Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn how and when to include appropriate fake support for IELTS Writing Task 2 essays.

First of all, let’s establish that, when possible, using real ideas for examples and details is always preferred.

This is to ensure the ideas are believable, and you can provide specific and logical details.

When searching for appropriate and specific support, think about ideas from podcasts, newspapers, TV/radio news, and your own culture/country/city.

Having said that, what if you can’t think of a formal and appropriate example that is real?



Make it up! You have to get creative. Some students have expressed disbelief at this idea, worrying that it will decrease their score.

The fact is, there is nothing in the scoring system that punishes you score-wise for providing fake research. As long as the ideas are logical and possible, you are actually increasing your score.

The Task Response score in Writing Task 2 demands that you provide specific, clear, strong support- not that it be true.


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However, using fake research from universities like Harvard and Stanford is not always appropriate for the topic. So, here are some ideas for organizations that you can draw from instead.

Topic: obesity, fast food, health

WHO, U.S. Department of Health

Topic: athletics, training, competitions

Olympic committee, FIFA

Topic: economy, business, budgets

New York Times survey of 3,000 households

Write down all the possibilities for real and fake support, and practice utilizing a variety of these in your Task 2 essays.

What do you think of today’s ideas?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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