Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Concessions are when you say the other side has a point; that is to say, that there is a justification for the opinion contrary to your own.

This writing piece only plays a part in Opinion Essays.

Just be clear, however, you should always choose to write an Argument Essay if you can. These are quicker to plan for and to write, which makes a more efficient use of your time on exam day.

Students worry about the Task 2 questions which state, “What is your opinion?” They think that this requires them to write an Opinion Essay.

Nope! For every opinion that IELTS gives you, even if they state only one opinion, or side, there always exists an opposite opinion. Thus, you can always choose to write an Argument Essay, as long as you clearly state your opinion throughout the essay.

To write a concession, use this structure:

other opinion + reason (+ example) + your opinion + reason + example/detail


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Example of concession:

Some believe that pupils should not be held responsible for completing mandatory volunteer hours, as they already have a great number of demands on their time. Modern students have to carry a heavy academic workload, while planning a future in university and deciding upon a career path. However, I am of the opinion that adding 2-3 hours a week of volunteer work within the community would only serve to clarify their goals. In seeing the world through a broader perspective, they will gain insight into how they can participate in the global community responsibly and decide upon majors that will serve the greater good. For instance, instead of choosing to study Finance in order to selfishly amass personal wealth, they may decide to use this degree to work in an NGO which aids poverty-stricken communities to create local businesses.

The above example would constitute paragraph 3 of an Opinion Essay.

Including a concession such as this would raise your Task Response score.

Now it’s your turn to practice!

How would you write a concession?

Share your ideas in the comments section below!

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