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

Today you get insider Examiner tips about writing a complex and impressive Task 2 Opinion essay.

We also invite you to our upcoming October webclass!

In this webclass, we’ll teach you how to level up from a 7 to an 8 in IELTS Writing.

It will be October 24 and October 26.

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We are updating the Writing module in 3 Keys!

These updates are geared toward making sure that you’re getting that 7 or higher.

After working 1-on-1 with thousands of students, we’ve seen some things we can add to help you!

We are also updating our templates!

We will share details about these additions in the webclass, so be sure to sign up!

Do I always have to talk about both sides in a Task 2 essay?

Usually, yes!

If the topic asks you to discuss both sides, you must do so in order to get a 7+ on the Task Response score.

They may ask you to discuss the following:

  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Problems and solutions
  • Causes and effects

One way to do this is with a concession!

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What is a concession?

This is providing one reason for the side you don’t agree with.

You will then use a transition such as “however” or “nevertheless” to state why you disagree.

Concessions are a great way to address both sides in an Opinion essay, while thoroughly supporting your opinion.

I do understand that many people feel taking a gap year is disadvantageous, because it gets students out of the academic routine.

However, I still feel that a gap year has more benefits than downsides.

You then dive into a specific benefit.

Where can you find more information?

We will provide more details about how to use concessions in our upcoming webclass.

Additionally, we’ll provide examples and step-by-step instructions.

We’ll also provide 3 other ways you can level up your Task 2 IELTS essay.


If you are stuck at a Writing 6 or 6.5, you need to attend our webclass!

We are going to provide insider Examiner tips for getting the score you need on Task 2.

  • How to write concessions.
  • What to do when the question has a plural.
  • How to be flexible with Mixed essay questions.
  • Strategies for using interesting, impressive vocabulary.

These webclasses are getting very popular, and they can fill up!

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