Agree Disagree Essays in IELTS

agree disagree essays

The agree/disagree type essay questions are the most commonly asked in the IELTS examination. In this type of essays, you are asked to give your opinion, whether you agree or disagree on the particular sentence that is given. You are given 40 minutes to complete the 250-word essay. Most of the students find it easy because you only have to agree and disagree with the sentence given. You have to support only one opinion.

Tips to write Agree Disagree Essays

There are few tips which will  help you to write about agree or disagree essays, which are as follows:

  • When you get these type of questions, it is advisable to completely agree or completely disagree with it. You have to support only one point of view and not both.
  • By doing this, the essay will be more clear and structured and can be easily understood by the examiner.
  • You can support the other side of the statement if you want to, but make sure that you do it in a positive way and also say it, only in one or two sentences.
  • While writing the essay, make sure that the explanation given doesn’t hurt the feelings of the other person.
  • The choice of agreement or disagreement has to be made carefully. You need to choose the side which has more supporting points and which you can illustrate with examples so that the answer that you write is voluminous.
  • Also, ensure that the introduction of the topic is not too long. The question should be paraphrased to form the introduction.
  • The explanation that you give regarding the topic should match with the introduction and the conclusion given.
  • There will be two or three body paragraphs, make sure that each paragraph has a central topic.
  • The body paragraphs should include the main features that have to be explained and also your overview and an in-depth explanation of your opinion.
  • You have to compulsorily write the conclusion. If you do not have time to complete the essay, make sure you at least write 2 or 3 sentences of conclusion, but the conclusion should be included.

Structure of Agree Disagree Essays

In all the sections of the IELTS examination, structure plays a very important role because it will be easy for the test taker to write the answer. Also, the examiner will find it easy to evaluate the answer. So here is the structure that you can follow while writing an agree/disagree essay:

Paragraph 1: Introduction

First of all, like any other section, the first sentence must be a paraphrase of the question that is given. In the second sentence, you can state your opinion regarding the topic. In the third sentence, you can write on what you are going to explain in the forthcoming paragraphs.

Paragraph 2: Body paragraph

In the second paragraph, the first sentence should be explaining the central idea. In the second sentence, explain in detail, assuming that the examiner doesn’t know anything about the topic. In the third sentence, you can give examples which support the sentence. In the last sentence, you can give the opposing point of view, but in a positive manner.

Paragraph 3: Body paragraph

The third paragraph is very similar to the second paragraph. The first sentence should be explaining the central idea. The second sentence, the supporting details and the third sentence, examples which support the idea.

Paragraph 4: Conclusion

In the last paragraph, you have to write a summary of the essay. In the first sentence, you can sum up the body paragraphs and rephrase your opinion.

Sample Checklist for Agree/Disagree essays:

StructureParameters to be checked Yes  No 
Opinion statement  
Thesis statement  
Paragraph 1 Central idea  
Explanation of the central idea  
Illustration with examples  
Paragraph 2Central idea  
Explanation of the central idea  
  Illustration with examples  
Conclusion Summarizing your opinion  


Can agree/disagree essays be called as opinion essays ?

Yes. They can be called as opinion essays.

Can I partially agree ?

No. You cannot. You have to choose one side.

Can I skip the conclusion part if I’m running out of time. What weightage does that one liner consist of ?

The one line of conclusion definitely has a role in marking criteria. The examiner will look for the structure of the essay. So you cannot skip the conclusion part.

Can I use the word “I” such as ” I agree” or “I disagree” ?

Yes. You can.

What is the structure of Agree/Disagree essays ?

It is same as that of opinion essays. They are :
Introduction – Paraphrase
– Give opinion
– Thesis statement
Main body para 1 – First supporting argument
Main body para 2 – Second supporting argument

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