Struggling with Writing Task 2?
Here are some tips to help you write your best.
Are you preparing for your upcoming IELTS test?
We all have different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to English,
and a few people have asked for some guidance
on how to improve in Writing Task 2.
So I'm here to share with you my personal tips.
Plan what to write.
It's so simple, but when you're in an actual test situation
and don't have a lot of time it's so easy to overlook.
After reading the question,
take a few seconds to outline your main points before you start to write
– you'll be surprised how this simple step can improve your score.
Make your position or point of view as clear as possible.
Writing Task 2 looks at your ability to express your opinion clearly in English,
not your knowledge of the topic.
The best thing to remember is to keep your answer relevant
and give an opinion to the best of your ability.
Address the task fully.
You have to answer all parts of the question
to show your understanding of the written instructions.
Take a look at this:
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic.
Some people say that university students
should pay the full cost of their education.
Others say that university education should be free.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer
and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge and experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Here we can see three things:
The view that university students should pay fees
covering the full cost of their studies;
The view that university students should study for free;
And your own personal opinion.
In this situation, you must write about all three tasks stated in this question,
otherwise you'll get a lower score.
Summarise your main points.
Don't forget your final paragraph needs to sum up all your main arguments.
I hope these tips will help you improve in Writing Task 2.
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