In IELTS writing task 2, candidates are given a question in the form of Argument (agree or disagree) Essay, Discussion (both agree and disagree) Essay, and Multiple-Question Essay. This post aims to examine the things that one should know and the things to avoid when preparing for the IELTS Writing Task 2 Essay.

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7 things you need to know for IELTS writing task 2:

  1. There are three types of questions in IELTS writing task 2: argument essay; discussion essay; and multiple-question essays.
  2. Understand the marking criteria
  3. How to quickly analyze and understand the question, breaking it down to easy, simple parts
  4. Effective ways to make your essay coherent and cohesive
  5. Know the grammar structure needed for each part of the test
  6. The introduction, body, and conclusion of each of the three types of essays are all different
  7. Exam skills – time, plan, proofread

5 common writing mistakes:

  1. Opinion and discussion essay – not knowing the difference between the two as each requires a different structure
  2. Having unclear opinion throughout the essay
  3. Not developing the ideas – present a fully developed position with fully extended and well-supported idea. Extend them with explanation and support it with examples
  4. Vocabulary mistakes – use a combination of simple and complex sentences. Can’t get over band 6 if frequent vocabulary mistakes
  5. If you make small or any mistakes in 50% or more of your sentences you can’t get over band 6 for grammar
  6. Effective introduction
  7. Use appropriate grammar structure for various purpose – comparative, opinion structures

Writing Task 2 topics

  1. Nowadays most people are not as fit and active, as they were in the past. What are the main causes of this situation? Suggest some possible solutions.
  2.  Nowadays, international tourism is the biggest industry in the world. Unfortunately, it creates tension rather than understanding between people from different cultures. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
  3. Fossil fuels (e.g. coals, oil and gas) are the main source of energy for most countries. However, alternative sources of energy (e.g. wind and solar) have been encouraged for use by some countries. To what extent is this a positive or negative development?
  4. Nowadays media should include more good news in their publications. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
  5. Fossil fuels are the main source of energy around the world. However, people are being encouraged to use alternative energy sources such as wind energy, solar energy and so on. Do you think this is a positive or negative development? Why?
  6. Some people believe that elderly employees are more useful to a company, while others believe that young employees are better. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  7. The number of older people is increasing. Some people think that this will cause problems in their countries, others believe this group is important to society. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  8. Some think that teenagers should follow older people’s rules. Others thinks that it is natural for them to challenge what older people say. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  9. Television Sporting shows such as the Olympics motivatethe youth who do not like to exercise much. Do you agree or disagree? Include relevant examples in your answer and provide your own opinion.
  10. Nowadays many people want to buy famous brands of clothes, cars and other items. What are the reasons for this? Do you think it is a positive or a negative development?

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