Essay Type In Ielts

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There are several different types of Task 2 questions that can all be answered using the 4-paragraph structure.

Here are the  different kinds of questions:

1. Agree or Disagree 

Ex. Some people think that scientists experimenting with animals in a laboratory is the only way we can guarantee new products will be safe for human use. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

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2. Advantages/Benefits outweigh Disadvantages/Drawbacks

Ex. In some countries, governments are encouraging industries and businesses to move to regional areas outside the big cities. Do the advantages of this trend outweigh the disadvantages?

3. Discuss two views plus your opinion

Ex. Some people say children no longer need to develop handwriting skills. Others believe that handwriting is still important. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

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4. Discuss two views only (no opinion)

Ex. Many people believe that an effective public transport system is a key component of a modern city. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of public transport.

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5. Causes/Problem and Solution

Ex. Crime rates tend to be higher in cities than in smaller towns. Explain some possible reasons for this problem and suggest some solutions.

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6. Two questions/ two-part questions

Ex. To some people studying the past has little value in the modern world.  Why do you think it is important to do so? What will be the effect if children are not taught history?

7. Opinion

Ex. Research indicates that the characteristics we are born with have much more influence on our personality and development than other experiences we may have in life. Which do you consider to be the major influence?

Regardless of what they are asking you to write about, they can all be answered with two main body paragraphs (plus introduction and conclusion paragraphs). Go through each question and brainstorm you ideas and see how you would divide and organize your answer.

I’ll write more about each type of question and more on the sample questions later.

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The table below summarises the three different types of essays you will likely encounter in the IELTS exam. In order to understand each one more fully you should go to the page for each type of essay which are: Opinion [argument] Essay, Both Sides + Opinion Essay, Two Question Essay

Opinion (Argument) Essay:

Many people believe that alcohol causes many problems and there have been frequent calls for the government to ban it. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

model answer 1 totally agree

model answer 2 somewhat agree

Both Sides and Opinion Essay

Some people believe that there should be fixed punishments for each type of crime. Others, however, argue that the circumstances of an individual crime, and the motivation for committing it, should always be taken into account when deciding on the punishment.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

model answer

student answer

Two Question Essay

The use of illegal drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, are becoming more and more common in many countries.

What are some of the problems associated with drug abuse, and what are some of the possible solutions?

model answer

Opinion [argument] EssayBoth sides + opinion   Two Questions
 

 

question words

What is your opinion?

Do you agree or disagree?

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages and give your own opinion

Discuss both points of view and give your opinion

Problem and solution

Cause and solution

Opinion and solution

 

example question words

Computers are being used more and more in education and so there will soon be no role for the teacher in education.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Computers are being used more and more in education. Some people say that this is a positive trend, while others argue that it is leading to negative consequences.

Discuss both sides of this argument and then give your own opinion.

Alcohol abuse is becoming more and more common in many countries.

What are some of the problems associated with alcohol abuse, and what are some of the possible solutions?

 

Intro

Rephrase question

Position

(how much agree/disagree)

Rephrase question This essay discusses [both sides + opinion]

Rephrase question

This essay discusses [problem and solution]

 

Body

reason 1.

reason 2.

reason 3/concession

Side 1. advantages

Side 2. advantages

Note: keep your own self “I think” and opinion out of the body. It is only about what people in general may think.

Problems

Solutions

Final paragraph

 Summary

 Opinion/recommendation

Opinion State that both are important/has merits

State which one is more important/better

Summary of problems and solutions (rephrased)Opinion/recommendation

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