People often ask me about inventing statistics in their task 2 essays. For example, if the question is about crime, they might invent something like this:
"According to a recent report from Oxford University, around 60% of prisoners reoffend after being released."
Although this looks like a good 'academic-style' sentence, I still wouldn't recommend writing it. Here are two reasons why:
- As you don't have access to research in your exam, statistics like this always seem 'fake' to the examiner.
- Statistics aren't really appropriate for the style of writing that examiners expect. They are expecting an opinion-based essay, not a research-based assignment.
Rather than relying on invented statistics, focus on expressing your own views.