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How to reach band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 2

Whether you're new to IELTS General Training or have taken the test before, it's really important to understand the types of questions you're asked and how you’ll be assessed before jumping in and taking a test. So, if you need a band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing, here are two steps you need to take before you do anything else: Become familiar with the different types of IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 Learn how the examiner will grade your writing IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 Let’s start by looking at exactly what IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 is. In IELTS General Training Writing Task 2, you have to write an essay of at least 250 words in response to a particular opinion, two different views, or a problem. This is important to know because the type of Writing Task 2 question you get will determine the type of essay you have to write. As you’ll see below, you may need to talk about one view (your own), two different views, or a problem and possible solutions. As the following examples show, the types of information you have to include in your essay can change depending on the type of task: If the task asks you whether you agree or disagree with an opinion, you have a choice; you can agree completely, disagree completely or write about both sides of the argument. If the task asks you to discuss two different views and give your own opinion, you have to talk about both views and make it clear which, if either, you agree with. If the task asks you to explain why a problem exists and how the situation can be improved, you have to write about the causes and what you think the possible solutions are. IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 example question So, now you know there are different types of Writing Task 2 questions, I’d like to show you an example task and a band score 7 answer. The following task from the Official IELTS Practice Materials 2 is on the topic of food. Before reading on, look at the task and identify if you have to agree/disagree with an opinion, talk about two different views or explain the causes of a problem and some possible solutions.   (click to enlarge) As you can see, the task asks you to agree or disagree with an opinion, and so you have a choice: you can agree completely and explain why you think home-cooked food is better for individuals and families than eating out you can disagree completely and explain why you think home-cooked food is not better for individuals and families than eating out you can discuss both sides of the argument As you’ll see below, you’ll need to address all parts of the task to get a band score 7, and in this case it means talking about whether home-cooked food is better than eating out for both individuals and families! IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 band score 7 example answer The following is a band score 7 answer for the Writing Task 2 above from the Official IELTS Practice Materials 2. If you read the answer, you’ll see that the writer agrees with the opinion and explains that cooking and eating at home is better for individuals and families.   (click to enlarge) Other reasons this answer got a band score 7 are: the writer’s opinion is clear throughout the essay ideas are supported with explanations and examples ideas are clearly organised and paragraphs are used logically there are a range of linking words/phrases, e.g. ‘first’, ‘second’, ‘finally’, ‘in this case’, ‘also’, ‘moreover’ and ‘in addition’ there is some less common vocabulary, e.g. ‘reproduce’ and ‘usage’ there are different kinds of grammatical structures, e.g. ‘By cooking at home...’ and ‘...is usually designed for...’ there are only a few errors in spelling and grammar, e.g. ‘Generaly Generally...’ and ‘...it has there is no doubt that...’ If you’re wondering how this answer could be improved, one way would be for the writer to talk more specifically about individuals and families, e.g. ‘...there is no doubt that, while cooking for one can sometimes be less economical, cooking and eating at home can save couples or families a lot of money’. The writer also used contractions such as don’t and it’s and could have written these in a more appropriate way for an essay, e.g. ‘By cooking at home, it is not necessary to…’ (instead of ‘By cooking and eating at home, you don’t have to pay…’). Contractions are too informal for an essay. To sum up, here’s how to get a band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 2.  (click to enlarge) Watch my Facebook Live on how to reach band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 2: {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/H9T1klSBLYk.jpg?itok=VGjxzWo1","video_url":"https://youtu.be/H9T1klSBLYk","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":1},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive, autoplaying)."]}   To find out what you need to do to get a band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 1, read this post. Now you know how to get a band score 7 for an IELTS essay, why not practise by answering the IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 question above? Pete PS You can find more example answers in the book IELTS 14 General Training, all of which come with a band score and examiner comments.

