This post details IELTS Writing Task-2 in detail. Many students flounder when it comes to writing and especially IELTS Writing Task-2 they are clueless on how to approach the test and score well. 

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in IELTS Writing Task-2 poses innumerable challenges such as word count management, proper grammar, coverage of the topic, structure of the type of essay in the question.

Here, we focus upon demystifying few of the challenges and provide you a sample to read and familiarise on how to score good in IELTS Writing. For finer nuances and techniques you should consider enrolling for Engramm's IELTS course

Basic Tips for IELTS Writing Task-2

Tips for IELTS Writing Task-2

In this task, you may be asked to write an essay. The essay topic varies but the important aspect is to identify the type of the essay question and try sticking to a structure for it. While the overall structure of 5 paragraphs need to followed irrespective of the essay type, analysing the topic and respond appropriately is vital. 

Let us look at the assessment criteria for IELTS Writing Task-2 along with a sample question as well as the model answer to help you build towards your goal of scoring high in IELTS test.

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Having seen the various assessment criteria that you will be scored for, let us look at a sample. This sample should provide an overview of scoring 8+ in IELTS Writing Task-2 Essay. Do not just read the sample response but you should analyse and relate it to the assessment criteria detailed above

Some people think that keeping pets is good for children while others think it is dangerous and unhealthy. 

Which opinion do you agree with? Discuss both options and give examples

Write at least 250 words with examples and supporting ideas.

Key inputs to analyse

Let us take a few moments to analyse the topic and understand the type of essay as well as the ideas that will be needed to be expanded

  • First of all, this is called an ‘opinionated’ type of essay
  • You should first decide which of the two ideas that are presented in the topic are you going to agree with
  • Having arrived at an opinion, you should discuss both the ideas and write your opinion

The opening

  • For a better understanding, take up to 5-7 minutes to read this sample and ascertain which of the 2 approaches mentioned in ‘The opening’ section is adopted here
  • Also analyse the coherence brought about in detailing the points of elaboration to give you a clear idea of how to bring about that in your writing style
  • For a better understanding, take up to 5-7 minutes to read this sample and ascertain which of the 2 approaches mentioned in ‘The opening’ section is adopted here
  • Also analyse the coherence brought about in detailing the points of elaboration to give you a clear idea of how to bring about that in your writing style

The Model Answer

Having collected all the inputs and an broad idea about the opening paragraph, we will now look at the model answer for this IELTS Academic Writing Task-2 question

In recent times, pet related injuries and mortalities have sparked heated debates about whether it is healthy for children to be around pets. On the contrary, strong opinions are portrayed highlighting the substantive psychological benefits of having pets.

To begin with, although exotic pets such as snakes, spiders, apes, etcetra, have been known to occasionally hurt and even kill children, such incidents are being reported more often, which clearly demonstrates that human kind is moving towards domesticating even wild animals and bring about a disruption to the ecological chain defying the theory of evolution. 

For example, The Child Safety Institute survey states that any animal when it is first introduced to a child invokes a mental shock in the child, which makes them behave weirdly until the kid is habituated to these pets to be co-living with them. Seen in this light, it indicates that children could be in a mental shock in their early days.

Secondly, pets though can impact positively upon child’s psychology because, the pet owners frequently empathise with their pets, it leaves the owners as well as the child shattered when the pet dies.

With the average life span of most of the pets being lesser than that of human beings, these incidents results into a mental trauma which outweighs the positives of empathy towards living beings.

In conclusion, the cited reasons provides strong support for the view that pets can be dangerous and unhealthy for children. Growing of pets should be limited to certain type of pets and mentally matured pet owners who can counsel children adequately along with strong laws to ban ownership of illegally acquired exotic pet.

  • Word Count

    Word count in perfect range (274 words). Neither too less nor too many

  • Word usage

    Good vocabulary range, no repetition of words and appropriate words used to describe the overall sense of the charts

  • Coverage

    The points of discussion are clearly presented and the reasons are well substantiated

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