IELTS Writing Task 2: Tips for Advantage and Disadvantage

We have a Task Two Essay Type where you are supposed to focus on the advantages and disadvantages of some issues. Let's take a look at how to answer these questions. Let's begin with sample questions. 


What are the advantages and disadvantages of this policy?

Let's take a look at a second question that's asked in a different way. For example, some schools put the most advanced students in separate classes from their peers, so they can study more challenging materials. Do the advantages of this practice outweigh the disadvantages?


Two different prompts and two different ways of asking you to focus on advantages, and disadvantages. Let's analyze the differences between these two in particular because they present some of the most important strategies for this question type. Pay close attention to the wording of the prompt.


As we saw on the previous page, there are two basic types that you get from this question type. What are the advantages and disadvantages, and do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? There are some different ways of asking this question, but these are the two basic types and there are two types.


Because with one of them, the first one, your job is simply to explain, to explain advantages and disadvantages. However, in the second one, your job is to take aside. You are supposed to say whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. You need to present your opinion in this case about what you think is best for whatever topic is presented to you.


In the first type, you simply report advantages and disadvantages. You do not need to take it aside. In the second one, you do need to take it aside. However, no matter which question type you have, no matter which way they ask you the question, you will most of the time want to write two body paragraphs for this essay.


In the first body paragraph, you can focus on advantages or you can write about disadvantages first. It does not matter. But for the case of just this explanation, let's say, we write the first paragraph about advantages. Then as you guessed, the second body paragraph should be describing the disadvantages.


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