IELTS Task 2 essay – Discussion only essay

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To prepare for writing the IELTS Task 2 essay, make sure you know the different types of questions and understand how to answer and organize your essay.

Here is one type of question that asks you to only discuss two issues (positive/negative effects or advantages/disadvantages) of a claim.


The number of elderly people in the world is increasing. What do you think are the positive and negative effects of this trend?

As you can see, the question is not asking whether you think there are more positive or negative effects. It is only asking you to discuss BOTH effects of the trend. Therefore, you do not need to add your personal opinion about it.

Here’s another example:

In some countries, some young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this.

Make sure that you remain neutral and not include your opinion.

Here’s the organization of your essay:

  1. Introduction – paraphrase the topic/claim and state the 2 views
  2. Body Paragraph #1 – View 1 (positive effect/advantage) with supporting details
  3. Body Paragraph #2 – View 2 (negative effect/disadvantage) with supporting details
  4. Conclusion – restate the two views

*Check back here and I’ll show a full sample essay for these questions in the next post!

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One comment on “IELTS Task 2 essay – Discussion only essay
  1. dinesh says:

    plz provide more examples for task 2

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