In the IELTS Writing Task 2, you are required to write an essay on a given topic. Now when you hear the word essay, all you think about is what you are going to write in it, what point of view you will share. Certainly, the point of view that you write in your essay is very important but if you go wrong in one of these: how you present it, what kind of words you use, is your grammar correct, all your effort goes down the drain. These are the parameters based on which your essay will be marked: task achievement and task response; coherence and cohesion; grammar range and accuracy and lexical resource.

The different types of essays in the IELTS writing task 2 are:

  • Opinion

  • Advantage and disadvantage essays

  • Discussion essays

  • Problem

  • Direct question

In this blog post, you will learn how to generate content and put it in an organized form. You will also see a sample 9 essay. You can compare your essay with the sample essay and judge where you stand. The word limit is 250 words. You must not exceed more than 300 words.

How to organize your essay:

The best kind of essays or the ones that get band 9 are structured in the following way:

  1. First Paragraph: Background statement. You just paraphrase the question statement – same meaning.

  2. Thesis statement: This is your answer to the statement – (introduction to your ideas – 40 to 60 words)

  3. 2-3 Body Paragraphs: This is the main body of your essay where you will write the central idea supported by each point.

  4. Concluding paragraph: The conclusion should be between: 30 to 40 words.

How to generate content:

We will take the example of a direct question essay.

Here’s a topic: Success is defined differently by people. Do you think it should be measured by wealth and materialistic things? What makes a person successful? Does success lead to happiness? Write at least 250 words.

Let’s break the topic into following points:

  1. Introduction: What is considered accomplishment by one may be too ordinary for another as the definition of success varies according to one’s ambition and desires. Although it is widely believed that affluence and material possessions are measures of a person’s success, I opine differently because these are not the best indicators of progress and one may be devoid of happiness despite these.

  2. Body: Do you think it should be measured by wealth and materialistic things? Firstly, the unhappiness of many rich and famous is a true indication of the fact that the people residing in luxurious houses do not consider themselves successful. Had it been so, there would not have been cases of depression in the elite class worldwide. Everyday, we come across news of celebrities fighting their blues. Therefore, it can not be judged by the worldly possessions.

  3. Body: What makes a person successful? Secondly, it is not the rich lifestyle but the positivity of a person that makes him achieve different things. For example, excelling in sports can be the upward trajectory for some, whereas just being a good parent might be what one desires in life and if the progeny performs brilliantly in any field then that might be the zenith for some. Thus, optimism always opens the door to succeed in one or the other arena.

  4. Body: Does success lead to happiness? Lastly, although almost everyone aspires for success, the achievement of anything can not be the main parameter for a person’s happiness. For example, despite being successful, many well known personalities commit suicide. So, success and happiness cannot be correlated.

  5. Conclusion: To conclude, having pecuniary advantage does not necessarily bring happiness and is certainly not the standard scale to measure success. Moreover, it is the attitude of a person that becomes the threshold for him to propel and succeed in whatever he wants to.

Process To Write Sample Band 9 Essay :

What is considered accomplishment by one may be too ordinary for another as the definition of success varies according to one’s ambition and desires. Although it is widely believed that affluence and material possessions are measures of a person’s success, I opine differently because these are not the best indicators of progress and one may be devoid of happiness despite these.

Firstly, the unhappiness of many rich and famous is a true indication of the fact that the people residing in luxurious houses do not consider themselves successful. Had it been so, there would not have been cases of depression in the elite class worldwide. Everyday, we come across news of celebrities fighting their blues. Therefore, it can not be judged by the worldly possessions.

Secondly, it is not the rich lifestyle but the positivity of a person that makes him achieve different things. For example, excelling in sports can be the upward trajectory for some, whereas just being a good parent might be what one desires in life and if the progeny performs brilliantly in any field then that might be the zenith for some. Thus, optimism always opens the door to succeed in one or the other arena.

Lastly, although almost everyone aspires for success, the achievement of anything can not be the main parameter for a person’s happiness. For example, despite being successful, many well known personalities commit suicide. So, success and happiness cannot be correlated.

To conclude, having pecuniary advantage does not necessarily bring happiness and is certainly not the standard scale to measure success. Moreover, it is the attitude of a person that becomes the threshold for him to propel and succeed in whatever he wants to.

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