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IELTS Essay Topics

Most people doing IELTS Writing Task 2 get stressed out about which IELTS essay topics they will face. They worry about getting an unfamiliar topic and not having any good ideas or enough vocabulary to complete the task. This article will help you by giving you the most common IELTS essay topics and showing you how to use these to get higher scores. Why is it important to know the IELTS essay topics? If you are familiar with the most common topics you will have a huge advantage because you will be better at two of the most…

Skip a Line and Use a Pencil

Paragraphing When marking someone's IELTS Writing it is very frustrating when you see one big block of text. What I mean by this is a full essay that has just one paragraph. Did the student mean to write one paragraph? Probably not. However, it is impossible for the examiner to know where one paragraph ends and the other starts if you don't make it very clear to them. Simply using an indent is normally not good enough because under exam conditions, people don't think about making neat indents; they just write as quickly as…

Surveillance Essay

In many cities the use of video cameras in public places is being increased in order to reduce crime, but some people believe these measures restrict our individual freedom. Do the benefits of increased security outweigh the drawbacks? In many metropolitan areas CCTV is on the increase with the express purpose of reducing crime, however, some would argue that these encroach upon our liberty. This essay will argue that the advantages do not outweigh the disadvantages because surveillance cameras do not deter serious criminals…

Task 2 Environment Essay

With the increased global demand in oil and gas, undiscovered areas of the world should be opened up to access more resources. To what extent do you agree or disagree?  One of the things to notice about this essay is that it has a very short introduction and conclusion. It retains all of the elements of a good introduction (paraphrase question, give opinion and outline main ideas) and conclusion (summarise main ideas and give opinion again), but does so with fewer words. This allows you to spend more time on your main body…

Student’s Task 2 Answer

Sometimes I like to show you a student's essay, so that you can compare it with your own and see what other people are capable of. Below is one such essay from a student who uses my correction service. I'm not going to tell you what band score she got and I would like you to tell me what you think. Take a look at the official IELTS Task 2 Band Descriptors and then take a look at the essay. What score would you give the essay for each of the four categories? Knowing how the exam is marked is one of the keys to success in…

Double Question on Physical Appearance

This is a tricky question because there are a few different elements to the first statement and then there are two separate questions. Here is how I tried to answer it: Physical appearance may play an important role in many spheres of life: in the person’s success in school, in relationships with people, in the choice of a career path. Say whether you agree or disagree with it, and if you see it as a positive or negative factor. It is argued that the way a person looks has a crucial role in how successful they are in…

Task 2 Sample Answer- Shopping

In most developed countries shopping is not only about buying the goods you need, it is also perceived as entertainment. Is it a positive or negative development? Give your own opinion and examples based on your experience. In many developed nations consumerism is not only about buying the everyday things we need to survive, but is also seen as a form of entertainment. This essay will argue that this is a very negative development because of the detrimental effect marketing and advertising has on people and the fact that it…

Latest Real Task 2 Questions

Lots of you send me your Task 2 questions, so I've decided to record them all on one page. Of course, the same questions will not come up again, but it will give you a good idea about what types of questions to expect and also allow you to practice. If you do the IELTS test, please send me any questions you can remember to mail@ieltsadvantage.com. All questions below are from both the Academic and General Training papers. October 2015 Most employers do job interviews before offering a position to a person. Do you think this…

Using Personal Pronouns in IELTS Essays

Last week I produced a video of me writing an IELTS essay live and I got lots of great feedback, but also some negative emails too. I love to receive emails whether positive or negative, because it lets me know exactly what you guys think and also what I can do to help you even more. The strange thing was nearly all of the negativity was about one thing- personal pronouns.To summarise, lots of you thought that I used them too much and that this was not acceptable in a Task 2 essay. I was always of the opinion that it was…

How to Write Like an IELTS Expert

We get lots of emails every week thanking us for our articles and resources, but they normally end with things like: I'll never be able to write like a native speaker. I wish I could write like you. Tell me how to think like an examiner. I need your brain. I can't give you my brain, but I can talk you through how I answer an IELTS Writing question. I decided to record my computer screen and think out loud while I wrote the answer to a Task 2 question I had never seen before. This will, hopefully, give you an insight into how…