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IELTS Agree Disagree Essay Sample Answer

For an IELTS agree disagree essay you can either agree with the statement, disagree with the statement or give your opinion which contains a balanced approach to the issues in the statement. However, this does not mean you can discuss both sides impartially – you must give a clear opinion to get a good score in the criterion of Task Response which is 25% of your marks. Another name for an agree disagree essay is an opinion essay or argumentative essay. Download a PDF copy of the model essay below: IELTS Agree Disagree Model Essay

IELTS Opinion Essay Question

The growing number of overweight  people is putting a strain on the health care system in an effort to deal with the health issues involved. Some people think that the best way to deal with this problem is to introduce more physical education lessons in the school curriculum. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Agree Disagree Model Essay

Owing to the problems which a growing population of overweight people cause for the health care system, some people think that the key to solving these issues is to have more sport and exercise in schools. In my opinion, I completely agree that this is the best way to tackle the issue of deteriorating public health in relation to weight.

Firstly, dealing with the issues surrounding obesity and weight problems is best solved by taking a long term approach and introducing more sport and exercise in schools. This method will ensure that the next generation will be healthier and will not have such health problems. At the moment, the average child in the West does sport possibly twice a week, which is not enough to counteract their otherwise sedentary lifestyle. However, by incorporating more sports classes into the curriculum as well as encouraging extracurricular sports activities, they will undoubtedly become fitter and more active.

Another point to consider is that having more sports lessons for children in schools will probably result in children developing an interest in exercise which might filter through to other members of their family and have a longer lasting effect. In other words, parents with sporty children are more likely to get involved in sport as a way of encouraging their children. By both parents and children being involved, it will ensure that children grow up to incorporate sport into their daily lives. This is certainly a natural and lasting way to improve public health.

In conclusion, to deal with an increasing population of unfit, overweight people, changing the lifestyle of the coming generation by introducing sport in schools is the easiest and most effective method to use.

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Comments

  1. Mam I am confused in agree disagree type of essay ! Should I fully agree or follow that 1:2 approach ?
    Like explaining the disagree side in one para nd agree side in other two ?

    • You are not marked on your choice. You wait until you read the essay question and then you decide your view point.

  2. In your band descriptors I found one has to use variety of complex structures in essay.. but I find only two or three of them , out of which two sentences are with same clauses.. how much would this essay score. This is confusing as things are contradictory

  3. Hi Liz,
    Actually I want to ask a question that in thesis statement can we write “this essay agrees that….” or not? Does it show our point of view?

  4. Thanks Liz for this. I wrote my General training IELTS in April . I got 7.5 in Listening , 9 in reading, 8.5 in speaking & 6.5 in writing with an overall score of 8. I am rewriting b4 this year ends and seriously focusing on my writing task 2 especially. Please see my answer to the question below:

    *My Answer:*

    The increasing number of people with obesity has a major impact on the health care system. Therefore, the suggestion of adding to the school curriculum, lessons in Physical Education (P.E) appears to be a preventive step in the right direction in solving this problem.

    Firstly, the lesson structure of Physical Education theory comprises of anatomy of the body amongst others. By introducing students early in life to learning about their body make up, their minds are opened to who they are in respect to their physical attributes which is vital in caring for their physical well being. For instance, a student who knows the names of various parts of his or her body will find it easier to explain to the doctor when something is wrong .

    Secondly, the practical aspect of the Physical Education exercises help students in learning to keep fit. The theoretical aspect of the lesson is usually accompanied with practicals, in order to ensure an all round learning of the importance of Physical Education in promoting a healthy bodies. For example, Students are encouraged to participate in a series of physical building workouts ranging from jogging, skipping, running, sports and games. These are vital in strengthening their bodies.

    Thirdly, diseases and ailments have been linked to obesity from research. In addition to the main causes of obesity which includes a poor diet and eating habits, the lack of adequate physical exercise also plays a huge role in the issue of obesity. For instance, physical education practicals is an activity that involves the individual carrying out various exercises that help to burn excess fat, increase heart rate and strengthens the body overall.

    In Conclusion, I totally agree that the introduction of Physical Education lessons to school curriculum will go a long way to reducing obesity amongst people in the society and in turn will reduce the negative impact of this phenomenon on the health care system.

