IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Band 9

The IELTS writing task 2 sample answer below has examiner comments and is band score 9. The topic of social media is common and this IELTS essay question was reported in the IELTS test. Check the model essay and then read the comments.

Many people believe that social networking sites (such as Facebook) have had a huge negative impact on both individuals and society.

To what extent do you agree?

Social networking sites, for instance Facebook, are thought by some to have had a detrimental effect on individual people as well as society and local communities. However, in my opinion, while I believe that such sites are mainly beneficial to the individual, I agree that they have had a damaging effect on local communities.

With regards to individuals, the impact that online social media has had on each individual person has clear advantages. Firstly, people from different countries are brought together through such sites as Facebook whereas before the development of technology and social networking sites, people rarely had the chance to meet or communicate with anyone outside of their immediate circle or community. Secondly, Facebook also has social groups which offer individuals a chance to meet and participate in discussions with people who share common interests.

On the other hand, the effect that Facebook and other social networking sites have had on societies and local communities can only be seen as negative. Rather than individual people taking part in their local community, they are instead choosing to take more interest in people online. Consequently, the people within local communities are no longer forming close or supportive relationships. Furthermore, society as a whole is becoming increasingly disjointed and fragmented as people spend more time online with people they have never met face to face and who they are unlikely to ever meet in the future.

To conclude, although social networking sites have brought individuals closer together, they have not had the same effect on society or local communities. Local communities should do more to try and involve local people in local activities  in order to promote the future of community life.

Comments: This essay shows you the organisation of ideas into paragraphs and also how a clear answer is given in the thesis statement in the introduction and then supported and explained in full throughout the essay. You will also see paraphrasing for advantage / disadvantage language which can be useful for you in other essays. Furthermore, the word length of this essay is typical for anyone aiming for band score 6, 7 or above. Words 280

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  1. Mazhar Hussain says:

    Hi Liz
    Greetings from Pakistan. Liz, I just got free and took some books for IELTS exams. I have date of exam 29th April 2017. Please help me out , so that I can achieve 7+ bands to pursue my degree .
    Thanks
    I am waiting
    Best Wishes

    • This website contains over 300 pages of tips, advice, information and practice lessons – start opening pages and learning!

  2. Hi Liz,

    I have a question regarding essays in the academic writing task 2 and examples being used. I recently attended a workshop where the person giving the class said that we can give an example to substantiate our point, even if it is fictional it must be relevant and believable.

    Is this true for the essays? If so, what essays can I or can I not put examples in for?

    Kind regards, Lara

    • You can choose to use examples or not use examples. It’s completely up to you. Some students find it easiest to write paragraphs which contain examples and other students prefer to explain their opinion differently. It makes no difference to your score. Some teachers fail to point out that their techniques are just recommendations (often good recommendations), but not actual requirements.

  3. Patricia says:

    Good Day!

    Your website is very useful and had brought about a lot of positive impact on my performance. However, I’d like to inquire whether it is advisable to use “It is considered by many that..” or “some people claim” or the use of statistics as examples in opinion essays

    • An opinion essay requires your opinion and “it is considered that…” is not your opinion, it is the opinion of others. You can stats in your essay if you want, it won’t improve your score.

  4. Hi Liz,

    I have been going through your blog, I must say it’s been quite helpful.

    Concerning the essay above and reorganizing the problem statement in the main paragraph. The question says “…many people believe” and the key word here being “many”. Now in your introduction, you used the word “some” to paraphrase. Is “some” an adequate and correct paraphrase for “many”. If I was asked, I would possibly say “a few” would have been the adequate paraphrase in this case. Kindly educate me more on this.

    • This is not IELTS reading. To say that many people think and some people think for an IELTS writing task 2 paraphrase is fine. A few means much less and isn’t the same.

      • Oh I see. I actually thought “a few” is more than “few”.
        Thank you for the information.

        • I wasn’t really speaking about that difference. I’m just trying to say that in writing task 2 when they write “some people think” you can paraphrase as “it is thought…” or “many people think…” etc

  5. Hi Liz,

    Many thanks for your good materials for IELTS study.
    I would like to ask something regarding expressions in the introduction part of writing task 2.
    Some recommend expressions such as “This essay agree that….., Firstly, this essay will discuss…., Secondly, it will discuss other ……..” in the introduction part.

    Personally, I think it is not natural to use “this essay….” in IELTS writing test.
    What do you think of it?

  6. Hi Liz,
    I am bit confused with opinion essays and agree disagree opinion essay.
    firstly how can I differentiate between the two.
    secondly, in this essay both the sides are discussed advantages and disadvantages and the conclusion is somehow neutral where as, there is another agree disagree opinion essay regarding obesity and health in that whole essay was focused on the opinion.
    could you please assist me with this.
    Thanks in advance

    • There is no difference between them. They are all opinion essays. IELTS sometimes paraphrase the instructions, that’s all.

  7. Hi , Mam,
    I am planning to write IELTS on April .But now also i have some problems in writing . I used simple words and always write in simple sentences. how can i improve my writing skill?

    • 50% of your writing task 2 marks is based on ideas, development of ideas, paragraphing and linking words – so there is plenty you can do to boost your score even with simple English.

  8. Should I always agree?

  9. Jaspreet Singh says:

    hi Liz
    in discuss both views and give your opinion essays ?
    is this appropriate procedure ?
    intoduction
    paragraph 1( opinion 1)
    paragraph 2(opinion 2)
    paragraph 3( my opinion)
    conclusion
    thanks
    jaspreet

  10. Hello Liz
    I am giving my test on 18th March. So I need strong advise about the writing task 2. Do we have to touch both agree and disagree point?

  11. Hello Mam,

    First of all, I would like to say that thanks for making such blog. Definitely, such information is really very helpful for an individual like me to prepare the meticulous details of writing task.

    Now, coming on to a topic, I have a slightly different point of view on the aforesaid topic.

    I am mentioning it below.

    Man can be equated with the spider but of a different kind, he weaves his web for himself. It is undeniable fact that technology has proven to be the biggest asset for a human being. However, the equally true point is a man is casting the graves for himself by introducing the newer technologies. I fervently agree with the statement that there is a big negative effect on individual and also on the societal front because of social networking sites. There are certain reasons to endorse my opinion which is carried out in the subsequent paragraphs.

    The most widespread reason for the negative effect is that it is adversely affecting the career of individual, specifically, children, working professionals, students because these group of individuals has more affinity to take latest updates on websites or making new friends but in a fashion of doing so, they forget the fundamental duties which are to do studies or concentrate on project work as applicable. consequently, their career is at stake or we can say in the of such websites. Besides this, the rise in the online fraud is also rising exponentially and one of the major reason is the habit of making anonymous friends online through such social world. Hence, they fall into trap or commits such henious crime which makes an inevitable damage on their image.

    Apart from this, the equally significant factor which emerges out is the people’s ignorance to social gathering such as, family function, birthday parties etc. and made people less gregarious. In other words, people have completely transformed themselves into introvert personality and they stopped aiding people at the time help as they are mostly indulge with the people on networking sites. Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that people have become more callous and selfish.

