1 Academic Task 2 Overview
In Academic Writing Task 2, you need to write an academic essay at least 250 words on specified topic. Task 2 usually needs 40 minutes, 2/3 writing test time. we also suggest not to surpass 350 words, because longer contents won't credit the score, but adds error risk in grammar and vocabulary. So your essay writing practice had better aim the size as 300 words.
Academic Writing Task 2 always focuses on one topic. You cannot change the topic even if you aren't familiar with it or even dislike it. Leave the assigned topic means you give up the test.
So you should research, prepare, and practice on various topics as many as possible in advance. Understanding a topic is the foundation to write an essay about it. Topics and questions in this website are good resources to help you prepare Academic Writing Task 2.
Task 2 is as double size as task 1. It is supposed to be a well-organised essay to offer solution, express opinion, and comment by smooth way. Excellent writers have own way to create beautiful masterpiece, who may not need any preparing for any writing test. But as for IELTS test takers, serious preparing and exercising will definitely improving final band.
In general, an academic task 2 essay should have four or five paragraphs, including an introduction, body and conclusion. Just list ideas as bullet points isn't an academic paper. You have to present all contents in a proper structure and by fluent sentences. In addition to provide evidence or reasons to support your argument, don't forget a reasonable and strong conclusion.
Here is a common guide for task 2 structure:
Paragraph 1 Introduction: Restate the topic, show your basic point
Paragraph 2,3,4 (or 2,3) Body: Main idea, supporting idea, examples
Paragraph 5(or 4) Conclusion: Summarize ideas, restate your basic point
In Academic Task 2 of the Writing module, you are given brief description of an opinion, an argument or a problem, and then follow it to write essay. The main question types of task 2 are as:
- Agree/ Disagree
- Outline Cause
- Outline Solution
- Direct Question
If you study IELTS writing task 2's questions, you may find that an academic essay possibly combines 2 question types together. For example, you may have to consider an opinion or weigh the pros and cons of puzzle, and then provide a way to solve it. So challenge complicated topics and combined question types are necessary for high score hunters to sharpen task 2 writing skill.