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

Today you’ll learn how to deal with one-sided Task 2 IELTS questions.

A 3 Keys student asked this question in our closed Facebook group:

The Writing Task 2 question is:

Universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject.

Do you agree or disagree?

How can I write the introduction and the second paragraph, because it has only one side?

Khayala, 3 Keys IELTS student

If you see the words ‘agree or disagree‘ in that last question, you can always write an argument essay.

Even if there is only one opinion stated in the question, there is always another opinion that exists.

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Sample Task 2 Brainstorm

Should accept equal numbers:

  • get varied perspectives from both genders
  • overcome historical gender bias inherent in the educational system
  • ensure women have a fair shake in fields like science, engineering, and math
  • use a real example of the above from your own country, culture or university

Shouldn’t accept equal numbers:

  • discrimination, taking away free choice
  • having a merit-based system, should get in due to qualifications, not just gender

Brainstorming is key to having an organized essay and controlling your time.

The 3 Keys IELTS System teaches you how to brainstorm and organize your ideas for a 7 or higher.

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