    Though, these social websites have made people connected to friends or relatives who live at a distance but the bigger picute of its ill effects cannot be negleted. Before the problem get deeeply ingrained, we should nip it in the bud. The goverment should take firm steps to ban such social websites. Even better, if people should made aware for the implications of using the facebok, twitter or any such websites.

    Thank you 🙂
    I hope you agree to my point 🙂

    • An IELTS essay should be between 270 and 290 words more or less. Your introduction alone is around 90 words instead of 40 to 50. You’ve also included creative, imaginative ideas – spider and webs – this is inappropriate for an IELTS essay. You’ve clearly got good English but you won’t even hit 7 unless you learn the right techniques. I highly suggest you think of getting my opinion essay lesson to learn the right techniques: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

    • Hi Liz,

      I have couple of doubts.In the essay ‘to what extent do you agree/disagree?Do we have to write opposing view in the first paragraph or in the next paragraph??I would mean that If we write On the one hand, do we write our view or opposing view

  12. Tee Hao Junn says:

    Hi, I just want to ask one question.

    To what extent do you agree or disagree.

    In this case, do I have to give both views??

    • No, it is asking you to give your opinion. Your whole essay will explain your opinion. It is not a discussion essay. In the essay above, it is asking if you agree that Facebook has a negative impact on individuals and society. So, this question contains two aspects to give your opinion about: individuals and also society.

  13. Hello Liz,
    I am having problem in differentiating two essay types named opinion and agree/disagree type.
    Could you tell me what is ther difference between agree/disagree essay and opinion essay?

    Thanks in advance
    Alper

  14. Can we Paraphrase ”belive” to ”are under the impression” like
    Most of the individuals are under the impressions that social net…

  15. Hi Liz,

    I’m often confuse in thesis led essay and argument led essay, could you clear up my dilemma to know difference between them.

    • I suggest you purchase my advanced lessons to understand everything about essay writing in task 2: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

      • I’m confused. In task descriptions like this which mention “both”, do they always ask if I agree or not with the word “both”? Could I answer it by stating the negative impacts on both individuals and society then its advantages on both individuals and society in the 2nd and 3rd body paragraphs? Though it seems it is going to be more complicated if i do it this way. I just want to know if the style used in the model essay above is the only way to do it. Thank you and I hope to hear from you.

        • This is an opinion essay which means IELTS are asking you to choose a position and explain it. Don’t turn this into a discussion essay by doing both sides. You need to state clearly:
          Do you think it is positive or negative for individuals?
          Do you think it is positive or negative for society?
          In my model essay, I said it was positive for individuals but negative for society. Always make your opinion directly and give a clear position.

  16. Danu Setiawan says:

    Hi Liz…

    Such a great website for IELTS exam.. thanks for that..

    I need an advice from u. Is it possible to add an data or information to the body of essay writing task 2, but I’m not sure about the validity of the data? Or in easy way, could I put unvalid data on the essay?

    I think data can make my essay will be great. But my greatest worry is that the examiner will check the data.

    Pls give me a solution about that issue.

    Thanks..,
    Danu

    • Sure you can add data to examples if you want. However, it isn’t going to give you a higher score. If you write “For example, 75% of people now work part time”. It would be better in IELTS to use language instead of data – “For example, an overwhelming majority of people work part time” or “For example three quarters of people…”. Task 2 is an essay, not a report. You will get a better result using rich language than using numbers. The examiner will not check the data. You are not marked on data in task 2.

  17. Hi Liz, I’ve been visiting this website for quite some time now and this is really a great help.I was wondering, how would I structure my ” Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantage” essay type? I’ve seen that you advise to make a 5 body paragraph, having 2 body paragraphs on where I am siding with. However, It’s quite difficult for me to construct a 5-paragraph essay because of time constraints and I plan to write only 4. Is it possible Liz? can you suggest another structure for me, my exam date would be on Jan 14, 2017. I am really struggling with this, I highly appreciate your response. 🙂

    • Sure you can have only 4 paragraphs in total. If you need training, see my advanced lessons: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

    • Dear Liz,

      Your website and blogs are very useful for IELTS students.Thanks for the dedicated work.Couple of doubts,kindly clear me.
      Is this sentence correct for task 1?
      About 50% of age groups who are between 10-15 years had liked animation movies whereas, in contrast only 10% of adults had preferred movies like animation and horror.

      Could the answers start with capital letters for reading and listening.?
      In the exam, will the examiner collect the answer sheet after each section gets over?
      Thanking you in advance,
      Geetha.

    • Hi liz, i have taken ielts twice, both the times i got a score of 6.0 bands overall. First time i got 5 bands in writing and second time 5.5. I really want to improve my score plz suggest me.

  18. Hi Liz,

    In case of IELTS writing task 2, is it okay to make up examples? When I say make up, I mean claiming that research shows bla bla bla to support my opinion, though I have no knowledge of any such research/study?

    I have my IELTS in 3 days, so a quick response will be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

  19. Rohit Sharma says:

    do we need to quote examples to support our ideas? I mean is it mandatory

  20. Hi Liz,

    Is it okay to state why you agree or disagree on the second paragraph?
    Thank you

    • If you have an opinion essay, the entire essay explains why you agree or why you disagree. From beginning to end of the essay.

  21. Abdul samad zafar says:

    Hello Liz, Hope you are doing good. I have a test on 29th of October. It is requested to please answer as soon as possible. “Do you think the advantages of charging fee in museum outweighs the disadvantages?”
    In this question do we have to give both advantages and disadvantages or describe only one side

  22. well,actually it was such a nice writing but it could by better by expressing writers ideas indirectly.

  23. When do we need to put both sides, advantages and disadvantages? I’m quite confused. I thought we only need to put the disadvantages when the question asked to what extent do we agree (to the negative effect of the social media).

    • If you have a balanced view, then you explain details of your view which might include ideas from each side used to present your opinion. Or you can choose one side and explain why you support only that side.

  24. is it important to write partially in task 2 or write only negative or positive effects

    • You decide your own opinion. It’s up to you. You will be marked on how you present your opinion and the relevancy of your view, not what your opinion is.

  25. Is it important to give examples in both body paragraphs in task 2 ? I always give one example in body 1 .

  26. Sameer Dangi says:

    Mam, Can I write my opinion in both introduction & conclusion???

  27. Hi all

    just got my scores — 8.5 in all except in writing -8.0

    Thanking liz for all the help

    Just wanting to demonstrate a personal or rather cliche strategy for achieving good scores in each section.

    Reading =– read the question — skim the answers in the passage sequentially —- and aftr u answer recheck if it makes sense

    Writing — bE ultra clear on what side u choose to be for the argument —- it should be clear and conclude with the same single minded answer ..very lucid

    lISTENING — just one secret recipe is to read thoroughly again and over again allthe questions even before the reading section begins to get the gist of the conversation. encircle the questions to know what answer u ear needs to grasp well in advance before the speaker kicks off

    Speaking — throw good vocabs …. be confident …. structure your answers …& primarily answer their questions first .

  28. mahbub hossain says:

    how can i copy or download your leactur for study

  29. I’ve a question . Is complex writing and cool vocabulary are the only things that can help me in getting 9 band score .

