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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  1. Pradip Mali says:

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

  2. Hello,
    How many academic words in total should we use in writing to get that 25% of the lexical resource section?
    I’m guessing that 5 to 10 words in both tasks won’t be enough.

    • IELTS writing is not marked in that way and I suggest you stop thinking in that way. The examiner will not count academic words used. Lexical resource is not marked in that way at all.

      • Hie Liz,
        I just want to ask whether we can add another body paragraph for the opposite opinion, to mention what the others argue with its reason. This is suggested by our teacher but m not sure about it. Please help.

        • If the instructions ask for your opinion – then your whole essay will explain your opinion and nothing else. If the instructions ask for a discussion – this is about other people’s views.

          • Thanks for replying and also for this website, i just took reading & listening lesson a day before my ielts general test and i got
            Now i have to work hard for writing. My exam is on 2nd dec

            • Task Response is 25% of your marks. This relates not only to relevant, well developed ideas but also to addressing the task (following instructions). If the instructions only ask for your opinion and half of your essay is about other people’s views, then part of your essay is irrelevant. IELTS essays are short (no more than 300 words usually) and also highly focused. They are so focused that every single sentence should be planned. See my advanced writing task 2 lessons – I’ll be offering a discount starting tomorrow.

  3. Hi there! Ms Liz, regarding what extent do you agree or disagree, if ever I will stand for partly agree. Which for me, I partly agreee because it is not the best way to deal with the problem, there should be a supplemental option. In my first paragraph, I will discuss the positive effects of physical education in school in fighting obesity problems.
    Second paragraph would be this way ” However, there are other options that should be blended in physical education in school to achieve an optimal effect of eliminating obesity. This is the importance of healthy diet that should be incorporated into physical education to achieve an optimal effect in eliminating obesity. Because nowadays fast foods are everywhere which students tend to choose more often regarding everyday nourishment. Lastly, my conclusion would be, “To conclude physical education could give a positive effect in hindering obesity in children, however, to further achieve the best result of lowering cases of overweight individuals, proper diet should also be included. Thank you Ms Liz.

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

  5. Hi Liz,
    It would be great if you help me with the below query.
    For the below type of essay:
    Some people say that children should play games which require teamwork whereas some think they should be doing individual sports. Do you agree or disagree.

    In agree/disagree essay that has two contradictory statements, if I agree to first statement throughout my essay is it OK or I need to agree on both the statements…
    Plz guide me Liz just tell me if I agree , it should be on which points.. If I disagree …it should be which points ..only first or both?????

    • You need to write down the possible opinions you can have:
      1) you believe children should play team sports, not individual sports
      2) you believe children should do individual sports, not team sports
      3) you have a specific view point which is quantified. This is a partial agreement (a balanced view). You should not choose this option unless you have been trained who to write it.

      • 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:

  6. gurpreet dhaliwal says:

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

  7. 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 🙂

  8. Dear Liz,

    Your lessons and tips has been really helpful. My focus is to improve my score in writing mainly , because in my first attempt i scored only 6 . I have also purchased the advanced lessons, which i must say is really helpful and is very detailed. It gives a clear picture of the type of essays . Can you confirm if the below introduction to the essay is ok?

    The increasing number of people with obesity has a negative effect on the health care system considering the efforts involved in handling the health issues . According to some people the most effective method to deal with this problem is incorporating more physical education lessons in the school curriculum.In my opinion, I agree that physical education is effective in uprooting the issue, but i also believe that there are more methods that can be helpful to tackle the issue such as following a healthy diet.

    • It’s long, very long. You have written 85 words. It will not help your score and it will waste time. Your background should be one sentence.

      • Thanks for your prompt response. After writing i realised it is a bit long .

        How to express a balanced view for this essay?

        Although some people consider that physical education is the key to to uproot this issue, however, i also belive that following a healthy diet can also tackle the problem effectively
        Is this appropriate?

        Also if i have to onclude a balanced view what should i include in BP?
        BP1:- healthy diet benefits

        BP2:- physical exercise

        • Don’t mix other people’s views and your view in the thesis statement. The thesis statement for an opinion essay should contain only your view. It is your answer. See this page: and then this page:

          • As suggested i have gone through the introduction video and some of the videos in wt2 as well. Hope this time i got it correct 🙂

            Many people consider that incorporating physical education in school is the most effective method to uproot the issue of increase in the number of people with obesity.In my opinion, I agree that physical education is helpful in tackling the issue, however i also believe that following a healthy diet is important.


            Considering the problem of increasing rate of obesity in society , some people support the opinion that introducing physical education in school is the best method to uproot this issue.In my opinion, I agree that physical education is helpful in tackling the issue, however is also believe that following a healthy diet is important.

  9. 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 ?

  10. 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.


  11. Hi Liz,

    My IELTS coach says whatever the type of essay is, we should not use “you”, “I”, “me”, “we” etc.. and everything should be converted to something else. I can rephrase your sentence as an example.
    >>In my opinion, I completely agree that this is the best way to tackle the issue of deteriorating public health in relation to weight.
    This essay will explain about why sports is a best way to tackle health issues because of over weight.

    Is this right? Could you please explain the do’s and don’t’s if there are anything like this?

    • If the instructions ask what your essay believes, then use “this essay will”. If the instructions ask what YOU think, then you must write I think. It’s very simple and very logical. It isn’t a trick question. Answer directly or get a lower score. See this page:

      • Thank you Liz, one more doubt please. I see your comments about how an examiner will be counting the no:of words. My doubt is, will the examiner count the recurring words? Also what about the adpositions like the, of, and, to, in ..? will these be counted?

        • ALL words will be counted “a” / “in” etc. It doesn’t matter how often you use a word. Every single word is counted. For example: “There was a man and a cat in the house in the bedroom” = 13 words.

          • Tessy Thomas says:

            hai liz
            your essays are very helpfull for me.thankyou so much

          • Tessy Thomas says:

            hai liz
            pls help me out by correcting my essay coz i dont have anyone to guide me for writings
            Some people think that the government is wasting money on the arts and that this money could be better spent elsewhere.To what extent do you agree with this view?
            Common people always depend on the government as they are the ultimate power to help the citizen of the country.It is often believed by some people that,spending money for the welfare of the country people will be more beneficial rather than spending money on arts.In my opinion,using money for helping citizens who are underprivileged in the community is a great work.
            Firstly,education for all people and high literacy rate is a asset of the country. Development of the nation is in the hands of literate people who can lead the country well.So according to my view,I feel that wasting money on arts will never help any common man to withstand and fight against his problems.Needy children are thirsty for education,but the financial status pulls them back from school door steps.Therefore,if ministers of our nation utilizes the finance to educate the needful family it will be wonderful step to develop the nation.

            secondly,the money spend on arts can be instead used for the people who are homeless and live in slums.The life in slum areas such as near railway stations and on footpaths are worst.Rainy season,hot summer and extreme winter season is a challenge for poor people to sustain their life.Whereas by considering these impoverished sections of the country,our judiciary will understand the importance of shelter and other basic needs of the people.
            To conclude,healthy people and healthy environment is the significant aspect of a nation.Government should first understand the life of common people and their daily needs.Spending money on arts promotes nation in various field but it is a secondary purpose.
            mam please reply for this essay.

  12. Can you please write an essay on topic:-
    “Schoolchildren should be taught local history rather than global hostory. To what extent do you agree?”

  13. Hello, Liz

    Today I practised on an agree/disagree essay on IELTS 11 book. The topic was: “Governments should spend money on railways rather than roads. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?”.
    Besides paraphrasing the information given, when I stated my opinion I also presented my main ideas in brief. So, my thesis statement was:

    “In my opinion, I absolutely agree that expenditures on railways would be more beneficial, as trains are environmentally friendly, do not contribute to traffic congestion and reduce travel costs”. I included them in the conclusion as well using different words, of course. Is that a right thing to do, or do I need just to say if I agree or disagree? Thanks in advance.

  14. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for this awesome website. I am extremely grateful!

    One question: My understanding is that to achieve a high score (above 7 ) for writing 2 you should provide good examples. I was wondering if it is OK to make up those examples, citing fake research or fake news. Thanks 🙂

    • You will not get a high score if you have good examples. In fact, you don’t need to give examples. You will not get a high score because your give statistics or because your examples come from research. None of that will change your score. Why? Because giving examples is not a requirement of any band score. You need to explain and expand ideas – nothing more. If you want to give an example, give it but it won’t boost your score.

