* Agree / disagree
* Discuss two opinions
* Advantages & disadvantages
* Causes (reasons) & solutions
* Causes (reasons) & effects
* Problems & solutions
* Compare & contrast
Not every essay will fit one of these patterns, but many do. You may get some of these tasks mixed up. For example, you could be asked to give your opinion on an issue, and then discuss the advantages or disadvantages of it. The golden rule is to ALWAYS read the question very carefully to see exactly what you are being asked to do. View this lesson for more practice on analyzing essay questions.
How do I Write an IELTS Essay?
In order to answer this, lets first look at a sample question: You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.Present a written argument to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic.In the last 20 years there have been significant developments in the field of information technology (IT), for example the World Wide Web and communication by email. However, future developments in IT are likely to have more negative effects than positive.To what extent do you agree with this view?Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.You should write at least 250 words.
| An IELTS essay is structured like any other essay; you just need to make it shorter. There are three key elements: 1. Introduction
2. Body Paragraphs
We will look at each of these in turn, using the essay question above as an example. 1) Introduction
You should keep your introduction for the IELTS essay short. Remember you only have 40 minutes to write the essay, and some of this time needs to be spent planning. Therefore, you need to be able to write your introduction fairly quickly so you can start writing your body paragraphs. You should do just two things:
* State the topic of the essay, using some basic...
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