IELTS Writing Test: Task 2 (Tips and Advice)

Task 2 is usually an open-ended question that will ask you to compare or contrast, state advantages and disadvantages, or state whether you agree or disagree with a point of view. You are required to write 250 words.

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Paragraph 1: Paraphrase the question and state what you are going to write about, your opinion.

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Paragraph 2-4: State your points and give reasons to back your opinions. Paragraph 5-Summarize your point and write a brief conclusion.

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General Tips

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1. Monitor your time; allow yourself 20 minutes for Task 1 and 40 minutes for Task 2.

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2. Make a quick outline before you start writing. This will help you stay on topic and serve as a reference while you write. It will also help you stay organized; the examiner will look for proper organization.

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3. You will not get extra points if you write more than the required number of words.

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4. Try to use complex sentences as much as possible.

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5. Use vocabulary that you are comfortable with.

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6. Do not write memorized chunks; write according to what you know and use the sentence structures and vocabulary that you are able to effectively use.

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7. Take a minute to review what you have written. Check for grammar and spelling mistakes.

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8. Make sure you paraphrase the questions for both tasks; this shows that you understand what is being asked.

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9. Connect your paragraphs through points using, ˜First, Next, Finally, or ˜Initially, Then, Lastly. This will keep you organized.

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10. Begin the last paragraph with, In summary, or In conclusion. This shows that you are ending the essay.

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11. Practice writing by sitting in a place with people around you. This will help you become accustomed to the real test atmosphere. Candidates will sit next to each other at tables during the actual test.

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12. Time yourself while you practice the writing questions.

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13. Never use a dictionary while you practice.

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14. Have someone else read your practice answers and have them point out the mistakes. You should also read their answers and point out their mistakes.

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15. Practice with someone who will also be taking the test; they may know things that you do not.

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