Before you start writing your response, make sure you take a few
moments to carefully read the question or task. It will help you better
prepare your answers.
Take notes and write down ideas you think might be suitable for your answer
Highlight keywords in the task or question to better understand what you need to address in your response
Do a quick outline to organise your thoughts in response to each
Expand on your ideas with examples, supporting details, etc.
Once you have chosen your ideas, it is time to start writing. To
keep your answers well organised, you must write in paragraphs. Each
paragraph should contain a clear topic that is developed within the
Make sure you do not write in bullet points or in point form.
Even though this strategy can be considered as optional, briefly
explaining how you plan to develop the topic can help you
better organise your writing. It is also a good way to let the examiner
know what you’ll be covering in the essay.
Don’t forget to re-read your introduction once you’ve finished writing your essay. It is common for test takers to begin their essays thinking about a specific argument, or a specific way to organise their writing but change their minds as they develop the topic. So, after completing your Writing Task 2, make sure that your final draft still matches your introduction.
Nuclear technology has been around for many years.
this technology is used for weapons of mass destruction or as a source
of energy, many are of the belief that the use of nuclear energy has
more advantages than disadvantages.
opinion, nuclear technology can indeed be a very efficient energy
source. However, nuclear weapons possess such enormous destructive power
that any benefits that this technology may offer to humankind are not
enough to counter its potential devastating effects.
essay will address why the drawbacks of nuclear technology outweigh the
benefits and will include relevant examples to support this position.
Just as an effective introduction will let the examiner know what they can expect from your essay, a good conclusion will remind them of the main points presented and will summarise what you want your examiner to remember from your writing. Check our blog for our post on strategies for writing a good conclusion!
An introduction is important to the essay because it creates an initial impression in terms of the quality of your writing. A clear, well-organised and relevant introduction will most certainly create a positive first impression on the examiner. So, what makes up an effective introduction? Let’s take a look.
In Writing Task 2, you need to address all the parts of the question or task in a relevant way. Because your introduction is the first step towards achieving this goal, you need to introduce your answer to all the different parts of the question. This is why it is important to take some time to read and analyse the task before you start writing, so you know exactly what you are being asked to write about.
Writing Task 2 questions usually begin with a general statement before focusing in on more specific points or questions about the topic. Using a similar model in your own introduction is a great way to start your essay, but make sure that your general statement is clearly related to your topic and is not too broad.
The General Training Writing test is made up of two tasks, Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2. The topics in each task are of general interest.
In Writing Task 1, you will be given a situation where you will need to write a letter to request information or explain the situation. You might, for example, be asked to write a letter to suggest how to improve facilities at a library. Examiners will look at your ability to provide general and factual information in relation to the task, express needs, wants, likes and dislikes, as well as opinions, views and complaints. Your letter should be written in a style that matches the situation presented.
Writing Task 2 is a little different. Here, you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. For example, you might be asked to write an essay on whether you agree or disagree that serial dramas on TV play an important role in our society. You will be assessed on whether you can provide general factual information, outline a problem, present a solution, justify an opinion or evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.
The Speaking component assesses your use of spoken English and takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete.
You will hear a recording of the examiner’s voice and you will record your answers, using your microphone. The Speaking component is delivered in such a way that it does not allow people to rehearse set responses beforehand. This is also true of the real test.
You will hear the examiner’s voice. He will ask you general questions
about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family,
work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five
You will hear a question that asks you to talk about a particular topic.
You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to
two minutes. You will then hear one or two questions on the same topic
to finish this part of the test.
Part 3 You will hear further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.
The threat of nuclear weapons maintains world peace. Nuclear power provides cheap and clean energy. The benefits of nuclear technology far outweigh the disadvantages. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. Write at least 250 words.
Nuclear technology has been around for many years. Whether this technology is used for weapons of mass destruction or as a source of energy, many are of the belief that the use of nuclear energy has more advantages than disadvantages. In my opinion, nuclear technology can indeed be a very efficient energy source. However, nuclear weapons possess such enormous destructive power that any benefits that this technology may offer to humankind are not enough to counter its potentially devastating effects. This essay will address why the drawbacks of nuclear technology outweigh the benefits and will include relevant examples to support this position.
technology is extremely dangerous. Even though nuclear weapons have
only been used twice, on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
evidence from these actions, as well as from nuclear accidents such as
the Chernobyl disaster, are irrefutable proof of the disastrous effects
of nuclear technology. Even in the absence of nuclear accidents, nuclear
power inevitably produces radioactive waste, which is severely damaging
to our bodies. Our best protection against these dangers is to simply
not use nuclear technology. Instead, we should look for alternative ways
to produce sustainable energy and to achieve world peace through
spreading a message of tolerance, kindness and non-violence.
If you review the main points in the example conclusion above:
The destructive power of nuclear weapons
The disastrous consequences of nuclear disasters
The harmful effects of radioactive waste.
will see the writer reminds the examiner (reader) the strength and
importance of their main ideas, while summarising how this point fit
well with the examples provided in the body of the essay.
To finish, you can see the writer highlights their proposed course of action, which helps end the essay on a more positive note.
When writing a conclusion (closing paragraph) in Writing Task 2, there are a few things that you should do (or avoid) in order to make your conclusion a more effective one. Knowing what to include or avoid in your closing paragraph can help you get a higher band score in TOEFL Writing. So, let’s look at some tips you can practice and implement in your response.
You may want to think of your introduction and conclusion as two
pieces of the same puzzle because they should be closely linked. Make
Return to the idea(s) that you presented in your introduction
And add further insight obtained after writing the body of your essay.
It is very important to provide a summary of your essay’s main points in your conclusion. But make sure you avoid repeating things. Instead, show the examiner how the arguments you made and the supporting details you used all fit together.
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There is no difference in the content, format or level of difficulty
and scoring of the computer-delivered IELTS test. The type of Listening
questions asked, thus, remain the same as in the paper-based test:
Short Answer Questions
You can be asked aAny of these question types may appear in
any of the four parts of the your Listening test. Given below is a A
selection of sample Listening test questions for you to practice is
given below. Once you’ve attempted these sample tests, you can refer to
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