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How to write the balanced/neutral Task 2 essay – To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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“Finding balance”

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I wrote a full sample essay to this type of question – see this post: Sample IELTS Task 2 essay for agree disagree.

A good question came up from a reader:

The question type “to what extent do you agree or disagree” seems rather confusing to me. On the Road To IELTS website, they always present both points of views but is it just as good only to agree or disagree as you have done here?

Here’s my answer to that:

Depending on the question and topic, I think it’s best to go with what you feel comfortable with and find the easiest to write. If you can come up with two main points to support a complete agree or complete disagree, then do that.

If you feel that you have  more of a balanced/neutral view where you can quickly think of one strong main support for agree and one strong main support for disagree and therefore want to present both views, then do that. Just make sure that you state in the introduction that you have a balanced or neutral view.

Here’s a quick outline:

1st paragraph: Introduction – see my post on How to write introductions quickly . Again, remember to state that you have a balanced view here.

2nd paragraph: Main point for supporting/agreeing with detailed examples/support… On one hand, I feel that…

3rd paragraph: Main point for disagreeing with detailed examples/support… On the other hand, it is apparent that….

4th paragraph: Short conclusion


IELTS Task 2 essay – Discussion only essay

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To prepare for writing the IELTS Task 2 essay, make sure you know the different types of questions and understand how to answer and organize your essay.

Here is one type of question that asks you to only discuss two issues (positive/negative effects or advantages/disadvantages) of a claim.


The number of elderly people in the world is increasing. What do you think are the positive and negative effects of this trend?

As you can see, the question is not asking whether you think there are more positive or negative effects. It is only asking you to discuss BOTH effects of the trend. Therefore, you do not need to add your personal opinion about it.

Here’s another example:

In some countries, some young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this.

Make sure that you remain neutral and not include your opinion.

Here’s the organization of your essay:

  1. Introduction – paraphrase the topic/claim and state the 2 views
  2. Body Paragraph #1 – View 1 (positive effect/advantage) with supporting details
  3. Body Paragraph #2 – View 2 (negative effect/disadvantage) with supporting details
  4. Conclusion – restate the two views

*Check back here and I’ll show a full sample essay for these questions in the next post!

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How to write quick conclusions for your IELTS Task 2 essay


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In an essay, the introduction and conclusion act like bookends – they’re strong and hold up the books (your argument and ideas) inside them. The conclusion also wraps up your essay neatly and completes your argument for the reader. It summarises the key ideas you wrote about, resulting in your final decision or statement about the topic.

While it’s a very important part of an essay, you don’t need to spend too much time on it on the IELTS task because most of your effort should go into your main paragraphs.

So, here’s how to write your conclusion quickly:

Restate your opinion that you wrote in your introduction and include the main reasons you wrote in your main paragraphs. This should be one to two sentences.

Expressions to start  your conclusion with:

  • In short,
  • To sum up,
  • In summary,
  • To summarize,
  • In conclusion,
  • To conclude,
  • Overall,
  • Ultimately,
  • In the final analysis,
  • Thus,
  • As you can see,

Examples that show a variety of ways to conclude:

In short, as we become more dependent on the Internet, governments need to enforce strict regulations and parents must follow due diligence when it comes to protecting our privacy and children from possible dangers on the web.

In conclusion, it’s necessary to consider both the positive and negative effects of the aging population to prepare ourselves for a changing society.

As you can see, although advancements in food technology have certainly provided us with a wide range and abundance of food that we couldn’t have before, we must be aware that these benefits also come with consequences to our health and environment.

To see sample essays, click here: Sample Essays

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