    • Please get my Advanced Writing Task 2 lessons. It takes me 1 hour to teach how to write this essay properly: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore. Also make sure you are writing under 300 words and using linking words flexibly (not mechanically).

      • Hi Liz,

        Trust you are doing well.

        I have a query, I bought your lessons online and they are really helpful, but I have heard that agree disagree essay question should be in the 80-20% ratio, i. e., if you favor the advantages then 80% of your essay should focus on that and the remaining 20% on the disadvantages. Is it still ok if I can favor only the advantage/disadvantage and write in the favor of only one of these? Kindly confirm.

        Thanks,

        Nim

  5. Hey liz,
    i would like to thank you firstly for this amazing work, you r the BEST
    secondly i will really appreciate it if you look into my intro and lemme know how is it .
    Thanks.

    In recent years health care systems are facing massive pressure, this is due to increase in numbers of individuals with high BMI.
    Urging hospitals to provide treatments and preventive measurements as soon as possible, Some think school administrators should incorporate physical education in school’s curriculum, in my opinion this is an excellent method to reduce numbers of overweight people.

    • Keep your information in a logical order. Make your background statement clear, then make your thesis statement clear. Don’t mix them, don’t try to impress – be logical and organisation. Always aim for accurate meaning with words, rather than trying to impress.

  6. Hello Liz
    Earlier in your comments, you have mentioned about your ielts task 2 book..
    Is it ready to buy?if yes , from where I can purchase it?

  7. Hi liz! I have a question regarding the scoring system in writing task 2. In an opinion essay with 2 views, is it mandatory to discuss both views even i completely agree to one side? For instance, my question in academic module was ” International tourism is the biggest industry in the world. Unfortunately, some people think that rather than promoting exchange of culture and understanding, it creates tension with the other countries. To what extent do you agree or disagree?”

    My answer was:
    Intro(i agree to the opinion that it promotes exhange of culture and understanding than creating dispute with other countries)
    Body 1- reason why i agree
    Body 2-another reason why i agree
    Conclusion- summary of the 2 reasons then restating the fact that i agree.

    My dilemma is i did not discuss the other view which was the “disagree opinion”. Do i automatically get 5 for task response for this? Should all the ‘elements’ in the band descriptors need to be present to get that certain score? I have read the public version for band descriptors and i had a hard time understanding it. So i have decided to ask you this matter.

    Thanks liz!

    • You are certainly ignoring part of the task and that will cause you to lower your score. If you believe that it promotes culture, then your FULL opinion is: I believe international tourism promotes culture and understand, and does NOT create tension between countries or people. Your essay must then explain your FULL opinion. If you ignore part of the essay question – you will get a lower score. I agree the public band descriptors are unclear – but for this reason, I created this website 🙂

      • Thank you Liz for your time! 🙂

      • Hey Liz,

        I have the same doubt. I think if you read Anber’s question carefully, You’ll agree that he’s making the same point you have emphasised on in your videos and your website. In Agree/disagree question, the writer doesn’t need to discuss both the points, in fact, as you yourself have mentioned that one should stick to one opinion in these kinds of questions.

        • If the question tackles one issue such as free health care, your one sided view will agree with free health care. If the essay question has two different issues, housing or parks, your view must choose one but also reject the other. It depends on the essay question.

      • Akshay Kadam says:

        Thank u for clarifying this doubt……I had same doubt.

  8. Mam, in the question you have written: “overweight people is putting——”
    Is it grammatically correct?
    or
    it becomes
    “overweight people are putting—–“

    • You need to identify the noun in this sentences.
      “overweight  people ” is NOT the noun.
      “The growing number of overweight  people is putting” is the noun. This is a noun phrase and it is singular. You need to google noun phrases and start learning about them.

  9. Hello mam
    In above essay ….you have written ‘ at the moment’ word. I just want to clear that did you use this word to write an example?? Can i use this word for same purpose. As you have given the example of West children.

    • There are many ways of illustrating a point. Giving an example by using “For example” is the common way – but there are other ways. For myself personally, I can’t always think of specific examples, for this reason I often illustrate with situations. This is all a good way of being flexible in IELTS essay writing.

