IELTS Sample Essays | Writing Task 2 Sample essays

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A  well-organized essay will help in scoring a desirable band in the writing test. A lot of the candidates who take the writing test will need at least 5-10 minutes to prepare for the essay once they get the topic. If you consider certain points while writing the essay, it’ll get a bit easier to get a high IELTS band score. Few points are listed below:

  • Answer the Question Asked: Before answering, carefully read the question that is asked and try to answer the question to the point, do not divert from the topic. Whatever the topic is try to explain as much as possible. Do not speak out of the topic, if you do so you may end up losing the marks.
  • Plan your work: After you get the topic for writing, plan your work based on the format. Think about what has to be written in the introduction, two paragraphs, and a conclusion. Once you plan the work, you will get an idea automatically on how to write the essay and score high band accordingly.
  • Write, Review and Re-write: Before actually taking the IELTS Writing test, it is important to take a practice test. While taking the practice test, take a particular topic and start writing the essay, once you are done writing the essay go through it and review your mistakes. When you take the second practice test, try to improve or overcome the mistakes that happened before.
  • Skills you need to have: To score a good band in the IELTS examination, there should be some relevant skills, there are two kinds of skills; exam skills as well as language skills. You need to find out which skills you are good at and should improve the skills in which you are not that good. In order to find this out, you need to take a lot of IELTS practice tests.

IELTS sample essays are given in different types of questions. And each type wants you to give a response in different ways. The essay sample types are given below.

Agree and Disagree Type Questions

In this category, one opinion of the particular thing is given and you’ll be asked to discuss whether you agree or disagree with that particular opinion.

Discuss Two Opinion Type Questions

In this type of question, there will be two opinions given, you are asked to understand both the opinions and give your point of view based on that.

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Cause Type Questions

In this type of question, you need to give the reason or cause why something has happened and you are also asked to discuss the different aspects of it such as the effect, solutions and positive and negative points.

Problem and Solution Type Questions

In this type of question, you have to discuss the problems related to society and plan accordingly to create a solution for these particular issues.

Advantage and Disadvantage Type Questions

In this type of question, you have to give opinions relating to the positive and negative sides of a particular topic.

Other Type Questions

There are other types of questions that do not fit in any of the categories above. So these kinds of questions are called other types of questions.

IELTS Writing Sample Essays

Academic Writing

The Academic Writing test will have 60 minutes to complete the test. You are asked to write 2  tasks, task 1 of at least 150 words, and task 2 of at least 250 words. In task 1 you’ll be given a table, chart, process diagram or graph and you’ll have to describe it in around 150 words for which you can take 20 minutes. In task 2, a topic will be given and you should write a 250-word essay.

General Training Writing

In the General Training test, you will have only 60 minutes to complete the test. There are 2 tasks, where you’ll have to write a 150 words essay for Task 1 and 250 words essay for task 2.

In task 1 you’ll have to write a letter, for example, a request letter. In task 2, it’ll be the same as Academic Writing where you’ll have to write a 250-word response according to the question given.

FAQs

Is writing task 2 same for Academic and general module of IELTS?

Yes. You have to write an essay consisting of 250 words on a given topic.

What is the marking criteria for essay writing?

Task response – 25%
Coherence and Cohesion – 25%
Vocabulary – 25%
Grammar – 25%

I’m confused about opinion essays. Eg.1: Even in agree/disagree essays they ask for your opinion like “To what extent you agree”.
Eg.2: Even in advantage/disadvantage essays they ask for your opinion like “Do you think the advantages outweigh disadvantages”.
Eg.3: There are essays which specifically ask for your opinion.

In any essay which asks for your opinion, you may give it.

Can I write an essay which is more than 250 words? Will it improve my scores?

Minimum word count is 250. There is no upper limit, which means you can exceed 250 words. But you are not marked for the length of your essay. You are marked on how organised your paragraphs are, logical flow, collocations and grammar.

I have memorised some standard phrases to begin and end my essay? Will it improve my scores?

They should be relevant to the question given. Instead of using complex irrelevant phrases which lowers your score, you can follow simple rules such as:
1. For the introduction, you can paraphrase the question given.
2. For the conclusion, you can reiterate the main points.

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