Types of Task 2 essay

The four types of IELTS Task 2 essay

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The four types of IELTS Task 2 essay

The four types of IELTS Task 2 essayThere are four IELTS Task 2 types in the writing test (Academic Module and General Training), and it is important to understand exactly which of the four types you are answering as this affect the organisation and structure of your work.

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  • Give an opinion / challenge a point of view
  • Give solutions to a problem
  • Compare points of view
  • Discuss a given situation

The key to deciding which of the four types of essay you are writing about is given in the Task words (the words that tell you what you are required to do). Here are some examples:

Give an opinion / challenge a point of view

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Do you think that…?
  • To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  • Is this positive or negative?
  • Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Give solutions to a problem

  • What measures should be taken…?
  • What should be done about…?
  • What is the solution to this?
  • In your opinion, what are the solutions?

Compare points of view

  • Discuss both views and give you opinion
  • Consider both sides and give your view
  • Argue both views and give your opinion
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages

Discuss a given situation

  • What problem does this cause?
  • What benefits does this bring?
  • What factors contribute to?
  • What is the main cause of this?

In some situations, there are only minor differences between the task words that make the question slightly different.

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Compare:

Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? (asking you to give an opinion or challenge a point of view)

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages (asking you to compare points of view)

In the first question, your answer could be structured with only a short reference to the advantages or disadvantages. However, in the second question, you are asked to divide your essay into equal parts of discussing both the advantages and disadvantages – a passing reference to one side of the argument here would be considered a poor structure.

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Previous comments:
    Ozgur Coplu says:

    would give at least one example for ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree?’. How can we make a good assey when we face with ti?

    Irma Naj says:

    Can you please further elaborate on do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages type… as i think that 1st para will be introduction of background with my opinion that i agree that there are more advantages rather than disadvantages.. in 2nd and 3rd para there will be my point of view/thesis with examples and explanation in support of advantages… lime 1 para for 1 advantage .. in last para conclusion with restatement of my thesis.. so its more look like argument essay.. do you agree or disagree typee…. please reply

    Hi Irma – the recommendations we make are not the ONLY way to write a Task 2 essay, and your construction also sounds good. However, I would be careful about putting too much background in the first paragraph (assuming you mean the first body paragraph) as this is something that should be very briefly covered in the introduction if at all. Hope that helps! The team at http://www.IELTStestONLINE.com