  10. Digvijay Singh says:

    Hi Liz,

    I got study material from British academy and I was going through the sample essays they have given.I found two major differences between your tips and their essay pattern .
    1. Paraphrasing:
    As you have suggested in your videos to look for synonyms of word in the sentence and rephrase it.In other word writing the same sentence but in a different way. But the sample essay given by British Academy is really different. For example:

    Learning English at school is often seen as mores important than learning local languages.If those are not taught , many are at risk of dying out.
    In your opinion, is it important for everyone to learn English?Should we try to ensure the survival of local languages and , if so how?

    Paraphrase as below:

    English is a gateway to the world and no one should be deprived of the opportunities that arise for those with strong command of the English language.This does not mean that local languages are dispensable, however. They have an important role to play in supporting education, including English education.

    So no original word’s synonyms are used .

    2. There are minimum words like , firstly, secondly,finally, to conclude, etc.

    I have to agree it had many complex sentences and word.I would really appreciate if you could please suggest on those two points.

    Regards,
    Digvijay

  11. Nazenin Yuzbasheva says:

    Hi, Liz.
    I took an IELTS Mock Exam today and in task 2 the question was like ” As people get older, their learning capacity weaken. Do you agree or disagree? Identify ways to help deteriorated learning capacity to restore.”
    As I have never met such opinion essay type of question in which agree/disagree question is followed by such extra statement, I am a bit unsure about the structure of my essay. In first body paragraph, I wrote my answer to agree/disagree question, then in next paragraph I wrote about ways of restoring learning ability deterioration. Could it be considered as a right structure?

  12. Hi! Liz
    You probably have a link that I’m unable to locate with regards to the differences between General and Academic tests in Task 2 for the writing section.
    Please could you advise on how I get there so as to make sure I’m focusing on the right material and types of questions?
    Thank you ever so much for all the assistance being provided. You are indeed a global fan through you generosity. Much appreciated!
    Regards
    Soraia

  13. Hello Liz. Thank you for all your free lessons.

    I would ask about this sentence, is it correct to write “some poeple think that the key to solving these issues is to have more sport …”? Is (to+Ving) correct? I am still confused with (to+Ving), (to+V) and (for+Ving/noun). Or maybe ‘solving these issues’ is considered as a noun? Which one below is correct?

    1. Some people think that the key to solving these issues is to have more sport …
    or
    2. Some people think that the key to solve these issues is to have more sport ….

    Thank you

    • “to” is used as a preposition. If you are not sure about using “to” as a preposition, please refer to a grammar book or website.

  14. Dear Liz,
    kindly, i want to know if we could use highily specialized vocabularies in task 2 (academic).
    for example, using medical terms such as intra cranial haemorrhage, dyspnea, diabetes and cappillaries explosion. As some ielts tutuors claim that we cannot use these terms because examiners will not be able to understand them and this will lower my score.

    • It is not about examiners understanding. It is about showing a range of vocabulary. If you pack an essay with high level medical words, but the rest of your vocabulary is only average – the examiner will easily see you do NOT have a wide range of words. The examiner will see you are a doctor and your vocabulary is limited to medical English. This means your vocabulary score will not increase. You can’t cheat IELTS. You need to show a range of vocabulary from all topics – not only medical language. So, don’t full your essay with medical vocab – it won’t help.

  15. Dear Liz.
    Your methodology of teaching is really commendable. I followed it around 2 weeks. Today I got my online result of 25-11-17 test. I scored overall band 7 with listening 7.5,reading 7 ,and writing 7 but speaking ,…unfortunately I’m very sad I got only 5.5.I still don’t know what was happened….can you suggest something for me to get better score for speaking next time…! Anticipating your kind reply
    Rinsy

    • The only way to help you is to ask you a few questions first:
      1. Do you expand answers in part 1?
      2. Do you pay attention to grammar in the question? For example, are you aware that the examiner asks second conditional questions in order to test the second conditional?
      3. Do you follow the prompts in part 2 or do you add your own detail?
      4. Do you add past memories, future hopes, descriptions and comparisons in your part 2 talk?
      5. Do you explain in full all your ideas and views in part 3?
      Answer those questions and I’ll be able to give you some tips.

