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Question Response

Task 2 IELTS Writing questions, whether Academic (AC) or General Training (GT), require answers of at least 250 words. Where they are under length, answers will have marks deducted in Task Response (TR). The shorter the script, the greater the deduction!

Question Response

NOTE: This could result in dropping half a band, or more, in the overall writing score. Don’t take that risk, and never submit under length scripts.

Task 2, generally consist of a statement or topic, followed by a question or series of questions, connected with it. This may involve examining the good or bad points, or more commonly, asking whether the candidate agrees or disagrees, and usually why!

Typical question types include the following:

  • ​'Is this a good or bad thing, and why do you think that?
  • ​'What are the advantages and disadvantages?'
  • ​'Why do you think this is the case?'
  • 'Do you agree or disagree?'

This Task requires an additional 100 words, to the 150 required in Task 1, but it is worth double the marks. Candidates, therefore, are advised to spend 40 minutes on this question; twice the time spent on Task 1.

It is essential to adequately address all parts of the question, so time should be given to carefully reading and understanding it, before writing anything.

Answers which do not fully respond to the questions will be marked down in TR, as will text where a writer’s views are not clearly expressed, contains limited views, has irrelevant detail, or draws no conclusions.

It is necessary to provide an adequate and appropriate response, for all parts of the question to achieve higher TR band scores. The less adequate and appropriate, the lower the band score!

Most examiners believe this to be the easier of the two tasks to assess, and for the candidate to write and attain a higher band score. Part of the reason is probably due to the required writing format, which is much closer to normal academic writing, which most IELTS candidates are familiar with. Note: The vast majority of IELTS Writing tests are Academic (AC).

One of the best ways to provide a Task 2 response is with a 5 Paragraph Essay.

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