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IELTS agree or disagree essay - band 9 guide
This is a band 9 guide to writing agree/disagree essays in IELTS Writing. Agree or disagree essay questions are very common for IELTS Writing task 2. This type of questions asks you to say whether you agree or disagree with a given statement and justify your opinion.
In this lesson you will see IELTS writing task 2 sample question + model answer and learn
- how to choose an opinion for agree/disagree question
- how to generate ideas
- how to give a band 9 answer for agree/disagree question
IELTS agree/disagree question sample
Let’s look at an example of IELTS writing task 2:
This is a classic example of agree or disagree question that you may get on IELTS Writing task 2.
You can watch our video tutorial on how to tackle agree/disagree questions in IELTS Writing:
Choose your opinion & generate ideas
Agree or disagree question asks you to clearly determine whether you agree or disagree with the statement. Unlike questions that ask you to what extent do you agree or disagree, this question asks you to have a super-clear opinion. After you’ve decided your opinion, generate 2-3 supporting points for it.
For the task above you have two possible options:
- You fully agree that big salary is more important than job satisfaction
- You completely disagree that big salary is more important than job satisfaction
Now let’s generate supporting points for each of the opinions:
- Big salary is more important
- Having a job with a high salary makes people feel satisfied no matter what kind of job they do
- Money is essential for survival and good living
- Job satisfaction is more important
- Job satisfaction gives you a sense of fulfillment
- Doing what you like keeps you motivated and therefore leads to a career growth
- Money can’t buy happiness and it’s more pleasant to pursue what you’re interested in
For our essay, we’ll choose the second opinion.
Band 9 answer structure
After you’ve decided whether you agree or disagree and generated your supporting points, it’s time to start writing your essay.
There are a lot of ways to structure your essay, but we’ll 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 1st reason you agree/disagree
- Body paragraph 2 - the 2nd reason you agree/disagree
Let’s take a look at each of these sections in detail.
Write your introduction in two sentences:
- Sentence 1 - paraphrase the statement (you can use ‘it is argued/considered/thought that’ to start):
- Sentence 2 - say whether you agree or disagree with it and extend your opinion:
Body paragraph 1 - the 1st reason you agree/disagree
- Sentence 1 - state the first reason you agree/disagree.
- Sentences 2-3 - explain the reason.
To explain the reason effectively, you can imagine that your examiner has no knowledge of this subject at all and you have to explain every detail:
- Sentence 4 - example.
It’s always good to give examples in your body paragraphs, even if you’re not asked to do it. In our case, the task asks you to provide relevant examples:
- Sentence 5 - a short summary of your ideas in this paragraph:
This sentence should contain the main idea of the whole 1st paragraph. Use words firstly or first of all to introduce the first reason. In our case we’ll use the reason that job satisfaction gives you a sense of fulfillment:
Body paragraph 2 - the 2nd reason you agree/disagree
- Sentence 1 - state the second reason you agree/disagree.
This statement should contain the main idea of the whole 2nd paragraph. Use words secondly or moreover to introduce the second reason:
- Sentences 2-3 - explain the reason (assume that your examiner doesn’t understand the topic at all):
- Sentence 4 - support your idea with an example:
- Sentence 5 - a short summary of your thoughts in the 2nd paragraph.
You can write the conclusion in one sentence that summarizes your opinion + 2 reasons for it:
DO NOT write new ideas in the conclusion!
IELTS agree/disagree model answer
This is a full band-9 answer for IELTS agree or disagree question above:
It is often argued that it is more advantageous to choose a job with high wage, even if it doesn't appeal to you at all. I completely disagree with this opinion and think that job satisfaction is much more important than salary.
First of all, I believe that job satisfaction gives people a sense of fulfillment that no money can guarantee. Even if someone is earning a high salary, but feels tensed and compromises with his conscience, this person won’t enjoy his life. While pursuing one’s interests will always bring pleasure and feeling of satisfaction. For example, a lot of famous researchers made their career choices not because of appealing wages, but because they were passionate about science. That’s why it’s more important to choose the kind of work that makes you happy than to look only at a high salary.
Secondly, doing what you like keeps you motivated and therefore leads to a career growth. In other words, there is a strong relation between job satisfaction and productivity. People who love their jobs can easily excel in their fields of work and achieve better results than those, who put salary on the first place. For instance, Henry Miller decided to leave his everyday job despite a good wage and ventured to become a writer. And after enduring years of ups and downs he became one of the most famous and well-paid authors of the twentieth century. Thus, advantages of jobs that keep you satisfied outweigh the drawback of a low salary in a long-term perspective.
To conclude, I strongly believe that job satisfaction is more beneficial than high salary because it makes people happy and motivated.
Here's my full sample essay for the recycling topic that we've been working on.
Some people claim that not enough of the waste from homes is recycled. They say that the only way to increase recycling is for governments to make it a legal requirement.
To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste?
It is true that we do not recycle enough of our household waste. Although I accept that new legislation to force people to recycle could help this situation, I do not agree that a recycling law is the only measure that governments should take.
In my view, a new recycling law would be just one possible way to tackle the waste problem. Governments could make it a legal obligation for householders to separate all waste into different bins. There could be punishments for people who fail to adhere to this law, ranging from a small fine to community service, or even perhaps prison sentences for repeat offenders. These measures would act as a deterrent and encourage people to obey the recycling law. As a result, the improved behaviour of homeowners could lead to a clean, waste-free environment for everyone.
However, I believe that governments should do more than simply introduce a recycling law. It might be more effective if politicians put education, rather than punishment, at the centre of a recycling campaign. For example, children could be taught about recycling in schools, and homeowners could be informed about the environmental impact of household waste. Another tactic that governments could use would be to create stricter regulations for the companies that produce the packaging for household products. Finally, money could also be spent to improve recycling facilities and systems, so that waste is processed more effectively, regardless of whether or not people separate it correctly in the home.
In conclusion, perhaps we do need to make recycling a legal requirement, but this would certainly not be the only way to encourage people to dispose of their waste more responsibly.
(279 words, band 9)