IELTS General Writing Task 2: Essay
In IELTS General Writing Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, an argument or a problem. The essay has to be formal in style and at least 250 words.
Here is an example how the task prompt looks like:
WRITING TASK 2 (General)
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people think that one should retire at the age of 60 or 65. Others say that people should be allowed to work for as long as they want to.
What is your opinion about this?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
How to write an essay for IELTS Writing Task 2?
You must start with spending some time reading the instructions. It is very important that you fully understand what you are asked to do. You should spend at least 2 minutes planning your essay:
- Read the instructions thoroughly
- Brainstorm, write down the main keywords and ideas
- Introduction: paraphrase the topic
- Essay body: organise your essay into paragraphs, develop your ideas, add supporting points and provide examples
Use cohesive devices to link your ideas.
How IELTS Writing Task 2 is scored?
IELTS Writing Task 2 gives you 2/3 of your total writing score, whereas the Task 1 is worth 1/3 of your score. Hence the recommended time for both tasks: for Task 1 it is 20 minutes, for Task 2 it is 40 minutes.
Your essay will be evaluated on the four marking criteria:
Each criterion gives 25% of your total score for the task.
For more detailed information, see the IELTS Writing Task 2 band descriptors.
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