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General test and Academic test are same for IELTS writing task 2. Tips, methods and advice will be same for IELTS writing task 2, essay writing.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Necessary Information

  • Writing task 2 worth 2/3 of the writing test.
  • Take 40 mins to complete writing task 2.
  • Minimum word limit is 250 words.
  • Read the questions carefully and always write essay in response to the questions.

Areas of Assessment

Writing will be assessed by the criteria mentioned below.  Each worth 25 % of the total marks of writing task 2.

  1. Task Achievement – clearly presents a fully developed response 
  2. Coherence and Cohesion –  skillfully manages paragraphing 
  3. Lexical Resource – uses a wide range of vocabulary with very natural control
  4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy – flexibility and accuracy with very rare minor errors

5 Most Common Types of IELTS Writing Task 2 Essay

1. Discussion Essay 

  • Statement will be given with two scenarios.
  • Discuss both views.
  • Give your opinion.

 2. Advantages and Disadvantages

 It is further divided into three different types.

  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the given question.
  • Outweight the advantages.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages and also give your opinion.

3. Problems and Solutions

 Explain and give answers. Examiner may also ask this type as Cause and Effect.

4. Agree or Disagree

This is the most common type of question.Decide clearly on the basis of your ideas if you want to agree or disagree. It must contain a conclusion paragraph.

5.Two Direct Questions

A statement will be given and separate questions will be asked to answer.

Sample Essay

Some people think that it is important to use leisure time for activities that improve the mind, such as reading and doing word puzzles.
Other people feel that it is important to rest the mind during leisure time.

Model Answer:

It is generally accepted that we all need leisure time to recover from the stresses of work and everyday life. (Paraphrased question)
Personally, I prefer to be active during this time, as I think this suits me better. However, what we do with our leisure time is up to us and no one can say that any particular activity is the best.(Outline sentence)

Some people relax by watching movies, reading or surfing the internet.(First viewpoint) People who have physically demanding jobs may choose these types of activities. If you are a nurse or builder, you may feel that you don’t want to do a five-kilometre run after work, because you are already physically tired.

Other people do very sedentary jobs.(Second viewpoint) Computer analysts, for example, may spend all day sitting in front of a computer screen. At the end of the working day, they may be keen to stretch their limbs and improve their health by swimming or going to the gym.

Another factor that influences our choice of leisure pursuit is where we work. People who work indoors often prefer outdoor hobbies, whereas for people who work outdoors, the reverse may be true. I am a student myself and this involves a lot of sitting in lectures, so I need to get out into the fresh air afterwards.

In any situation, the important thing is that people need to stay healthy by choosing what is best for them (Summary). The only wrong way to spend free time, in my view, is to have a sedentary job and then go home and watch television.


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