Writing an IELTS Part 2 Essay

 In this section, we will be looking at a particular structure for writing an IELTS Part 2 essay which can be transferred to any paper required. Here’s how-to-write both an academic and general student 250-word essay discursive IELTS essay.

writing an ielts part 2 essay

Part 2 Facts

  • You should spend 40 minutes on this task (as it is worth twice the number of marks as Part 1)
  • It would help if you discussed both sides of the argument
  • It needs to be logical and easy to follow

Example Part 2 Question

Unlike Part 1, where you are presented with data to discuss, Part 2 asks for your opinion. That’s why it’s worth twice the amount of marks and requires you to write more. We created a three-paragraph essay to discuss the data in the last section. In Part 2, we will look at a similar structure but a FOUR paragraph discursive essay.

To see how we will implement this structure, we will be working with a typical Part 2 question.

Typical Question:

Education is key to getting a good job. For that reason, education should be free for everyone to get a degree. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

The Four Paragraph Essay Template

Let’s look at the ideal structure for answering any Part 2 essay question.

First Paragraph – Introduction

(Around 40 words, two/three sentences required).

Introductions normally paraphrase the question, and this is no exception. You can translate the topic, say why it’s important, and introduce your opinion in these opinion essays.

Here’s an example:

Nowadays, good jobs are hard to come by. One option is further education to get a better job. However, fewer and fewer people choose the university route with university fees rising. In my opinion, this is a big problem which would be resolved by creating free education, although there are always two sides of a coin.

Second Paragraph – Opinion A with examples/reasons.

(Around 85 words, four to six sentences required).

This paragraph should discuss one opinion or opinion A, the side that agrees or disagrees. It’s your choice. As you discuss the other side in the next section, make sure to stick with one. Remember to give clear and concrete examples to support your opinion.

On the one hand, universities are costly and unaffordable to most. Many students have lost the opportunity to go to university because of their financial situation. Tuition fees have risen by 300% since my degree back in 2010. These numbers are problematic as limiting access to education based on social status will create further inequality and lose potential great minds and breakthroughs that would more than pay for themselves in the long run.

Third Paragraph – Opinion B with examples/reasons.

(Around 85 words, four to six sentences required).

Make sure to the opposing view of the last paragraph. In this paragraph, you will show the other opinion, the opposing side that agrees or disagrees, it’s your choice. Remember to give clear and concrete examples to support your view to provide a balanced argument.

On the other hand, I know many students that couldn’t afford to go to university and have either self-funded through work or found a job directly. Whether education leads to a better job is also a complex topic as some entrepreneurs advise they never needed schooling to create their millions. Many people worldwide are successful due to their hard work, not their education. Therefore, it isn’t easy to prove that education is the only way to secure a good job.

Fourth Paragraph – Conclusion.

(Around 40 words, two/three sentences required).

The conclusion summarises both sides of the argument, and you can re-state important points and justify your own opinion to make a final decision as to the answer you were asked. Remember to link it back to the question.

In conclusion, I think that the government should subsidise education. Education should be free for those that cannot afford it. Money shouldn’t dictate whether someone can learn. However, I understand that lectures have to be paid and the heating bills run. Governments should look to other prosperous countries such as Germany that provide free education to find better alternatives to ensure education is permanently accessible by everyone.

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