Is it better to agree or disagree with the question?

Many people ask me the best way to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions.  

The most important thing to remember is that there are no set structures for different ‘types’ of question.  

The best way to answer any IELTS writing task 2 question is to:

1) Decide what your position is (Do you agree / disagree / neither agree or disagree?)  

2) Discuss the issue, explaining your ideas and organising them into logical paragraphs

3) Reach a conclusion that makes your position very clear.  

If you have an American or Canadian teacher then you may learn to give your opinion in the introduction.  I don’t do this myself and it is not at all common in the UK or Australia.  Writing your opinion in the introduction is not something that you must do in IELTS.  

To help you write a balanced answer, it is very important to write a plan.  This image shows you how to create a very quick plan using the essay question:

I have written three sample answers to this essay question showing three different ways to answer it.  In fact, there are many, many different ways to answer this question  – there is not only one way.    Just remember, it is better to write what you honestly think and believe.  Here are my three different versions: 

Do you have a wide enough vocabulary to express your views on a wide variety of topics? If not, my IELTS Vocabulary teaching apps will help:

Buy my apps here!

Watch a video about how the apps work here:

You can download the apps here: