Advantage and Disadvantage Essays- Samples, Model, Essay and Topics

In advantage and disadvantage essays,  you will be asked to write the benefits and drawbacks of the topic given. You have to be careful that you write the advantages and disadvantages of the topic given and not your opinion about the topic. While explaining these kinds of essays, you can divide the content into 2 paragraphs. Paragraph 1 for Positive points and Paragraph 2 for negative points.

Tips for Advantage and Disadvantage Essays

Given below are some  points which you can refer to:

  • When the topic statement is given, you need to spend at least 5-10 minutes in understanding the benefits and the drawbacks related to the topic.
  • Make sure that you have relevant points, supporting the topic. Do not get deviated from the topic.
  • Make sure whatever you write is structured. Put the advantages of the topic in one paragraph and the disadvantages in a separate paragraph.

The main issue of Advantage and Disadvantage essay is that topics are vast and each topic requires a specific structure to be followed. If the test taker does not practice each structure carefully then he/she may end up losing marks. Below are a few links of topics and answers of Advantage and Disadvantage essays which will help you to practice and score a high band in the IELTS test.


What is an advantage/disadvantage essay? How do you identify that the essay falls under this category?

They are essays which ask you to describe the advantages and disadvantages of a given topic. The words “advantages and disadvantages” will be a specifically mentioned in the question. Sometimes they may be synonyms such as “benefits and drawbacks”.

What is the structure of an advantage/disadvantage essay?

Body paragraph 1 – Advantages
Body paragraph 2 – Disadvantages

Is it mandatory to put advantages and disadvantages separately in two paragraphs or can I club them?

No. You cannot club them. You have to follow the structure. The examiner will look for the logical organisation of the paragraphs.

In case of questions where advantages outweigh disadvantages, I might have to write disadvantages first? Will it affect my score?

You can choose any order you want. But make sure you don’t write both (advantages and disadvantages) in one paragraph.

In the conclusion part of the advantage/disadvantage essay, is it ok to support one side?

Yes, but it is not necessary.

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