December 5, 2010

3 Tips for Comparing and Contrasting Opinions in IELTS Writing

Hello. Now we're going to share some tips whenever you have to compare or contrast opinions, evidence, and implications in IELTS writing task 2. Here they are:

1. When you're asked to compare and contrast opinions or ideas, you have to discuss the similarities and differences between the said opinions or ideas.

2. Write clear and logical arguments. Do this by using phrases that signal contrast (e.g. "on the other hand"), similarities (e.g. "in the same way"), and effects/results (e.g. "as a result").

3. When the question asks you to discuss two different views and give your own opinion, choose any of these methods for your essay: (a) write something to the effect that you accept one of the views and disagree with the other, (b) write to the effect that you reject both views and that your view is the correct one, or (c) write to the effect that you accept the two views as correct, but only to a certain degree.

Next week you'll get to read our tips for problem-solution types of questions in the IELTS writing module.

Cheers. :)

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