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IELTS Writing Task 2: Tips, Lessons & Models

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The topic could be education, health, age, gender roles, the youth, the environment Therefore, you cannot learn an amazing sentence that you can insert into an essay, as it is very unlikely that you will be able to use it in your specific question that you have on the day of your test.

However, there is a system to use that gives you a great balanced structure which will help you get a good mark for answering the question Lots of IELTS candidates do not actually do this, as they are trying to impress the examiner with big posh words and forget to focus on actually giving a point of view and supporting that opinion with good examples and clear thought.

In the essay introduction, you should start by repeating the question. You should say the question again, but using different words that mean the same thing synonyms. For example, if your question was something like: Some people believe that capital punishment should never be used.

Others believe that it could be used for the most serious crimes. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Then the opening sentence of your introduction should use synonyms to say the question again in your own words. It is a commonly held belief that the death penalty is a Draconian penalty and not appropriate in modern society. However, there is also an argument that the most despicable crimes should have this most severe of punishments.

Now, don't worry about the high level of the example sentences above. I am a native English speaker and I am an English teacher, so the sentences should be good, shouldn't they? But, from the example, you can see that it is possible to re-write the question using completely different vocabulary and still retain the original meaning and 'flavour' of the original question. As soon as you have restated the question, then give your opinion on the subject.

This gives the examiner an overview of what is to come in your essay. It is important to note that it does not matter what your opinion is! You do NOT have to try and think "What will the examiner think is the right answer here".

The examiner is only interested in the level of your English. So just give your first instinct opinion and don't try to out-think yourself. Now that you have given your opinion, you need to back it up. The best way to do this is to give examples. You can begin this paragraph with phrases like:.

So, if your opinion was that you are against capital punishment, then as an example you could write about situations where people have been jailed for life for murder and then decades later they have been released as they were proven to be innocent. The relevant vocabulary here is "a miscarriage of justice". Your argument would be that when a miscarriage of justice occurs, the prisoner would most likely have faced the death penalty and would have been killed even though they were innocent.

Another example could be that many murders are committed in 'hot blood' and often as an 'act of passion'.. This means that the murder was so angry about something that they were not thinking properly.

In your next paragraph, you should look at the question from the opposite viewpoint to yours. This shows the examiner that you have balance in your writing and it is a sign of a good essay. Your aim in your essay is to provide clear, relevant main points which are well developed, explained and linked. Your other aim is to provide accurate grammar and vocabulary in English.

Those examples might be appropriate to use one example but certainly not more than that. Remember this is not about filling your essay will all your ideas — it is about being selective and deciding what to include and what to exclude. Dear Liz, Is it ok to create statistical data as example for academic writing task 2? Can an essay reach band score 9 without any examples?

Thank you very much. The instructions mean that you must expand and explain your ideas — it does not means you must give examples. There are many ways to illustrate and explain ideas. You should not be thinking about memorising facts for your essay. It will not help your score at all. When are you asked to support your ideas, it means to explain them or give examples of situations — not figures, statistics or facts.

Hi Liz, All your videos are very useful, all those tips and tricks really boosted my confidence, thanks a lot for that: So, does this mean we can give real life examples while writing our essay? Your writing task 2 essay deals with world issues. You can give examples but I advise you to use examples relating to the world in general: These are examples of your view of the world.

Thanks a lot, Liz: I am taking my exam on 22 of this month, with all your videos and tips hoping to get a great score. Can we you hypothetical statistics? For example, if I want to make my point strong, can i use any university name or any research journal?? Yes, you can lie about stats but why? Thanks Liz for your reply. I have gone through a number of your advises and found them very useful.

But I saw in some of the articles that if you show some reference and support with research data, you will be able to reinforce your argument. Had I rephrased it but still lied about the fact, would it add value then to my task 2? The examiner does not give you a higher band score because you are presenting statistics. Statistics are irrelevant to your mark. The supporting points being assessed are relating to language, not figures. It relief some of the pressure of knowing statistical data related to the topic.

Wow, were you really trying to remember stats for your essay? You are not marked on your knowledge at all. Just think of some relevant main ideas and then explain them — nothing more is needed. It is essentially an English language test. Take a look at my band 9 model essays: I have a question regarding grammar.

