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

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

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

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

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

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

  5. Pradip Mali says:

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

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

  7. gurpreet dhaliwal says:

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

  8. 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 🙂

  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
    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

  12. can idioms improve writing bands ?

  13. 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

  14. 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:

  15. Mohammed says:

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

    Thank you in advance

  16. 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


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

  18. 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.

  19. 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..

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

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. Can we write etc. while giving examples?

  27. Hi,

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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

  31. 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


  32. 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”.

  33. 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?

  34. 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?

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. Liiizz 🙁

  38. 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?

  39. 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.

  40. 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?

  41. 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.

  42. 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?

  43. 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

  44. 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.

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

    Chotto pakhi

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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?

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

  51. 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!

  52. 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

  53. 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”?

  54. 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!

  55. 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.

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

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