IELTS Writing Task 2

Compared with Task 1, IELTS Writing Task 2 carries more weighting when examiners mark candidates’ papers. Because of this, it’s best to spend some time looking at what you need to do to bring your scores up to the highest level in the criteria. To fulfil the Band 9 criteria, a candidate must *present a fully-developed position in answer to the question with relevant, fully-extended and well-supported ideas. The candidate must also skilfully manage paragraphing and use a wide range of vocabulary with very natural and sophisticated control of lexical features.

*IELTS TASK 2 Writing Band Descriptors (public version)

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What does this mean?

It means that candidates should:

  1. have a clear position – do you agree/disagree with the question and why?
  2. give specific examples to back up your arguments.
  3. offer different examples for each argument, ie. try not to repeat examples about one specific country. Give varied examples to show that you are up-to-date with current events to support your ideas.
  4. have paragraphs in your writing. Candidates will be penalised if there are no paragraphs in their writing, regardless of how well they write.
  5. include a topic sentence in each paragraph. If this is missing, candidates will also be penalised.
  6. avoid repeating the same words throughout the essay. Where possible, express ideas in a different way (paraphrase) or use synonyms.

If you need more help, have a look at the tips and model answers from the websites below:

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