IELTS writing task 2 requires at least 250 words, high scoring essays usually have 270-320 words. This free tool will help you to count words, characters, sentences, and paragraphs in your IELTS Writing Task 2 essays. Just paste your text in the box below:
IELTS counts all words, including small ones like 'a', 'an', 'the'. Compound words (e.g. 'well-being'), hyphenated words, numbers, and dates are counted as one. If your response contains 20 words or fewer, it's rated at Band 1. Typically a good essay has 270-320 words.
Paragraphing makes your essay clear and easy to read. Each new idea or topic should start a new paragraph. If paragraphing is inadequate, your Coherence and Cohesion score could be limited to 5. Typically, a Task 2 essay should have 4-5 paragraphs.
The number of sentences affects the clarity and coherence of your essay. Each paragraph should have a minimum of 3-4 sentences, including a topic sentence and supporting sentences. Varying sentence lengths keeps your writing engaging, but avoid very long sentences to prevent confusion.
While IELTS doesn't directly count characters, it's a good measure of your writing's length. More characters usually mean more words, helping you meet the minimum word requirement for Task 2.