IELTS Writing Task 2 Essays
In the Academic IELTS writing exam task 2, there are 5 types of questions and each of these have a slightly different approach. IELTS essays are discursive essays and not the same type of essay you would have to write at University for instance. There is a minimum word count of 250 words and no more than 5 body paragraphs in these essays. You need to analyse the question first, find the issues in the question, plan and organise ideas, write supporting points and specific examples, paraphrase well, give a good introduction and conclusion. There is a lot to do.
If you don’t use the right approach then it will be very difficult to get from a Band 5 or 6 to a Band 7+. Some people become obsessed with a Band 9, but Band 9 is quite rare in IELTS writing task 2, in fact most universities or companies only require Band 7 or 8.
There is a specific way IELTS essays are marked, if you know what the examiner is looking for, then you have a good chance of getting a good band score. Some students have very good English skills but are not familiar with the way IELTS essays are marked and end up losing a band score becasue of this.
Click here to get the PDF from ielts.org on the marking criteria for writing task 2 in IELTS.
Here are the 5 types of essay questions for IELTS Writing task 2.
1. Advantages and Disadvantages essay
2. Opinion Essays (Agree or Disagree)
3. Discussion essay (Discuss both views, often asks for your opinion)
4. Two part Question essay (or Direct Question Essay)
5. Problem Solution essay (sometimes called a Causes Solution Essay)
IELTS Essay Structures
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