The issue here is really about time management. In the Writing Test, you have exactly 60 minutes to complete two tasks; Task 1 (150 words) and Task 2 (250 words). I STRONGLY advise you to spend about 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on Task 2.in order to give yourself time to complete the test.
So, when you do practice IELTS tests at home, your aim is to get to a point of doing Task in 20 minutes and Task 2 in 40 minutes. Don’t worry about it at first; remember this is your aim for test day. I suggest that you take all the time you need for the first couple of practice tests and then gradually speed up. You need to strike a balance between grammatical accuracy, using great expressions and vocabulary and doing it all within a time frame.
You’ve also got to strike a balance between respecting that time is an important factor and becoming over-anxious about it. It is one thing to occasionally look at the clock to see how you’re going for time but it’s another to constantly clock-watch. Constant clock-watching eats away at your time. If you practise timed writing tasks at home, you’ll soon learn to feel what 20/40 minutes feels like.
Another thing that eats away at your time is counting words too frequently. Again, there are things you can do at home to help reduce this.
- Do a practice IELTS Writing Test.
- Count the number of words in 5 lines of your writing. Divide this number by 5 and that will give you the average number of words you write on a line (assuming that your handwriting is always of a similar size!).
An IELTS Answer page is just an average A4-sized piece of paper. A full page has about 20 lines; so if your average number of words per line is usually 10, you would write about 200 words on a full page.
These two simple tips can help you avoid wasting valuable time on test day.
Here’s to the best IELTS score possible!