To get an 8 in writing, you have to have good ideas. Look at the public version band descriptor for an 8:
• sufficiently addresses all parts of the task
• presents a well-developed response to the question with
relevant, extended and supported ideas
The best thing you can do for yourself is to get reading. We know the IELTS test topics seem to be around, health, technology, education, environment, modern-day problems, crime and punishment, ethical issues such as testing on animals, social issues such as censorship. So when you are asked to discuss such things and want to have relevant, extended and supported ideas, doesn’t it make sense to have some good ideas under your belt?
Your best friend here is Google. Google some basic questions that we see appear over and over again in the test….
Why are children obese — what can we do about it?
What are the advantages/disadvantages of mobile phones?
Are stricter punishments the way to solve crimes?
What are the problems/solutions of overcrowding in cities?
What are the causes/effects of global warming?
Should we ban smoking in all public spaces?
Don’t read in order to retain statistical facts – read in order to get a wide grasp of the different topics.
A quick Google search on “What are the causes of childhood obesity” gave me the following government website:
It gives me causes, effects, solutions…. after reading this an writing your own IELTS essay you are well equipped to write relevant, extended and supported ideas on this topic and you have the added bonus of having more ideas for your Speaking test, if you are asked about this topic, and maybe picking up some vocab for your Reading test……