Pete Jones

27 April, 2020

How to reach band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 2

IELTS Writing General Training Task 2

Whether you're new to IELTS General Training or have taken the test before, it's really important to understand the types of questions you're asked and how you’ll be assessed before jumping in and taking a test.
So, if you need a band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing, here are two steps you need to take before you do anything else:
  • Become familiar with the different types of IELTS General Training Writing Task 2
  • Learn how the examiner will grade your writing

IELTS General Training Writing Task 2

Let’s start by looking at exactly what IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 is.

In IELTS General Training Writing Task 2, you have to write an essay of at least 250 words in response to a particular opinion, two different views, or a problem.

This is important to know because the type of Writing Task 2 question you get will determine the type of essay you have to write. As you’ll see below, you may need to talk about one view (your own), two different views, or a problem and possible solutions.

As the following examples show, the types of information you have to include in your essay can change depending on the type of task:

  • If the task asks you whether you agree or disagree with an opinion, you have a choice; you can agree completely, disagree completely or write about both sides of the argument.
  • If the task asks you to discuss two different views and give your own opinion, you have to talk about both views and make it clear which, if either, you agree with.
  • If the task asks you to explain why a problem exists and how the situation can be improved, you have to write about the causes and what you think the possible solutions are.

IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 example question

So, now you know there are different types of Writing Task 2 questions, I’d like to show you an example task and a band score 7 answer.

The following task from the Official IELTS Practice Materials 2 is on the topic of food.

Before reading on, look at the task and identify if you have to agree/disagree with an opinion, talk about two different views or explain the causes of a problem and some possible solutions.
 

Writing-exercise-from-page-51-OPM2

(click to enlarge)

As you can see, the task asks you to agree or disagree with an opinion, and so you have a choice:

  • you can agree completely and explain why you think home-cooked food is better for individuals and families than eating out
  • you can disagree completely and explain why you think home-cooked food is not better for individuals and families than eating out
  • you can discuss both sides of the argument

As you’ll see below, you’ll need to address all parts of the task to get a band score 7, and in this case it means talking about whether home-cooked food is better than eating out for both individuals and families!

IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 band score 7 example answer

The following is a band score 7 answer for the Writing Task 2 above from the Official IELTS Practice Materials 2.

If you read the answer, you’ll see that the writer agrees with the opinion and explains that cooking and eating at home is better for individuals and families.

 

Example General Training answer from Official Practice Materials

(click to enlarge)

Other reasons this answer got a band score 7 are:

  • the writer’s opinion is clear throughout the essay
  • ideas are supported with explanations and examples
  • ideas are clearly organised and paragraphs are used logically
  • there are a range of linking words/phrases, e.g. ‘first’, ‘second’, ‘finally’, ‘in this case’, ‘also’, ‘moreover’ and ‘in addition’
  • there is some less common vocabulary, e.g. ‘reproduce’ and ‘usage’
  • there are different kinds of grammatical structures, e.g. ‘By cooking at home...’ and ‘...is usually designed for...’
  • there are only a few errors in spelling and grammar, e.g. ‘Generaly Generally...’ and ‘...it has there is no doubt that...’

If you’re wondering how this answer could be improved, one way would be for the writer to talk more specifically about individuals and families, e.g. ‘...there is no doubt that, while cooking for one can sometimes be less economical, cooking and eating at home can save couples or families a lot of money’.

The writer also used contractions such as don’t and it’s and could have written these in a more appropriate way for an essay, e.g. ‘By cooking at home, it is not necessary to…’ (instead of ‘By cooking and eating at home, you don’t have to pay…’). Contractions are too informal for an essay.

To sum up, here’s how to get a band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 2. 

How to get a band score 7 in General Training Task 2

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Watch my Facebook Live on how to reach band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 2:

 

To find out what you need to do to get a band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 1, read this post.

Now you know how to get a band score 7 for an IELTS essay, why not practise by answering the IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 question above?

Pete

PS You can find more example answers in the book IELTS 14 General Training, all of which come with a band score and examiner comments.

Pete Jones

Pete has been helping IELTS test takers and teachers for many years and really enjoys helping people improve their English and their IELTS band score.

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