Tips to write a 9 Band Essay | Ielts writing band 7+ Tips

Tips to write a 9 Band Essay | Ielts writing band 7+ Tips

There are different types of essays. Mentioned below are the various types of essays and how to write a 9 band essay. First of all one has to understand the question. Then do a brain storming to develop the ideas for the essay. Once the planning is completed then start writing the essay as discussed below.

1. Opinion essays

a) Opinion 1 – Agree/Disagree.

b) Opinion 2 – ls this a positive or negative development.

c) Opinion 3 -Are the advantages more than the disadvantages.

2. Discussion essays

3. Advantage and disadvantage essays

4. Problem and solution essays

5. Direct question essays (some might be two part questions)

Some important things to note

1. Contractions are not allowed (he’s, she’s, can’t, won’t).

2. Don’t use informal language. However, you are writing for an educated non-specialist audience. Therefore, your language does not need to be as formal as that of university essays.

3. Always paraphrase or use synonyms when possible. Never copy the topic while writing the introduction.

4. Avoid using templates or memorized items for intro. Such templates can take a person from 4 to 5 or 5.5, but if your aim is 6 or above, these templates cannot help you. A simple but original introduction befitting the question asked will be better.

5. No clichés. For example, instead of writing ‘every coin has two sides’, it is better to write ‘every argument has two sides’.

6. lt is good to write complex sentences, but if the examiner has to read your sentence again to see what you mean, then it goes against you. So, write complex but clearly understood sentences. Avoid too long sentences.

7. ln most cases you are expected to give your opinion. You may also have to include your life experience and relevant examples to support your opinion.

8. The topics of the IELTS writing questions are supposed to be of general interest, and they claim that no specialist knowledge is required. But it would be worthwhile to go through points of topics like telecommuting, gap year, genetically modified foods, globalization, rote learning, and many more. I believe that if you don’t have ideas, even the best of language skills will not help you achieve your desired score. ldeas for some 1OO such topics have been included in the speaking book, which is recommended along with this book for IELTS Coaching.

9. Do not copy whole sentences or long phrases from the question. The examiner will recognize them, and they will not count towards your minimum number of words you must write.

10. The introduction should be approximately 35-50 words long. lt is unnecessary for you to write a long introduction because it is the body that you need to focus on.

Opinion essay

General information

An opinion essay is a formal academic essay, which requires you to state your opinion (usually “agree or disagree”) on a given topic. You need to provide reasons and supporting details to convince the examiner of your answer.

There are 2 common approaches to write an opinion essay: 1 sided and balanced.

One-sided approach

# A one-sided essay is an essay where your opinion is completely inclined to only one side of the argument, which means you either completely agree or completely disagree with the issue given in the topic.

# Always give 2 to 3 reasons to support your opinion, each of which must be analyzed and supported by specific details in each of the two or three paragraphs in the body.

# You can also give two reasons to support your opinion, and the third paragraph can contain the opponents’ opinion with your refutation. ln either case it will be a totally agree or disagree essay.

Let’s see the complete structure of the one-sided opinion essay.

Body:

Introduction

• Sentence  1: Paraphrase   the  background  information   given in  the  topic

• Sentence  2:  State whether you completely agree or disagree with the issue.

First body paragraph:

Sentence 1: The topic sentence (your 1st idea) 

Sentence 2-5/6: Give SPECIFIC examples or explanations to support the idea

Second body paragraph:

Sentence 1: The topic sentence (your 2nd idea) .

Sentence 2-5/6: Give SPECIFIC examples or explanations to support the idea

Third body paragraph: (optional)

Sentence 1: The topic sentence (your 3’d idea) OR the opponents view

Sentence 2-5/6: Give SPECIFIC examples or explanations to support the arguments of opposite view and then refute with your view idea OR Give

Conclusion:

Restate your opinion that you completely agree or completely disagree with the issue given in the question

Balanced Opinion Essay

General information

  • A balanced essay is an essay where you are inclined to one side of the argument but you do not deny the other side, which means you partly agree or partly disagree with the issue given in the topic.
  • BUT – Never sit on the fence,
  • Even if you accept that there are 2 sides of the argument, you still need to choose which one you would agree more.
  • You need to analyze both sides of the issue and state which side you are in favor of at the same time.
  • There are 2 places where you need to give you opinion: the intro, and the conclusion.

Let’s see the complete structure of a balanced opinion essay.

Introduction:

Sentence 1: Paraphrase the background information given in the topic

Sentence 2: State that you partially agree or disagree with the issue. You can also say that you are more inclined on one side.

Body:

First body paragraph:

Sentence 1: The topic sentence (your 1″ idea) .