More mistakes will lower your score. Use the grammar you know well. You can write anything you want. However, writing about the world in general usually produces a better level of English. As long as it is in the allotted time, are we allowed to write our essays out in rough first, then transfer them onto the exam papers? You will not have time.

You need to spend at least 5 mins planning your essay which includes main ideas as well as supporting points. This means you can write your essay directly.

Try timing yourself and you will see how difficult it is to do both task 1 and task 2 in one hour. I can not buy your lesson which must be paid by paybal, because in Turkey there is not paybal. How I can bu these lessons? Thanks for the amazing tips! And I would like to ask whether I can make up facts as an example in my writing test? I have to ask that is it possible to get 7 bands in writing? As I have never heard above 7 bands of any student.

You will find many students hit band 7 and above: Liz, Thanks a lot for your fantastic information. Your work is exceptional and highly recommendable for not only IELTS test takers but also first-year university students who use English as a second language. This can be seen by the growing number of working people in the UK who resort to BUY ready made meals for convenience instead of cooking at home. I post the explanation of the resort.

They felt obliged to resort to violence We may have to resort to using untrained staff. And you are right. I think liz post that in the video. Please suggest me a technique for practice to acquire a good score.

I have next exam on 18th February. Hi Liz, I just started to follow your blogs recently. Hi liz ,hope u r doing fine.. Some people say that interview is a good way of selecting competent candidates. What are the other ways for selecting a good candidate What do you think is the best way to select a good candidate.

How write intro this question and make paragraph. Thank for this tip. But i have a question. How can i explain my idea in writing task 2? I always have a problem with this. The supporting points are only explanations of your ideas. It could be examples, consequences, exceptions, explanation, causes — anything you feel will explain what you mean. If you aim for three body paragraph, you will only need about two supporting sentences which is easier. I found your video bout ideas. I have a lot of them now.

What does it do? Then you choose your next sentence, either an example or an opposite: I strongly advice you to read all model essays online and make a note of what kind of information is given in the supporting points. Then you will have a range of ideas. Do you recommend this book? Thank you in advance! Yes, you can use those two ways to give examples. I have both Cambridge 9 and They contain 4 practice tests but not tips.

They are good for practicing. No students should enter the test without doing a full practice test at least once. All the best Liz. The examiner will not check factual information so you can use examples as you wish. But it is unnecessary to invest data — just describe it for a higher score. I will just use supporting examples, which will make sense by different Organization names. I have exam on 8 October, I was wondering, it won t be considered ok to write 2 ideas in one paragraph?

For instance 1 BP with 2 ideas explained or 2 causes etx. The organisation of ideas depends on the type of essay you have. You would need full training to understand more deeply: And where do you recommend I can write my opinion? Discuss the advantages and the disadvantages and give your own opinion?

However, to follow them, you must do exactly what they say: If your opinion agrees with one side, then include it in your body paragraph. If your opinion agrees with neither side, put it in a separate body paragraph. Hi Liz, Regarding the advantage and disadvantage and giving your opinion question.

Are you talking about the discussion essay? I start properly with a topic sentence and I explain it in detail, but I, sometimes, find difficulty of giving a clear example? You do not need to give examples unless you want to. Supporting points are any points which explain your idea further. Thank you very much for the very useful article. I would be so grateful if you could suggest me the perfect study plan in order to prepare for my second Ielts exam on 12 September.

I need to improve each section with 0. You know your weaknesses and you know the time you have available — you are the best one to make a study plan. So, which one is correct 1. Examples are usually put in the body paragraphs to support your ideas, not at the end. See this page for correct linking words: Then review all tips on the main writing task 2 page: Dear Liz, I would be acknowledge by my heartfelt appreciation about your website and merits videos.

In recent years , there has been hard rise in ielts examination. With all this taken into account , I believe that I have some problems in reading to pass this examination. It has fluctuated on 5 to 6. This is often cited as a reason for practicing more but I can not fix my grade in 6.

