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Writing Task 2


Writing module is the toughest module of the IELTS test. You should not be surprised to see someone getting the required scores in Listening, Reading, and Speaking, but getting stuck at Band 6 or 6.5 in Writing. The primary reason behind this is the lack of knowledge of Official Marking Scheme that is ‘’What Examiners Want’’.

What is a writing task2

  • You will be given a topic
  • You will be asked to respond to the topic in the form of an essay
  • Total time 40 minutes
  • At least 250 words
  • Carries 66.667% of total writing marks

Types of questions

  • Opinion
  • Discussion
  • Problems/causes and solutions
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Double

In order to get a Band 7 or above in Writing, you need to know Official Marking Scheme precisely, so that you give examiners what they want and nothing else.

Official marking scheme

  • Task response (25%)
  • Coherence and cohesion (25%)
  • Vocabulary (25%)
  • Grammar (25%)



Of all the above questions, Opinion and Discussion essays are the most frequently asked in the test. To learn how to produce a Band 7+ Opinion and Discussion essay.

  1. Opinion Essay
  2. Discussion Essay


In an opinion essay, you will be given a one-sided view or statement, and you will be asked to give YOUR OPINION on such a view or statement.

Instruction words:

Do you agree or disagree?
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Do you agree?
What is your opinion?
Is this a positive or negative development?


Just pick one side that is, agree or disagree and give two reasons for the same.


a. Paraphrase the question
b. Give your opinion
c. Mention your ideas

Supporting Paragraph 1 (WEAK SIDE)
a. Topic sentence
b. Explanation
c. Example
d. Reason why this is a weak side for you

Supporting Paragraph 2 (STRONG SIDE)
a. Topic sentence
b. Explanation
c. Example
d. Reason why this is a strong side for you

a. Summary of
1. Opinion
2. Main ideas


Some people think that exercise is the key to health, while others feel that having a balanced diet is more important.

Discuss both the sides and give your opinion.


Some would argue that working out is vital to health, while others say that a balanced diet is of the utmost importance. Although nutritious food provides essential vitamins and minerals to the body, I believe that physical training boosts immunity and is far more useful for the well-being of an individual.

On the one hand, some individuals argue that healthy food such as fresh vegetables, meat, and dried fruits contain many nutrients that a human body need. Consumption of these provides sufficient immunity for the prevention of, and combat against, diseases, making them stronger and more robust. For example, a recent survey in the USA revealed that a person who consumes a mixture of turmeric, honey, and garlic is less vulnerable to diseases. However, eating habits do not adequately contribute to immunity in older people, leaving them vulnerable for sickness.

On the other hand, some individuals believe that exercising is essential for healthiness. It helps men and women to stay physically fit, strengthens their muscles, eliminates mental stress, and provides energy to the entire body. With these factors, immunity boosts from a root cause, making it last long. To illustrate, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a famous Hollywood actor, is seventy-two years old, and he is still robust because of intensive workouts throughout his life. This demonstrates that even aged people will stay healthy if they do yoga or muscle training.

In conclusion, although nourishing meals contain nutrients such as protein, fibre, and carbohydrates, providing enough energy for people to remain robust, I firmly believe that physical exercise is by far the most proven and effective way of keeping well in the long run.