  30. Hey liz,

    in WHAT EXTENT DO YOU AGREE ESSAY MODEL

    should i write how i agree with it or how i disagree with it or i should write both views combined?

  31. harmanpreet says:

    the popularity of mass media often has significant influences on people life . some people belive this to be a positive development .
    to what extent do you agree or disagree ?

    mass media has a great influence on people lives all over the globe . There are school of thought that impact of news media is a negative development . In my opinon , it enlightens and widen the horizon in a positive way .

    please liz tell me is this a good introduction if not what are the mistakes

  32. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for this useful sample. I have a very basic query regarding task 2. In each task2 it’s mentioned to “include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience”. In this task there’s not a single example mentioned. Will it not count towards reducing the score?

    • “where relevant”. This means you decide what examples to use or you can decide not to use examples. There are many different ways to illustrate and explain a point rather than giving direct examples.

  33. hi..I just want to clarify something about the essay.The writer stated in the introduction that he/she agrees with the statement that Facebook and other social networking sites have negative impacts to the individual as well as to the society,however, I got confused because what he/she tackled in the first body paragraph are the advantages instead of the negative ones.It is opposed to what he/she wrote in the introduction,then on the second body paragraph are the disadvantages brought to the society of these social networking sites.Furthermore,is it possible if impacts on the individuals and societies can be wrapped up into one body paragraph then on the next body paragraph is another argument for those two?Thank you.

    • You need to read the introduction more carefully. Here is the opinion: “However, in my opinion, while I believe that such sites are mainly beneficial to the individual, I agree that they have had a damaging effect on local communities.“. You can see that it is balanced approach which claims that it is positive for individuals but negative for communities.

  34. WritingFail says:

    Hi Liz!

    I have taken test 4 times. Scored 6.5 in writing every time and 7 in speaking.
    99,89,98.5,8.58 in LR.

    My vocabulary is definitely good.
    But Still I am not able to get good score in writing.
    I read a lot. I can write complex sentences.

    But when I Try to write an essay. I find it difficult to write/frame related sentences.
    I am really not sure what my problem is. After I write an essay, I feel it’s not up to my standard. At times my essays looks silly.
    Whenever I read an essay form Internet I feel I can write better. But reality is different.

  35. Hi Liz,

    I took IELTS twice and my score in writing is always 6.5. In both exams, I didn’t finish task 1 or didn’t reach the number of word requirement. Do you think that’s one of the reason why my score is always the same? Thank you!

  36. Is that ok to write OPINION in into ?

  37. Zeeshan says:

    Hi Liz, just read all of your tips about to to write a good essay. I am aiming for a perfect band 9. I just wanted to inquire about how to structure my response when i am about to write a band 9 essay. Suppose if the question asks me ” to what extent do you agree or disagree?
    can i say like ” In this paper, the author will look at a number of studies which show that both viewpoints are, to some extent,justified. and then talk about both viewpoints( 1 paragraph each) and give a conclusion at the end by partially agreeing to one side?
    Thank you in advance for your response.

    • Absolutely not if you want band 9. You must use natural language, not phrases and sentences you have learned from an academic writing website or book. Never learn sentences to put in your essay. Each essay is written uniquely depending on the topic. Any learned sentences are not counted by IELTS. I strongly suggest you get at least one of my advanced lessons in writing task 2 so you understand not only the techniques but what IELTS is all about in terms of how it functions as a language test: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

  38. hi
    could i write this introduction

    social media including (face book and whats up) have a many cons result for each part of community. In my opinion and through my reading of this issue i strongly disagree and i want change this idea . However, social proggrame maybe lead to lose our brain function.

    • We don’t use “cons” in formal writing. Also “cons result” is not a compound noun. To get a good score you will need to reduce your grammar and vocabulary errors which are currently at band 5.

  39. First of all take my salam.
    one of my teacher said to me ,task 2 have 5 part .
    1.Introduction:-
    2.body part 01:-
    3.body part 02:-
    4.opinion:-
    5.conclusion:-
    now i am confused !
    how to write my writing task 2 ????
    please madam help me.

  40. My vocabulary is not so good. I mean i don’t know about synonyms of word, for example detrimental. So what would you suggest me ? How can I do well on writing task 2 ?

  41. Hi Liz,
    I have an inquiry…. Should I hv to write
    I m completely agree…( if I agree)
    I m strongly disagree …(if I’m disagree)

    Is it important to write something like this?

  42. Manpreet kaur says:

    hi Liz ,I have an problem in writing task 2 .plz give me some suggestions because my exam will be held on 19 may,2016

  43. karn brar says:

    HI LIZ,
    I’m facing problem in Reading .I’m unable to select if the answer is false or not given .please ,suggest me some tips.

  44. Hi Liz,

    Could you please check my introduction for the same statement

    Actually it’s same as yours but I changed some words
    ” Social networking sites, such as Facebook, are thought by some to have had a detrimental effect on individual people as well as society and local communities. In my opinion, I believe that those sites have much advantages to individual, but also they are damaging the local communities and the relationships between the people. ”

    Is it will take marks as same as yours?

    Thanks

  45. hi Liz! could u give me some advice to improve my speaking. im not good at speaking.after 4 months im going to take ielts sertificate

  46. Hi Liz,
    Could you give me a clear answer that how i can get band score 9 in ielts writing??
    Please tell me what are needed elements.
    Sincerely,

  47. Please let me know!! i have my exam in next month (12th MARCH) THANKS 🙂

  48. Hi Liz,

    What would be the penalty if I have confused opinion essay with discussion/opinion essay in the Writing task?
    The question was “discuss both views and give your opinion”, however I mistakenly built my essay on “to what extent I agree” type.
    I do believe that I had discussed both views in the essay with the use of good vocabulary and provided valid examples. It’s just an unfortunate fact that for the second view I didn’t emphasize that “others think etc…”, but provided my own opinion straightforward. Would this significantly lower my score band? 🙁

  49. hey Liz , first of all i just want to say that i cherish you, this is such a great site, and i am learning so much from you, thank you very much, however i just need to ask you something about this task which i have rewritten it in my own words (kind of a practice ) : is it okay to talk about the detrimental effects of social networking sites but then adding another opinion which is : “that some people find it beneficial for example because it lets them explore other cultures and being exposed to new global ideas….”

    is it okay if i just ended it up like this : ” to sum it up, i think it all depends on the way you use these sites and the control you must have over your time and your daily activities in order not to be used by social networking sites and waste time that can not be replaced “

  50. Hi Liz,
    Thank you very much for all your efforts in answering our queries. One of my friends have referred your website. I have gone through some of the modules so far and I feel it is very informative indeed. Especially the reading part!! Looking forward for your updates.
    Thanks again.
    Warm Regards,
    Arun

  51. Hi Liz
    How many approaches can I take for the following question:

    To what extent do you agree?

    Thanks in advance !

  52. Erica Baldueza says:

    Hi Liz,

    First of all, I hope that you are having a blast on your time off. Secondly, thank you so much for answering all our queries! You are heaven sent!

    In an essay that contains “What are your views in this issue?” should I describe only the side I support or describe both issues in view?

