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The 2016-2017 version of this book marks the 5th update since this work was first released in 2010. The purpose of this book has always been to provide the IELTS candidate with a brief but actionable summary of how to write an effective essay in the Task 2 portion of the Academic  and General IELTS exams. This book should act as a supplement to the candidate’s repertoire of IELTS Writing resources. Although a helpful guide, candidates should couple what they learn from this book with active practice and personal feedback from an IELTS Writing coach. For candidates  that do not have access to guidance, free feedback may be received from the ‘Post your writing’ section of the forum.

IELTS candidates should remember that there is no universally ‘correct’ IELTS essay for-mat. Examiners award marks to a candidate’s written language based on its strength across four different criteria - Task Achievement, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resources, and Grammatical  Range and Accuracy. This book provides Task 2 structural suggestions that are designed to be flexible and able to fulfil these four criteria given any IELTS essay question. However, candidates still need to think critically about the question they receive on the exam.Tailoring the Task 2  structures taught in this book may be required.
This work has been read for accuracy by a practising IELTS examiner on 16 June 2014.‘Practising IELTS examiner’ is defined as a person holding a letter from the IELTS Test Part-ners indicating their current status as an active IELTS examiner. The proofreading examiner answered ‘yes’  when asked (1) whether all information provided in this book is accurate and in line with IELTS success and (2) whether all sample responses in this book would be likely to score band 9 if produced in an actual IELTS sitting. The participating examiner was asked to operate at a capacity that  they felt did not call their confidentiality arrangement with Cam-bridge ESOL, the British Council, and IDP Australia into question.

The lifetime of this book is the product of ongoing years of classroom testing, writing, editing,and rewriting. No part of this work may be reproduced or sold in whole or in part, or trans-mitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, or otherwise, without the written permission of  its author, Ryan Thomas Higgins. Complete copies of this book may be retained electronically only by those who have purchased it from Ryan Thomas Higgins. Updates of Task 2: How to write at a band 9 level have always been, and will always be, made available free of charge to  legitimate purchasers of this work. To receive an updated copy, email [email protected] from the email address used to make purchase. For more information about this book, its Academic and General Task 1 counterparts, or any other IELTS product created and published by Ryan  Thomas Higgins, please visit