What does the IELTS Examiner need to see for high Writing Task 2 scores?

Today we’ll teach you exactly how to expand your ideas to impress the Examiner!

We’ll also give you an example for an essay about organic food.

This is a common topic that you may see on test day!

Don’t forget to take notes!

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How do you expand on ideas?

  • expand: lengthen, extend and give additional support

Every idea in your IELTS essay must be supported.

You must convince the examiner that what you’re saying is correct!

Imagine you’re having an argument with them.

Even for problem/solution, you must convince them it’s a good solution!

For every essay, you must expand on every idea.

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Ask yourself “why?”

Why is this your opinion?

Try to have 3 sentences about every idea.

Each sentence should get more specific.

Think of it as a funnel.

Start with the idea, and then give more specific details and examples.

Every sentence must have new and necessary information.

Where do the ideas come from?

You must offer examples and details.

  • Real people
  • Real places
  • Real time

It can be made up!

However, it must be realistic.

Do not be afraid to share examples from your life.

These are often the strongest, most convincing support!

Example: organic food Task 2 topic

Do you think organic food is worth the extra money it costs?

A recent essay had a very interesting idea that companies put organic labels on food that isn’t organic.

However, more specific details and examples weren’t provided.

Remember, you must stay focused on the question.

Here, the question is about value.

In my opinion, it is definitely not a good idea to expend extra capital on organic food.

This is due to the fact that companies can place an organic label on their product when, in actuality, it is no different from other products.

For instance, yesterday in the store I witnessed a tortilla package labeled as organic, but upon examination of the non-organic competitor, the ingredients were exactly the same.

Writing scoring system

You are graded on four sections.

  • Task Response
  • Cohesion/Coherence
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Believe it or not, grammar and vocabulary are the easiest to improve on your own.

You can improve these with any English teacher or tutor.

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You need strategies to score 7+ on IELTS Writing.

Today’s episode gives you details for how to provide strong support for your ideas on Task 2.

We also share an example for a Task 2 topic about organic food.

You must practice brainstorming strong, detailed support for any topic!

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