IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.13

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of tourism.


Foreign visitors should pay more than local visitors for cultural and historic attractions. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?


This is a straightforward agree-disagree question. Here’s a simple structure to organize this type of essay.

Often, the problem with Task 2 questions is how to take a simple topic and build it into a 250 word essay. It’s easier to think of it in terms of small blocks of text rather than 250 words to write. For the topic above, you can divide your essay into four blocks:

Introduction: 25-40 words
Sentence 1 – paraphrase the question
Sentence 2 – give your opinion

Body 1: 80-100 words – State opposite point of view

Body 2: 80-100 words – State your point of view

Conclusion: 20-30 words
Sentence 1 – rephrase your opinion

Once you’ve got the basic structure of your essay, it’s time to fill in those blocks of text with some good vocabulary. For this question, a simple google search led me to this great article exploring exactly the same question (in more than 500 words!). As always, read the article, highligh useful words and phrases, and note them down to use in your essay. Then, compare your vocabulary list to mine.

See here how to answer different types of IELTS writing task 2 questions here.

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