      • One more thing I really want to share to you… My speaking test was 26th at 12 00 pm. When I was entered into my speaking examination hall,examiner asked me regarding all the details of first part, individual long turn, then she sent me out of the room and called after few minutes later and again restarted the exam from beginning. I m really confused… Is that fair..? She didnt give any explanation about that .l feel, even though I attended well. But, perhaps I was little nervous because of that incident.. Plz reply

        • It does seem unfair. It is important to feel confident when you start your test and that incident will have made you feel uncertain. Unfortunately, these things can happen. You’ve just been unlucky. It is possible that the recording machine wasn’t working properly and the test had to be done again.

  16. Thank you for your response

  17. Hello Liz,
    I was asked following topic-
    ‘Money is the most important thing for happiness.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree. Give examples from your life.’
    My question is while giving examples, should they be specifically from our lives or should they be in general context?

  18. Hi, I have a doubt. For an agree/disagree essay, and if only one opinion is mentioned in the question, Do I still have to write about both sides of the topic? ( I mean advantages and disadvantages or only the ones we agree or disagree)

  19. thank you for your effort Ms. Liz
    Anw, I mean no disrespect to you but eventhough this sample has a clear logic and good supported sentences, I Feel like this is not a band 9 essay, as there should be more complex sentences and ideas should be more fully supported. Am I wrong? Pls let me know.

    • Vietnamese students are pushed to make their language over complicated which results in too many errors and ultimately a lower score. A complex sentence, following IELTS criteria, is a sentence that contains one clause. You don’t need to push things further. Keep your writing 100% error free and don’t over complicate things.

  20. Pradip Mali says:

    Hii Madam, Ma’m kindly provide me some 9 band essays or essays written by you…

  21. can’t we discuss like agree and dis agree and concluded them at once

  22. Please. Liz
    What is the different between “To what extent do you Agree or Disagree ” and “Do you Agree or Disagree”?

    • They are the same.

      • Thank you very much.
        So you mean I can partially Agree or Disagree “if the question says Do you Agree or Disagree”?
        I prefer partially Agreed or Disagreed to completely Agreed or Disagreed. Is it a nice pattern?

        • If you get an opinion essay (the instructions will vary: do you agree or disagree / do you agree / tow what extent …), you can agree or you can disagree or you can have a partial agreement / a balanced view. I highly recommend you get my advanced lessons because if you don’t learn this in depth, you will get a lower score: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

  23. gurpreet dhaliwal says:

    Thanks liz it helps me most to solve every confusion……

  24. Hi Liz
    Thank you for your sharing and teaching. I couldn’t find all of 5 essay types in your advanced course for purchasing!! I have seen Just 3 of them in your site. Is there any problem ?

    • I’ve only made three so far. I hope to make more later next year and at present I’m writing an ideas book for writing task 2 which should be ready in a couple of months 🙂

  25. Hello Liz,
    I’ve a confusion about thesis statement. Can I write a phrase after stating my opinion (However,I also believe that) for adding more information in my thesis statement or I’ve to stick only I completely agree/disagree that ?

  26. Hi Liz
    You are doing a commendable job. I always read your comments and they helped me lot to achieve 7.5 in Writing but unfortunately I lacked 0.5 in my Listening…so I will be resitting for exam.

    Liz I have a doubt about agree / disagree essay
    * If the statement is to what extent do you agree or disagree…can we write a partial eassy or we have to be strictly on one side.

    * If the statement is Do you agree or disagree….then also we can write partial or only one side to be chosen.

    Your comment will be appreciable.
    Thanks in advance.

    Regards

  27. Hi Liz
    Is it ok to have a balanced opinion to opinion essays or agree disagree
    Can I have a partly agree opinion
    Or I just need to stick at 1 side
    Thank you

  28. can idioms improve writing bands ?

  29. hi Lİz
    For a topic ‘ crime has recently spread all over world and nothing can be done to prevent it. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    İf i wish to write a disagree essay should i write about the solutions to prevent it? one seperate paragraph for each solution ( education , controlling tv , to increase punishments etc)?

    thnak you

  30. Hello LIZ,

    I just have a question that if we get a cue-card in speaking on a topic that we know very less or nothing, what to do? Like I was browsing your blog and I came across one cue card on lexicography, i did not know about it. Though, I know about it now, but if such situation arises, what do we say?

