Different Types of IELTS Essays


The table below summarises the three different types of essays you will likely encounter in the IELTS exam. In order to understand each one more fully you should go to the page for each type of essay which are: IELTS argumentative essay, IELTS Both sides and opinion essay, and IELTS two question essay.  



Argument Essay  Both sides + opinion  

  Two Questions


question words Rephrase question



Discuss the advantages and disadvantages  

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages

and give your own opinion       

Problem and solution

Cause and solution

Opinion and solution  

Example question

Computers are being used more and more in education and so there will soon be no role for the teacher in education.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Computers are being used more and more in education. Some people say that this is a positive trend, while others argue that it is leading to negative consequences.  

Discuss both sides of this argument and then give your own opinion.


Alcohol abuse is becoming more and more common in many countries.  

What are some of the problems associated with alcohol abuse, and what are some of the possible solutions?  


Rephrase question


(how much agree/disagree)

Rephrase question  

This essay discusses [both sides + opinion]

Rephrase question  

This essay discusses [problem and solution]  


reason 1

reason 2  

reason 3/concession

Side 1 advantages  


Side 2 advantages

Note: keep your own self “I think” and opinion out of the body. It is only about what people in general may think.  



  Final paragraph





State that both are important/has merits

State which one is more important/better

Summary of problems and solutions (rephrased)