IELTS writing task 2 | Questions Type | Essay Structure | Tips & Strategies for writing Introduction-Body & Conclusion

 IELTS writing test task 2

 

IELTS writing task 2 | Questions Type | Essay Structure | Tips & Strategies for writing Introduction-Body & Conclusion
The IELTS test comprises of four sections, namely IELTS writing, reading, listening and speaking respectively. This article will enlighten you about the different question types that you are commonly seen in the IELTS writing test task 2. You can watch these videos to understand in detail about each of these essay types.
First of all, here is the overview of the writing task 2. This video discusses about the essential tips that are to be followed while attempting the real IELTS task 2 of writing in order to score a band of 8 or above. 
There are different types of questions in the writing task 2.

a. Discuss both views and give your opinion:

This question type is a slight extension of the earlier one. In this question prompt, the candidate is also asked to state their opinion about the views that are discussed. Remember that your opinion can be either one sided or two sided. Watch the first video to understand how to write a proper introduction and then watch the next video to understand how to frame the body paragraph with examples and a conclusion.

 

           

 

b. Causes and solutions:

This question type is also known as causes and effects. Here, you will be given a topic and you will be asked to state the causes for that problem and discuss some probable solutions that might help to solve that problem. Remember that these terms causes and Solutions are in their plural form. It is therefore a mandate to give at least two causes and state two solutions. The first video is the introduction and the second one is the body paragraph and the conclusion for this essay type.

           

 

c. Problems and solutions:

This essay type asks you to discuss about the possible problems related to an issue and discuss some solutions for the same.  Just like in the case of causes and effects, at least two problems and solutions have to be discussed. Watch these videos to learn more about this question type.

           

 

d. What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Clearly, the question prompts you to discuss the advantages or benefits and the drawbacks or disadvantages related to a given topic. Remember to state both the advantages and disadvantages. This video is going to be a detailed one related to this question type. You can state at least two advantages and two disadvantages for the same. 

           

 

e.Double question:

Double indicates two. In this particular question prompt, two questions are directly given and you are supposed to answer both these questions in detail with the relevant supporting statements and justify these ideas with examples and conclude them. It is very important to understand that both the questions to be answered separately. Additionally, you should also connect these two ideas properly. The ideas may not be Complex ones. Simple ideas with proper explanation will help you score better. Watch these videos till the end to learn how to attempt a double question. 

           

 

f. Do you agree or disagree?

If you see this question front, you have to understand that you have two options. The first one is to agree completely and the second one is to disagree completely. This is because the prompt clearly specifies do you agree OR disagree. It indicates that the candidates are not allowed to agree partially or disagree partially. Failure to understand this Basic concept may lead to explaining the topic in a wrong way. Do watch this video to understand better about this question type with a model answer.

           

 

g. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

This is a special question type in the IELTS test. The uniqueness of this question type is that the candidates have multiple ways of presenting their opinion about a topic.
1. Completely agree:
Here, you are showing the examiner that you are agree and completely to the topic. 
2. Completely disagree:
On the other hand, give me also disagree completely to the topic. 
3. Partially agree or partially disagree:
If you choose this option, you are supposed to discuss both the points related to agreement as well as disagreement. It is very important to write both the ideas. Watch the video below to understand completely about this question type. You can also read a model answer and understand how to frame the ideas.

           

 

h. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

This is similar to the question type ‘to what extent do you agree or disagree’. Your opinion is mandatory to be given in this question type. Here, you have three options to choose from.
1. You can argue that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. You are supposed to give the reason for why you chose this particular option.
2. You can discuss that the disadvantages are more than advantages.
3. Finally, you can also show the reader that there are equal number of advantages and disadvantages. 
Remember that whatever method you choose to respond to a given question, if you are able to satisfy your view points with relevant supporting details, you will definitely score high. Watch the videos below to understand more about this question type.

           

i. Discuss both views:

You will notice that in this type of question, a topic will be given followed by two contrasting views. You need to discuss the reasons related to both the points of view. Remember that in this essay type, you need not give your opinion directly. An example of this question prompt is discussed in this video with the related model answer. The first video is going to be the introduction and the second video is going to be the body paragraphs and conclusion on the same topic.

 

Remember that there are 4 evaluation criteria for assessing your writing task 2. These assessment criteria are known as band descriptors. There are 4 band descriptors.
a. Task response
b. Coherence and Cohesion
c. Lexical resource
d. Grammatical range and accuracy.
Each of these criteria will give 25% of the score. Watch the video below to understand how to elevate your score pertaining to each of these band descriptors. Also, here is the video for linking words that need to be used to improve your score for coherence and Cohesion.

 

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