    Thank you

    • I have not seen a cue card on lexicography. If you mean my video lesson, that was speaking part 1 which are basic questions about you – how often do you use dictionaries, why do you use them, are they useful etc. You will not get that topic for part 2. So, relax. You need to pay more attention to understanding the speaking test!!! See my main page and learn about topics: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-speaking-free-lessons-essential-tips/

  31. Mohammed says:

    Hi Liz,
    Do I need to indent at the first line of each paragraph?

    Thank you in advance

  32. dharam dass says:

    I got 8 band in ielts i read your all eassy i helped me in my exam and i use you format and i really thank you mam from my heart

  33. JOSEPH LOBO EDASSERI SEBASTIAN says:

    can i start a intoduction sentence wirth due to rather than owing to?

  34. Hi Liz,

    Can scribble leads to less score in writing task? Please reply.

    • If the examiner can’t read the words, you will get a lower score. If the examiner can read them, it’s fine.

  35. Gurveer Brar says:

    hiii ….im gurveer i have passed my +2 in 2013 and then i was free .now i try to learn english and aslo i have joined ielts classes . but i cannt think first i dont know why …i trid but cant do anything…i have just failed

    • Gurveer Brar says:

      i have seen ur page today …u are doing a good job ….i have learnt alot from u …..thanks for everything..

  36. Hi Liz,
    In opinion essays, what is the different between ‘do you agree or disagree’ and ‘to what extent do you agree’?

  37. Zahra Malik says:

    hey Liz!
    Just wondering , for an essay statement
    “Prevention is better than cure.” Researching and treating diseases……
    Do we include this very proverb as it is at the start of our essay? or do we exclude it as a whole?

  38. Chibuzor says:

    Thanks, please it is advisable to use exclamation is our essays?

  39. Hi Liz,
    Is it absolutely necessary not to use the same words from the question in paraphrasing the question statement? Or you can use some words like in your intro where you used the phrase “some people think that” which was already used in the question statement. Paraphrasing eats up a lot of my time so I was think may be I could copy some part of it instead coming up with words to use.

    Thank you

    • The skill of paraphrasing is about deciding which words to keep the same and which words to change. Not all words need changing. But definitely do not copy long parts of the sentence. Just write it in your own way.

  40. The examiner doesn’t count the number of key features – don’t worry about it.

  41. I had d same questions on jan 21st, i wasnt happy at all. I got a 6 in writing, i got over 7.5 ,8.5 and 7 in others. Writing it again on d 25th of march

  42. Hi Liz,
    Is it okay to leave space on starting of each paragraph?

  43. Hi Liz,
    Can you be neutral in one of these essays,neither agree or disagree?

    • Not neutral. yYou MUST present an opinion which shows a clear position. However, you can present a balanced approach. This does not mean sitting on the fence, it means having a view which only partially agrees – it’s like your own specific opinion.

  44. Hi Liz,
    I had an exam on 14 jan 2017 london ,so my task 2 was do you think that advantages outweight the disadvantages.so in my opinion i wrote tht i agree that advantages does outweight the disadvantages and wrote the essay completely on why i agree..so am i wrong in my approach or correct

  45. Can we write etc. while giving examples?

  46. Hi,

    Can we write s/he, his/her while writing an essay?

  47. BUONGIORNO says:

    Hi liz

    what if the question says to what extent do you agree?? only agree? would i push myself to agree even if i disagree with the statement?

    thanks

    • Whether the question asks “what what extend do you agree?” or “to what extent do you agree or disagree?” or “what is your view” – it is all the same type of essay question called the Opinion Essay. IELTS will paraphrase instructions.

  48. Hi Liz,
    I need to know the what tense we should write an essay for IELTS.

    Thanks
    Thilini

    • Look at the question and see if it is past tense, future or present. You should also offer other tenses such as perfect tenses and conditionals.

  49. Hii
    Ms.liz
    I have confusion in listening answers how to write.we can write all letters in capitals
    Thank you
    Lakshman

  50. On these actual essay its only asked on what extent do you agree or disagree does that stil requires your oopinion for example i completely agree rather than in my opinion i completely agree

  51. can you tell us how to write paragraph please ?

