But it is a waste of time to actually count your words on exam day.
If you take the additional step of using official IELTS Writing Task 2 response sheets (download and print them here), you can see how many words you typically write on each page.
You won’t have to count because Writing speed varies a lot from student to student.
How you allocate time depends a lot on how fast you can write.
Unfortunately, the IELTS doesn’t give you much time to do this.
Making matters worse, it is fairly likely that you won’t have strong, well-developed opinions about the topic. Task 2 questions are (intentionally) debatable, with no clearly “correct” answer.
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Here are some additional features of academic/formal writing to keep in mind for Task 2: In this section, we will look at the overall structure of an IELTS Writing Task 2 response.
Before we get to that, however, let’s take a look at a sample Task 2 question.