IELTS Academic Writing Task 2: Advantages / Disadvantages Essay – Structure and template

IELTS Academic Writing Task 2: Advantages / Disadvantages Essay – Structure and template

Questions for this type of IELTS essay might look like this:

Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?
What are the advantages and drawbacks?

Questions for this type of IELTS essay might look like this:

Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?
What are the advantages and drawbacks?

For instance:

Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

HERE WE NEED SYNONYMS:

Advantages – Benefits – Positive Sides

Disadvantages – Drawbacks – Negative Sides

1) If you think that there are more ADVANTAGES:

1§ Introduction: Paraphrase the Task + My Opinion: more benefits (2 SENTENCES)

2§ The first advantage + Explanation + Example

3§ The second advantage + Explanation + Example OR result

4§ One drawback: On the other hand, … + Explanation + Example OR result

5§ Conclusion: sum up the benefits + My Opinion: more benefits (2 SENTENCES)


2) If you think that there are more DISADVANTAGES

1§ Introduction: Paraphrase the Task + My Opinion: more drawbacks (2 SENTENCES)

2§ The first disadvantage + Explanation + Example

3§ The second disadvantage + Explanation + Example OR result

4§ One benefit: On the other hand, … + Explanation + Example OR result

5§ Conclusion: sum up + My Opinion: more drawbacks (2 SENTENCES)


3) If you think that there are ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES at the same time. (Both)

1§ Introduction: Paraphrase the Task + My Opinion: benefits and drawbacks (2 SENTENCES)

2§ The first advantage + Explanation + Example. Moreover, + the second benefit + Explanation + Example. In addition, the third benefit + Explanation + Example.

3§ The first disadvantage + Explanation + Example. Moreover, + the second drawback + Explanation + Example OR result. In addition, the third negative side + Explanation + Example OR result

5§ Conclusion: sum up + My Opinion: benefits and drawbacks (2 SENTENCES)

1) and 2) structures are easier than 3)

BUT this is all individual.

Choose what suits your own ideas best.

ALL 3 OPTIONS OF THE STRUCTURE WORK.