  52. hi Liz

    is there any difference between “to what extent do you agree/disagree” and “do you agree or disagree” questions? or are both the same

    thanks
    Chamr

  53. Tony Joseph says:

    Hi Liz,
    In an AGREE DISAGREE essay model, must you make your statement by saying ‘in my opinion, I completely agree?’
    Could there be other phrase options to express this emphatically?
    Thanks.

    Tony Joe

    • You can use any language which relates directly to your own view, such as “I think” or “I believe”.

  54. Veronica says:

    Hi Liz.

    If the question is about my own opinion, so is that ok for me to agree or disagree completely? Or it is necessary to make a balanced view?

  55. shobi shan says:

    Hi liz!
    for discussion essays do we want to write 3 body paragraphs for discussing about one view, discussing about the other view and for our opinion. Or is it ok to write 2 body paragraphs for discussing two views and say our opinion in the conclusion?

  56. Thnak you very much, Liz!

  57. Hi dear Liz. To what extent do you think this is a positive trend? is this kind of question agree disagree essay or direct question essay? Thanks in advance

  58. Hello Liz.,
    The videos on the three different type of usual essays asked for IELTS writing task 2 are to be purchased linked. I can not afford to it, do you have any other means to be generous enough to share it.

    • Hello Liz., My exam date is coming close and I don’t have time to see your video sale rate. Anyway you can offer to other upcoming aspirants who will appear for the next exams.

  59. Hello Liz can you please make a difference between a band 6.5 and 7 essay. What is really needed to jump from 6.5 to 7 because I am struggling to make this progress.

  60. Liiizz 🙁

  61. Desperate mom says:

    Thank you very much liz, you are a blessing to a lot of people like me. God bless

  62. Hi Liz,
    I wanted to know ,if i can organise writing task 2 for General IELTS test exactly the same way as of academic IELTS?

  63. It is more important for a building to serve a purpose than to look beautiful. Architects shouldn’t worry about producing building as a work of art.

    do u agree or d8s agree?
    this was my task 2 topic today in British ielts exam.

  64. Justin Styles says:

    Excuse me!
    I did not understand the sentence below:
    Some people think that the key to solving these issues is to have more sport and exercise in schools.
    The key to solving these issues ( it is a subject, and the key is singular, so you used “is”, right?

  65. hello liz,can i use in agree disagree essay while presenting balance opinion

    • Presenting a balanced view is not easy and requires training as well as very good English. I would recommend going for either agree 100% or disagree 100% unless you feel confident in your English. At no time can you completely agree and completely disagree at the same time.
      Liz

  66. HI ms Liz!

    If the question “To what extent do you agree?” and my answer is I strongly agree….how many advantages and disadvantages do I have to mention?

  67. Greetings Miss Liz!

    If I completely agree with the one side side of the topic, is it okay to discuss also the other side the topic?

    Body A and B- why i agree
    Body c- why i think others agree with the other topic

    conclusion – restate my opinion plus a concession

    Is this sensible?

    Thank you very much

    • This essay does not ask what other people think and it does not ask you to discuss the issue. It asks for your opinion only. Just follow the instructions and no more.
      All the best
      Liz

  68. It is cosidered by some that,increasing number of obese people in a society exerts pressure on the healthcare system and it can be tackled by introducing more physical activities in schools.I agree with that ,however,I also think that diet control and lifestyle modification will also help to solve this problem to some extent.

  69. Hi Liz, you didn’t include any examples, do you think its not necessary?

    Regrds
    Chotto pakhi

  70. hi Liz,
    I was wondering if i can add ideas in the thesis, because i couldn’t find many arguments about physical education alone so can i introduce other arguments in the thesis that i could talk about later in the body paragraphs ?? for example: ” i agree that introducing physical education is key to tackle this problem, NEVERTHELESS, raising awareness about obesity and diet are also essential”.
    thank you.

    • Yes, that’s fine – in fact that is a good thesis statement. But never start writing your essay until you have developed all ideas.
      Liz

      • Hello Liz! Based on Azza Lil’s question if we add “nevertheless, diet awareness are also essential.” Should we still discuss this in the body paragraphs? Or just focus on the main answer that is whether agree or disagree? If yes, could you tell how are we going to include it in the body?

