Students often ask me which writing task they should do first in the exam. Is it better to start with IELTS writing task 1 or task 2?
Personally, I would start with task 1.
You'll be feeling nervous in the exam, so it's a good idea to start with something easy: the introduction to task 1.
If you have read my advice on how to write the introduction for task 1, you will know that you can simply paraphrase the question (rewrite the question with a few changes). This gives you a fast and simple way to begin the exam.
So, don't waste any time at the beginning of the writing test. If you have practised paraphrasing task 1 questions, you should be confident that you know exactly what to do. Get started straight away; you'll feel much better.