Sentence 2-5/6: Give SPECIFIC examples or explanations to support the idea

Second body paragraph:

Sentence 1: The topic sentence (your 2nd idea)

Sentence 2-5/6: Give SPECIFIC examples or explanations to support the idea

Third body porogroph: (Optionol)

Sentence 1: Your idea of the other view. But you can again say that you are more in favor of the first view even if this point also holds some water.

Conclusion

Restate your opinion that although both sides of the issue have solid arguments, which you agree upon, the arguments of one side are definitely more overpowering than the other

Discussion essay

General  information

Discussion essay is a formal academic essay where you are asked to discuss 2 sides of a given argument.   The task may or may not ask for your opinion on the issue,  only give your opinion if the task requires so.  Try to find  2 ideas for each side of the argument.

Let’s  see the complete structure  of a discussion  essay:

Introduction

• Sentence  1: Paraphrase   the  background  information   given in  the  topic

• Sentence  2:  Write  a thesis statement   saying that  you will  discuss   both  sides of the  argument

Body

First paragraph: the first  side of the  argument

• Sentence   1: the  topic  sentence

• Sentence  2-5/6:  Give   2 reasons   and  use SPECIFIC  examples   and  explanations    to  support those  reasons

Second paragraph: The second side of the argument.

• Sentence  1: the  topic  sentence

• Sentence  2-5/6:   give  2  reasons   and  use SPECIFIC     examples     and  explanations  to  support those  reasons

 Conclusion: The restatement: restate  your  opinion          

IMPORTANT: A discussion essay versus a balanced opinion essay

A lot of people have a difficult time differentiating between these 2 particular types of the essay  since both of them require students to present 2 sides of the given argument with the same way of writing. However,   the difference is that in a balanced opinion essay,  you have to write about   WHAT  YOU THINK,  whereas, in a discussion essay you have to write about WHAT  OTHER PEOPLE THINK.  This means there is a difference in the proper language you can use in each type.

In a balanced  opinion   essay

• You can use phrases to express your own opinion like “I think”,   “I  believe”, “I agree” wherever you want.

• You can give examples  of your  own  knowledge   or experiences  such  as your family, your

friends  or a particular  event you participated   in to support  your  ideas In  a discussion   essay

• You can use the typical  language for  a discussion   to express other  people’s opinion  such as “people  think”,  “people  believe”,  “it  is  believed/considered”

• You can NOT give examples of your  own knowledge or experiences.

Advantage & Disadvantage Essays

General information

Basically,   an advantage/disadvantage essay is a discussion essay that asks you to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a given issue,  for example, the advantages and disadvantages of using public transport. Do NOT give any opinions if you are not asked to.  Divide your body into 2 separate paragraphs, each of which develops either the advantages or disadvantages of the given issue.

Let’s see the complete structure of advantages & disadvantages essay:

Introduction

•    Sentence L; Paraphrase the background information given in the topic

•    Sentence 2: Answer the question

Body

First paragraph:

•    Sentence 1: The topic sentence (advantages or disadvantages)

•    Sentence 2-5/6: 2 advantages or disadvantages

Second paragraph:

•    Sentence 1: The topic sentence (advantages or disadvantages)

•    Sentence 2-5/6: 2 advantages or disadvantages

Third paragraph: optional (but on the same lines)

Conclusion: The restatement:  Restate your answer

Note: If the task asks for your opinion or your favorable side then state your opinion

Problem/Solution or Cause  Effect Essays

General information

Such essays ask you to discuss the causes   and solutions/effects of a given  issue. For example the causes and solutions/effects of overpopulation. DO NOT give any opinions if you are not asked to.

Your cause & effect/solution essays would be structured as follows:

Introduction

•     Sentence   1:  Paraphrase the background information   given in the topic

•     Sentence   2: Answer the question

Body

Firstparagraph:

•     Sentence  1:  The topic  sentence  (the  causes of the given  issue)

•     Sentence   2-5/6:  Explain   in detail   2 causes

Second paragraph:

•   Sentence  1: The topic  sentence   (the effects  or solutions  of the  given issue)

•   Sentence   2-5/6:   Explain   in detail   2 effects/solutions

Thirdparagraph: (Optional)

•  You  can add a third paragraph  at the appropriate place. If the causes are  more  then  you need  to  add it as paragraph number  2, and the solutions or effects  will be at  number  3.  If the effects or solutions are more,  you can add it at number  3.

Conclusion: The restatement:   Restate your answer

Another way to handle a problem/solution essay:

•     Make each body paragraph  with  a  problem  and its solution.

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