  15. hi Liz
    I have a problem.I was trying to write an essay but i couldnt shape what to mention in main body paraghraps.I dont completely agree with the idea which given to me.Here is the topic;
    ”The position of the women in society has changed markedly in the lasst twenty years.Many of the problems young people now experience such as juvenile deliquency arise from the fact that many married woman now work and are not at home to care for their children.
    to what extent do you agree..”
    I dont completely agree with the idea given to me .Do you thin it will be alright if I mention the reasons why they think like that in main par. 1 and then write what i think in body pargrph 2 .
    Its been very long question sorry to take your time

    • If you partially agree, then your opinion is “In my opinion, while lack of support from parents is one reason for delinquency, violence in the media and peer pressure also play a role”.
      Now you have have three clear main points and each will be explained in a body paragraph. That is a partial agreement.

  16. Ankit Bhave says:

    Hi Liz !!! Ankit here,

    Please see the below paraphrasing for the question mentioned above and please rectify or

    The increasing population of overweight people puts a lot of pressure on the health care system to provide solution for these current health issues. Few people think the most efficient method to solve this issue is to have more exercises and physical activities in school.

  17. Dear Mam,
    The growing population of overweight people is a big problem for human beings nowadays. some people think, to overcome this problem schools should have more sport and exercise. My opinion is I completed that this is the best way to tackle this problem.

    Is the above Thesis statement is right?

    • I don’t understand “My opinion is I completed”. This is incorrect use of English. If you want to give your opinion, be clear and accurate “I believe that ..” or “In my opinion, the best way …”

  18. Dear Madam
    Can we paraphrase like this;
    1. The growing number of overweight people = the increase in number of obese people.
    2. Think = believe
    3. health issues = health Ailments
    4. best way = the most efficient way

  19. Is this “to what extent do you agree or disgaree” similar to “dicuss both views” type questions?

    Thanks in advance

  20. hey mam,, please tell me that the below lines are good for a particular types of essay,,
    1. DEBATABLE:- both the perspectives will be critiqued in the viability of this essay and an opinion will be formed.
    Then i share my opinion in 3 body paragraph.

    2. DESCRIPTIVE:- There are many pros and cons related to this statement.

    3. PROBLEMATIC:-1. In this essay, the major issue will be revealed along with some suggestions.
    2. various reasons can be attributed to this tendency .while, appropriate measures are required to alleviate this problem.

    • NEVER learn sentences to be used in an essay. Learning linking words, such as “However” or “although” but not full sentences of phrases. You can’t cheat IELTS by memorising sentences. The examiner knows this trick and will not accept it.

  21. Hi Liz thanks for your well organized and helpful contents.

    I want to ask if I’m allowed to incorporate sayings or proverbs in my essay.
    For example: “Obliging children to begin formal education earlier is no different from flogging the proverbial dead horse”.
    Or: “As the saying goes: The devil makes work for idle hands”.


  22. Hi liz,

    Thanks a ton again for this website and all the resources!

    I have a query regading a “agree-disagree” essay topic that i practised from your site.
    It says “It is often said that governments spend too much money on projects to protect wildlife, while there are other problems that are more important. Do you agree or disagree?

    So my idea here is to disagree and say that i beleive the govt is not spending too much money on conservation and that is is deserved. So i have made both paragraphs on the importance of wildlife only which justifies govt spend. I hope it is OK to not mention anything in this essay and discuss about “other problems that are more important” , since my arguement is quite in favur of wildlife conservation.

    Plz advise.

    Thanks & rgds

    • You can also explain why “other problems” should not be better funded. Your opinion is “I believe that money spent on the protection of wildlife is vital and money should not be diverted from this to other problems in society.” Your essay will then explain your full opinion.

  23. 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

  24. can idioms improve writing bands ?

  25. 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

  26. Muhammad Mubashir says:

    liz thanks for your efforts.I want to ask that is that fine if i agree on a topic so i give two reasons to agree and only one to disagree and than conclusion.It will sum up 5 paragraphs
    2.point one why you agree
    3.point two why you agree
    4.point why you disagree
    same for if i disagree,than two reasons for disagree and one for agree and than conclusion.

    • If you agree, you can’t also disagree. You can’t say something is white and then say you think it is black. Have a clear opinion and state it, then explain it.

  27. JaytotheDee says:

    Hi Liz!

    I would like to ask you about telling the reader your plan. Is it worth it to put a part in the introduction saying your scheme in the essay.

    For example, your introduction, then I will add up another sentence saying “In this essay, I will tackle view points on why i agree on the idea of introducing sport to school curriculum.

    Need help?

  28. 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:

  29. Hi Liz,

    I am still waiting for a response from your side.
    In the meanwhile, I’ a bit confused after watching several tips or strategies using in task2. The thing is Could you please tell me the Essay structure will be same for all types : Like agree/disagree, Problem and solution, advantages and disadvantages, Discussion essay, Positive and negative.

    For example: Agree/disagree
    Para1: Introduction
    Sentence1: Paraphrase
    Para2:Supporting Para1
    Sentence1:Topic sentence
    Sentence2 : Explain topic sentence
    Para3: Supporting Para2
    Sentence1:Topic sentence
    Sentence2:Explain topic sentence
    Para4: Conclusion
    Is it correct?
    Please advise!

    • There is no fixed structure. You can have two or three body paragraphs – not more and not less.
      Each paragraph should have a central topic and your first sentence should provide the main point to make the content easy for the examiner to understand.
      You can use examples if you want or you can not use them. It’s your choice.
      Don’t learn formulas.

  30. Hello Liz,

    Your website is absolutely great, I will recommend visiting this website to my friends who need preparation on IELTS, it is worth sharing. I do love reading all contents in your website helped my self to get my targeted band score.

    Something that I did not really understand sometimes is your grammar in your writing was slightly different with my literature in English, for example in the writing above you wrote :
    “… the key to solving … ” is it OK regarding your writing “TO” followed by -ing form without any verb before? as I know some verbs are OK to use it, such as DEDICATED TO contributing is grammatically correct, how can I know the use of it? Can I write to solve? or I also found another one ” ready to be used ” can I write “ready to use”?
    could you mind recommend me what chapter in grammar I need to read?



  31. Mohammed says:

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

    Thank you in advance

  32. Hi Liz.

    Kindly see my Introduction and Thesis as regards the sample essay above and please make a comment. Thanks for yours continued support.

    Statistics shows that obesity is on the increase and the pressure could be felt on the healthcare system. In my opinion, i agree that the introduction of more physical education lessons in the school curriculum will go a long way in solving this problem.

  33. 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

  34. Hi Liz,
    I have a question to ask in related to a recent exam question that you have posted. the question is, ‘Countries with longer working days are more economically successful, but there are also some negative consequences. Do you agree?’
    In this essay I feel like there are three independent areas that I need to connect each other. How longer working hours develop country economy and how longer working days bring social issues.
    Is this correct? Or my entire essay should be on longer working days and social issues?
    I think that longer working days develop economy is a fact (according to this question) and we don’t need to describe a given fact. Just mention it only in introduction?

    Thank you Liz

    • Your entire essay will present your opinion – do you think that longer working days bring more successful or do they bring negative consequences. Which one? Do you think they bring negative consequences with no economic success? Or do you think they bring negative consequences with economic success. You will find that countries with lower working hours are actually more economically successful. In India, people can work 12 hour days – in the UK there is a law which prohibits that.

  35. Sumit Sharma says:

    Hi Liz..This is an extremely useful website.I want to ask one thing.When we are writing agree/disagree essay,it will b alright if we are making 3rd paragraph describing the opposite view.Like we are agreeing with the statement.So making of 3rd para with “Some people disagree with this”and explain 2nd point as well.Is it correct?..Thank u very much for such an amazing site

    • Your task is to follow instructions. If the instructions ask for your opinion, your entire essay will follow that. If it asks you to discuss, then you will present both sides. Don’t confuse the instructions. Don’t write about other people’s views if the instructions only ask for your own.


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

  37. 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.

  38. Gurpreet says:

    Hi Liz.

    Some people say that we should choose to write on one side of agree/disagree essay i.e either we should agree or disagree.

    Here, i have a question. Does it effect our scores if we choose to write partially. Please guide me in this context.


