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Task 2 - How do I organise my answer? Print E-mail
IELTS - IELTS Writing Test
Task 2 - How do I organise my answer?Problems: Most candidates have a style of essay writing quite different from the western style. Many people lose marks because their organisation is not what is expected in western academic essays.

What kind of questions can I expect in Task 2?

Most questions in Writing Task 2 are designed to get you to give an opinion on a topic. The topics are non-specialist, so you don’t need to be an expert in the different areas. The topics that are chosen are ones that it is not easy to decide which side of the argument you agree with: The arguments for and against are not clearly “black” or “white”, but more “grey” – so you will probably agree with some points on both sides of the argument. For example: "Education should be free for everyone. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?"

What if I completely agree or disagree with a topic?

This is unlikely to happen. If it does, you should still try to offer opinions for both sides because this way your organisation will be better and the language you use will be more varied. You don’t have to agree with what you write about, you need to show the examiner that you are aware of both sides to an argument.

Are there any Task 2 questions that don’t need both sides of the argument in the answer?

Yes, there are:

1) List questions: These are questions that ask you to write a list of points that are related to a topic. For example: "What are the factors that are essential in making someone a good teacher?" Here, all you have to do is to write about each point, you do not have to balance an argument. However, list questions do not happen very often in the test.

2) Two-part questions: Some questions have two parts. You can usually tell if a question is in two-parts because they have the word “and” in them. For example: “What are the arguments for reducing traffic and suggest some ways in which this can be done?” Here you need to write 1 paragraph on the arguments ‘for’ and then another paragraph on suggested ways to reduce traffic.   

Overall organization plans for Task 2:

1)  An answer showing both sides of an argument, e.g.: 

- INTRODUCTION

- BODY PARAGRAPH 1 – Arguments ‘for’

- BODY PARAGRAPH 2 – Arguments ‘against’

- CONCLUSION

2)  An answer listing points (you should write about 3 to 5 points).

- INTRODUCTION

- BODY PRAGRAPH 1 – Point 1

- BODY PRAGRAPH 2 – Point 2

- BODY PRAGRAPH 3 – Point 3

- CONCLUSION
  
3)  An answer for a two-part question

INTRODUCTION

- BODY PARAGRAPH 1 – Arguments ‘for’
  
- BODY PARAGRAPH 2 - Suggestions
 
- CONCLUSION

Do you need more information about how to organise a IELTS Writing Task Two answer? Let us know using the comments form below: 

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I am stutdying IELTS, but the weakest point of mine is writting. So, plz help me to organize and practice good writting.
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can u please check this essay that i made? comment on it ?
and give me its weaknesses? do you think this will give me at least band score of 6.5?
note: format is not good because i just copied and pasted it from a notepad.

SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT SCIENTISTS EXPERIMENTING WITH ANUMALS IN A LABORATORY IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN GUARANTEE NEW PRODUCTS WILL BE SAFE FOR HUMAN USE.
TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE.

The use of animals in the laboratory experimentation is a normal pphenomenon in testing new products before human
utilization and consumption. Scientists mostly use rats as subjects for experimentation. I strongly believe that
using the animals is the best way to test the effectivity and reactions of new products. These will be proven by the
folling analyzations, that it is more acceptable for an animal to die rather than a human, and that experimentation
will give a better tomorrow on human existence.

The death of a person is usually unacceptable to people who love them. For an instance, an accident involving a human
and a cat, family will greatly grieve on the person\'s death than that of the cat\'s. Thus it is more important to care
for men\'s life than animals\'. Furthermore, animals that were deprived of life due to experimentation is more acceptable
than than human death, due to imperfections of new products. This is therefore, one of the main reasons why experimentation
with the use of animal is the only medium to prove the worthiness of a new product.
Further testing of new products, results to elimination of adverse effects in humankind, giving them a better and enjoyable
life. Let us take for an instance the health products sold in the market. If these products are not tested for adverse
reactions in their short or long term use, these could possibly kill a person. Thus further analysis could give an enjoyable
and better life for people. It is therefore, that use of animals for further analysis will give us the guarantee for enjoyable
existence of man.

after presenting the analyzations, that deprivation of life in animals are more acceptable that that of the humans, and that
there will be a better tomorrow for humankind, experimentation in the laboratory with the use of animals, is the only way to test
the new product\'s effectiveness and adverse reactions. Furthermore, most people around the world are never satisfied of the products
they use, they always tend to find a better one.
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can u please give me an example essay answering the question presented regarding arguments on traffic? and pls use the three approach so i can see the differences?
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My problem is I can not understand the question...
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do they deduct over 250 words in wrting task 2?
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in writing task 2 should i have to support any one point or i can write both positive and negative aspect?
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My waekness is not being able to write shortly. I need to say what I want to say in a given limit of words. However, I always exceed that. Plaese help me.
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I am stutdying IELTS, but the weakest point of mine is writting. because my grammer is not good and sentence structure is not good. my vocabulary is also weak.
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I am stutdying IELTS, but the weakest point of mine is writting. So, plz help me to organize and practice good writting
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