IELTS Writing What Shall You Not Write?

One of the most challenging parts in IELTS is IELTS writing. Even candidates who are good at English face some difficulty when it comes to creating a good essay.

This article talks about what you shall not do in your IELTS writing test.

Drifting away from the main topic

One of the biggest mistakes that most of the candidates make is that they do not focus more on the coherence or the relevance of the content they write. In IELTS writing, it is very important that the candidate should write about the given topic and not anything else.

For example:

If you are asked to give your views on whether small children shall be allowed to work at factories or not, then you shall focus on the same thing.

You can try to give reasons how this will affect the future of the children. Naturally, if small children begin working at the factories leaving their education they will suffer. You can talk about some common ways in which the government can support to eliminate this problem. But, make sure that you do not go away from the main concept of the title.

You shall not talk about how child labour is affecting the country’s progress, what the government shall do in order to stop child labour. Or how child labour laws can be implemented.

Remember, the IELTS writing test is not just about writing anything on the given topic. It is all about relevance. If your answer is not relevant to the given topic then you wil not get a good score.

Each and every sentence shall have relevance to the topic. You shall not fill out the words with the goal to reach out the word count of 250 words for the essay in IELTS writing.

Do not pepper your essay with difficult words

You do not have to use difficult or high-sounding words. It is not important. Most of the candidates feel that they will have to use strong and uncommon words in order to impress the examiner. But, in reality that is not needed. You can use common words but make sure that you pick the right and the most effective words.


Instead of great, you can use tremendous, enormous, immense, extravagant, abundant and other similar synonyms.

But, yes, it is not important that you shall pick difficult words.


You do not have to use words like avant-garde, crackerjack, protracted, flabbergasted, etc.

They may sound good but they may look very odd in your essay.  You shall give preference to common vocabulary if you can’t find some new and effective words.

There is nothing wrong in using words such as adept, deft, dexterous, sharp, savvy to show good (skill).

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