Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll learn how to avoid fear in mixed IELTS Writing Task 2 questions.

In this episode, we talk about a real IELTS Task 2 question that a student had to tackle on her exam, and we’ll teach you how to successfully write about challenging mixed questions such as these.

A student in our course posted this question after taking her exam:

I am tense with the question that I had in my real IELTS Exam today. Honestly I am so frustrated after such hard work that I couldn’t even recognize the essay type. The question was:

People in some countries rent for accommodation, whereas in other countries they prefer to own their own homes. Does renting a house have more advantages or disadvantages than having one’s own house?

If you receive a question like this, don’t get overwhelmed.

The first thing you should do is take time to understand the question. Then, underline the key words, or ideas, that must be in your essay.

There are a few ways you could organize this particular essay, but they still fit into the general idea of an argument template.

However, in an argument essay you write about 2 opinions on one topic. In this one, you’ll write about 2 different topics.

The key ideas that must be included are: renting, owning a home, advantages and disadvantages.

Depending on your opinion, you could write about advantages or disadvantages of renting in paragraph 2, and advantages or disadvantages of owning in paragraph 3.


100% Score Increase Guarantee with our Insider Method

3 Keys IELTS courseAre you ready to move past IELTS and move forward with your life vision?

Find out why our strategies are the most powerful in the IELTS world.

When you use our Insider Method you avoid the BIGGEST MISTAKES that most students make on IELTS.

Click here to get a score increase on IELTS. It’s 100% guaranteed.


As long as your opinion is clear, and all the key ideas from the question are directly addressed in your essay, you’ll satisfy examiner expectations.

Here is a brainstorm about these topics:

Disadvantages of owning a home:

stuck in one place, property taxes, paying for maintenance and upkeep

Advantages of owning a home:

fulfill American dream, prove responsibility, good investment

Advantages of renting:

landlord will fix clogged sinks for you, life is simpler, mobility

Disadvantages of renting:

throwing money down the toilet

How would you answer this IELTS Task 2 question?

Share your own brainstorm with us in the comments section below?



  • Badges (1)
  • Badges-1 (1)
  • Badges-2 (1)
  • US_ListenOn_AmazonMusic_button_black_RGB_5X
  • App-Store-Button
  • google-play-badge
  • Badges (1)
  • Badges-1 (1)
  • Badges-2 (1)
  • US_ListenOn_AmazonMusic_button_black_RGB_5X