Agree-Disagree essay often end with ‘do you agree or disagree?’ or ‘to what extent do you agree or disagree?’ This is indicative that you should either agree with the statement, disagree with the statement or give your opinion which contains a balance approach to the issues in the statement. This does not mean you can discuss both sides impartial you must give a clear opinion to get a good score which is 25% of your marks. Another name for an agree-disagree essay is an opinion essay or argumentative essay.
How to identify Agree-Disagree Questions:
Here are some sample IELTS agree-disagree questions to help you identify such questions easily to help you save time.
- Big salary is much more important than job satisfaction. Do you agree or disagree? Provide relevant examples if necessary.
- Prisons help criminals to readjust back into the society easily. Do you agree or disagree?
- Public libraries should provide books and not waste their limited resources on expensive high-tech media such as software, videos or Dvds. Do you agree or disagree?
Important Tricks to Remember:
- You have to make sure that your introduction is not too long you can paraphrase the essay question and also present your opinion.
- You also have to make sure that your opinion is consistent from introduction to the conclusion.
- Each body paragraph represents a reason for your view your reasons must be carefully thought out and your body paragraph should explain your views with relevant details.
- You shouldn’t miss the conclusion you have to keep it short but make sure that you write it.
- For some essays it is possible to have a partial agreement where you think that the first solution discussed is a good solution but there is another more effective solution. In this case you have to substantiate your solutions or your views with good arguments in order to score well.
Maintaining well-constructed Body Paragraphs:
Agree or disagree questions ask you to clearly determine whether you agree or disagree with the statement unlike questions that ask you to what extend you agree or disagree. This question asks you to have a super clear opinion. After you have decided your opinion generate 2 to 3 supporting points for it. After deciding whether you agree or disagree and generated your supporting points it’s time to start writing your essay. here are a lot of ways to structure your essay but you should use a structure that has been approved by many IELTS examiners to be high scoring and coherent.
Band 9 Essay Structure:
- Body Paragraph 1: the first reason you agree / disagree
- Body Paragraph 2: the second reason you agree / disagree
And there you have it! A concise guide to Agree-Disagree Questions! Stay tuned for our upcoming blogs to gain bite-sized insights into IELTS Writing: Tips and Tricks. Here’s a sample answer:
Nowadays media should include more good news in their publications. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
It is generally believed that the media should publish more good news. I disagree with this statement because the benefits that people gain from consuming good news are not proven. Further, it can sometimes mask the happenings that require genuine attention.
A major reason is that there are no validated advantages experienced by people. The common belief of good news inducing positive thoughts is not completely true. Certain good news such as that pertaining to entertainment or business does not necessarily garner positive feelings. For instance, a movie success does not kindle happy thoughts as much as an Olympic medal or a free health check-up drive would do.
Secondly, if more good news is presented, the focus may be turned away from events that need to highlight. If a television news channel constantly strives to display only positive news such as a good election result or Olympic victories, there is a high probability that a natural calamity might be totally ignored. Warnings of natural calamities, if shown at an appropriate time, have the ability to induce precautionary measures amongst residents and avert further damage. Therefore, it is necessary for the media to be conscious about timely portraying the bad news as well.
To conclude, while some people believe that more good news should be included, I think that any additional good news will not encourage any more positive thoughts among the public. Additionally, the more good news being shown can result in the public turning eyes away from events that need immediate action.
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