    Thank you so much in advance!

  53. Hi Liz,

    I am assuming the reason you use past perfect tense throughout the whole essay is because the topic is in past perfect tense. But even for the topic, I don’t understand why this tense is being used instead of just present tense to describe the phenomenon in general, instead of implying the impact of SNS has ended? It is still happening, right?

    Regards,
    April

  54. What are the differenses of opinion essay and discussion essay?

  55. Hi, i need to know how to success in my ielts exam in writing task 2. Can you please give me some tips and techniques?

  56. Hi Liz
    some times I confuse in detect the topic in opinion essay, for example in this question:
    (Due to the development and rapid expansion of supermarkets in some countries, many small, local business are unable to compete. Some people think that the closure of local business will bring about the death of local communities.). I have confused if the topic is (inability of local business to compete) and other information is supporting or it is (closure of local business will bring about the death of local communities) , so how can I identify the main topic in such question ?
    Thanks a bundle

  57. Mohammed Sajid says:

    Do I have to write a title (heading)?
    And Thank you so much from videos on Youtube to this website!

  58. Muhammad Waqas says:

    i want ask you something about writing,i discussed with my teacher that i can write overview in task 1 he said no no because you can’t write but i watched your video but you said overview is necessary …………..so i want you tell me about this i’m confuse because after 2 days i will be appear in exam………………….

  59. can we give real life incidents in WT2 ?

  60. Also, some educators said that when the question is “to what extent do you agree or disagree?” Students must give both points of view, they said that we cannot argue just one side. This confused me a lot.
    Thank you again!

  61. Hello Liz!
    Is paraphrasing the question as introduction is a must?
    What if I find it easier to have a hook for my introduction rather than paraphrasing the question, will it be wrong? OR
    Hook+paraphrased question??
    Thank you! 🙂

  62. What is the band score for this model essay? Thanks!

  63. Hi Liz,
    In conclusion,you gave solution to this opinion. Is it necessary to give solution in agree disagree essay?
    Thanks

  64. Hello Ma’m.
    I’m Akash. I’m very weak in grammer, Could you please organise a video about all type of grammer that will help us for IELTS exam… Please

  65. Siddharth Mavani says:

    Hello Ma’am,

    The problem with me is that when I practice for speaking test in front of mirror or someone else, ideas and sentences generated in my mind but unable to pick proper word sometimes. This creats a long pause.
    What to do?
    Pls. help.

    • You will need to develop your English until you are familiar with speaking English and have a range of vocabulary readily available to use. The only thing you can do is practice, practice and practice. Go through all common topics again and again until your answers come quicker and more naturally.
      All the best
      Liz

  66. Hello, ma’m actually i want you to give me band on my writting. How could i give you so you can read and give me band for that. I will be very thank full to you.

  67. Hii
    I have a question for u . Can u plzz tell me that is it really important to wear formal clothes for speaking ??. Well actually one of my teacher told me to wear only formal clothes like trouser instead of jean but i don’t feel comfortable in formal clothes so.. can i wear blue jean instead of trouser for speaking? Is it rwally gonna effect my bands??

  68. Hi Liz its me again,
    Just a question about the intro, it says “many people”, however, in your intro you have paraphrased it “some”. I’m just a bit confused.
    Thanks,
    Joharra

  69. Hi Liz, I was wondering what your opinion is about extreme claims. For example, in the third paragraph, the topic sentence “The effect . . . can only be seen as negative.” By using the word “only” this claim is very vulnerable in that it can be defeated by providing just one example to the contrary. In legal and academic writing, these types of claims are taught to be avoided as a result (i.e. one might say, “The effect . . . can (also) be negative.”). Is this a concern of IELTS graders since I presume some weight is put on argument structure and form?

    • If you have an extreme view, you use strong language. In opinion essays or any essay that requires you to present a view, you choose how to phrase your ideas.
      Liz

  70. Hello mam,

    Can you please explain me about this particular topic:
    Compare the advantages and disadvantages of three of the following as media for communicating information. State which you consider to be the most effective.
    – comics
    – books
    – radio
    – television
    – film
    – theatre
    (extracted from Cambridge IELTS 4, test 1)

    Does it mean I have to choose three of the above mentioned and compare its advantages? I am a bit confused.
    Thank in advance for you consideration.
    best regard,
    Josh.

    • Yes, you need to choose three from the list and explain the advs and disadvs compared to the others. For example, TV has the advantage of being visual and therefore has more impact than the radio.
      Liz

  71. Gopi gill says:

    Hello Liz
    I face many problem to create intro of task-2.I confuse how begin intro?

  72. HI, LIZ

    I’m a bit confused about the phrase “with regards to ” , I think the correct one is “with regard to “

  73. Hi Liz,

    I got a bit confused with this kind of eassy and the agree disagree type.

    Here, the question was to what extent did you agree with the given statement. And it seems you used the balanced approach in your thesis statement, which is fine, because, you went on to support the statement till the end of your eassy.

    Now, under your agree disagree eassy model, you totally agree with the statement and went on to support your statement, which is understable and clear.

    But, cant we use this balanced approach in the agree or disagree eassy type? I mean, must we choose to either “agree totally” or to “disagree totally” in an agree or disagree eassy type?

    Please, kindly explain, i’m confused.
    Regards

    • Any opinion essay can have a balanced view. Some issues incline more towards one side than balanced views. However, you need training to be able to present a balanced view because it doesn’t mean agreeing with both sides fully.
      Liz

  74. Julfiker Hayet says:

    Dear Liza,
    Greetings.
    Whether using ‘In essence’ or ‘To recapitulate’ is okay in academic writing for Task 1 and Task 2.

    Kind regards
    Hayet

    • When writing the conclusion, just use “In conclusion” for writing task 2. Writing task 1 has no conclusion. Please read my lessons on the main pages because these questions have already been answered and explained.
      Thanks
      Liz

  75. umar saeed says:

    i attempted my ielts test today writing task 1 was fine i attempted it efficiently but due to my misjudgement i am under the impression that i wrote very less number of words estimatedly i wrote 150 to 200 words please tell me my expected band though whatever i wrote in wt2 was related to the topic and concrete i concluded it very nicely but the problem remains that i was unable to follow the word limit in writing task 2 please tell me my expected band i am extremely worried

    • If your word count is too low, you will receive a lower score. However, I can’t predict what your score will be. You need to wait and see.
      All the best
      Liz

  76. Hi Liz,
    The comment said 280 is the number of words for those who targeting for band 6,7 and above. Recently I sat for my IELTS and I wrote more than 350 words and I only get band 6. What are the acceptable amount of words that is acceptable, the instruction says at least 250.

    • Please review all my lessons and tips on essay writing. Here is the page about essay length: http://ieltsliz.com/how-many-words-ielts-writing/
      Liz

      • Hi guys,

        Let me share my confusion about the essay. If an applicant is to follow the instruction which is undisputedly, the question was about “to what extant you agree and/or disagree” with the idea that SNS has got negative impact on our society? Thus, the point is discuss only negative impacts not the positive sides of them. On the contrary of that, we see the author gives her views in favour of SNS. Could we consider such answer as a proper one to the task?

