Give the monkey his banana

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The most important rule in IELTS

What does this mean?

Answer the correct question. Do not do anything else.

Answer the whole question… not half of it.

For example, if the question asks you to discuss the advantages and disadvantages, then do that. Don’t just choose advantages and put a little bit about disadvantages somewhere. Do an essay that has an introduction, two body paragraphs of roughly equal length, one on advantages and one on disadvantages. Then do a short conclusion.

Easy, right?

If you do anything else, then you won’t be giving the monkey his banana. The IELTS monkey is a strange and pedantic beast and knows what it wants.

If you are asked: To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement, then answer that question in the introduction. There are only six possible answers:

I agree with this view completely.

I disagree with this view completely.

I agree with this view for the most part.

I disagree with this view for the most part.

I agree with this view to some extent.

I disagree with this view to some extent.

The first two answers will have a one-sided essay whilst the last four will have a two-sided essay.

 

The last sentence of your introduction might read like this:

This essay will discuss why I disagree with this view for the most part. 

Tomorrow: An example of some of these kinds of essays.

© Nichola Ryan IELTS NSW 2017 all rights reserved

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