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IELTS Writing Task 2: Tips, Lessons & Models

Success in IELTS writing task 2 is based on using the right techniques. These free tips, model essays, lessons, videos and information will help develop the skills for writing task 2. This page will teach you how to maximise your IELTS writing task 2 score. All lessons are on this page are for both GT and Academic writing task 2.

On this page, you will find for free:

  1. Test Information for Writing Task 2
  2. Practice essay questions
  3. Essential tips for IELTS writing task 2
  4. Free video lessons
  5. Model essays
  6. Practice lessons to improve your IELTS essay writing (paraphrasing, skills, ideas, spelling etc)

Although some lessons are dated from years ago, all lessons and tips are 100% relevant to IELTS writing task 2 today. There is also a link below to my Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons which can be purchased for those who wish to learn in greater depth and achieve a higher score. I wish you all lots of luck in your test. Liz 🙂

1 IELTS Writing Task 2 Test Information

Learn about your IELTS writing task 2 test.

  1. IELTS recommend you spend no more than 40 mins on writing task 2. However, the time is yours to manage as you wish.
  2. You should write over 250 words. In the lessons below you will learn about word count, penalties and essay length.
  3. IELTS writing task 2 is worth only about 66% of your total writing marks.
    1. Learn how your total writing score is calculated: Total Writing Score Calculations
  4. You will be marked on:
    1. Task Response (25%)
    2. Coherence & Cohesion (25%)
    3. Vocabulary (25%)
    4. Grammar (25%)
  5. For band score tips and details, see this page: IELTS Writing Task 2 Band Scores 
  6. Academic writing task 2 is a formal essay. The common types of essays are: Opinion, Discussion, Advantage/Disadvantage, Direct Questions, Solutions. These categorisations will differ from teacher to teacher depending on how they like to teach. See below for 100 IELTS Essay Questions to practise at home.
  7. GT writing task 2 is the same as Academic IELTS. The essay is written in the same way and the scoring is the same. The only difference is that GT essay questions are often easier and topics are simpler.
  8. All words will be counted, even small or repeated words. See this page: How Words are Counted
  9. For more information about IELTS test rules and info, see this page: IELTS  Test FAQ

2 IELTS Practice Essay Questions

Practice essay questions to help you prepare ideas for topics in IELTS writing task 2. These questions have been written based on questions reported by IELTS students. They are not IELTS tests.

Over 100 IELTS Essay Questions

3 Essential IELTS Writing Task 2 Tips

The most important writing tips for a strong IELTS essay in writing task 2. Learn about the recommended essay length, how to plan your essay, when to give your opinion and how to write an introduction etc.

How many paragraphs for an IELTS essay?: Essay structure

Key Linking Words List: Academic Vocabulary 

Video: How to write an introduction paragraph: Complete lesson

Essay Planning Tips: How to plan your IELTS essay

Common Essay Topics: 20 Most Common Essay Topics

Video: Essay Length Advice: How long should your essay be?

Video: Official Writing Answer Sheet Tips: Using the answer sheet

When to give your opinion: Opinion Essay Tips

Video Using the last 5 minutes: Exam technique tips

Video: Paraphrasing Tips

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Liz’s Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons

  • Are you aiming for a higher score?
  • Are you struggling to understand where you are going wrong?
  • Are you confused about what the examiner is really looking for?

In that case, purchase my Advanced Writing Task 2 lessons. Suitable for both GT and Academic IELTS. CLICK HERE: Advanced IELTS Writing Task 2 Lessons

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4. More Video & Tips for Writing Task 2

All Free IELTS Writing Task 2 Videos Lessons

5 Model Essays

Sample essays for IELTS writing task 2. These high score model essays will help you understand how to answer the essay questions and how to structure your writing.

6 Practice Lessons for Writing Task 2

Develop your IELTS writing skills and get useful ideas for many essay questions. Lessons are in order of date and new lessons will be added over time.

  1. Essay Questions Sept & Oct 2018: Reported by students
  2. Essay Questions July 2018: Reported by students
  3. Paraphrasing Practice 1
  4. Paraphrasing Practice 2
  5. Paraphrasing Practice 3
  6. Essay Questions for 2017 – questions reported in the test this year.
  7. Using Passive Voice for Giving Opinions
  8. Essay Ideas: Employment Competition
  9. Writing Skills: Paraphrasing Practice
  10. Writing Skills: Improving Sentences (2)
  11. Essay Ideas: The Importance of History
  12. Essay Ideas: Housing & Trees 
  13. Essay Ideas: International Aid
  14. Essay Ideas: City Transport
  15. Essay Ideas: Salaries
  16. Essay Ideas: Function of Schools
  17. Essay Ideas: Female Staff in Senior Positions
  18. Writing Skills: Punctuation Practice
  19. Writing Skills: Linking Word Practice
  20. Essay Ideas: Littering in Cities
  21. Listen and Write Dictation: Natural Disasters
  22. Discussion Essay with Feedback: Music Topic
  23. Writing Skills: Improving Sentences: Ebooks Topic
  24. Essay Ideas: Banning Mobile Phones
  25. Two Question Essay with Feedback: Judging Business Success
  26. Essay Ideas: Tourism and Local Communities
  27. Essay Ideas: Traffic & Pollution
  28. Writing Skills: Improving a Thesis Statement
  29. Writing Skills: Improving Sentences (1)
  30. Essay Ideas: Handwriting Skills
  31. Writing Skills: Linking Word Practice
  32. Essay Ideas: Promoting to Children
  33. Essay Ideas: Older or Younger Leaders
  34. Writing Skills: Introduction Feedback
  35. Writing Skill: Opinion Essay Introduction Feedback
  36. Writing Skills: Opinion Essay Body Paragraphs
  37. Writing Skills: Opinion Essay Introduction
  38. Writing Skills: Opinion Essay Finding Main Points
  39. Writing Skills: Thesis Statement
  40. Essay Ideas: Public Services

Liz’s Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons

  • Are you aiming for band score 7 or above?
  • Are you struggling to understand where you are going wrong?
  • Are you confused about what the examiner is really looking for?

In that case, purchase my Advanced Writing Task 2 lessons. Suitable for both GT and Academic IELTS. CLICK HERE: Advanced IELTS Writing Task 2 Lessons

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