    • You are scored on presenting a relevant position with supporting ideas. It doesn’t matter if you agree / disagree or if you present a specific view (partial agreement). You can choose any of them. It won’t affect your score. Many teachers encourage students to use the one sided view because it is easier and students make less mistakes doing that. However, using a partial view is fine – but make sure your opinion is very clear.

  39. 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..

  40. Liz, NAMASTE!!
    I Hope you are doing great!!
    Just wanted to ask you. Is agree or disagree essay and argumentative essay same? If it is so, why there is no REFUTATION or the counter argument in your essay. As far as I know, there has to be REFUTATION or COUNTER ARGUMENT for the essay to be argumentative. It is the rule for any argumentative essay. Please correct if I am wrong. Thank you
    Bhaktapur, NEPAL

    • Any IELTS essay which asks for your opinion, is only looking for your opinion. You state what your opinion is in the introduction and then explain it in the body. No counter argument is necessary. This applies for the following instructions:
      Do you agree or disagree?
      To what extent do you agree?
      What do you think of this opinion?

      • Dear Liz!!
        I appreciate for your time and effort to reply my question. I still have confusion with agree or disagree and argumentative essay. So both are same. That means we can follow same structure for both them. Is that correct?

        • Teachers call different essays, different names. Some teachers call it the Opinion Essay, some teachers say Argumentative Essay, some teachers say Agree/Disagree Essay – they are all the same – just different names.

  41. Bhavyata says:

    Dear Liz,
    How r u
    I need ur help,
    Can u please answer if I am right?
    Question :some people believe that hobbies need to be difficult to be enjoyable.
    To wht extend do u agree or disagree?
    Background statement: personally I believe that both type of hobbies can be fun, and I therefore disagree with the statement tht hobbies need to be difficult in order to be enjoyable
    Body1:why easy hobby is fun
    Body2:why difficult hobby gives pleasure.
    Conclusion:in conclusion, simple hobbies can be fun and relaxing, but difficult hobbies can be equally pleasurable for different reasons.

    Please tell me em I on right track.. Of balanced essay!??
    Thanks in advance

  42. Thanks ma’am for your kind reply.

  43. Hello ma’am ,

    You are doing a great job! I love to watch yoir videos and go through all your new resources which you upload all the time. I would like to ask you that I have given ielts test before but I couldn’t accomplished my goal .As I require 7 in each module but last time i got speaking 6.5 Reading 5 writing 6 L 5.5 . I am very disappointed that I failed . I would like to ask that can I achieve my goal ? And with how much effort and time will you suggest? Thanks

    • You can reach your goal but only if you focus on improving your English. This is a language test and your score reflects the level of your English. Work on both English language and exam skills.

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

    • They are the same instructions – IELTS sometimes paraphrases but the meaning is the same.

      • So if an essay says to what extent do u agree, i can totally answer saying i disagree in both my body paragraphs?

        • Yes, if you disagree with all aspects of the question, your whole essay explains why you disagree with a clear main point in each body paragraph – you can have either two or three body paragraphs.

  45. 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?

  46. dear Liz i have a question i always was writing my essays like this for a disagree and agree essay. In the introduction i always try to do a balance in my opnion like this:

    1p paraphrasing the statement and give my thesis statement

    Topic: Example To what extent do you agree that education should be mandatory to the age of 18,for both boys and girls in your country?

    My introduction: Many countries are discussing child labour laws to find out a fair solution for it. Specifically,first world countries agree that the importation of manufactured work of minor age should be not allowed. I do believe that this statement is true but also we might take in consideration some drawbacks.

    2p reasons and detail info of why i agree
    3p reasons and examples of why i disagree
    4.p conclusion and reestatement of my opnion

    Can you tell me if i am doing correctly? I ve been scoring 5.5 and i need a 6.I have read that others essay agree completly and they do not disagree but my professor once told me that is better to have a balance essay like agree/dissagree and in the conclusion reestate my opinion, in this case i agree .

    • So your opinion is that education should be mandatory and education should not be mandatory? This means you have no clear opinion. You must present a clear position in the IELTS opinion essay – you will get a low mark for Task Response if you fail to present and support a clear position. A balanced view does not mean you agree and disagree. It means you present a specific view which is quantified.

  47. Hello Liz,
    If the question asks about giving opinion on solution, then do I need to give only opinions or shall I suggest other solutions if I don’t agree with the given solution??
    Pls reply me ASAP because my exam is on 3rd June.
    Thanks ahead and wish you the best 😊

  48. 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.

  49. I am writing for the third time for the IELTS general .Every time they are asking to write do you agree or disagree essay.But I want to ask you that can I write an essay only agree or Disagree only one thing or ca I write both the things.Please reply me ASAP as my exam on June 3rd.

    • The word “OR” means not both – it means you choose which one you agree with. You present your opinion and explain your opinion.

  50. ethar yahya salih says:

    Hi Liz,

    my General IELTS exam is on the 3rd of June, and I’ve neem practicing on writing task 2. I happened to find your IELTS Advanced Videos which I purchased them all ^_^. I really find them extremely useful and ever since my task response has been enhanced. However, unfortunately, you only provide three types which are discussion, adva & disava as well as opinion essay. How about the other two types namely cause & effect and solution and/or suggestion essays? Any advice accordingly?

    Best wishes

    • Those three lessons teach you the fundamental ways of writing an IELTS essay. They show you the variety of structures, flexible linking, how to plan and organise your essay and what the examiner is looking for. With those skills, you should be able to answer any essay. The solution essay is either:
      solutions only
      problems solutions
      cause solutions
      Just follow the instructions and organise your ideas into logical paragraphs.
      For direct questions, you will have one, two or three questions. Just answer them directly. If it asks “is this positive OR negative” it is asking for your opinion and you must choose.
      I hope to have more advanced lessons ready later this year or next year.

  51. Hi Liz,

    Im planning to take my IELTS this June and I’ve been practicing my writing for quite some time now. I managed to come across a Writing Task 2 question from a different source which I find a bit hard to understand. Hoping you could share some of your ideas on how you are going to approach this topic: Almost three-quarters of the population of the developed world live in towns and cities whereas around two-thirds of the developing world lives in rural areas. The developed world should lead by example and not insist that aid to third world is used to develop rural areas. To what extend do you agree or disagree.

    Hoping for you answer. I’m really learning a lot from your blog. Thank you very much. 🙂

    • I recommend you use essay questions which are from IELTS test books to practice full essays. This is not a typical question.

  52. LLitty Thomas says:

    Hi Liz,
    I accidentally wrote that I disagree with the statement but the subsequent sentences agreed with the sentence. How many band marks will I lose? I should get an individual score of 6. Please do reply

    • It will affect your score for Task Response which is 25% of your writing task 2 marks. Your overall band score for writing will depend on many other factors. Good luck!

  53. Hi liz
    Today was speaking test.I did not understand 1 question and i ask him to repeat that question.Does it effect my score

  54. Hi ma’am Liz,

    Really I would like to appreciate that you are doing a great job by providing effective materials and online videos that’s worth alot . I wanted to ask that if we write an essay that you can check and give us feedback regarding grade?

    Kind Regards
    Asma khan

  55. IELTS speaking part 2 in 5th of May 2017 was about:

    -An achievement from a family member that you proud about it
    what was that?
    Who was this family member?
    When and where?

  56. Hie Liz,
    I have a question regarding thesis statement in introduction.Is it mandatory to give a thesis statement for instance I agree or disagree even if it is not stated.And most of the teacher said to go for either agree or disagree. Do not go for partially answers. My writing has always been averaged and all the time i only get 6.5 or less but the required band is 7.

    • The examiner is not marking you based on whether you agree, disagree or partially agree. You can choose any answer you want. The examiner is only marking your ability to present a clear opinion and support it. Many teachers will tell students to avoid the partially agree answer because it is not easy to write. So many students make a mistake with it. You need to be trained to use a partially agree answer. This means that choosing one side is easier to write and avoids more errors. What is my opinion? I think if you are fully trained in the right way, you can choose the answer that suits your opinion. But if you are not sure, go for the one sided. If you are aiming for band 7, the problem might be in how you address the task, your organisation, your linking or the number of mistakes you make in grammar and vocabulary.

  57. Zareena says:

    Iam not able to find advantages and disadvantages model essay, please send me a model essay for that.

