IELTS Writing Task 2 Essays

ielts general task 1In the Academic IELTS writing exam task 2, there are 5 types of questions and each of these has a slightly different approach. IELTS essays are discursive essays and not the same type of essay you would have to write at University. There is a minimum word count of 250 words and no more than 5 body paragraphs in IELTS 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 raise your score, obviously, you need to have a good foundation of grammar and vocabulary to get to 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.

IELTS essays are marked according to a specific marking criteria set out by Cambridge, so 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 because 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 essay
3. Discussion essay
4. Two part question essay / Direct question essay
5. Problem solution essay / Causes solution essay


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Click on the links below for free lessons in IELTS Writing task 2.

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IELTS opinion essay: structure, model answer and analysis

Balancing your opinion in an IELTS essay

IELTS Discussion essay:  structure, model answer and analysis

IELTS Causes Solutions essay, structure, model answer, vocabulary

3 Types of Advantage Disadvantage essays.

The difference between a problem solution and causes solution essay

How to write effective body paragraphs in IELTS essays

How many words should be in an IELTS essay?

How to write effective examples in main body paragraphs

Video Lesson: 8 reasons why you are not getting Band 7

7 Model answers for the different essay types

Setting up your own personalised study plan

9 things that are stopping you getting a Band 7

Referencing in IELTS: Avoiding repetition with pronouns

Handwriting, Paragraphing and using the official IELTS answer sheet

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Keeping it simple and concise in your writing

The danger of memorising sentences in essays

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5 things to do before writing your essay

Clearing up confusion in IELTS

IELTS Grammar: How to use conjunctions in essays.

When should I write my opinion in an IELTS essay?

Step by Step guide to Paraphrasing in IELTS Writing.

Paraphrasing Lesson 1 and practice exercise

Paraphrasing Lesson 2 and practice for introductions

Paraphrasing without synonyms

Step by step guide to using Cohesive devices in IELTS writing.

Using personal pronouns in IELTS essays

Step by step guide to writing an effective conclusion

The importance of analysing an IELTS essay question

How to write a Thesis statement in IELTS essays.

Writing complex sentences in IELTS essays

How to think of ideas for your essay

How to write a good introduction to a Problem Solution Essay

How to identify the 5 types of IELTS task 2 essays.

How to write a Causes Solution essay with Model answer

How to express the public or general opinion in IELTS Discussion Essays.

How to soften language and use ‘hedging’ in your writing


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