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BAND NINE SAMPLE ESSAYS

If you’re preparing for the IELTS exam, you should be paying attention to band nine sample essays. These can be a valuable resource in multiple ways. You can:

  • Look at how the essays answer the structure.
  • Explore the structure of the essays.
  • Take the best of the vocabulary and use it yourself.
  • Find useful grammar structures.

If you’re looking for model answers, you’re in the right place. On this page, you can find a list of model answers written by an experienced IELTS tutor which are packed with the best practices in vocabulary, grammar and essay structure.

Why you should trust these essays

While it’s important to look for band nine IELTS essays, it’s not always easy to find them. Anyone can write an essay, post it to a website and call it a band nine essay sample. As a result, some students end up copying fairly poor examples of IELTS writing. That’s why I put together this page of essays. All of these were written by me, an experienced teacher with a Master’s degree from Oxford University and years of experience with IELTS writing.

If you’d prefer to have these essays in book format, you can. Check out the download page here.

Types of IELTS essay

There are five broad types of essays in task two of the IELTS writing exam. These are:

  • Agree or disagree: Asks you for your opinion on an issue.
  • Both sides and an opinion: Asks you to look at both sides of something and explain what you think about the issue.
  • Problem and solution: Asks you to explain one or more problems with something and some solutions.
  • Two-part question: Asks you two questions.
  • Advantages and disadvantages: Asks you to examine the advantages and disadvantages of something without giving your opinion.

The essays on this page are organised by these five types. I’ve also included all of our task one essays at the start of the list.

Task one essays

Task one essays are quite different in format and execution to task two essays. For task one, you have to explain a diagram of some kind. You have a fewer words and the structure is quite different. You can learn more about these essays in our task one guide. All of our task one essays are collected below.


  • The pie charts below show the online sales for retail sectors in New Zealand in 2003 and 2013. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

    Read this essay.

  • The flow chart below explains how laundry is handled. Describe the process using the information below.

    Read this essay.

  • The graph below shows the population of India and China from the year 2000 to the present day with projections for growth to the year 2050. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

    Read this essay.

  • The diagram below shows the life cycle of a salmon. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

    Read this essay.

  • The maps below show an island in 1980 and as it looks today.  Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

    Read this essay.

  • This chart shows music sales in the United Kingdom by medium. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

    Read this essay.

Agree or Disagree Essays

This type of essay simply asks for your opinion on an issue. The best way to approach these is to give two specific reasons for one point of view. These usually ask you ‘What is your opinion?’ or ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree?’.


  • Some people believe that ambition is a positive character trait. What is your opinion?

    Read this essay.

  • Fast food is increasingly popular in large cities. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of this type of food and give your own opinion.

    Read this essay.

  • Some people believe that a good university degree is a guarantee of a good job. What is your opinion?

    Read this essay.

  • Some people believe that school children should not be given homework. What is your opinion?

    Read this essay.

  • Some people believe that we should knock down historical buildings to make way for more practical new builds. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Read this essay.

  • Many people believe it is better to be self-employed than work for a company. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Read this essay.

  • Some people believe that spending money on experiences is more important than material possessions. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Read this essay.

  • The government should pay money to the parents of very young children, so that one of them can stay at home and look after their children. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    Read this essay.

Both sides and an opinion essays

Both sides and an opinion essays will ask you to compare both sides of an issue as well as give your point of view. Unlike an agree or disagree essay, you should make sure you cover both sides. Typically these will ask you to ‘compare the advantages and disadvantages and disadvantages and give your opinion’ or ‘compare both sides and give your opinion’.


  • Some people believe it is better to vacation in another country while others believe it is best to stay in one’s home country. Compare both sides and give your point of view.

    Read this essay.

  • Some people believe it is good to celebrate a wedding by spending lots of money on a large party while others prefer a small event with family and friends. Compare both sides and give your point of view.

    Read this essay.

  • Some people believe it is important to pay attention to traditional wisdom while others believe people should embrace new ideas. Compare both sides and give your own opinion.

    Read this essay.

  • Some people believe it is better to raise children in a city, while others believe the countryside is better. Compare both points of view and give your own opinion.

    Read this essay.

  • Some people believe it is better for young people to work before attending university. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of this and give your own opinion. 

    Read this essay.

Problem and solution essays

A problem and solution essay will require you to explore the issues caused by something and some ways of fixing those problems. It’s usually best to dedicate two paragraphs to two specific problems and then briefly mention some solution in the conclusion. These questions will almost always contain the words ‘problem’ and ‘solution’, so they should be easy to find.


  • What are the causes of global warming and what can governments do to stop it? 

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  • An increasing number of professionals like teachers and doctors are leaving poorer countries where they grew up to work in richer countries. What are some problems this causes and what are some solutions?

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  • A reliance on cars to get around causes issues in many cities. What are some of these problems and what are some solutions?

    Read this essay.

Two-part question essays

Two-part IELTS questions ask you to answer two questions. This can be a bit intimidating, but actually just requires you to dedicate one body paragraph to each issue. There aren’t any specific phrases that you can use to identify this question type, but it will always be obvious that there are two questions.


  • Despite the health benefits and positive effect on traffic congestion, many people prefer to drive to work than to ride a bicycle. Why is this? What can be done to encourage cycling?

    Read this essay.

  • Students are increasingly interested in learning practical subjects like maths, computing and engineering rather than learning about art and literature. Why is this change happening? What are some benefits of learning about art and literature?

    Read this essay.

  • There are many different types of music in the world today. Why do we need music? Is the traditional music of a country more important than the international music that is heard everywhere nowadays?

    Read this essay.

Advantages and disadvantages essays

These questions only ask you to look at the advantages and disadvantages of something. This makes them easy to confuse with questions that ask you to compare both sides and give your opinion. The structure of these is simple when you know how to identify them. The key thing is to not get them confused with another essay type.


  • In some countries, crimes are punished harshly. What are some advantages and disadvantages of this approach?

    Read this essay.

  • In recent years, more and more people have started going to the cinema on their own rather than with their friends. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach?

    Read this essay.

  • In the last year, many people have had to study online rather than in person. What are some advantages and disadvantages of online study? 

    Read this essay.