  58. Hafiz Abdul Rehman says:

    please i want to know about conclusion paragraph .?
    still confusion

  59. Hello Liz,
    Since I agree with the statement but I also believe we have to add healthy diet as well, so can I say – ” Although I agree with this statement up to a point, I also hold some reservations.” as my opinion?
    Then I will write one paragraph for physical activity and another for maintaining healthy diet.

    • It’s better to be more direct. You can say” Although I agree that exercise is important, I also think that diet must be considered.” It helps your score to make your ideas clearer and more direct.

  60. Hi Liz,
    Do we have to state both sides (agree and disagree) in answering the question… To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    • You need to present your opinion and explain your opinion. That’s all. It doesn’t say discuss both sides – it only asks for your view. So, decide your view, introduce it then explain it in the body paragraphs.

  61. Hey Liz,

    If I combine two key features in one sentence ( in writing task 1 ), does it count as one key feature or two ?


  62. Rohit Gupta says:

    Hey Liz,

    In “do you agree or disagree” type essay can I arrange paragraphs in following way if I am agreeing
    1. intro
    2. agree reason 1
    3. agree reason 2
    4. other side (disagreeing with statement)
    5. conclusion

    • This essay requires your opinion and only your opinion. If you agree than you explain why you agree and nothing more.

  63. szantamano says:

    Could writing about other ways to fight obesity (such as teaching healthy diet in schools) be a possible body paragraph?

  64. skylimit says:

    Hi Liz,
    That’s for your great resource.

    I sat for the test and would like to know your thoughts on the Writing Task 2. The topic was that “some people see mobile technology as destroying social interaction. To what extent do you agree or disagree.”

    My thesis statement was like so:

    In my opinion, mobile technology has done more harm than good in terms of social interaction. However, it has also affected social interaction (can’t remember what I said after however).

    My paragraphs in summary were:

    1. Mobile tech has improved communication, for instance in the past people living in different geographical locations had to send mails via traditional postal system which took forever to arrive….

    2. Mobile comm is quicker

    3. Mobile tech ha caused disintegration in local communities.

    To conclude, summarize thesis statement…


    • My main comment would be what is your opinion? If you think technology has damaged social interaction, why do you have so many points to say it is beneficial? It doesn’t seem as though your body paragraphs have supported your opinion. Or have I misunderstood something?

  65. Konstantin says:

    If the question asks to agree or disagree (not “to what extent”), can I still partly agree/disagree or do I need to choose one side and agree/disagree with the statement completely?


  66. Hi Liz,
    What kind of essay is “what do you think?”

  67. Hi Liz,
    my opinion of this essay topic is that physical education is important, but it is also crucial to maintain balanced diet. So combination of physical and diet in the key to weight control.

    If then, on the essay, should I write this viewpoint on the introduction, and then in body 1, I write why is it good to have physical education lessons in school, and in body 2, write the importance of diet?
    So in the conclusion it will be like, ‘introduction of exercise and physical education sessions in school will benefit people’s weight control, however, the result can be maximized if a well balanced diet is combined’ something like that?

    Thank you for reading.

    • ++ And also, in the body 2 part, I want to include a quote that lots of personal trainers and internet shows – that successful weight loss is a result of 80% diet management and 20% exercising. So healthy diet is actually quite important.
      Could you please make a proper sentence with this information? I want to make a formal sentence however don’t know who I would say as a quote provider… 🙂 Thanks!

    • Yes, basically your conclusion is a paraphrase of your thesis statement. Just summing up your key points.

  68. Confused says:

    Hay liz

    I had exam today. Think i made a blunder by presenting my position in conclusion only. I didnot use word agree/disagree to some/great extent. Instead i wrote ” i think women SHOULD be given liberty….” taking clear position in favor of one side. will this cause me loose marks??

    • You only give your opinion when it is asked for. You don’t need to use “agree” or “disagree”. Writing “I think…” is your opinion.

  69. Dear Liz,
    I read on Pauilin Cullen’s website (the author of vocabulary for IELTS books) that if a candidates wants to be awarded a higher band score in an agree/disagree essay, he should write about both sides of the argument _ just like a discussion essay_ .
    I read somewhere else that writing a counterargument and refuting it is also a good option for getting a higher band score for an agree or disagree essay.
    I would be really thankful if you comment on these two points and approaches.

    • The examiner doesn’t have these types of marking criteria. You are marked on presenting relevant ideas and adding supporting points – nothing more. It will not give you a higher score to change an opinion essay into a discussion essay. You must explain what your view is and why you have it – that’s all. You can explain why you agree and why you don’t disagree – that’s the same side of the coin. But you can’t present a discussion essay when the instructions clearly don’t ask for it. Always follow the instructions.

      • So you are of the opinion that Pauline Cullen is wrong about agree or disagree essays, as she has clearly pointed out on her website that only mentioning the part that you agree with for this particular type of essay will guarantee a lower band score.
        Moreover, it seems that your firm conviction is that writing a counterargument and refuting it in the conclusion is totally unnecessary in this case.

        • Give me your sample essay question and tell me what points you would put in your essay. I will let you know if there is any irrelevant information in it. Remember the entire opinion essay but express your opinion only from the thesis statement to the end.

  70. However, information technology has more negative effects than positive
    To what extent do you agree with this ?

    Is that mean do two paragraphs with negatives and one positive? (Because of the word ..More)


  71. Some people think that environmental problems should be solved on a global scale while others believe it is better to deal with them nationally

    Some people believe that environmental issues should be solved internationally while other group of people think that it can be solved individually

    Correct me if em wrong!

  72. Richa bhardwaj says:

    Hi Liz,

    I hope you are doing good.

    I would like to ask that there are 2 types of statement for agree disagree questions, what type of answer should we give in these different cases.
    1. Do you agree or disagree ?
    2 To what extend you agree or disagree with the statement.

    I understand that in both the cases we have to take a stand for agreeing or disagreeing and make it clear. But my queries are:
    1. In the first type of question are we required to give some points of disagreement also, if we agree with the statement?
    2. I read it, that when question ask, to what extent, then discuss both states of agreement and disagreement and give your clear stand. So are we have to discuss both states in 2 type of question?

    Please reply and make it clear that what examiner is looking for in both the cases.

    Best regards
    Richa bhardwaj

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

  74. Hi Liz
    Acute shortage of freshwater in different parts of the world is a big concern for the governments of those countries.what can be the solution to this problem..?
    Can u please suggest me what type of question is this.?is it asking my opinion.?do I need to write I believe the solution can be…..
    I am confused please help

    • It is a solution essay. Sometimes they ask for causes and solutions and sometimes they only ask for solutions. All you need to do is present the possible solutions to the problem given.

  75. 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.

      • Khatera says:

        Is it okay to have only one sentence in concluding paragraph in any type of essay?

        • Sure. Some teacher recommend having only one sentence. Personally, I think you should make that decision in your test on the day and depending on your essay. If you are worried about word count, have two sentences instead.

  76. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for your advance lesson. I have watch your advance lesson: agree and disagree essay. Since the essay question has only one opinion to agree or disagree, but what if the essay question like this one: ” Some people claim that not enough of waste from home not recycled. They say that the only way to recycling is for governments to make it a legal requirement. To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste? ”
    what should I plan my answer? I have difficulty to identify which opinion or fact in order to respond to the question. Thanks Liz and I hope, I’ll get response this time.

    • This is a direct question essay. Your task is to answer the question: To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste? ”. Your whole essay explains your answer to that question.

      • Shahriar Alam says:

        dear liz,if the ques is asked to what extent do you agree or disagree,then should i write whole essay mentioning agree/disagree or both in different paragraphs…??

        • It is not asking you to write about both sides – do you agree or disagree? Which one? What do you think? Your whole essay explains what you think.

  77. Jowairieyyah Mansoor says:

    I had me ielta test yesterday it went so bad 🙁 the writting task 1 had a map and i hav been prepring for a chart thrghout other than that writng task 2 had topic about new parents should take parenting course. To what extent u agree i just couldnt think of many idea even thgh i practised alot frm your sessions but i am bad at coming up with idea main points 😣😣😣 i wrote paragrphs on 2 points

    1 was that new parents are unexperienced and they can learn from experienced teachers
    2 was on about how it can help learning the diffrnt behaviour and children languages of when they r in pain when they arehungry.
    Is it sufficient??

