IELTS General Writing Task 2: Essay
In IELTS General Writing Task 2, you are asked to write a discursive essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style (semi-formal/neutral) and has to be 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 IELTS essay?
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: develop your ideas and add supporting points
TIP! Use cohesive devices to link your ideas.
Your essay will be evaluated against IELTS band descriptors.