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Many students find IELTS Writing Task II a difficult task, while, this can be one of the easiest challenges in IELTS exam. In WRITING TASK 2 that is an essay, the student just has to write 250 to 280 words, which is quite short for an essay. Also, the topics are common topics, that you don’t have to think too much about that essay questions for Task 2 are about some general things of society. The topic could be education, age, health, the environment gender roles, the youth,… basically anything.

Key points to write an Essay


Planning is a chief factor to achieve success in every task. Students must understand the significance of planning in creating any well-written work. Planning makes the writing organized, helps to avoid rework, save time, and enable you to choose the strongest points to present your arguments. It will help to achieve a high score. Therefore, it is beneficial to put aside about five to ten minutes for planning an essay. If the plan is well then it will take less than 20 minutes to write that points to frame an essay. Not only this will help you to finish it, ahead of time but also give you enough time to check and modify your final essay.

How to Plan:

In order to make a good plan, candidates must understand the structure of an essay. A typical essay will usually have five paragraphs: Introduction, two or three paragraphs for the main body and finally a short conclusion. students must think of a strong and catchy opening like for their introduction. If planning is done then it becomes easy for a student to decide what to write in which paragraph

How to develop an Essay:

Mainly, State your point of view clearly in the introduction it will help to bring clarity to the examiner the main body paragraphs consists of three paragraphs, all a student have to do is that he should think of three main ideas; one for each paragraph. This will form the key point of your paragraph. Then with key point add one or two supporting ideas and an example where possible, it will help to support the ideas and paragraph is ready. After this, write a closing statement that is a conclusion. Do not add any new points in your conclusion. Write pre-sized and meaning full do not stretch the point too much. Here are the Points to Avoid Writing Mistake. When the blueprint is ready, then think of some good words and some synonyms that you want to use and then, finally begin writing your essay. the candidate will feel his fingers are floating on his answer sheets within no time he will able to form an essay

Lets first look at a sample question:

spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic: Some people think that capital punishment should not be used. Others believe that it could be used for the most serious crimes. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Give reasons for your answer and give any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge. Write at least 250 words.

Read and follow steps to give the best answer :


Repeat the question in your own words. In the introduction, write some general line on the word asked in the question, for example, frame general line on crime. Crime is rapidly increasing nowadays or it is a very old phenomenon and no one knows when it actually started. The sad fact is that the crime rate is increasing including killing, stealing, robbing, kidnapping, rape… etc or Crime is unquestionably one of the most prevailing and worrying aspects in any society, and its detrimental effects should be taken seriously. After that, you should repeat the question. This does NOT mean that you should COPY the question. You should write it by adding the synonyms (that means different word which has the same meaning) which means the word should be changed but the meaning should be the same.

For example, if the question is like: Some people believe that capital punishment should never be used. Others believe that it could be used for the most serious crimes. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Then opening sentence could be: It is a commonly held belief that the death penalty is a cruel penalty and not appropriate in modern society. While there is also an argument that It is indeed a punishment for severe crimes which are not forgivable. from the example, you can see that it is possible to re-write the question using a completely different vocabulary and still retain the original meaning and ‘flavor’ of the original question. Give your opinion After restated the question, give your opinion. This gives the checker an overview of what you have written in your essay. It does not matter what is your opinion. There is no right or wrong answer to an IELTS essay question. Do not think about “the CHECKERS point of view”. The examiner is only interested in the level of your English. At the end of the question, you should state your point of view clearly that are you agree or disagree with eg According to my point of view, I think that it is not a correct way to solve the problem of crime

STEP 2: Support your opinion

Now that you have given your opinion, you need to b
ack it up. The best way to do this is to give examples.You can begin this paragraph with phrases like:
• Personally, I believe that…
• From my point of view…
• I am convinced that…
• In my opinion…
• In my view…

Write points of your opinion and then support it then give an example where it is needed. So, if your opinion was that you are against capital punishment, then as an example you could write about situations where people have been jailed for life for murder and then decades later they have been released as they were proven to be innocent. There is a miscarriage of justices as some times a prisoner hanged even though he have been killed even though he is innocent and have not done any crime. Your argument would be that when a miscarriage of justice occurs, the prisoner would most likely have faced the death penalty and would have been killed even though they were innocent. Another example could be that many murders are committed murder to save themselves and often as an ‘act of self-defense’ This means that the murder want to protect himself and they were not able to think properly at that time.

STEP 3: Give the other side of the argument

In your next paragraph, you should write the points from the opposite viewpoint to yours. This represents the examiner that you have balance in your writing and it is a sign of a good essay.Candidate can start a paragraph with phrases such as:
• It can also be argued that…
• Someone who held the opposing view would say that…
• while there is also another side to this discussion.
• In comparison, some people hold the view that…

STEP 4: Conclusion – Summarise your opinion

At the end of an essay, you need to write a conclusion to summarise your whole argument. Essentially, this means that you must restate your opinion again that you have stated in the introduction. To prove to the examiner that you have a good command of vocabulary you should write again by using synonyms and do not copy your previous sentence. Now, you can also add your arguments (from step 2) into your opinion. In gist, no doubt capital punishment has some cons but I think that it results to be the best way to control criminals, lessen government expenses and preventing other people from doing crimes.