IELTS Writing Tip #1 – Read the Task 2 Question Carefully

March 22, 2018

IELTS Writing Tip #1 – Read the Task 2 Question Carefully

The IELTS writing section is one of the biggest challenges for test takers. The time goes by quickly, and the demands are very specific.

However there are some simple steps that you can take to improve your IELTS score. This is the first of a series of posts that will help you get the best result you can on the day of the IELTS test.

Most importantly, make sure you know exactly what you are being asked to write in your answer. Even very high-level writers often lose marks by answering the wrong question or failing to answer all parts of the question.

There are several types of Task 2 questions. Task 2 is the essay style IELTS question that is worth more marks than Task 1 and it is very important to know how to answer it correctly.

Here are the 3 most common IELTS Task 2 question types paired with our IELTS expert advice:

1. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

When answering this question, you must say how much you agree or disagree, giving reasons. This Task 2 question type requires you to balance arguments for and against before giving your own opinion. You should also make clear how strongly you agree or disagree.

2. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Again, you must discuss both sides before giving your own opinion. Many IELTS test-takers lose marks by only considering one side, and forgetting to touch on the other.

3. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

This kind of question typically describes a trend in society or a strategy that some people employ, for example in getting a good job. To do well on this question, you must compare the pros and the cons of the strategy/trend, and then make clear which one you think is most important.

Another type of Task 2 IELTS question requires you to answer two questions, usually of the form - Why/what…?, followed by - Is this a positive or a negative development? Once again, for full marks, you must write about both the positive and the negative points before deciding whether the issue is positive or negative overall. The IELTS examiners will always check to see if you’ve answered the question in its entirety.

Stay tuned for more helpful IELTS test tips.

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