        Secondly, as far as I have found out, the given sample was scored of 9?

        • There are no instructions in IELTS which are “agree and/or disagree”. IELTS only give “agree or disagree”. Please make sure you understand this before you do your test. Yes, this is band 9.
          All the best
          Liz

  77. Allow me to be a fault-finder and warn you about the word “extend” in the question! 🙂
    Your website is, however, a delight to read. 😀
    Thank you!
    P.S: Lovely smile!

  78. Hi Liz, thanks for this example. However, I can’t quite make sense of the first paragraph.

    If I simplify it it says: “People think SNS are bad. However, in my opinion, while I think they are partially good, I agree they are also bad”.

    I just can’t see how “However” fits this second sentence. I always see it used when you present an opposite opinion or you want to broaden the subject. If there will be only “While I think…” it would make perfect sense to me, but putting “However” sounds somehow contradictory. Am I missing something? Thanks.

  79. Hi,
    I would like to know if for an opinion essay like one above do we have to write counter arguments.
    And if it says to what extend do you agree or disagree do can we present both sides and take one stand or can we take 2 stands.

    • The instructions do not ask you to discuss both sides. The instructions also don’t ask for other people’s opinion. It asks what you think and nothing more. Just follow the instructions.
      All the best
      Liz

  80. Hello Liz, hope you are a having a good day. I noticed that in conclusion, you have stated ‘local communities should do more.’ However, my English teacher taught us that we should never state a new idea in conclusion, instead we should summarize the main content. Can you please explain me, which is correct or if i am wrong or mistaken about it.

    Thanks

    • It is not a new main point or a new idea. It is a final comment which is a suggestion. This topic is about the positive and negative effects of social media, my comment is a suggestion for the future – not a new main point.
      All the best
      Liz

  81. gurwinder kaur says:

    dear mam,
    We use for example to give an example but if we can use it is a good embodiment of it or it is a good manifestation of it? if it is appropriate to write this line instead of for instance?

    Gurwinder Kaur

    • No, doesn’t use those.
      Liz

      • gurwinder kaur says:

        thanx liz for your reply.If it is good to use 3-4 idioms in writing task 2 for a high band score
        Gurwinder Kaur

        • See the writing page for your answer.
          Liz

          • gurwinder kaur says:

            hello mam,
            As we use the statement,”i am agree with this statement”. If we could use ”i am in consummate accord with this statement”.
            Gurwinder Kaur

            • It is 100% wrong to use “I am agree”. You can write “I agree”. Don’t try to use other language because you will result in more errors. Your level of English is not strong. Aim for accuracy in your writing to get a higher score. If you are not sure how to use particular language, don’t use it.
              Liz

  82. constantinos says:

    Hi liz!
    Here is a topic

    The first car appeared on British roads in 1888. By the year 2000 there may be as many as 29 million vehicles on British roads.

    Alternative forms of transport should be encouraged and international laws introduced to control car ownership and use.

    What are your views?

    What should i do? Paraphrase the title and if i agree i should compose body A for alternative forms of transport and the positive effect and body B the same for the international laws?

    or
    paraphrase the title and if i agree i should compose 2 or 3 paragraphs only with the positive effects of the above measures?

    Thanks in advance

  83. Hi Liz
    I used your blog to prepare for my test which I had, thanks for making it easy for me via your tutorials
    The essay question was;
    Housing is a basic necessity. Governments should provide housing for those who cannot afford. To what extent do you agree?

  84. Hi Liz
    Why you are discussing both positive and negative sides in opinion essay? Can you do that?
    Thanks

    • Because the essay question is about negative impacts of two different things: society and individuals. So, I think it is positive for individuals and negative for society. This is clear positive and answers the essay question fully.
      Liz

      • Hi Liz,
        …But, if your english is not that strong, then i think it is best to go with one side of the statement-that is, by agreeing totally or disagreeing completely, what do you think?

        • Yes, definitely. Don’t take chances in IELTS writing. You can still get a high score with a one-sided approach.
          Liz

  85. Dear Liz ,
    We are all so grateful to all your precious tips and recommendations.
    Please check my introduction for this topic and guide me for my possible mistakes.

    Regarding the growing dominance of the social networking as a modern way for human relationships , it could be seen as a controversial issue whether they are useful for both individuals and society or destructive . This essay aims to elaborate various sights towards this argument and demonstrate a clear position.

  86. hello liz,

    first of all thank very much for this wonderful site.
    can i include example of professional networking site in the given essay?

  87. Hi Liz,

    Thank you so much for your beneficial website. I have taken IELTS exams several times, however, I could not achieve a bad score of over 6 in all of them in writing, providing that my score in speaking was 7.5. My English teachers believe that my writing level is high and I have should scored 7 and above.

    Please it is possible to you to review one of my writing sample?

    Best Regards,

  88. gurwinder kaur says:

    hi liz,
    i am a follower of your videos on you tube. actually i am not able to get a good training in my locality,so i am preparing for my ielts exam through your guidance.my desired band score is 7.5. i had taken an ielts exam before and got 6.0 bands(6.5 in reading and listening and 5.5 in speaking and writing).. i am bery stressed because i have only one month for my preparationand need a good guidance for 7.5bands.please guide me how to enhance my writing skills specially.Mam,i don’t know the best way to start the body paeagraph.please help me. one more question that what to do if i don’t have any information to exemplify my idea in writing task 2. waiting for your reply.

    gurwinder😯

  89. Dr.Saqib Ali says:

    Hello Liz!
    I am concerned about the proverbs and famous sayings that are sometimes part of statement given to us.For instance,” Prevention is better than cure” DO we need to paraphrase these words or they can be written as such??

  90. Hi Liz,

    Your website is super helpful and informative for those of us who aim for a high band score in the IELTS. Thank you for taking your time to publish all these sample essays! I have two questions though, and I was hoping you’d be able to answer them. Nothing too important, just something things I’ve been wondering while studying for the IELTS:

    1) In part 2 of the speaking test, if the examiner interrupts you (meaning you have exceeded your 2-minute limit), do you get heavily penalized for that?

    2) In task 2 of the writing section, do you get penalized for writing an essay that is longer than 300 words?

    I hope you’ll be able to answer my questions, they keep me up at night. All the best!

    • Question 1) You don’t get penalised at all. In fact, it is good that you are still talking when the examiner stops you at 2 mins. It shows that you have strong fluency to give a long answer. However, make sure you don’t miss out all your interesting vocabulary and grammar tenses. Question 2) You don’t get penalised for a long essay but it might mean that you have included some irrelevant information which will lower your score. A long essay also means you might include more grammar and vocabulary errors which will also lower your score. So, it’s always best to aim for a focused, accurate essay of about 270 words to 290 words.
      I hope that helps 🙂
      Liz

  91. Hello
    I have a couple of questions:
    1-Where is the verb to be in this statement?
    “Rather than individual people taking part in their local community, ”
    2- Why did you not paraphras “huge”?
    3- why did you paraphrase “many people ” to ” some “in:
    are thought by some to have had a detrimental effect on individual people as well as society
    and local ……”
    Thanks

    • 1) The sentence is actually “Rather than individual people taking part in their local community, they are instead choosing to take more interest in people online.”. Always check where the full stop is. 2) I did paraphrase it “detrimental”. I also used the word “huge” as well. You can use the words IELTS give and also offer paraphrases. 3) It is normal to paraphrase “some people” for “many people” in writing task 2.
      Liz

  92. rebecca francisco says:

    hi,i have been writing essay for a month but im quite disappointed because i cant keep track if my writing is in progress or not, no body is available to check my writing,please help me evaluate m writing guys..

