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. 

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 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. COMPUTER DELIVERED IELTS: See the following link to read Pros and Cons of Computer Based IELTS
  10. 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

Finding Ideas: Developing ideas for essay topics

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


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