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IELTS Essay - An effective strategy

The following sample essay is an example of an Agree/Disagree essay. The technique I use in this essay can also be used to answer a TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU AGREE essay.

The technique is to write about BOTH SIDES of a question, focusing on the GOOD points of the side you support and the NEGATIVE points of the side you go against. This way you accomplish the following:

1) You address all parts of the question

2) You express an opinion

3) Your opinion is clear throughout the essay

This will give you a high band score for TASK Achievement and Coherence if you organize your paragraphs logically as in my sample.

Question: Is it justifiable for any government to spend large amounts of money on space exploration when so many people are starving to death around the world, and others live in poor conditions?

In this essay sample, I decided to FULLY support the idea that the cost of space travel is justified.

I wrote about BOTH the value of space exploration AND the importance of assisting people in need. However, I point out some of the problems of helping those in need, while I focus on the benefits of space exploration. This supports my opinion and makes my opinion clear throughout the essay.

The opinion is directly expressed in the last sentence of the INTRO, first sentence of each body paragraph AND the entire conclusion and supported in the body paragraphs.

SAMPLE

Even in the 21st Century, with all the advances in modern technology, logistics, agriculture and transportation, there are still many people who go to bed hungry at night. Meanwhile, some countries spend enormous amounts of money on space exploration. Some critics may claim that this money would be much better spent feeding the hungry people of the world. In my opinion, however, the cost of space exploration is justifiable for the following reasons.

Firstly, although it is an important goal to assist people dying of starvation, current methods of providing aid to the hungry are often ineffective due to inefficiency and corruption. Admittedly, some international aid funding is helpful in certain cases such as disaster relief, but a large portion of the money never reaches the victims it is supposed to help. In many poor African countries, for example, the money intended for the hungry is taken by corrupt government officials and wasted by inefficient aid organizations.

Secondly, the funding spent on space exploration has, and will continue, to bring benefits to all humanity. Satellite communication, for example, used for cell phones, cable TV and the Internet would not be possible if it weren’t for technology developed in the space program. Furthermore, space exploration may bring about benefits that we cannot yet imagine. At the current time, with our increasingly poisoned environment, the colonization of space may one day be our salvation.

In brief, I believe that the cost of space exploration is justified due to current and potential future benefits. Therefore, I believe that the money used to help the poor should come from other sources, such as a reduction in military expenditures. Indeed, the fact that our planet is being slowly destroyed today shows that space exploration may one day prove vital to the survival of the human race.

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