        • All parts of your opinion must be explained in detail in the body paragraphs. you would have one body paragraph explaining why you support the use of phyiscal edu in school and then a second body paragraph about the need for a better diet. Always organise your ideas logically into paragraphs.
          Liz

  71. Hello,
    Thank you for sharing so much information about IELTS. Your method of explaining things is very effective.
    I wanted to ask if it’s okay to write over 50 words in the introduction in task2 writing. Would there be any negative marking for going beyond that limit?
    Also, I would like to know if you can just simply change active to passive or viceversa to paraphrase along with keeping a few original words as it is to write background statement?
    Thanks,
    anon:D

    • There is no word limit for any paragraph but as the introduction only needs two statements, it is usual to write only around 40 to 50 words. Writing more isn’t really worth the time or effort. Paraphrasing is about changing word order, active to passive, noun to adjective etc.
      All the best
      Liz

  72. Sana zafar says:

    Hi liz.i want to ask that in listening where No More then Three words r mension,can we write just one word answer.sometime i write just one word but i found 2or3 word anwer.in this case my answer will correct or not.kindly reply me as soon as possible.my test will be held on 29th of august.

    • No more than three words means one word, two words, three words but not four. Please see my 25 tips for listening on the main listening page.
      All the best
      Liz

  73. Hi Liz,
    I got confused with this question: Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
    Should I write 1 body paragraph about the advantages, 1 for disadvantages and state my opinion whether it is positive or negative in general?
    Or should I give 2 reasons in 2 body paragraph to support one side only? (just like the agree/disagree structure)?
    Thanks in advance 🙂

    • It is a question that you must answer. “Do you think it is a positive OR negative development?” is not the same as “write about the positive AND negative developments”. Just read the question and answer it. Does it ask you to choose or write about both?
      Liz

  74. Hi,
    If question asks what extent do you agree with this
    view? How can i write answer if i am not agree with topic?

  75. Sharma Pratik says:

    Hi Liz, I hope that I get an answer on this. I appeared today for my Ielts L/R/W test, and I’m quite frustrated that I couldn’t reach the minimum words requirement. As you can guess, I’m really concerned about the score I’d achieve. I probably think that the task response was pretty good, along with the coherence and descriptive details, and the grammar as well. All I lacked was examples ( which certainly reduced the amount of words required i.e, 250 ) due to the improper management of time available. What score would that be according to you? Also, I’d like to request some last minute tips for my speaking test which is on 14th of this month. Thanks in advance 🙂

    • I can’t predict your score without seeing the full essay. If you missed your conclusion, it will affect your score adversely and writing under the word count will also affect your score for Task Response. You will need to wait and see your results.

      For speaking, be chatty. It is essential that you give more to each answer. For speaking part 2, remember that these are not questions. They are just prompts and it is your task to add more information, description, details and stories to your talk.
      Good luck!
      Liz

  76. hi Liz, in the last part of third paragraph, it is talking about the exercise with parents but is it included in the school curriculum or a general statement ?

    • It is a supporting point explaining how sports lessons in schools can filter through to family members producing a positive effect on health for both parents and children. Make sure you can see the difference between a main point which is off topic and a supporting point which explains deeper.
      All the best
      Liz

  77. Hi, Liz!
    Sorry to bother you again!
    I don’t understand “cause for the health care system”. I searched for the phrase “cause for” but got nothing but there is a phrase “cause for concern”. Does “cause for the health case system” mean “cause for the concern of the health case system”?
    Thanks

  78. Hi Liz, all your model answers are great!! I’ve analyzed all of them(8 model answers) and could you tell me please if there are any more such essay samples or where can I find? Thank you!

  79. In introduction , in my opinion and I completely agree ………………….these two give more or less same meaning………….Is it correct to write these two in the same sentence? Please let me know…………

    • “In my opinion” and “I agree” do not mean the same thing. Your opinion might mean you disagree. Please use a dictionary and review the meaning of “agree” and the meaning of “opinion”. They can both be used in the same sentence if your opinion is in agreement with the statement.
      Liz

  80. Other than grammar, are my ideas making sense and connecting the previous one ? I just sent the essay without editing I think that’s why so many capital letters issuing and other mistakes.will post a well checked essay soon.thanks again

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