Subs try to make articles readable, accurate and widely read--writing headlines that, in a newspaper, can be "lyrical, imaginative, off the wall," but online a standalone headline must make it clear what the article is about or readers and search engines won't find it.
(Ruth Harris, Anne R.
The IELTS writing task 2 sample answer below has examiner comments and is band score 9. The topic of social media is common and this IELTS essay question was reported in the IELTS test. Check the model essay and then read the comments.
This is not IELTS reading. To say that many people think and some people think for an IELTS writing task 2 paraphrase is fine. A few means much less and isn’t the same.
There is a specific structure and technique to writing an IELTS essay. Think about getting one of my advanced lessons just to see the technique. . Also make sure you prepare ideas for all common topics so you have plenty of ideas ready to use for essays (as well as speaking part 3).
When I read other tools for writing task 2, I saw that intro paragraph should have 3 parts, general statement, referal to the viewpoint in the question and my answer to the question. When I look at the this model essay, it does not have a general statement, it directly starts with viewpoint in the question. Which one is correct?
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Hi Liz, just read all of your tips about to to write a good essay. I am aiming for a perfect band 9. I just wanted to inquire about how to structure my response when i am about to write a band 9 essay. Suppose if the question asks me ” to what extent do you agree or disagree?
can i say like ” In this paper, the author will look at a number of studies which show that both viewpoints are, to some extent,justified. and then talk about both viewpoints( 1 paragraph each) and give a conclusion at the end by partially agreeing to one side?
Thank you in advance for your response.
A good explanation of the differences between developmental editors (editing for structure, clarity, and the big picture) and copyeditors (the "rules-based" editor)
(EAC descriptions of tasks of developmental/project editing; substantive or structural editing; stylistic editing; rewriting; copyediting; picture research; fact checking/reference checking; indexing; mark-up/coding; proofreading; mock-up (rough paste-up); production editing.
If you need more help, see my advanced writing task 2 lessons: . Also read the band score descriptions page because it contains tips for improving:
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When writing the conclusion, just use “In conclusion” for writing task 2. Writing task 1 has no conclusion. Please read my lessons on the main pages because these questions have already been answered and explained.
I have had many IELTS teachers asking such questions to me in the past. The latter approach you mentioned is less direct. While this is a good approach for many academic essays and may draw the attention of the reader, it is unnecessary for IELTS. An IELTS introduction should serve two purposes, as you said, to introduce the essay question and present your position. Anything more is unnecessary. This is a short academic essay with a strict time limit. The main bulk of the points awarded in IELTS writing task 2 come from the body paragraphs so extending the introduction further is a waste of time and words.
At present I don’t offer any training courses in IELTS or private lessons. However, I am working on my IELTS Video Store which will provide complete training for IELTS writing and speaking. I will post a notice and link on my blog when it is ready.
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