Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn how many ideas you must have in IELTS advantage/disadvantage Task 2 essays.

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This future IELTS candidate was wondering how many ideas to include for advantage/disadvantage essays.

He asked if one was enough, if he explained it, and how this would impact the Task Response score.

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What determines your Task Response score?

Jessica graded over 10,000 essays in her career as an IELTS Examiner, so she knows the scoring system by heart.

She can assure you that this definitely has a huge impact on your Task Response score for Task 2.

Basically, that score depends on you answering the question completely and in detail.

So, if the question includes plural words, like “advantages”, “disadvantages” or “solutions”, you must include two ideas for those.

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Option #1: General reason with 2 different examples

Each idea must be followed by a detail or an example.

There are actually two ways of accomplishing this.

Let’s imagine you are asked to write about the advantages of meditation, for instance.

You can start the paragraph with a general benefit, like “mental health”, and then give two different examples for that.

These examples could be “patience” and “positive outlook”.

These are, in essence, two different advantages that fall under the umbrella of “mental health”.

Option #2: Provide 2 different reasons

You can also just give two different advantages.

For instance, your first advantage could be “mental health”, followed by an example.

Your second advantage could be “physical health”, followed by an example.

Both of these options would satisfy a prompt that asks for 2 advantages.

When you fully answer the question, you will get a 7 or higher for your Task Response score.


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