Many students dread the IELTS writing module. They are afraid that they might repeat words in the writing module or they might fail to give a proper structure to their thoughts. IELTS writing module can be intimidating unless you know how to handle it properly. To ace the writing module, the first step towards it is to understand the format of the writing module.
The IELTS academic writing module includes two tasks, and candidates are given 60 minutes to solve them. Topics are of general interest and are suitable for candidates planning to pursue undergraduate and post-graduate studies.
Task 1: In this task, candidates are presented with a graph, diagram, or chart. They have to describe or summarize or explain the given information in their own words. They have to interpret data, describe the stages of a process, object, or event.
Task 2: In this task, students are asked to write an essay. There are four main types of essay questions, and the word limit is 250 words. In this blog post, we will help you ace the essay-writing task.
Experts are Masterprep categorize the types of essay questions into four main types. Let us learn about each one of those so that you are fully prepared for each question type:
- Opinion/argumentative essays:
These are the most common types of essays in the IELTS writing test. At the beginning of the opinion, the essay question is a statement given. Your task is to write your opinion about the statement in the form of an essay.
- Make sure you read the statement very carefully. Take 5 minutes to analyze the statement and think of some strong points.
- Make sure you state your opinion clearly.
- It is recommended to stay right to your opinion throughout the whole essay and do not change your views in the middle of your essay.
- Give proper opinions and substantiate your essay with your personal experiences and examples.
- Discussion essays:
In this type of essay, you are given two opposing statements or opinions on a specific topic. Your task is to discuss both sides and give your opinion in the end, only if asked.
- It is recommended to read the question carefully. Find out if your opinion is asked in the question or not.
- Use can use phrases like, ‘On the other hand, it is believed that some people agree/disagree or they claim that or however, or so.
- Make sure to give supporting points for the opinions of both sides using proper examples.|
- Advantage/Disadvantage essays:
In these types of questions, you are given a topic on which you have to discuss both positive and negative sides. These types of essay are often linked with the discussion type essays, but they
- Make sure you read the question correctly and make mental notes.
- These types of essays ask for your opinions, make sure you express it well.
- Write the positives side in one paragraph, negatives in another, and then conclude your essay.
- Problem-Solution essays
Problem-solution essays give you an issue or a problem, and candidates have to discuss the same in an essay form. Candidates also have to come up with a solution.
- Read the question correctly and make your mental notes. Check the question thoroughly if you are asked to discuss the reasons for the given issue.
- Use on a paragraph for the reasons of the given issue and another paragraph for the solution.
- It is recommended to use ‘cause and effect’ language.
- You can use expressions like reasons for/ due to/, therefore, / so/as a result of/ because of and more.
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