    • I think your ideas are fine. They are relevant and clear. The key will be how well you explained them and developed them. For writing task 1, it is always essential that you prepare all types of task 1: maps, diagrams, tables, pie charts, line graphs, bar charts and multiple tasks. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that your results are ok 🙂

    • 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

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

    • Your whole essay should explain why the advs outweigh the disadvs – that means presenting both and showing why one outweighs the other.

  79. Can we write etc. while giving examples?

  80. Hi Liz,
    I have a question. If it is written ” to what extent do you agree” should I write only to what extent I agree but also able to use two- sided approach? Or even say that I disagree?

  81. Hi,

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

  82. Hello,

    first of all I would like to thank you for your excellent resources! I have noticed now twice that I sort of misunderstood the question, or wrote a paragraph about something I am no longer sure is relevant.

    For example, with this essay, I started to write about students would also learn about their own body, how its functions, that foods to avoid, etc, which would prevent them from eating the wrong kind of food. -> would that be off topic? I wasn’t sure if “physical education” only refers to doing physical activities.

    Also, in the essay about if art should be taught at school, I also referred to art history (important to our culture). In Germany the subject “art” includes both doing art and later learning about art history. -> would that also be off topic?

    Are there any tips about avoiding such mistakes?

    thanks so much!

    • Try not to complicate things. Physical education is mostly about sport and exercise. Of course in some schools they might include some information about how the body works but that is mostly in biology and food education is mostly in cookery. If you are not sure, not do it. For art subjects, if it is about “the arts” you can write about drama, singing, painting etc but if it is about “art” then it is about creative art using pencil, paints, sculpture etc. The reason you are not clear is because you are failing to identify limits of vocabulary. You can deal with this problem before the exam by preparing ideas for topics and researching language meaning more deeply. See this page for common topics and questions: At least you have identified an area of weakness before your test 🙂 If you need detailed training in writing task 2 techniques, see my advanced lessons: Good luck!

  83. 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?


    • 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.

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


    • 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.

  85. Hii
    I have confusion in listening answers how to write.we can write all letters in capitals
    Thank you

  86. Hi Liz,

    I’m confused about the structure of opinion essays, and my question is:

    – if I agree, should I write agree statements in both paragraphs or should I write a little disagree in body paragraph 1, then give stronger agree statements in body paragraph 2?

    Please help me to understand the structure of opinion essays.
    Thank you very much.


  87. Cherry Anne Galutan says:

    Can somebody check my work?

    There are many risk factors that can affect one’s health, one of this is obesity and overweight, which become a threat to the health of many individuals. It is often thought by some that the most effective method to resolve this issue is to impart and include physical education lessons in school program. In my opinion, I agree to the statement, because I believe that, once these students become aware and educated about the health benefits of daily exercise, can eventually influence their parents and relatives at home. I also think that daily exercise together with proper diet could achieve optimal health status.

    As a medical practitioner, I believe that prevention is better than cure, I know for the fact that, daily exercise and physical activities can reduce the risk of acquiring heart and other related health problems, by burning the excess fats from the body and activating our heart to pump more blood thus improving circulation and metabolism. Therefore, educating and giving awareness to the students and young generations could really help them and save them in acquiring future diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, vascular and heart problems. I also believe that once these students or young people become aware of the beneficial effect of daily exercise in the body and educated they can eventually pass it and influence their family members. By this, we are not only saving the future generations but also the adult member in their families.

    On the other hand, I also think that proper diet together with exercise could really improve to remove excess weight in the body. Once these two methods were combined, it guaranteed to achieve optimum health status. Students and young generations must also inform about nutritious food and avoid junk foods or ready made food to be physically fitted.

    Therefore, physical activities combined with proper diet, education, and awareness, is the most effective method in changing the lifestyle of future generations.

  88. Hi liz,

    Please help me with this topic.

    “The threat of nuclear weapons maintains world peace. Nuclear power provides cheap and clean energy. The benefits of nuclear technology outweigh the disadvantages.
    Do you agree or disagree?”

    If I want to fully agree with this topic, do I need to only justify my view with benefits OR I also need to make one paragraph for disadvantages before writing conclusion . I am confused, please help!

    • It is the same question as “Do you think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages”. Use the same essay structure.

      • It means I do not need to give disadvantages in my body paragraphs if I fully agree.

        Thank you for your help.

        • Hi Amran !
          Thanks for sharing this question as I have had the same problem with theses kind of questions… I believe Liz made it easier for us …
          So I believe if you want to say I agree that adv far outweigh dis then in BP1 :
          Despite the minimal disadvantages below , I believe there are extremely useful points ( advantages of nuclear technology ) … And also use the language of , (for example) , it is crucial & it is essential …
          Then in BP2 : Admittedly , there are some basic drawback of … ( use language of possibility such as might, could … )
          So basically from Liz’s replying I have such kind of approach ….
          I do not know my understanding is wrong or right ?

  89. 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.
    Is it correct., child ,their ?
    Is it his/her.?

  90. 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


  91. 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?

    Tony Joe

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

  92. 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?

    • Your view is whatever you want it to be. Fully agreeing or fully disagreeing is absolutely fine.

      • Hi liz
        Pls I would like you to see my essay
        Having a good university degree guarantees people a good job
        To what extant do you agree
        Nowadays many people prefer to have a college degree than a high school one . Having a strong collage sirtificate help people to find a better job because it gives a better education and a financial rewards.

        Reciving a good education can guarantees you a good job. Collage can give you skills that you need in your major to help you to win your dream job . For example, my older brother majed , did not enter any university because he wants to have a job so he can start his own business , all the companies denied him they need a capable man who can manage the work and have a bacalories degree. This is one of two reasons why I think that having a good college degree guarantees people a better job.

        Hardworking qualifies you to have a money rewards. Big companies gives there employees a promotion with a higher salaries and money reward. For instance, my uncle who have a master degree in computer science start his work as an employee with a limeted income and now he is the manager of one of the biggest companies in saudi arabia.

        In conclusion, receiving a good university degree gives you a better chance to have a good job including better education and financial rewards. Therefore I strongly believe that having it gives you the opportunity to have a better job . As a result schools should incorage students to receive a college education

      • If you completely agree or disagree, do you need to write both side of view or only one view point?

  93. 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?

  94. Hello Liz,
    Thank you very much for your lessons and clear explanations!
    Could you please help me understand, in “Agree/Disagree essays” if I am not entirely agree with the statement and I mention “…provided that…” in the Introduction, should I make a separate paragraph for this disagreement or I can put this condition into one of the paragraphs where I agree? For example, I will put the reasons, why I agree in the 1 and 2 paragraphs and add at the end of second paragraph “…However,… ”

    Many thanks,

  95. And with what score that “model” essay will probably be awarded?
    Btw, you misspelled n in owNing.

    • It is band 9. I’m not sure where you found the typo. I can’t see the word “owning” in this essay. There is the linking words “owing to” which is correct.

      • 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

  96. Mandeep says:

    Dear Liz,
    I have watched all your tutorial and found all these very helpful. I am appearing for GT IELTs on 25 June this year.
    I want you to help me out with number of paragraphs to be written in an essay.

  97. Hi Liz,
    What happen if I talk about both point of view in “Opinion questions” and then in the conclusion I give my opinion? Can I do that? Or it is recomended choise one side and write about that un all essay?
    Thanks 🙂

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. Liiizz 🙁

  101. HI liz , thanks a lot for ur blog
    i have a question in the opinion i have to write what i agree only ? how about other view ?
    and the bp1 on what i agree
    and the pb2 on what i disagree
    or have other way to write please clear it for me for this type of this question

  102. Desperate mom says:

    Hi Liz, hello I hope you could give me your opinion on this. I just took the Ielts last week. I think I did well on the 3 others except for writing, they ask me to agree or disagree, I don’t know what I was thinking on giving my opinion but I did not agree nor agree to the statement but rather gave a balance opinion. Do you think they would give an acceptable score for the writing task 2? Thanks

    • I can’t estimate a writing score without seeing the full task 1 and task 2.

      • Desperate mom says:

        Thanks anyway. My worry is do they usually accept answers with a balanced opinion? The question was some countries spend so much money on sending athletes to join the olympics but others say that they should spend money on encouraging children to join sports. Do you agree or disagree? My answer was divide the money to the athletes and to the children to encourage them to join different sports. Etc etc..’i hope you could give me your opinion. Thank you very much.

        • You can have any opinion you want as long as you have presented it very clearly and supported it with relevant, well expanded ideas.

