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IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 Tips(Как писать эссе)

IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 Tips

The second Academic writing task is designed to assess the candidate's ability to discuss a problem, point of view or argument. The issues raised are of general interest and suitable for candidates entering higher education.

Read the task description carefully. It is very easy to have an incomplete understanding of the topic. If so you will be marked down because you have not satisfied the requirements of the task.

Once you clearly understand the requirements of the task you must plan your essay. Use the question paper to do this.

Introduce the topic in your own words. Do not copy the task from the question paper or it will be ignored and not included in the word count.

You may be required to present an argument for or against a proposition, compare and contrast points of view, justify an opinion or evaluate evidence.

Brainstorm your ideas and try to organise them into paragraphs. Your essay should be about four or five paragraphs in length, with an introduction, body and conclusion.

It should not be a list of bullet points, but a properly organized essay, written in full sentences.

You need to state your thesis, provide evidence or reasons to support your argument and write a strong conclusion.

Use topic sentences to clearly identify the main theme in each paragraph.

You could use the guide below to structure your essay:

Paragraph 1


Restate the topic, indicate your position

Paragraph 2


Main idea, supporting idea, examples

Paragraph 3


Main idea, supporting idea, examples

Paragraph 4


Summarize ideas, restate position


If you don’t have enough pros or cons to make a paragraph, you’ll need to write a one sided argument (unless the question specifically asks for both sides). Make sure you still organise the ideas into clear paragraphs by making links between different ideas. The quickest way of doing this is often just to circle ideas to put them together.

If you are going to give a one sided argument, state if you agree or disagree in the first paragraph (introduction). This doesn’t need to be your real opinion, just the side that you came up with most ideas for in the brainstorming stage. The conclusion can be difficult for this format, you basically need to just summarize what you said before (in different words and very briefly) and emphasize your point of view.

If you are going to write a pros and cons, don’t give your view until the conclusion.

The first few sentences of any Task Two should restate the question, analyse it and/ or say why it is topical, interesting and/ or important. The final line of the introduction should say what is coming up (basically explaining the paragraph structure) - this shows how important planning is!

Avoid introducing one or two new points in the final paragraph unless you are desperate to get up to the minimum number of words in time. If that is the case, if you have done a one sided argument you can write "Although there are many counter arguments such as…” If it is a pros and cons essay you can write "Due to the arguments given above and other relevant factors such as…, my view is that…” In both cases, just list points rather than expanding on any of them (which would make them worthy of a paragraph of their own).

There are no points for good ideas, only for language. As soon as you have enough ideas to make a piece of writing, write!

You must write at least 250 words. Failure to do so will be penalised.


Tips only mainly for those needing very high marks

- Try to avoid repeating language, use synonyms etc to avoid it

- Avoid phrasal verbs (but sometimes there is no non phrasal verb way of saying something, in which case it is okay)

- Try to use academic English (although you can get perfect marks without being very academic and formal, it can’t hurt and shows a high level)

- You can use British, American or Australian English and even mix them up a little if you like, but try to make your spelling etc as consistent as possible, e.g. don’t write "kilometer” and then "centimetre”

Yes, that was very briefly! I could (and do) go on for much longer than that in my classes…

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