Different Types of IELTS Essays

Different Types of IELTS Essays

Learn the different types of essay questions in the IELTS test, so that you can respond better to the questions and structure your essays better. This will increase your score for task response and cohesion and coherence.

I have six different structures to fit the six different types of questions that you’re likely to encounter in your IELTS writing test. You need to learn how to identify and respond to these different types of questions in order to have an ideal response and essay structure. You should visit my website and learn all of these and read my model answer in order to fully understand how to write your essays. If you would like to challenge yourself further you can do the homework tasks to check your understanding and receive feedback on the score you’re likely to receive and how to increase it. Please see the following essay types on my website:

𝗔𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝘆𝘀

𝗢𝘂𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝘆𝘀

𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝘆𝘀

𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗢𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝘆𝘀

𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗢𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝘆

𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝗩𝗶𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗢𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝘆

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23 thoughts on “Different Types of IELTS Essays”

  1. My gratitude to you for all you have done for many years with your dedication and real commitment to help and support your students. ❤⚘

  2. In IELTS essays when we have an opinion like “somewhat agree” … When we go on to the reasons why we disagree… We are making a concession.
    Essentially we are conceding that there is another side to the argument. 
    So this occurs in your 3rd paragraph of task 7 when you start to mention the value of technology.

    I’m not a big fan of concessions… On the whole most people don’t write them well and it lowers their score. So on the whole against concessions for this reason… But let me now make a concession against this. However,  If someone is able to write them well it could result in a higher score and it could be something that help someone get to 8 or 9 for task response.

    If you must get to 8 you can consider writing them. You can also consider writing them for practice. But for someone who only need 7 I would only be writing a concession if I could not think of 2 reasons to totally agree or disagree… In this situation you might have to have one reason to agree ond one reason to disagree

  3. Hi Mike, I am really suffering with variety of vocabulary for writing essay, can you guide which exact sourse i can use for essays.

  4. Hi Mike,

    I love your work!

    For questions such as “Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages” what question type is this? I felt lost when I stumbled on this question type in my last IELST for which I had a 6 in writing but 8+ in other sections, quite a bummer! Thank you!

  5. Hi Mike,
    Can you suggest of which type below essays are?

    In some countries, secondary schools aim to provide a general education across a range of subjects. In others, children focus on a narrow range of subjects related to a particular career. For today’s world, which system is appropriate?

    Many newspapers and magazines feature stories about the private lives of famous people. We know what they eat, where they buy their clothes and who they love. We also often see pictures of them in private situations. Is it appropriate for a magazine or newspaper to give this kind of private information about people?

  6. Hi Mike,
    For the below two questions do we need to take one side completely or can we take partial stand. In other words how are these different from the essay type ‘to what extant do you agree or disagree?’

    1. It is better for children if the whole families are involved in the children’s upbringing, rather than
    their fathers and mothers only. Give your opinion?

    2. Some people believe that unpaid community service should be compulsory part of high school programs.
    Do you agree or disagree?


    • All three questions are essentially asking the same thing.
      the only real difference is that “to what extent do you agree or disagree”
      requires that you not only say whether you agree or disagree but also how much.
      With the other two questions, you don’t necessarily have to say how much you agree or disagree,
      but I would still recommend it because it makes for a clearer opinion.
      You can see how I write this type of essay here: https://www.ieltsanswers.com/ielts-opinion-essay.html

  7. Dear Mike

    I am student from Afghanistan , I would really like to take IELTS .
    I need your kindness help . Please give me a hand for passing this exams.
    I will appreciate respectfully.

  8. Dear Mike ,
    Could you please point out what task type is (is this negative or positive development) ? and what structure should be followed in response to that kind of questions?

      • Hi Mr. Mike,
        Could you please tell me what is the type of those questions because I am confused
        1) do you think this is more advantageous or more disadvantageous ?
        2)do you think it has more positive or negative effects?
        is this an opinion essay or discussion+ opinion

        • Sara, I suggest you
          1. write using an opinion format
          2. write in 3rd person and not 1st “I believe the merits outweigh the drawbacks” = “the merits outweigh the drawbacks”


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