  103. Hi Liz,
    Is it good to write both side of the question for , To what extend do yo agree or disagree , type question. It is so confusing as many teachers giving different answers. I thought if I agree I only need to write why I agree, also the same for disagree. If I partially agree I can write why I am partially agreeing(one paragraph each)but I seen model answers like why others say it is the other way for the opposite side . Is it ok to write like that.( if I am agreeing can I write a paragraph why others disagree)

    • You are exactly right. It is asking for your opinion. You decide your opinion, state it in the introduction and then explain it in the body paragraphs.

  104. 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?

  105. hi, I’m sorry, but if it is an argument essay, why your point of view isn’t prooved by strong examples, it sounds like a theory which maybe true or maybe not……

  106. 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.

  107. Hi liz .
    Can we write in task 2 lik this .
    Body 1 ..advantage of our supporting idea and disadvantages of oppositiv idea
    Body 2 ..adv. of our idea and disadv. Of opposite idea
    Conclusion..critising oppositie idea and our opinion.
    Plz reply .i am quite fund of your videos .

  108. Lachuman Dhungyel says:

    Hello madam Liz.,
    I went through your videos regarding IELTS preparation and could grasp some ideas. I have appeared my IELTS twice, am almost losing my confidence in reading module and i feel it bit tough. In my trial reading could score only 5.5 against my requirement of 7+. Similarly, i have some problem in peaking but i have not been able to find out my problem while speaking.
    Recently, I have been browsing through the net and i came across a book known as “Ace the IELTS” by Simone Bravemon or something. I want to get it but it was very costly and we don’t have system to purchase it. Therefore, if you can help me in finding the book or necessary guidance to revive my confidence to appear for the IELTS. I need atleast 7 overall score with each band score not below 7.
    Please try to mail me, and one request I want to make to you is that if you access my speaking in skype it would be great.

  109. Good day Liz,
    My question is, in this paragraph type, considering that I agree with the statement, do I need to give 2 reasons why I agree and one reson only why I don’t agree . Is it better .
    Kindly tell me what do you think

    • It’s completely your choice on how you support your idea. As long as your body paragraphs follow your opinion, that’s all that matters.
      All the best

  110. really your lessons are awsome…..but in the above essay(argument) support only one idea it is difficult to write 250 word……….:(

  111. Muhammad Ali says:

    Dear Liz,
    can Art be paraphrased as Craftsmanship / expression of human experience or should i keep it as Art .
    your feed back is required.
    Muhammad Ali

  112. Shokhrukh Erkinov says:

    Hello Liz! Your lessons have been like gems to me for learning how to take the exam.My question is quite holistic. Can I use American English in writing and/or speaking?

  113. Shokhrukh Erkinov says:

    Hello Liz! Your lessons have been like gems for me to prepare for the test. My question is quite holistic. Can I write in American English in writing and use it in speaking part, too? Thank you for your answer in advance.

  114. Hiba Abdullah says:

    Hello Liz ,
    thank you for youe beneficial videos ,
    i would like to ask if it is possible to send you samplesof academic writing task 1,2, to be checked for feedbak , i need at least score 7 in each of IELTS tasks and 7.5 overall band score,

    kindly your reply

  115. Hello Liz,
    In my school, our teachers taught us to consider both positive and negative aspects of the topic. Not just to write about the aspect you support but also to talk about the other side as counter balance. But in the essay given, it only talks about the supported aspect. Can you please tell me which is the best way of writing an argumentative essay?

  116. Hi Mam

    I would like to download the sample Essays from your website and print it out for my self study, but I can’t do so.

    Would you please send me the link for this?

    Thank you

  117. Hi Liz,
    Since this question asks us to mention to what what extent do we agree, from what I understood is that we should include our opinion. However, does that mean that we can safely include it only in the thesis sentence or can we also include phrases such as “I believe/I think” in the body paragraphs?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Thanks lot Liz.
      So I will try to do as you do and keep it in the introduction paragraph, however I am guessing it wouldn’t cost me any marks if I forgot myself and used “I believe” in a body paragraph right? I am also assuming that the same would apply for for all kinds of essays where our opinion is required (in other words all kind of articles that we write”In my opinion,” for the thesis sentence) right?

      I guess we can’t thank you enough for the support you provide but thank you regardless 🙂

  118. amin mohebbi says:

    Hi Liz
    For the questions including ( To what extent do you agree? Do you agree or disagree? Do you think this is a positive or negative trend? and questions like these) is it possible not to mention our opinion in the first paragraph, consider both aspects of it, and finally state our opinion? ( using argument-led approach) or we must put our opinion in the first paragraph and in the following paragraphs justify it?
    All the best

  119. Hi Liz,

    I watched your Opinion essay video today. Everything seems to be easy while watching your video which I think is because of your clear explanations. But when I sit down to practice on my own I find it very difficult to write 250 words. 🙁

    Today, after watching your opinion essay video, I picked up one Agree/Disagree essay topic related to Television ( People become lazy and unsocial ). I could write only 215 words.

    My supporting ideas were :
    1. People become lazy – as there is no physical activity involved and loose interest in doing things
    – for instance, going to gym feels like climbing the Mount Everest.
    – Furthermore, it is a sedentary habit and can cause serious health issues like obesity

    2. People become unsocial – Wide variety of channels available
    – freedom to choose their favourite programs
    – spend long hours watching TV
    – do not find time to interact with people
    – consequently leads to isolated societies

    I could write Introduction ( 33 words ), BP1 ( 86 words ) , BP2 ( 75 words ) and conclusion ( 21 words ).

    I know it’s against your website policy to ask for feedback on writing. But could you please provide some suggestions? My exam is on 5th Dec in UK.

    Thanks and Regards,

    • You need to provide the full essay question, not the topic. As I explained in my essay, each essay responds to the exact question and the way it is written. Send me the full essay question with the above message again and I’ll give you an answer. If you don’t have the full essay question, don’t use it and try one that is a real test question.
      All the best

  120. Hello Liz,
    About the explanation given, so is it fine to balance the idea? I heard that. if in the first we agree/disagree, we need to support our idea in the body paragraphs, stick to our first choice (agree/disagree) then affirm it in the conclusion. So we will only have one side. But sometimes, there 2 statements which both of them are good things. I feel I can explain better if I support both of sides and that is when the my conclusion become neutral.
    What do you think about that?

    Thank you for your help.

  121. Topic:The first car appeared on British roads in 1888. By the year 2000, there may be as many as 29 million vehicles on the British roads. Alternative forms of transport should be encouraged and international laws introduced to control car ownership and use.
    To what extend do you agree or disagree?

    The fast-paced lifestyle of the industrialized countries,such as Britain, paved the way to a remarkable increase in private motorization and car usage. In my opinion, i completely agree that the individuals should be take an alternative means of transportation and that countries should introduce policies to limit the owning and using of cars.

    Firstly, dealing with the a large number of private vehicles is best addressed by motivating the people to travel through available public transportation instead of using their own cars. Buses and trains are provided and maintained by the government to allow access to transportation anytime and anywhere. Morever, they can carry a considerable number of passengers, saving more time, space and fuel. In some countries like Japan, the citizens opt to travel via trains because of heavy traffic congestion

    Another point to consider is to implement a law that would minimize the number of cars in the roads. In other words, countries should take measures and monitor the buying and using of private vehicle for transportation particularly in highways, which are always prone to traffic congestion. For instance, Singapore observed Congestion pricing strategy and car ownership quota to solve the the problem since 2008. As a result, traffic congestion was combatted and the quality of air was enhanced greatly. In addition, the revenued collected could be used to improve highways or build new modes of transportation for the public.

    In conclusion, the emerging percentage of car could be tackled by highlighting the alternative modes of transportation and implementing measures to lessen car possession and ownership.

    Hi Miss Liz, have I answered the Task? What errors did I commit?
    Thank you very much.

  122. Rahul Bajaj says:

    Hi Ma’am ! Can I get the all Books published by IELTS ,Could you please help me to get all books.

    • You need to go to a book shop or purchase through amazon. You could also go to a facebook group for IELTS and ask someone to share them with you.
      all the best

  123. Hi Liz

    Can I add some short statistics in the essay in order to support my opinion ?

  124. hello mam..
    can u please give me bands for my writing task 2.and tell me about all the mistakes.spellings can be wrong but this is due to fast typing and i know i am too weak in writing but i want to take bands.

    Thank you..

    essay is about…computer can translate all the, should we learn more languages.?

