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How To Tackle the 3 Main Types of IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions

When dealing with IELTS Writing Task 2, it is compulsory that IELTS Test takers write a 250 word essay based on a given topic. Beside the significantly important Grammar point, one other crucially of the same substantiality in the marking criteria – constructing 25% of the total score – is the Task Response.This criterion evaluates that your composition satisfies all parts of the question(s) asked and that your ideas and examples are relevant to the question.

Today we will we will look at the three main types of questions provided on the exam: how to identify and tackle each of them. Being familiar with this obviously helps improve your IELTS Score especially in IELTS Writing band.

Opinion (on a Topic)
This type of task presents an opinion that is mostly related to a problem or issue in society – as social concerns – and requires you to extend your agreement or disagreement.
Typical Instructions to Identify:
§  To what extent do you agree (or disagree)?
§  How far do you agree (or disagree)?
§  What is your opinion?
§  Do you agree that…?
§  Discuss.
How to tackle:
§  Do not write about both sides of the problem, although you can write a concession paragraph.
§  Be careful not to confuse the background information from the opinion.  You must discuss the opinion.  Usually the background information will be in the first sentence and the opinion statement will be the second sentence as explained in class when you join IELTS Jakarta for you IELTS Test preparation.
§  If you are just asked “To what extent do you agree?” It means that you can disagree!
§  Spend plenty of time making sure that you fully understand what you are being asked.
Argument (Opposing Views)
In this question type, you are given a problem or issue and two different solutions or opinions about it. Then, you are asked to discuss and give your opinion.
Typical Instructions to Identify:
§  Discuss both views and give your opinion.
§  Discuss both opinions and include your own.
§  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
How to tackle:
§  Evaluate both sides of the argument and give your own opinion on the argument.
§  Use markers, especially, of comparison and contrast such as ‘In contrast’, ‘On the one hand’ and ‘On the other hand’, and many others as signpost words.

Here you are given a statement about a common social issue or problem and are usually asked one or two questions regarding the problem or issue, such as why it occurs or what causes it, and what can be done to solve it.
Typical Instructions to Identify:
§  What are the causes of this?
§  What are the challenges that are associated with the problem?
§  What solutions can you suggest?
§  What measures can be taken to help reduce this issue?
How to Tackle:
§  Confirm that you answer all the questions asked.
§  Outline the reasons or causes or effects or solutions if the question asks for these.
§  Give your personal view. Do not just talk generally about the topic given.

Many other IELTS Writing Task 2 aspects are discussed in our IELTS Preparation course prior to the initiation of and during the classes. We train our prospective IELTS Test takers through writing exercises that are done step by step so they comprehend the tasks completely.


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