7 Types of Task 2 questions for IELTS

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Question Mark by Horia Varlan via Flickr (creative commons)

There are several different types of Task 2 questions that can all be answered using the 4-paragraph structure.

Here are the  different kinds of questions:

1. Agree or Disagree 

Ex. Some people think that scientists experimenting with animals in a laboratory is the only way we can guarantee new products will be safe for human use. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

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2. Advantages/Benefits outweigh Disadvantages/Drawbacks

Ex. In some countries, governments are encouraging industries and businesses to move to regional areas outside the big cities. Do the advantages of this trend outweigh the disadvantages?

3. Discuss two views plus your opinion

Ex. Some people say children no longer need to develop handwriting skills. Others believe that handwriting is still important. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

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4. Discuss two views only (no opinion)

Ex. Many people believe that an effective public transport system is a key component of a modern city. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of public transport.

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5. Causes/Problem and Solution

Ex. Crime rates tend to be higher in cities than in smaller towns. Explain some possible reasons for this problem and suggest some solutions.

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6. Two questions/ two-part questions

Ex. To some people studying the past has little value in the modern world.  Why do you think it is important to do so? What will be the effect if children are not taught history?

7. Opinion

Ex. Research indicates that the characteristics we are born with have much more influence on our personality and development than other experiences we may have in life. Which do you consider to be the major influence?

Regardless of what they are asking you to write about, they can all be answered with two main body paragraphs (plus introduction and conclusion paragraphs). Go through each question and brainstorm you ideas and see how you would divide and organize your answer.

I’ll write more about each type of question and more on the sample questions later.

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