The Best IELTS Task 2 Writing Template

If you’ve begun your IELTS prep, you’ll know that the Task 2 Essay asks you to write an academic-based essay discussing an argument, opinion or point of view. But where do you start? If you follow the simple IELTS Task 2 Writing template below, you will easily be able to structure your essay and concisely write the required 250 words. Once you’re done here, continue onto our Complete Guide to the IELTS Writing Task 2 to learn more about how to improve your score.

Basic IELTS Task 2 Writing Template Structure

I would recommend that your essay uses the following structure:

IELTS Task 2 Writing Template

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Below is more detail on the sentences that should be contained within each of these paragraphs along with examples based around this sample Task 2 Question:

Government investment in the visual arts, the kind you commonly see in art galleries, is a waste of money. Governments must invest this money in public services instead. To what extent do you agree with this statement?


Aim to write three sentences around 60 words in total.

  • Sentence 1 – Paraphrase the task question or write a general statement relating to the topic using synonyms of the key words used in the question. E.g. These days, many local governments spend large portions of their budget not only on public services, but also on the visual arts.
  • Sentence 2 – State your opinion or point of view on the question being asked. E.g – Although I agree that it is important to invest in local amenities, I do not think spending on the visual arts is a waste of money.
  • Sentence 3 – Give an essay overview including a summarizing phrase like: E.g. This essay will discuss this issue using examples to support arguments and demonstrate points.

Supporting Paragraphs

The two supporting paragraphs should include your ideas and supporting examples to answer the task question. Aim to write only two supporting paragraphs with roughly 85 words in each. Each paragraph should contain the following four sentences and stick to one idea per paragraph:

Paragraph 1:

  • Sentence 1 – State your 1st position. Eg. On the one hand, spending a significant amount of the government budget on public services is beneficial for society.
  • Sentence 2 – Explain why you hold that position. Eg. Providing for basic amenities, such as hospitals, roads, and schools, helps to determine the quality of life that most citizens will have.
  • Sentence 3 – Give an academic example that backs up your idea. Eg. For example, a recent survey by Education Today shows that countries that spend more on schools have a population that is higher in literacy, by 65%, compared to those that dedicate no money to education.
  • Sentence 4 – Summarise the paragraph showing how your example links your idea/argument back to the main idea. Eg. Therefore it is apparent that spending on public services is a worthwhile investment for a government.

Paragraph 2:

  • Sentence 1 – State your 2nd position. Eg. However, this does not mean that the visual arts should be completely neglected.
  • Sentence 2 – Explain why you hold that position. Eg. The visual arts also have an important impact on our quality of life.
  • Sentence 3 – Give an academic example that backs up your idea. Eg. For example, a recent study conducted by the World Health Organization concluded that individuals that regularly visit art galleries are cited as being 20% happier in life than people who do not.
  • Sentence 4 – Summarise the paragraph showing how your example links your idea/argument back to the main idea. Eg. Seeing the health benefits that many people get from the visual arts, it is important that the government assists such institutions so that they can continue to provide pleasure to the public.


For the conclusion, aim to write just one or two sentences that paraphrase what you’ve discussed in the essay. Try to keep to under 45 words.

  • Sentence 1 – Summarise the essay. Be sure to start this sentence with an appropriate linking phrase (i.e. In conclusion, To sum up, Consequently) followed by an overall summary of what you’ve just written. E.g. To sum up, although there are clear benefits of ensuring a large amount of investment goes into public services, I do not believe spending money on the arts is a waste of money as this too provides important benefits.
  • Sentence 2 – Give a Final Thought. Eg. In the future, governments should consider budgeting for both.

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31 Responses to The Best IELTS Task 2 Writing Template

  1. Sazal June 1, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    Hi Magoosh,
    Thanks for your valuable tips.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 2, 2016 at 7:50 am #

      You’re welcome, Sazal 🙂

      Happy studying!

  2. Anup Thapa September 23, 2016 at 12:28 am #

    What grade can this example get?

  3. yerke October 22, 2016 at 5:08 am #

    is it 100 % information that there must be only one idea/point per a paragraph? I have looked through other so called “9 band” essays and they contain several ideas in one supportive paragraph?
    I am really confused ……

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 26, 2016 at 3:49 am #

      Hi Yerke,

      It is not entirely a requirement that a paragraph has one idea only, but it is a good plan to have a core purpose for the paragraph and to make sure that the information in each paragraph must be related to that core purpose/idea. The more you jam into a single paragraph, the more likely it is that the flow and argument will be lost.

      Don’t worry about absolute requirements for essay structure–if you bring a reader gently through your ideas in a way that is easy to follow, you will be in good shape! 🙂

  4. Sami Ul Huda December 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    Hello Sami here,

    I have just started learning IELTS.

    Found this essay well written for an agree or disagree up to an extend type of prompt.

    May I know all the different positions that the essay prompt may ask us to take apart from agree/ disagree and agree/ disagree – up to an extend
    Also a suggest me the best way to prepare for them all.

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 6, 2016 at 8:09 am #

      Agree/disagree is one of a few common formats for IELTS Writing Task 2 questions. There are also arguments with opposing views– there you choose one side of an argument. This is like agree/disagree in many respects, but not exactly the same. The third fairly common IELTS Writing Task 2 question format is problem/solution. Here, as the name suggests, you propose a solution to a common problem that is described in the IELTS Writing prompt. To learn more, check out this podcast episode with more information about IELTS academic writing.