It will make me feel happy if I solve this problem. Eventually, if you have leisure convenient, please, test us with some sample questions talking points by writing in both issues and make us as well. With warmest wishes, As ever, Hooman. I will be very direct with you. To get band score 7, you need to have a very strong level of English in which you have good use of English but with few errors. Your message above shows quite a lot of errors when you use vocabulary that is not appropriate.

You clearly know a lot of vocabulary but not how to use it and what it really means. For this reason, you are not getting band 7 in your listening or reading etc. Of course, you will need to check your techniques and follow the right tips but at the end of the day, if your English is not band 7, it will be hard to get that score.

Spend time developing your English. I am weak in speaking module due to lack of ideas. That has good ideas and vocabulary for various topics. Hi Liz , u r ways of study fanatastic,I need ur guidance i live near border problem regarding internet, I can buy ur task 2 any book I need 6 GN plz help me.

Dear Liz , I would like to buy your essay tips, please could you tell me as soon as possible ,I just booked my test for first of August. At present, I have just opened my video course with in-depth lessons and tips for writing: The linking words you presented to are very helpful. Hope to hear more from your post. I want to seek help from you in doing my essay. I am really having a hard to put my ideas. I need a band score of 7 in all categories. You should go through topics and research ideas for your essays.

You can find some ideas on my blog and others online. Then practice adapting the ideas to suit the essay question and the instructions. I will do as you said. I will read your blog. This can be seen by the growing number of working people who resort to buy ready-made meals for convenience instead of cooking at home.

Thanks for pointing it out. I just found this website yesterday when I was looking for some stuff for ielts self preparation. Yes, I would like to take an exam and also like to ask you how long you recommend a prepation before the exam date? It really depends on a number of factors, one of which is your understanding of the test and requirements of the band scores.

If your English is suitable for the band score you are aiming for, you will only need to focus on exam skills to make sure you reach your potential. The skills will help you understand how to approach questions and what the examiner is looking for in your writing and speaking.

Once you feel comfortable with all that, you will have a clear idea of how long you want to practice before your test. Whatever you decide, make sure you are frequently getting the band score you want in practice tests. Thank u for your reply. I need least band 6.

What do u think about level B2 communicator. Is possible to get that band and of course with preparation bfr exam. You start in any way you want. I advise you to learn the content and question types of all skills and then start practicing.

Then do practice tests to check your level. After that, start planning your development. I got overall 7. Thankyou so much for being my virtual tutor. Preparation material and guidelines by you helped me a lot in achieving my target in first attempt.

Too good again, I am going to give my GT on 1st Aug. Thanking you so much. I like those additional examples by using linking devices. I am from Pakistan and I want to tell you that you are indeed a very great teacher.

The key is probably your level of English. Your results are quite even so you will probably need to develop your English language to get a higher score.

Is it OK to make up such information to give examples? Sure, if you want. Examples can just be an example of a situation. I also have a question about statistics… Do we have to mention where we got the information from?

Dear Liz, Thank you so much for your very informative lesson here. It really helped me when I took the exam on 11th of July and I got a total band score of 7. You are indeed a blessing. God bless you more. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.

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View this lesson for more advice on writing IELTS essay introductions. 2) Body Paragraphs. For an IELTS essay, you should have 2 or 3 body paragraphs - no more, and no less. For your body paragraph, each paragraph should contain one controlling idea, and have sentences to support this. Lets look at the first paragraph for the essay about .

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The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, is a test that is used around the world to test English skills. More than 3 million people take the test each year and one big part of it is the IELTS writing task 2, which requires a short essay.

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The IELTS Writing block consists of two tasks: the first task ( words) it is a description of a graph or a graphic pattern (report) and the second task ( words) is an essay one. Now, we are going to understand how to prepare properly to write the second part of the IELTS Writing block. In writing task 2 you will be asked to write a discursive essay ( words minimum). You will be given a question asking you to give your opinion, discuss a problem or issue. You could also be asked to provide solutions, evaluate a problem, compare and contrast different ideas or challenge an idea.

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In writing task 2 you will be asked to write a discursive essay ( words minimum).You will be given a question asking you to give your opinion, discuss a problem or issue. IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 Essay Organization & Example In this section, we will look at the overall structure of an IELTS Writing Task 2 response. Before we get to that, however, let’s take a look at a sample Task 2 question.