hey Liz , first of all i just want to say that i cherish you, this is such a great site, and i am learning so much from you, thank you very much, however i just need to ask you something about this task which i have rewritten it in my own words (kind of a practice ) : is it okay to talk about the detrimental effects of social networking sites but then adding another opinion which is : “that some people find it beneficial for example because it lets them explore other cultures and being exposed to new global ideas….”
If you need more help, see my advanced writing task 2 lessons: . Also read the band score descriptions page because it contains tips for improving:
All the best
Your website is super helpful and informative for those of us who aim for a high band score in the IELTS. Thank you for taking your time to publish all these sample essays! I have two questions though, and I was hoping you’d be able to answer them. Nothing too important, just something things I’ve been wondering while studying for the IELTS:
I would like to know if for an opinion essay like one above do we have to write counter arguments.
And if it says to what extend do you agree or disagree do can we present both sides and take one stand or can we take 2 stands.
The comment said 280 is the number of words for those who targeting for band 6,7 and above. Recently I sat for my IELTS and I wrote more than 350 words and I only get band 6. What are the acceptable amount of words that is acceptable, the instruction says at least 250.
i attempted my ielts test today writing task 1 was fine i attempted it efficiently but due to my misjudgement i am under the impression that i wrote very less number of words estimatedly i wrote 150 to 200 words please tell me my expected band though whatever i wrote in wt2 was related to the topic and concrete i concluded it very nicely but the problem remains that i was unable to follow the word limit in writing task 2 please tell me my expected band i am extremely worried
When writing the conclusion, just use “In conclusion” for writing task 2. Writing task 1 has no conclusion. Please read my lessons on the main pages because these questions have already been answered and explained.
i want ask you something about writing,i discussed with my teacher that i can write overview in task 1 he said no no because you can’t write but i watched your video but you said overview is necessary …………..so i want you tell me about this i’m confuse because after 2 days i will be appear in exam………………….
some times I confuse in detect the topic in opinion essay, for example in this question:
(Due to the development and rapid expansion of supermarkets in some countries, many small, local business are unable to compete. Some people think that the closure of local business will bring about the death of local communities.). I have confused if the topic is (inability of local business to compete) and other information is supporting or it is (closure of local business will bring about the death of local communities) , so how can I identify the main topic in such question ?
Thanks a bundle
hi,i have been writing essay for a month but im quite disappointed because i cant keep track if my writing is in progress or not, no body is available to check my writing,please help me evaluate m writing guys..
Each time I look at and readsample answers of writing task 2 like this, I feel like in serious problems, because I don’t think I can write something so good like this. I see I need to learn, improve and practice a lot my English skills. 🙁
Absolutely not if you want band 9. You must use natural language, not phrases and sentences you have learned from an academic writing website or book. Never learn sentences to put in your essay. Each essay is written uniquely depending on the topic. Any learned sentences are not counted by IELTS. I strongly suggest you get at least one of my advanced lessons in writing task 2 so you understand not only the techniques but what IELTS is all about in terms of how it functions as a language test:
Hi Liz, just read all of your tips about to to write a good essay. I am aiming for a perfect band 9. I just wanted to inquire about how to structure my response when i am about to write a band 9 essay. Suppose if the question asks me ” to what extent do you agree or disagree?
can i say like ” In this paper, the author will look at a number of studies which show that both viewpoints are, to some extent,justified. and then talk about both viewpoints( 1 paragraph each) and give a conclusion at the end by partially agreeing to one side?
Thank you in advance for your response.
I took IELTS twice and my score in writing is always 6.5. In both exams, I didn’t finish task 1 or didn’t reach the number of word requirement. Do you think that’s one of the reason why my score is always the same? Thank you!