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Episode Info: In this episode, Eliot and Naomi talk about how to understand and respond to an IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 essay question. They'll cover:  Writing Task 2 requirements Different ways you can write responses to three Task 2 Agree-Disagree example questions Episode resources and links:  IELTS Academic Writing Task 2: The Complete Guide IELTS Writing: To What Extent Do You Agree or Disagree? The Best IELTS Task 2 Writing Template Brainstorming Ideas for the IELTS Task 2 Essay IELTS Paraphrasing Task 2 | Video Post Learn how to improve your IELTS band score with Magoosh! Use coupon code ieltspodcast to save 20% at   Episode 26 Transcript - 3 Example Agree-Disagree Questions Intro Welcome to the Magoosh IELTS Podcast! This is Episode 26. In this episode, you’re going to learn how to understand and respond to an IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 essay question that is formatted as an Agree-Disagree question. First Eliot and I will explain the Task 2 requirements, and then we’ll walk you through the different ways you can write responses to three Task 2 Agree-Disagree example questions. And don’t forget to visit us at for more great resources to improve your IELTS band score. Use coupon code “ieltspodcast” to save 20% off your IELTS test prep! Okay, let’s get started! Part 1: Naomi: Today Eliot and I are discussing IELTS agree-disagree questions.  You may run into this type of essay question in the Academic IELTS Writing Task 2. Eliot: In this episode, we’re going to go over three example agree-disagree question prompts, and show you the ways you could structure your response to each of them. Naomi: Before we get started with the example questions, let’s talk a little more about Academic Writing Task 2. Eliot, what do you think students should know about this section of the IELTS? Eliot: Well, IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 is the second of two writing tasks on the IELTS. In Task 2, you’ll be asked to respond to an open-ended essay prompt. If the prompt ends with the phrase: ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree’, you’re dealing with an agree-disagree essay question. Naomi: Task 1 definitely isn’t easy, but most students find IELTS Writing Task 2 even more challenging. Would you recommend that students spend more time on Task 2 than on Task 1? Eliot: Yes, definitely. You’ll have a total of 60 minutes to complete both tasks. I suggest that you spend only 20 minutes on Task 1 and use the remaining 40 minutes for Task 2. Naomi: Ok, so what makes Task 2 more difficult than Task 1? Eliot: Well, first of all, Task 1 just asks you to transfer information from a visual into writing. But Task 2 requires you to answer an open essay question. There’s no clear or “correct” answer. Naomi: And Task 1 has a lower minimum word count, right? Eliot: Exactly. Task 1 requires that you write 150 words or more, but for Task 2 you will be expected to write at least 250 words. Naomi: So are the two ...
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