  93. Harinder singh says:

    I searched for 9 band writing

  94. Note that you have to produce a legitimate ID
    or ticket. All concerns asked in the first part have to do with
    subjects you recognize with.

  95. Moedeen Wasiim says:

    Hi Liz

    Kindly convey your comments on the essay below:

    All Children should study a foreign language in school starting in the earliest grade. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answers and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

    Learning foreign language at primary class has long been a debatable issue among parents and educational experts. In my opinion, i agree that children, who learn a language other than their mother tongue, will have more opportunities in life. However, imposing such policy in an educational system can have certain drawbacks.

    Children, who study a foreign language in primary class, will benefit from this effort later when they grow up, as it will open their doors for foreign universities. For example, in Mauritius, parents encourage their children to learn German language, so that later, they can be granted a seat in reputable German Universities, which required reasonable knowledge of German language. In addition, Pedagogue and other educational experts argue that learning foreign language at an early age is much more effective than in the adolescence period.

    On the other hand, it is common knowledge that not all children possess the same intellectual abilities for learning grammar and vocabularies of a new language, exposed to them. The mother-tongue of Mauritian children is creole language. Various teachers have observed that Candidates, at primary level, tend to use creole vocabularies in their French essays. Moreover, certain countries may face an increase in their educational budget expenditure, as additional staffs dispensing foreign language education , will have to be recruited.

    To conclude, I believe that studying a foreign language should be optional rather compulsory. The advantages of learning foreign language should be explained to parents so that the latter can make an informed decisions on foreign language studies for their children.

    Can this essay achieve a band of 6.5

  96. Thank you for this post)) It was really helpful! Where I can find more information about academic writing?

  97. Hi Liz,

    Thank you very much for the great help you have provided by your nice samples. I’d like to notify you of one grammatical inaccuracy in this sample. In the 3rd paragraph, the 3rd line, ‘been’ is incorrect. The correct form is ‘… can only be seen as negative’.

  98. Anonymous says:

    Facebook should be in capital!

  99. Sachin Patel says:

    Hii….. I gave Ielts exam and I have 4.5 band in writing so can you tell me some similar sentence for all essay in both task

    • It is not possible to learn sentences and put them into your essay. The examiner is trained to spot learned phrases and they will not be accepted. To get band score 6, you must have band score 6 English. This is ultimately a language test, you must have the level of English suitable to the score you want to achieve. My recommendation is to improve your level of English so you can write complex sentences without too many errors. Learn ideas to apply but not fixed sentences.
      All the best
      Liz

  100. Hi Liz,

    Could you please clarify the task response is 25% of the mark? Does it mean to answer each point given in the task?

    Thanks a lot.

    • It is about answering the issues in the essay question. There might be one or two. It’s about using relevant ideas and supporting them. It’s about how you present your ideas and your answer. See here for more information: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2-band-scores-5-to-8/. A similar page can be found in writing task 1.
      Liz

      • Hi liz
        I wrote your essay
        And I realised that how much mistakes that I made in the past, now I will try to make ideas for essay. But I need your help to improve me. Because I have 1 month for my IELTS test.
        Thank you
        Yusuf

  101. I gave my IELTS on 30 th April and the task 2 writing was “In some countries the proportion of young or under 15 is ever increasing.What are the current and the long term effects?”
    I forcussed on health related expenses and educational expenses as the current issues while reduced productivity and reduced work force as the long term issues.I believe my grammar and spelling are not bad but my writing band came as 6 .(For other components L-7.5,S-7,R-7). I”m really dissapointed and could not figure out what went wrong.Please help me.

    Regards,
    SSD

    • It might be due to the language you used and the way you used your ideas. You need to learn more about Task Response which is 25% of your marks. And you need to aim for accuracy in language rather than aiming to impress the examiner (which usually leads to more mistakes).
      All the best
      Liz

  102. vijaykumar says:

    Thank you Liz madam for helping people by sharing your ideas. God bless you. I am writing IELTS on May 30, 2015. I have noted all your inputs from your videos. I am confident I will take 6.5 (my requiement) especially in writing.Thank you again!!

    • GS Bhatia says:

      Hi Vinay

      I am also siting on 30th May. If you do not mind, we can share our Writing with each other.This would help to both of us, as we can have different writing style and ideas.

      Regards

      • hi! i will have my ielts exam this May 30, 2015 too. Will you please share your writing ideas and technique to me. thanks in advance.

        • All my tips and lessons are found on this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2-lessons-tips-and-information/. You will find a similar page for writing task 1 in that section on the red navigation bar.
          All the best
          Liz

          • thank you madam Liz, i will try my best to get a higher grade, but i know in myself my English is weak. I passed my professional exam already, but when it comes to English language i’m poor. Wish me luck, And i’m grateful to your blog, despite of my busy schedule i give time to read some tips and advice here. Thank you once again.

            • Good luck. Try to aim for accuracy in your English to reduce errors. And remember that having a clear meaning is more important than complex language if your English is not too strong.
              All the best
              Liz

  103. GS Bhatia says:

    Hi Liz
    I noticed in you essay that, you have not endorsed your ides with examples. Is it not important to support ideas with examples?

    I have given IELTS exams previously but got only 6.5 in writing. Now I googled you, hopefully I get my desired marks that is 7

    Please suggest.

    • Examples are just one way of supporting an idea. You decide the best way to support your ideas.
      Liz

      • GS Bhatia says:

        Thanks for the prompt reply!

        Should we use two reasons with example each or two reasons and one example. And if we do not give any realistic example then will it affect the bands.

        I am asking because sometimes it is mentioned on the task 2 that “Give relevant example from your own experiences.”

        one more query: should we use simple words or bit difficult. for instance, instead of I think, can we use I am convinced or predominantly instead of mostly etc.

        Two weeks from now, I am sitting for the exams.This would be really helpful!
        Pl. suggest
        Regards

        • You give as few or as many examples as you want. It is entirely your choice and doesn’t affect your score. Vocabulary should be appropriate. You should aim for accuracy rather than just trying to impress. Yes, you can use “I am convinced” but it won’t change your score unless all your essay contains the same level words.
          All the best
          Liz

          • GS Bhatia says:

            Thanks once again!

            I just gone through your video lessons and these are invaluable for the IELTS candidates.

            Throughout the lessons you kept smiling.Thanks for lovely smile and priceless tutorials
            I really appreciate, if you analyze one of my essay. Due to work I get very less time to practice and this would be extremely precious for me.
            Regards

  104. rakesh says:

    Dear Liz,
    Thank you for your wonder insights and training videos. I am sure they have added value to my understanding.
    please suggest if we have to provided balanced view; discuss both pros and cons, before giving opinions?

