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IELTS Writing Task 2: How to Organise Your Answer

Use the following guide to plan, organise and paragraph an essay in IELTS Writing Task 2. This applies to both General Training and Academic IELTS Writing modules, but there are different ways of organising an answer depending on the question type. First paragraph: Introduction Key technique: Don’t begin with your thesis statement. Never begin an essay with I believe, I agree, or In my opinion. These indicate your thesis statement and should go at the END of your introduction, after you have introduced the topic and…

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Problem/Solution Essay with Sample Answer

Task 2 Question The internet has transformed the way information is shared and consumed, but it has also created problems that did not exist before. What are the most serious problems associated with the internet and what solutions can you suggest? Model Answer There is no doubt that the internet has revolutionised communication and information-sharing in the same way that the telegraph and the television did before it. However, societies have had to cope with unanticipated new problems, including crimes which traditional laws are powerless…

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Argument Essay with Sample Answer

Task 2 Question It is sometimes argued that too many students go to university, while others claim that a university education should be a universal right. Discuss both sides of the argument and give your own opinion. Model Answer In some advanced countries, it is not unusual for more than 50% of young adults to attend college or university. Critics, however, claim that many university courses are worthless and young people would be better off gaining skills in the workplace. In this essay, I will…

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Informal & Formal Vocabulary for IELTS

The informal words below are best avoided in Academic IELTS. The neutral words are ‘fine’ for the Speaking module, but you really should learn the formal equivalents if you want to score highly in the Academic Writing module. Informal (Avoid) Neutral (Spoken) Formal (Written) Stuff Things Items, Possessions Folks Family Relatives Kids (younger) Babies, Children Infants, Offspring Kids (older) Teenagers Adolescents, Youths Guy Man Male Old people Elderly people Senior citizens, Retirees – Boss, Manager Supervisor, Superior Cops Police Law enforcement Crooks Criminals Offenders, Lawbreakers…

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Opinion Essay with Sample Answer

IELTS Writing Task 2 Question Space exploration is much too expensive and the money should be spent on more important things. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Model Answer There is an argument that exploring space is a waste of money and that there are more urgent needs to be addressed on earth, such as reducing poverty and preventing environmental destruction. However, I completely disagree with this opinion for two reasons. First of all, many of the technologies we take for granted today…

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Useful Language

Memorising set phrases for use in the IELTS test is a highly effective way of achieving a higher score. Try learning the following signposting language which will make you sound more confident and sophisticated when writing an opinion or argument essay in Task 2. As with our Task 1 useful language yesterday, for each function the language is graded approximately for level, from regular use (Bands 5-6) to higher-level use (Bands 7-9). Introducing the topic Some people argue that… Have you ever considered… ? The question…

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