IELTS Writing Task 2

Discuss both these points of view and give your own opinion.

In the IELTS exam you are given two academic texts to write. Task 1 is very technical (describing processes, trends, charts, tables, graphs, etc.), task 2 is more based on your opinion and deals with more abstract topics (health, sport, cultures, media, etc.)

In task two you can be asked to "discuss both these points of view and give your own opinion." While there are many ways to complete this task, we believe that the format below will help you achieve a good mark.

Remember that in order to achieve the highest possible mark you must write a text which...

  • fully satisfies all the requirements of the task ie. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  • clearly presents a fully developed response ie. It is important to show you have thought
  • uses cohesion in such a way that it attracts no attention ie. Use linking words: firstly, secondly, in addition, etc.
  • skilfully manages paragraphing ie. Use logical paragraphs as suggested below
  • uses a wide range of vocabulary with very natural and sophisticated control of lexical features; rare minor errors occur only as ‘slips’ ie. You really need to show your vocabulary knowledge, this comes from lots of reading, speaking and a great teacher.
  • uses a wide range of structures with full flexibility and accuracy; rare minor errors occur ie. Don't only use simple sentences. Use conditionals, passives, participle clauses, relative clauses.

Our suggested IELTS task 2 structure

Paragraphs Suggested sentences
Intro Opinions often differ on whether A or B [A + B =both sides of the argument]One highly controversial issues today relates to whether A or B [A + B =both sides of the argument].There is often much debate around the topic of whether A or B [A + B =both sides of the argument]Some argue that A while others maintain that B,...in this essay I will discuss both sides concluding with my own opinion on the matter.
Main body 1Side you disagree with On the one hand it can be argued that A... (define the one side of the argument)The main reason for believing this is that...It is a widely held belief that if...
Main body 2Side you agree with However, there are also those who argue that B... (define the other side of the argument)They would argue that ...Proponents of this position believe that...
ConclusionYour opinion Having considered both sides of this argument, I believe that A/B.While I agree that in some cases ..., overall, I am of the opinion that..

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