    • You are never asked to give a balanced opinion. You can be asked to give an opinion and it is your decision whether to go for a balanced approach or one-sided. Or you are asked to discuss both sides and give your opinion, in which case you discuss both sides and also give your opinion. Always follow the instructions.
      Liz

      • Dear Liz,
        Thank you for your prompt reply.
        I have exams tomorrow. Any last day tips?

        Thanks and best regards
        Rakesh

      • abu sufian says:

        if in questions are given that “do you agree or disagree ?” in this topic what should write ? will i write on both sides i mean positively afterthat negetively then conclusion…. is it write process? plz help liza mam

        • This is asking if you agree OR disagree. You can’t both agree and disagree – it’s not possible. The instructions don’t ask you to discuss both sides. So, choose your opinion and explain it in the essay – no other information is required. A balanced view does not discuss both sides, it presents a specific opinion. If you find that difficult to understand, don’t try. You can still get band score 9 choosing one side.
          All the best
          Liz

  105. Svitlana says:

    Hello, Liz,

    I found this web site through Google search engine and I like its content quite a lot.

    • Take your time looking through each section to get lessons, tips and free videos for IELTS.
      All the best
      Liz

  106. Bassant says:

    hello Liz,
    I don’t understand when i should present only my opinion and when to present both sides
    For example in the above essay the questiom was ” to what extend do you agree?”
    But the model answer he gave the point of view but also discussed both advantages and disadvantages.

    • This essay shows a balanced approach which does not discuss both sides, it gives a specific opinion. If it seems confusing, don’t try it. Just agree with one side if that is easier for you. At no time, can you discuss both sides in an opinion essay – don’t risk it, if you find it confusing.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Bassant says:

        Thank you for your reply
        Iam aiming for band 8 , which approach should i take .

        • Any approach can get a high score. You just need to present a very clear position which is supported throughout your essay with main ideas well developed.
          Liz

  107. Ravi Shankar Teja says:

    hi Liz..,
    i got question in writing task-2 on 30th April 2015, In some countries the proportion of young or under 15 is ever-increasing. What do you think about the effect at present and in future?
    i think “ever increase” is increasing & “proportion” is opposite to it, that means “decreasing”. so i wrote answer regarding decreasing of population in some countries… there causes & effects at present & future.
    plz…, let me know is my answer is correct.., if wrong.. how many band will i score in writing section… i am very tensed plz.., let me know Liz… plz…. waiting for ur reply..,

    • “ever-increasing” means always growing. If you wrote your essay about a decreasing population it will affect you score for Task Response which relates to your ideas and answer. You could get a low score for that criterion. However, you might still do well in the other three criterion which could help. You must wait and see your result.
      All the best
      Liz

  108. Vivek Sharma Dhakal says:

    Today’s IELTS question in India, Task 2, In some countries the proportion of young or under 15 is ever-increasing. What do you think about the effect at present and in future?

    It was something like that.

  109. Diyorbek says:

    Hi ! Dear Liz
    I’m Diyorbek from Uzbekistan and recently hours I will pass IELTS
    the main aim is improve the resoult of IElTS and I always getting trouble with Reading and Listening Tests . Couldn’t you any help me which related to means of statement
    Moreover, which way do you think effective which is learning by heart more vocabulary before prepare to exam or it doesn’t matter how to start effectivly ?
    what do you can advice me how can I start and achieve higher score than 6
    thanks for answer

    • For both listening and reading, the key is to follow the questions and find answers. You should not try to understand everything you hear or read – only find answers. Always listen and read for paraphrases and have clear techniques for each question type: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-reading-question-types/
      Vocabulary should be built up slowly over time. It is not a good idea to learn in a rush because you will make mistakes with either meaning or how to use the word appropriately.
      Good luck with your test.
      Liz

  110. Hi Liz,

    Your classes are very useful for me. Thanks a lot……………….

  111. Hi Liz can u solve my query regarding this question

    My question is if we write two paragraphs of only negative impacts caused by social networking sites ,will that be ok and relevant ? Or discussing the positive side is required too ?
    Thanks

  112. Hi Harry,

    I have had many IELTS teachers asking such questions to me in the past. The latter approach you mentioned is less direct. While this is a good approach for many academic essays and may draw the attention of the reader, it is unnecessary for IELTS. An IELTS introduction should serve two purposes, as you said, to introduce the essay question and present your position. Anything more is unnecessary. This is a short academic essay with a strict time limit. The main bulk of the points awarded in IELTS writing task 2 come from the body paragraphs so extending the introduction further is a waste of time and words.

    I hope that helps.
    All the best
    Liz

  113. Hi Liz,

    Can u plz advice me on …

    In a conclusion paragraph / opinion paragraph , in case of a discussion or opinion essay, if I state the solution or measures to improve a situation, will it be considered as off topic or will it impact on task response?

  114. hlo mam i have problem to collect the point regarding topic Task 2

  115. Hello Liz,
    I’m just wondering if there is any problem to write everything with capital letters. My handwriting is really bad so I think capital letter is better for me..
    Thanks! I’m loving your classes! 🙂

    • It’s fine to do that for listening, reading and writing. The only problem with writing is speed. As long as you are sure you can write quickly enough in capitals, it’s fine.
      Liz

  116. Hello dear Liz,

    I have to put space in the beginning of the paragraph or not?

    Thanks,

  117. I am having a blast reading your essay. Cheers! Be that as it may, I am guessing this part of the sentence needs to be corrected “offer individuals a chance meet and participate”.

  118. i think we can learn more from each other. my mail address is olagunjutunde24@yahoo.com. i will like we both share ideas on ielts.

  119. good essay sara! just wondering why you did not bother using the four paragraph model.

    • Hi,
      I find it more effective to write a problem and its relevant solution in the same paragraph rather then discussing all problems in one paragraph and all solutions in the second. However, both methods are correct and acceptable as per my knowledge.
      So do you think this essay is worth 7.5?
      Thanks

  120. Mohammed Ali Al-Bared says:

    Hello Dear Liz,
    I watched your online videos regarding the IELTS test and i really appreciate the knowledge delivered.
    Can you please suggest me a topic for IELTS writting task 2 so that i will be able to write the essay and aim for comments from you.
    Thank you so much

  121. Well done essay!

    Hi dear Liz

    It is my first time to contact you, i got question regarding to Task 2 or generally both tasks). I am confusing when it comes to essay in my IELTS practice test, I can not concentrate on my IDEAS at the time when i am writing. Could you give me suggestion to get rid of these things because i really need you help on this issue now due-to getting my frist exam on July.

    Thank you!

    Your new apprentice from Uzbekistan!

    • Hey Liz,

      Can I write idioms and informal phrases in task 2? for academic module

      Thanks

      Hassan

      • No, definitely not. The academic writing task 2 is really testing your ability to use appropriate vocabulary which means most idioms are not accepted (not all but most).
        All the best
        Liz

  122. Hi,

    Please watch my free video lesson on writing introductions. That question is very similar to the question used in that lesson. The thesis statement would be written in a similar way. Check the writing task 2 section of this site to find my free video lessons.
    All the best
    Liz

  123. Dear Liz,

    Could you please make posts for how to brainstorm and planing essay for Writing task 2 ? – I see it is difficult for me, to plan the essay and write new ideas for the topic.