  5. Syed December 29, 2016 at 10:05 pm #


    Thanks, useful info…. Please advise what will be the structure and easiest way to write essay having asking for advantages and disadvantages.

  6. Iman May 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    Can we lie in Task 2? for example, a research from a Fake Journal represents 15% of Canadians have cancer.

    Do they (double check online) and deduct marks?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 3, 2017 at 5:00 am #

      Hi Iman,

      I wouldn’t make up crazy lies, but if you say something kind of reasonable, no one will care if it isn’t actually true. The focus here is on your English skills. 🙂

    • Jonaid July 7, 2017 at 12:07 am #

      I would like to make especial lies in English language test. Will see what will be the outcome. But my writing skills are really poor, i have to take some advantage from big blunder lies

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

        Just remember that the lie is only useful if you tell it in strong English! 🙂

  7. Ramandeep Singh Ranouta June 21, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    This is the best method to write an essay that ever i have seen ?

  8. Zahed September 4, 2017 at 11:24 pm #

    it’s nice approach. but in this structure, how band score will we get?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 7, 2017 at 10:15 am #

      I’m glad you like this template! This approach helps you get the best band score possible. However, there’s no guaranteed band score for using this template. Your band score depends on many other factors besides your general approach. Your skill level in English, how energetic you feel on test day, the specific question you get, etc. all influence your IELTS band score.

  9. jeevenjot January 17, 2018 at 4:58 am #

    thaks for appropriate tips

  10. tech guru with amit August 24, 2018 at 6:46 am #

    I do not understand reading please give me best tips and strategy for reading so I get good score in reading my exam is on 29 th september

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 24, 2018 at 7:20 am #

      IELTS Reading can be challenging. Eliot’s Complete Guide to IELTS Reading can be a good place to start. Beyond that, it’s really important to think about exactly why you find Reading challenging. Identify the specific question types, passage types or reading skills that are most challenging for you. Then work on addressing those weaknesses. As you identify your weaknesses, you just might also discover your strengths, and build on them.

  11. Zara November 24, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    Hi!Thnx for the template but I have a question. May the phrase like “This essay will discuss this issue using examples to support arguments and demonstrate points” be considered as memorized? Don’t you think that an examiner can reduce the score because of this?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

      Hi Zara,

      It’s perfectly acceptable to create a template to help you craft your essay. You wouldn’t necessarily lose points because the examiner will think that your essay is memorized; rather, you would lose points because you aren’t being specific. You should always personalize the template to the prompt given. If you replace “this issue” with something specific to the prompt, and provide 1-2 concrete points that you will discuss, then this could be a good opening sentence. You want to avoid language that is too vague and general.

  12. Ham March 14, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    Is it okay to write the whole essay in the draft then copy it to my answer sheet, because that’s what I am used to. Or should I write only the main ideas.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 1, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

      Hi Ham,

      I think if this is what you’re used to, then it might be okay. However, keep in mind that you must write your entire response on the answer sheet before time runs out. If you have to copy an entire essay, then it might take too long! My recommendation would be to make an outline for your essay separately, and to directly write your essay on the answer sheet. 🙂 You might find this blog post helpful, if you haven’t seen it already!

  13. Alya Kalila March 16, 2019 at 1:17 am #

    Hi Magoosh,
    Thank you for your tips.

    I have question regarded the government investment on visual arts-essay

    in the statement, it is said: Government investment in the visual arts is a waste of money.
    in this statement, there is no information stating: (1)that the government is Local government (2) that the money spent= large portion of government budget (it still can be just a little amount of government budget)

    but on your first sentence (paraphrase the task question) you mention many LOCAL government…LARGE portion”

    why is that OK to say that in your essay while in the statement those information are not mentioned?

    • David Recine
      David Recine April 9, 2019 at 8:48 am #

      Great question, Ayla. Yes, you can specify local government when the question only mentions government. When an IELTS Writing task describes something in broad terms, you can choose to narrow down and specify the terms in your answer.

  14. Gkbiswas November 16, 2019 at 11:24 pm #

    Is it always mandatory to provide the actual data while giving the examples?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 2, 2020 at 5:08 pm #

      Hi there,

      It’s not mandatory to provide data to support your position, but some students do it. The graders know that you are writing an essay without any way to do research, so they don’t expect data or facts.

  15. shalu February 25, 2020 at 5:02 am #

    Is it ok to use templates in IELTS? can we use TOEFL templates in IELTS if applicable?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 13, 2020 at 10:50 am #

      Hi Shalu,

      You can use templates to help you organize your response. The TOEFL independent essay is similar to the IELTS Task 2, and we have TOEFL templates that might be helpful, but I’d recommend sticking to templates created for the IELTS.

  16. Arsalan Wazir June 22, 2020 at 9:31 am #

    Thank you Magnoosh. Very helpful!

  17. Faiza Ambreen July 16, 2020 at 2:24 am #

    Thanks for your suggestion. However, I am still confused in writing essay( sentence structure and vocabulary).Please help!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 24, 2020 at 11:56 am #

      Hi Faiza, if you tell us more about what you are confused about, we may be able to provide more specific support 🙂

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