How to prepare for IELTS Writing Task 2
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- Task achievement/ Task response: You should be able to cover all the requirements of the task.
- Coherence and Cohesion: You should be able to present all the information logically in paragraphs.
- Lexical Resource – Range of Vocabulary: You should be able to use a wide range of vocabulary to convey precise meanings.
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy: You should be able to use a wide range of structures. Your sentences should be a good mix of Simple and Complex sentences with rare grammatical errors.
Your Band in IELTS Writing is calculated according to your level in the above-mentioned areas. You get Band 1 if your answer is completely unrelated to the task. You get Band 9 when you address all parts of the task with a wide range of error free vocabulary and sentence structure in logically coherent paragraphs. IELTS Writing Task 2 is worth double the marks of IELTS writing Task 1.
Types of Essay Questions in IELTS Writing Task 2
IELTS writing task 2 essay topics can be on family, society, work, technology, education, sports, tourism, etc. You can get any of the following five types of questions on these topics.
- Opinion Essay – A situation is presented to you and you are asked to give your opinion on it. Example: Computers are gaining importance in modern education. Some people believe that certain subjects such as science and mathematics are better taught using computers. What is your opinion? Hints
- Collect the points to be included in your essay.
- Write your essay in four or five paragraphs.
- Paraphrase the question statement in the first paragraph, followed by your thesis statement.
- Elaborate on one detail in the second paragraph – how some subjects can be better taught by using computers.
- Elaborate on the second detail in the third paragraph – how teaching without computers can be more beneficial.
- Conclude your essay in the last paragraph by paraphrasing your thesis statement.
- Use linkers.
- Advantages/ Disadvantages Essays – A prevalent trend or situation or technology is presented to you in the question and you are asked to write its advantages and disadvantages.
- Solution Essay Questions – A problem is given to you in the question. Sometimes you are asked to provide only the solution and sometimes both – causes and solutions.
- Direct Essay Questions – In such essays, you are required to address the two or three questions presented in the question.
How should the structure of an IELTS Task 2 essay look like?
You should write your essay in four or five paragraphs (Body paragraphs can be two or three).
- Paragraph 1: Introduce the IELTS writing topic by giving a background statement followed by the thesis statement.
- Paragraph 2: This is the first paragraph to support your thesis. It should have a topic sentence followed by a supporting example and an explanation. The last sentence of the paragraph should conclude its topic.
- Paragraph 3: This is the second paragraph to support your thesis. It should have a topic sentence followed by a supporting example and an explanation. The last sentence of the paragraph should conclude its topic.
- Paragraph 4: This is the concluding paragraph of the essay. It should summarise the points mentioned in the previous two paragraphs in one or two sentences. Then the thesis statement should be restated. The last sentence should include a recommendation, suggestion or prediction.
The above-mentioned structure will have 15-20 sentences which will be written in around 250-275 words.
IELTS Writing Tips
- Understand what has been asked in the essay question.
- Plan your essay before writing it. Collect all the points you would like to include in your essay.
- Use a mix of simple and complex sentences.
- Use transition words.
- Take care of grammar pitfalls.
- Use low-frequency words in between to show your lexical ability.
- Use examples from personal life to support your argument in the essay.
- Write short sentences.
- Link your points to make your essay cohesive.
- Do not repeat points.