some more practice questions at a later date.

11.When you finally do the IELTS writing test, you should therefore know **how many lines** of the answer sheet are filled with 150 words of your writing.

(For me, for example, I would write 22 or 23 lines for Task 1.)

This means that you will **not** need to count your words in the exam! Just your **lines**!

This is great as you **do not have time** to count your words on **exam day**! Counting lines is much **quicker**!

I hope you found this advice useful.

Please let me know if you did by wrting a reply below!

**Good luck** with your IELTS writing preparation!

If you need help with your IELTS writing, send me an email at charlottesenglishlessons@gmail.com with your questions and I will do my best to help you!

Have a great week!

Charlotte XX