    Technology has made our life easier than past.computers are the best invention of IT.the best thing about compuers is that,it can translate all languages,but this does not mean that we should not learn more languages.Here I am going to express my ideas,to strenghten my point of view.

    firstly,the main thing is that,computers are not does not give right information always.sometimes it cannot translate long sentences in right way.secondly,if we learn number of languages,it will increase our knowledge and we can express our views in impressive way.

    furhermore,computer is not a portable device.they are too big to carry to each and every place.for instance,if we go for an interview we cannot use computers, we should learn number of languages.

    on the contrary,processors can translate thousands of languages but we cannot learn all of them. nowadays because of hectic schedules people do not have time to learn all languages so computers are best option for them.

    to sum up,it can be said that we should have knowledge about a number of languages.we should not depend upon any electronic devices.

  125. liz, I’m following you to get over grade 7…

  126. The topic is: As most people spend a major part of their life at work, job satisfaction is and important element of individual well-being.
    what factors contribute to job satisfaction?
    how realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers?

    So, do I need to answer both questions in two separate paragraphs?
    And can you please explain me the second question? I am quite confused about it.

    • It is certainly fine to explain your answer to each question in separate body paragraphs. The second question means if you think it is realistic for people to expect job satisfaction when they have a job. Do you think it is likely they will get it or are they too hopeful.

  127. Hi Liz ,

    Thank you very much for your help for my Ielts Preparation .

    I am confused in one aspect of writing task2 . I found on your website this example of topic essay : ” Some people think that the government is wasting money on the arts and that this money could be better spent elsewhere. To what extent do you agree with this view? ”
    They don`t ask me if I agree or disagree. In this case is it correct to choose to write about the reasons for which I do not agree with the statement? Even though they ask to what extend do I agree with this view.

  128. Hi Liz,

    I would like to ask for your opinion on this question. Today, students can easily access information online, this means that libraries are no longer necessary. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    This was my Task2 for Oct 24th exam. And I am worried that I didn’t answered it correctly. 😩😩😩

    • What question would you like to ask me? This topic is about using technology in place of libraries. What problem did you have?

      • Hello Liz,

        I am not sure if my answers are correct. I disagreed and one of the reasons is that using the internet may result to inaccurate information so it is best to use materials from the library. Another reason is that students from other countries such as third world countries do not possess technologies such as mobile phones and computer, so it means that library is the only option. I even added something about power interruption that might also let online research might not be possible whereas in the library, books are available any time. May I know your ideas about this topic, Liz? Thank you so much for your very helpful blog. You are amazing! 😊😊😊

        • They are all very relevant ideas and clearly support your opinion. It will now depend on the way you organised the ideas and also how you explained them.
          All the best

          • Hello Liz,

            Thanks for your quick reply. I need 7 in all areas. I’ll update you as soon as the result comes out. I am hoping for a good result. Thanks again and Godbless you.😊😊😊

            • Dear Liz,

              I do not know how to thank you and how to show my gratitude for all your help. You have been an amazing teacher and the fact that your lessons are free. You helped me reach my dream. I was shocked to see that I got these scores which came out yesterday, L 7.5 R 7 W7 S7. I was desperate because I took the exam for a couple of times. I concentrated on your lessons, especially writing during my last exam. And that is the fruit of your labor. That is exactly what I needed to continue my application in the UK as a nurse. If given the chance, I would like to visit you in the future. I would highly recommend you to others. Thanks again and continue to be a blessing to everyone in need. Godbless you and your family. 😊

  129. Dear Liz,

    do you have any video lessons to buy online for other types of writing for academic task 2. I was able to purchase only discussion and opinion essays.

    • I only have two available at present. The next lesson should be ready to buy at the end of this month (hopefully) which is the adv disadv essay. If I have time, I’ll also add a couple of writing task 2 lessons as well this year.
      All the best

  130. Sazib Hossain says:

    Hi liz,
    I hope you are well.
    Would you please give me an advice about the following question?
    Some people say that television is putting more disadvantages than advantages. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
    If I discuss both of the ideas and then put my opinion in body paragraphs would it be any problem ?
    Or should I discuss about only one topic to which I agree or disagree?

    • This is not an authentic essay question. It contains unclear language and meaning. For this reason, I can’t answer your question.

  131. Rahul Bajaj says:

    Hello Liz !!

    In speaking test two. If the book topic is asked like your practice demo , Can we speak about a spiritual book.

    May God bless !

  132. 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?

  133. 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.

      • so liz what you suggest is that i should always go for agree or disagree ,and do not go for balanced view,am i right

      • Hi,with respect to this same agree and disagree question .If i state that”to some extent i agree but ” giving reasons to disagree and assuring that i am not trying to be 100% on both side.

        • You can’t agree and disagree with the same point. You can however present a specific view which is called a balanced view. A balanced view does not mean agreeing with both sides. Unless you have training, I don’t recommend using this technique because IELTS have certain requirements for what is allowed as a balanced view. See my lessons:
          All the best

  134. Rahul Bajaj says:

    Hi Liz ! Wish you a great heights of self free help.
    If we get “” To what extent do you agree”” Can we put all essays in to disagree mode, if we have points. Or we have to focus only on agreeing points.

  135. Hi Liz,

    In the conclusion, the word lifestyle is supposed to be two words?

  136. Hi Liz,

    is the word lifestyle in the conclusion needs to be two words? “life style”.

  137. Hi, Liz! Thank you for the well-organized sample. However, I have a question. The point is that my teachers referring to the book called Successful Writing say that it is important to write a short contrary opinion before a conclusion. It is really written in the book (“…You also include a paragraph presenting the opposing viewpoint and reason why you think it is an unconvincing viewpoint…”). What do you think about it? Will it improve an essay or vice versa?

    • If the instructions ask for your opinion, you only give your opinion. If the instructions ask you to give both sides, then you give both sides. Just follow the instructions. Is the author of that book an IELTS examiner? Has the author completed the IELTS examiner training?

  138. Rahul Bajaj says:

    Hi Liz !

    Referring to Money vs. happiness essay. Can I have as below
    Introduction “Stating both part as said by some people and what I suggest”
    In first paragraph One Reason of Happiness i.e. Family and than explain how
    second paragraph another reason i.e. health and than explain how
    And finally conclusion ..Will it do ? Please do not read all paragraph but guide me whether I understood it rightly ?

  139. Hi Liz,

    Firstly, your blog is one of the most helpful websites I’ve ever encountered. It certainly is a bag of knowledge with a well designed contents which serves its true purpose & therefore, it never disappoints any of its visitors, i believe. And for the best, you are an inspiring teacher.

    In light of the above model essay and its question, I’ll be much delighted if you could solve my problem. It is regarding the introduction.

    If the “growing number of overweight people” is more of a problem for “an effort to deal with the health issues” than it is for the ” health care system” , would not it be necessary to include that information in our introduction? If that’s the case then, is there any mistake in the one i suggest below:

    “Growing population of overweight is straining on the efforts undertaken by the health care system to deal with the health issues, which according to many, the key to solving these issues is to have more sport and exercise in schools. ”

    Apologies, if this is, to a great deal irrelevant question. Thank you for your time and effort ma’am.

    • The problems is actually grammar. You can’t write “is straining on”. You can only write “the growing number of overweight people are putting a strain on …” but this is the same as the statement given by IELTS. You need to paraphrase more. Also you need to make the second part of your sentence grammatically correct “which according to many, the key to solving these issues is to have more sport and exercise in schools. ”. You need to write “which, according to some, must be dealt with by by having more…”.
      All the best

  140. Hi liz, your site is really useful. I just wanna ask a favor if u dont mind could u teach strategies on how to write topic sentences.thanks

  141. I am disappointed that my question was deleted and not answered. I have made full use of your website and videos. I always thought that you were always willing to answer any question. I guess I was wrong.

    I sincerely thank you for all the effort that you’ve provided for us.

    • Sorry but I am unable to answer all questions. I have over 7,000 students visiting each day and many comments to answer.
      All the best

  142. Hi Liz,

    I need your advice.

    The topic is “Parents are the best teachers” do you agree or disagree.

    What if I write something like ‘In my opinion,both parents and teachers are important for development of the children…..” and then start to give arguments why I believe so .

    I’m confused, because I do not choose patents or teachers, but discuss the importance of both for children.
    Is this approach correct or am I off the topic in this case?

