IELTS Writing Task 2: Should I write my opinion?

Should I give my opinion in an IELTS writing task 2 essay? This is a common question that many students ask us. To know whether you should put your opinion in your essay or not, you should read the instructions given by IELTS very carefully for each task. This is because some of the questions will clearly ask you to provide your view, while others will obviously tell you not to. You need to read them and follow them. Below are some tips to help you understand:

  • read the instructions, follow them and answer the question
  • don’t put your opinion unless you are asked to give it
  • if the question asks what you think, you MUST give your opinion to get a good score

Here are examples of instructions that require you to give your opinion:

  • “….do you agree?” – it means you should give your opinion
  • “…do you think…?” –  it means you should give your opinion
  • “… your opinion…? –  it means you should give your opinion
  • “…what is your view?” – it means you should give your opinion
  • “Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?” – this is asking for your opinion (your answer) not the opinions of other people

 

Below are some IELTS essay questions. Decide if you think you should give your opinion or not. Then check the answer.

Some people think that rich countries should support poor countries in terms of aid for health care and education. To what extend do you agree?

Answer

Yes, this task requires your opinion.

 

While some people think that the problem with education in poor countries is the teaching methodology used, others believe it is the lack of resources that is the real issue. Discuss both sides.

Answer

No, this task does not ask for your opinion. You are only required to discuss the two sides impartially.

 

With the development of modern transportation comes environmental problems. What possible solutions are there to these problems?

Answer

No, this task does not ask for your opinion. You are only required to offer possible solutions.

 

Some people believe that schools should not assess a student’s ability through exams but instead assess them by their course work and project work over the whole academic year. Do you agree?

Answer

Yes, this task requires you to give your opinion.

 

Having a year off before starting universities is becoming increasingly common. Do you think this is a positive or negative trend?

Answer

Yes, this task requires your opinion.

 

Many children no longer read books and instead spend their time using modern technology. While some people think this is a positive trend, others think it is a problem. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Answer

Yes, this task requires your opinion. You will need to discuss both sides impartially and also give your opinion.

 

Due to the low cost of flights, many people are choosing to holiday abroad rather than have holidays in their own country. What are the advantages and disadvantages to this?

Answer

No, this task does not ask for your opinion. You only need to state the advantages and the disadvantages.

 

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