How should one prepare for IELTS writing Task-2

IELTS writing task-2 carries 60% of the total weight of the writing section. It basically tells you to write a non-informative but logical and discussion-based essay. 

Wait! Non-informative?

YES!!! You don’t require any prior knowledge about the topic. All you need to know is  – a few rules about structuring an argument, opinion, or discussion-based essay.

What are the rules?

 

Always read the sample answers written by other people and form your imagination. – This is the golden rule number #0

It only takes 10 mins to read a sample answer. Once a day is not too many, yey?

 

Rule#1:  Read the question. Take about 3 minutes.

 

Rule#2: Find out the key points from the question. Key points are given below – 3 minutes

  • Topic – This is the theme of the question. The topic never repeats in the question.
  • Viewpoint – Background information on the topic. Viewpoints are normally get repeated.
  • Specific question – Normally the last line that asks for a specific answer

 

Rule#3:Write the Introduction Make sure that the introduction addresses the topic, viewpoint, and your stance on the specific question. – 7 minutes

  • The introduction should not exceed 3 sentences. Most of the time 2 complex and a simple sentence is ideal

 

Rule#4: Form the body – Divide the body of the essay into 2 paragraphs. – 20 minutes

  • Paragraph#1:  Write in favor of your opinion or the main logic of your discussion. 
    • Normally at least 2 logics with practical examples or examples from the daily to daily life experience is good enough.
  • paragraph#2: Write why you disagree or another supporting logic of your discussion.
    •  1or 2 logics with practical examples or examples from the daily to daily life experience will be suitable.

 

Rule#5: Give a conclusion – Always conclude the essay with your stance. Your stance on the specific question – 3 minutes

 

Rule#6: Revise and correct your spellings4 minutes

 

I recommend practicing at least 3 complete essays before taking the final exam.

 

 

Let’s Practice with an example:  

Question:

Some people argue that the government should give every unemployed person a mobile phone and should make sure they have access to the Internet.

They believe this is the best way of using public money to reduce the problem of unemployment.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

#1 I read the question and highlighted the keys words. – 3mins

 

#2: I have found the topic, viewpoint, and the specific question – 3mins

  • Topic  – colored in green
  • Viewpoint –  colored in pink
  • Specific Question – colored in grey

 

#3: Introduction:-  Look at the Introduction format – 6mins (7mins max)

  • Topic > viewpoint > my stance on the specific question

 Access to the internet in modern days has no second option and many people say the government can best use public money by providing internet to everyone. I strongly believe this is one of the best possible ways to use public money for lowering the unemployment rate.

#4: Writing the body –  Look at the examples used form daily use – 18mins

The first priority for the job seeker is information, and here the Internet offers a variety of helping mechanisms including google search, social media platforms like LinkedIn. Details of job vacancies and requirements can be accessed within minutes on a computer screen. For example:- Indeed, Monster or national job bank’s job vacancy posts.  Additionally, once a suitable job vacancy has been identified, it’s vital to respond quickly, and in this respect, it can be argued that a mobile phone is more convenient than a conventional phone. Since calls on a mobile can be very expensive, however, costs can easily get out of hand if public money is used for the purpose.

It has to be said that, like any tools, the Internet and the mobile phone are only as good as their user. Both need to be used effectively, and of course, both are open to abuse. In this aspect, the government can track mobile phones that are distributed for the sole purpose of unemployment reduction. Such as:- collecting voice data and text data of the user during the unemployment time of a person to track down the prospect’s attempts to find a job.

#5: Writing a conclusion:  –  Look at the opinion – 3mins

In conclusion, I strongly believe there are many arguments for giving unemployed people access to the Internet. However, a customized mobile phone for a specific purpose would highlight the result more.

Strongly – is an adverb here. This only emphasizes my stance on the topic. Remember the specific question was – 

To what extent do you agree or disagree?