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

Today you’ll get three solid steps to tackle IELTS Writing Task 2!

You’ll learn how to stay calm and get the best possible score on the IELTS Writing test when you are writing argument and opinion essays.

All Task 2 questions look the same. You might see this question: Many people today think that zoos are cruel to animals and should be closed. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

To answer this question it’s better to write an argument essay where you talk about both sides.

Why? If you write an opinion essay (one side only) it’s harder to write because you need to come up with more ideas and specific examples for one side. Therefore, answer every question as an argument essay (address both sides).

Where should you start?

Brainstorm the W questions:

  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why

Write down everything you can think of to support both sides of the issue.

Write down examples and main ideas.

Learn more here about how to brainstorm for IELTS Writing.


You must address everything that is asked in the essay question.

If the questions asks you to respond to both sides of the argument then you need to include both sides in order to get the highest possible score.

For that reason it’s best to always answer Task 2 questions as an argument essay, addressing both sides.

How to calm your nerves when you write the essay:

Before you write out your essay try to clear your mind and take three deep breaths.  Feel your feet on the floor. Next, start writing with a clear mind.

Steps to follow for IELTS Writing Task 2:

  • Step 1: Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths
  • Step 2: Look at the test question. Give yourself a few minutes to understand it
  • Step 3: Take 3-5 minutes to brainstorm
  • Step 4: Write your essay

What questions do you have about IELTS Writing Task 2  and how to structure your essays?

Let us know in the comments below.

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