    Thanks

    Hassan

  124. Dear Liz,

    Thank you for preparing these useful lessons. In this particular sample essay, where the question has a form of “Do you agree or disagree?”, you have directly answered the question, by writing: “in my opinion…I agree that…”. However, I came across another teacher’s tutorials, where the advise is to use passive form of answer, eg: “it is agreed/disagreed, that…”. Which way is better in your opinion? What is the difference between these two methods of answer and will they be evaluated differently by the examiners? Thank you.

    • Hi,

      When you use the passive, it is because the person doing the action is not so important in the sentence. However, your thesis statement is a direct answer to the essay question which is asking for your opinion. The most important thing is that you answer it directly by giving your direct opinion. So, using the passive to give your opinion is impossible. We use “It is agreed…” when we refer to other people, not when we are giving our own opinion.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Hi Liz,
        Thank you. Your explanation makes sense, however I do wonder why the other IELTS teacher would use passive type of answer in almost all of his training videos. Any idea? Here is one of his demonstration clips :
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cE1CItpngk&feature=youtu.be&t=13m45s
        Am I missing something? All I want, is to learn, how to answer the essay question correctly, however learning from internet is difficult due to conflicting information (most of the time).

        • Hi,

          You will often find conflicting information online – that is the nature of the internet unfortunately. It is up to you to decide which advice to follow. The task set by IELTS is to present your opinion, you must make a choice as to how to do that.
          All the best
          Liz

  125. good aftertoon Liz¡ and cheers for your work
    I’m wondering if instead said “can only been seen as negative” I could say ” can only be seen in a negative way”.
    Thanks in advance
    All my best
    alex

  126. what is the best way to answer an essay question that states “to what extent do you agree” and that states do you agree? i came across an idp tutorial that advises a candidate to agree or disagree in a question that asks “do you agree or disagree” and give an opinion if the candidate wishes in the question that asks “to what extent do you agree”

  127. Hi,

    This is much better and is certainly a band 7. However, it not a case of making changes to main points and paragraphing to get 7.5. It get 7.5 you must have less grammar and vocabulary problems. You must work on your English language to achieve that score. Why don’t you try another essay title to see how you get on.
    All the best
    Liz

  128. Hi, Liz!
    The third paragraph has had a structure ‘ can only been seen’. Is It ‘ can only be seen ‘ or the former one?
    please, help me out.

    • Hi,

      The words “can only be seen as” refers to the way of viewing a situation not to a former or latter situation so it can’t be changed.
      All the best
      Liz

  129. Hi, Liz!
    The third paragraph has had a structure ‘ can only been seen’. Is It ‘ can only be seen ‘ or the former one?
    please, help me out.

  130. Dear liz,
    I have post the above essay. Will you please give me some feedback. It would be great help.
    Thank you so much!
    Regards
    PRakash

    • Hi,

      You give your opinion if the instructions ask for it and you don’t give your opinion if the instructions don’t ask for it. I know it can be confusing but really all you need to do is follow the instructions. Yes, that is very likely the reason you have failed to get band score 7. Your English is pretty good so it will probably be due to your band score in task response.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Thank you so much Liz,
        I am going through all your sample essay and it is helping me a lot.
        Well, I am appearing in IElTS test coming Saturday, already worried about my writing . I wish I have come across your website a bit early so that I could have more time to practise and learn to get band 7.
        Thanks
        Prakash

  131. Hi,

    I’ve just altered that as there was a typo – thanks for bringing it to my attention. This essay title is about whether the focus of a company should be on providing a good work environment or if it should be on equipment and facilities.
    All the best
    Liz

  132. yes, requirement to my essay is so “Discuss both sides and give your opinion”
    all the best!

    • thank you, for fiving me some comments which band score do you think i can achieve/?

      • Thanks, I will try to put my opinion in the introduction ,but it is so long .it will be difficult for me :in any case i will try .
        All the best!

  133. Hi,

    Can you let me know if you are answering this as a discussion essay with opinion? What were the exact instructions? This essay usually says “Discuss both sides and give your opinion” – are those the instructions you followed?
    Liz

    • sorry, i forgot to write type of essay. yep it is discussion essay and it require to give my opinion . this is requirement
      All best !

  134. Saravanan says:

    Hi Liz, first of all thank you so much for your video lessons.
    Is it acceptable to argue on both advantage and disadvantage or just choose any one?
    Would writing more number of words bring more points because in the comment you have mentioned that “the word length of this essay is typical for anyone aiming for band score 6, 7 or above. Words 280”?

    • Hi,

      For an essay that asks for your opinion, you must give it clearly. You can either agree, disagree or present a clear but specific opinion. However, you can’t change it into a discussion essay or just give advantages and disadvantages. You must have an opinion and it must be clear. In this model essay, I have chosen to give a specific opinion which is I think it has disadvantages for society but advantages for individuals. This is a clear position.

      For the word length, it must be over 250 words but there is no upper limit. However, I usually recommend students to aim for between 260 to 280 words so that they have time to focus on quality rather than quantity. Writing a longer essay brings no benefits.
      All the best
      Liz

  135. Hi, dear Lizz .if I write here my essay. can you comment on my writing and also tell me which band score do you think i can achieve?

  136. Thank you very much liz for your quick and in depth reply. you are indeed a very kind person. may God bless you.
    i have taken ielts twice . and both times could’nt get 7.5 in writing. i got 7 both times. overall band score was 8.5 both times. i am hoping to improve my writing this time by following your guidelines.

    • Hi,

      Work on your writing for a while and then post another essay when you feel you have improved.
      All the best
      Liz

  137. Hi Pragnesh,

    At present I don’t offer any training courses in IELTS or private lessons. However, I am working on my IELTS Video Store which will provide complete training for IELTS writing and speaking. I will post a notice and link on my blog when it is ready.
    All the best
    Liz

  138. Hello Dear Teacher,

    In the second supportive opinion statement of the first body paragraph, you wrote ‘…….which offer individuals to chance meet and participate…”.
    Why not ” individuals chance to meet and participate…”. Actually it’s a new form to me, I’ve never seen such type of sentences,is it a grammatical structure?

    🙁 Eliza

    • Hi,

      Well spotted! It’s not a new grammatically structure. Thanks for noticing and sorry for worrying you.
      All the best
      Liz

  139. Hi Liz,
    I’m a bit confuse about the word (sit) that you used in the forth line in the second paragraph, I think you missed letter “e” in the word. So, I think the correct word is (sites) not (sits).
    What do you think?
    Hassan

  140. Hi,thank you for your essay. Is it possible for you to correct my essays

    • Hi, unfortunately I don’t offer essay correction at present. If you can’t find an IELTS teacher to correct your essays, I suggest you try to follow the marking criteria set by IELTS to assess your own work and also make a note of the density in grammar and vocabulary errors as well. Here are two links for the task 1 band score descriptors and the task 2 descriptors published by IELTS.

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