    • It is the wrong approach. If you wish to give an opinion of both, you must quantify it. Here’s an example “I think that parents are the best teachers for very young children under the age of five but from that age, teachers are better to educate them”. This is an acceptable opinion for IELTS. You MUST avoid changing the essay question into a discussion essay with equal weight on both sides.
      All the best

      • Thank you, Liz

        So, I must agree with only one statement : parents or teachers. If I agree that parents are more importan, can I also mension that teachers give more academic knowledge? Just mension , not to dicsuss it further?

        • If you agree that parents are more important, then your whole essay must explain this view. If you want to add information about teachers, you would need to explain why they are less important. Your whole essay must follow your opinion.

  143. Hi Liz!

    What if the topic is a two part question? One asks how far do you agree and the second part ask what other criterias. Does the body paragraph should only contain two paragraphs?
    Thank you!

    • That’s right. One body paragraph for each question.

      • Okay.

        So the topic goes like this “some people feel that workers like nurses, doctors, and teachers are undervalued and should be paid more especially when other people like film actors or company bosses are paid huge sums of money that are out of the proportion to the importance of the work that they do.

        How far do you agree?
        What criteria should be used to decide how much people are paid?”

        I was debating on whether i should just focus and justify on the extent that I agree regarding doctors’ pay or should I also discuss the part of the film actors and company bosses.

        • You have two questions and you answer them both. One body paragraph for each. Keep your essay logical and well organised at all times. The first question must answer your views on all issues – they are connected. It is about people who do functional work getting lowly paid and others get more money.

  144. The question is this:
    More and More people are suffering from health problems cause by a modern lifestyle which cannot be treated with modern medicines. Some people think that a return to traditional medicine should be encouraged. To what extent do you agree?

    —–what I did was I discuss both the modern medicine and traditional medicine and I strongly agree. Is that correct? but I started discussing first with the modern medicine followed by traditional medicine.

    • The instructions ask you to give your opinion about whether people should return to traditional medicine or not. It does not ask you to discuss both sides. Therefore you would get a low score on Task Response which is 25% of your marks. But you could still do ok in the other three assessment criteria.
      All the best

      • So that means ms. Liz, I only have to discuss traditional medicine all throughout my essay? Since I strongly agree with it?

        • That’s right. Your whole essay will explain why you think that people should return to traditional medicine instead of using modern medicine.

  145. constantinos says:

    Hi, Liz

    If i agree with the statement but not completely, what i should do?

  146. 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?

  147. 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

  148. 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.

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

    Chotto pakhi

  150. 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.

      • 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.

  151. 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?

    • 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

  152. 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 this case my answer will correct or not.kindly reply me as soon as 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

  153. 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?

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

  155. Anonymous says:

    Hi Liz. I have a concern on how to use the pronoun I in the introduction. I often read that it is not advisable to use the pronoun I and I want to ask what to write if the essay asks for the opinion of the test taker? for example: what is your opinion?, to what extent do you agree or disagree?.. thanks a lot.

  156. 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!

  157. 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

  158. 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”?

  159. 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!

  160. 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.

  161. 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

  162. Hi Liz,

    I just want to clarify if my understanding about the question is correct. Isn’t it if the question is asking about to what extent do I agree or disagree means I have to discuss both sides and take one side on the last paragraph?

    • If it says “discuss both sides and give your opinion” then you discuss both sides and you give your opinion. That’s very clear. If the instructions say “to what extent do you agree or disagree” – it wants to know what you think and only what you think. Agree or disagree – which one? Or do you have a specific opinion? One is a discussion with an opinion and the other is only about your opinion.
      All the best

  163. Hi Liz.Thanks a lot for your tips.They’re really valuable.
    I got this topic but i can’t generate many ides ,would you help me please.
    universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject.To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    • The issue here is 1. why is it good to have equal numbers 2. is it possible to have equal numbers.

      1. Equal numbers brings a balance between genders. It opens new employment opportunities to the other gender. It brings equality which is what most many societies aim for.
      2. It is hardly possible to get equal numbers because universities can’t control the number of applicants of both sexes. Also acceptance onto a degree course should be based on qualifications not gender.

      Those are the main points for that essay.

  164. In the recent years the amount of obese people significantly increased, so it forced the health care organ to solve the problem more aggressively ,which is a threat to public health .Some argue that the important step should take is to rise physical activities among students, although this could have a major role ,there are more beneficial ways lied out school to reduce overweight more effectively .

    First of all , governments should approbate laws to control the overall energy uptake . For example all food products must stick calory label ,which allows people to choose appropriate one’s among hundreds of options .Another useful step would be creat standard fast food recepies.

    secondary, increase workout lessons and it’s role in reducing obesity risk factors among elderly people not only students, because having body mass index more than 25 could be harmful to that age group as same as children .A good way to achieve this goal is to educate people over 65 of age during regularly family physician visits .
    To conclusion ,there are plenty solutions such as more education between society subgroups,but it’s not lonely enough to deal with the issue

  165. Now can you plz tell me that wd thz band score, can I get admission in any Australian university for an MBA or MS degree?????

    • You will need to check with each university for their entrance requirements. Usually it is either 6.5 or 7 overall but you must confirm that with them.
      All the best

  166. Hi liz, hope u r fine…
    I appeared in 28th feb test and scored band 7: listening 7.5, reading 6 , writing 6.5 and speaking 7, and wana thank you for your supportive videos and other exercises which helped me alot…..

  167. Hi Liz.hope u r fine . Pls. check this introduction . Is it balanced introduction

    Healthcare system is a yardstick to gauge a countries development. Healthy man is a valuable asset of a nation. However now a days obesity is becoming a growing concern for every countries and its induce immense pressure on health care system. Most of the people think that the problem would be overcome if various types of sports event & exercise be incorporated .I strongly agree with this aforementioned assertion.
    Best regards

  168. Hello Liz
    Is it possible to give a balanced opinion for this question type?
    Kindly advise my introduction with a balanced view.

    It is true that there has been an increasing proportion of overweight people which cause a serious public health concern. While I accept promoting various sport activities during school time is one of the best ways to correct this, I also believe in the other effective means such as diet and attitudes toward healthy living.

    Thank you.
    Best regards

    • Well done! That’s exactly right. You’ve written “one of the best ways” which then allows you to give alternatives.
      All the best

      • Dear Liz
        You are a true inspiration. I gain confidence on writing task 2 because of your coaching. Thank you.
        Best regards

  169. kyumsun says:

    Really helpful to read well written essay as a model answer~! Thank you so much~!

  170. Hi Liz,
    . 1)for agree or disagree essay, once we give our opinion as agree in the introduction – is it correct to talk about disadvantages first and then the benefits and conclude with as advantages outweigh disadvantages and hence I agree with the……
    . 2) for argument and also for opinion essay can I follow the same for relevant topics.

    • Hi,

      Whatever opinion you give in your introduction, is explained in the body paragraph and nothing else. If you agree completely with the statement, each body paragraph explains why you agree. If you disagree, then each body paragraph explains that. If you have a balanced view, then each body paragraph explains that particular view clearly. This is the reason it is called an opinion essay because the entire content relates to your opinion.
      All the best

    • Thank you Liz.
      For only,discussing both views and advantages, disadvantages type essays I need to talk about both sides – is that correct Liz.

      • Yes. If it asks “What are the advantages and disadvantages?” then you must give both. Each one in a separate body paragraph.

  171. Hi
    I have one doubt. Can I write an essay without mentioning any example in favor of the topic sentence. ?

    • Hi Sonjoy,

      Giving examples is a way to illustrate an idea. It is not necessary to do so in all paragraphs if you can explain what you mean clearly without needing to give an example. If you look at the first body paragraph, I give an example of children in the West but I use the linking devices of “At the moment”. This is current day example.
      All the best

  172. 2nd line: is have or is to have
    3rd line: in school not is school
    2nd para last line: Can we use unequivocal instead of undoubted. Is it undoubted or undoubtedly

    • Thanks Nav, you’re a great proof reader! 🙂 Yes, you could use “unequivocally” in the 2nd paragraph, last time.

  173. Please try to explain and comment on the model essay. Like some complex structures / grammar. High level vocabulary etc…

    • I’ll try and do that for next week. It’s a good idea to have extra comments.

      • Yes. It is always a good idea to comment on the essay that why the essay is proven ideal and, what leads it to a higher band level or what should be taken care of while writing essays.

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