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

We had an interesting post in our course Facebook group:

Is it true that I have to always discuss both sides, otherwise I won’t be able to score more than a 6?

This is only important for your Task Response score.

If the Task 2 question presents two sides of something, you must address both in your essay, or you’ll get below a 6 for Task.

Argument essays are best here.

However, if a Task 2 question only presents one side, or one opinion, you do not have to talk about both sides.

Pay attention to the question!

Having said that, there are always two opinions about any given topic, and argument essays are possible here too!

For many reasons, writing an argument essay is usually the best choice for most IELTS candidates.

If you completely agree with the opinion given in the question, though, you still can write an opinion essay.


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The third type of possible question is Problem Solution.

This question is not about opinions; thus, you can’t talk about two sides.

However, in order to score highly for Task, for any essay, you still must present a personal position.

To do this, when presenting a cause, say, “I believe this is the most egregious cause, …”

When discussing solutions, “To my mind, this solution would be the most effective because…

If it is an advantage/disadvantage question, this is still two sides of something, so just follow the argument essay format.

In paragraph 3, include your opinion by saying, “I feel there are more advantages, because…

The final question type is a mixed question type. Click here for more information about this challenging question format.

Basically, as successful IELTS candidate Leticia says, who got an 8 on Writing, just focus on the question.

Do you have any IELTS Writing Task 2 worries?

Share them in the comments section below!


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