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

Finding balance

“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



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One comment on “How to write the balanced/neutral Task 2 essay – To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  1. Juan B says:

    I took my exam today and the task 2 question ended “to what extent do you agree or disagree and give your opinión”. I Did not Agree with the statement of the topic so I made 2 main paragraphs explaining why I didn´t agree giving reason and examples. On the conclusion, I gave my opinión.
    My concern is that I didn´t put anything in favour of the topic. Did I do ok or I´ll miss ponts on task achievment?

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