Thank you so much Liz,
I am going through all your sample essay and it is helping me a lot.
Well, I am appearing in IElTS test coming Saturday, already worried about my writing . I wish I have come across your website a bit early so that I could have more time to practise and learn to get band 7.
It is my first time to contact you, i got question regarding to Task 2 or generally both tasks). I am confusing when it comes to essay in my IELTS practice test, I can not concentrate on my IDEAS at the time when i am writing. Could you give me suggestion to get rid of these things because i really need you help on this issue now due-to getting my frist exam on July.
You write your opinion and nothing more. It does not ask you discuss both sides. If you agree, then your whole essay explains why. If you disagree, your whole essay explains that. See my advanced lessons to learn exactly how to write IELTS essays:
But when I Try to write an essay. I find it difficult to write/frame related sentences.
I am really not sure what my problem is. After I write an essay, I feel it’s not up to my standard. At times my essays looks silly.
Whenever I read an essay form Internet I feel I can write better. But reality is different.
And what if my opinion is inclined 50% to one side and 50% to another side. Like fb is good in some aspect and also bad in other. Explaining this will make my essay discussion one? Is it ok to give diplomatic answers?
For discussion essay, we talk about both positive and negative
For opinion essay, can we talk about both?, what if i have both feeling? or should i clearly stand to my points inclining one side only?
My question is if we write two paragraphs of only negative impacts caused by social networking sites ,will that be ok and relevant ? Or discussing the positive side is required too ?
It is not possible to learn sentences and put them into your essay. The examiner is trained to spot learned phrases and they will not be accepted. To get band score 6, you must have band score 6 English. This is ultimately a language test, you must have the level of English suitable to the score you want to achieve. My recommendation is to improve your level of English so you can write complex sentences without too many errors. Learn ideas to apply but not fixed sentences.
All the best
I don’t understand when i should present only my opinion and when to present both sides
For example in the above essay the questiom was ” to what extend do you agree?”
But the model answer he gave the point of view but also discussed both advantages and disadvantages.
Let me share my confusion about the essay. If an applicant is to follow the instruction which is undisputedly, the question was about “to what extant you agree and/or disagree” with the idea that SNS has got negative impact on our society? Thus, the point is discuss only negative impacts not the positive sides of them. On the contrary of that, we see the author gives her views in favour of SNS. Could we consider such answer as a proper one to the task?
Absolutely not if you want band 9. You must use natural language, not phrases and sentences you have learned from an academic writing website or book. Never learn sentences to put in your essay. Each essay is written uniquely depending on the topic. Any learned sentences are not counted by IELTS. I strongly suggest you get at least one of my advanced lessons in writing task 2 so you understand not only the techniques but what IELTS is all about in terms of how it functions as a language test:
Hi Liz, just read all of your tips about to to write a good essay. I am aiming for a perfect band 9. I just wanted to inquire about how to structure my response when i am about to write a band 9 essay. Suppose if the question asks me ” to what extent do you agree or disagree?
can i say like ” In this paper, the author will look at a number of studies which show that both viewpoints are, to some extent,justified. and then talk about both viewpoints( 1 paragraph each) and give a conclusion at the end by partially agreeing to one side?
Thank you in advance for your response.
I find it more effective to write a problem and its relevant solution in the same paragraph rather then discussing all problems in one paragraph and all solutions in the second. However, both methods are correct and acceptable as per my knowledge.
So do you think this essay is worth 7.5?
If it is an opinion essay, you give your opinion only. If it is a discussion essay, you give both sides. I have advanced writing task 2 lessons to purchase if you need more help: