The writing task 2 of IELTS expects the test taker to write an academic-style essay in at least 250 words. He is expected to justify his opinion or argument in a logical manner and further support it with relevant examples. Therefore, it’s good to offer a rational and sensible viewpoint on the given topic. The essay is marked on the band score of 0-9 and the examiners assess the essay on the basis of the following criterion: Task response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical richness and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. This task carries more weightage than Writing task 1.
Since good vocabulary is one of the key ingredients in getting a good band score, following set of words or phrases may come in handy while writing a detailed response.
To write your introduction
It is often argued
It is believed by some/few/many
It is often said that
It is universally accepted that
Many people believe/opine/claim that
To conclude the introduction
I agree/disagree with the aforesaid.
I agree to some extent, however, I have some reservations about it.
Therefore, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
The following paragraphs discuss the aforesaid further
I wholeheartedly support this view and will further explain the same in the following paragraphs.
Opening for body paragraph one
First and foremost/ firstly/ First of all
To begin with
On the one hand
According to many
Some/many support the view that
It is worth a thought that
To give examples
According to experts
Research shows/has proved/found that
For instance/ example
A very good example of this is,
To express result/reason
As a result../As a result of noun/gerund
On account of
One reason behind this is..
Opening for body paragraph two
Other people believe/think that
Additionally/In addition/ Besides,
Not only..but also
As well as/Also
On top of that,
To give examples
A very good example of this is
To give/cite an example
To show contrast
Although/Even though +Subject+verb
Despite/In spite of + noun/gerund
On the one hand..on the other hand
On the contrary
To conclude the essay
To sum up
All in all
Taking everything into consideration,
All things considered
It is a well-established fact that the examiner sees the candidate through his writing; therefore, the presentation and quality of writing coupled with the correct understanding of the question can help in getting a desired band score.