Single-Sex Schools Vs Mixed Schools

Learn useful ideas to talk about the advantages or single-sex and mixed sex schools. This topic can appear in IELTS writing task 2:

Some people think that children perform better in a single-sex school compared to a mixed school. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Single-Sex and Co-educational Schools

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  1. Hi Liz,

    your lessons are helpful. Thank you.
    I want to know if I can attempt Writing task 2 before task 1?!

    Kind Regards

  2. Hii Liz ,

    You are as pretty as a picture .😍😚👌😉

    I want to know that most people consider when we use ” I or we ” words in our essay ,it reduce band scores . Is it right ?

    • You must use “I” or “my” when giving your own personal opinion in an essay – there isn’t any other way to present your view in the English language except by using those words. The pronoun “we” is optional. There are not fixed rules about using pronouns, just advice and recommendations.

  3. People are divided into who think that children in single -gender school do better than children in mixed school ,and who think the oppsite is right .

    Please what about my intro

  4. hi,liz

    can you decide which side are you prefer to ? and why ?

  5. Hi liz,
    I am really grateful for your support and hard work.I am confused with a statement of writing task 2 please can you tell me is it direct question type essay or opinion essay?

    Some people think that universities shoul provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace.others think that the true function of a university should be to give access to knowledge for its own sake,regardless of wether the course is useful to an employer.
    What,in your opinion,should be the main function of a university?

    Thanks in advance.

  6. Hello Liz,
    In a Solution Essay, if the requirement only asks for the solutions and not the causes then is it fine to mention the causes anyway or should we stick to the solution only. I ask this because if in case we are not having enough points for solutions how should we meet the word count requirement.
    Your advice and tips on this would be highly appreciated. Thank you

  7. Hi Liz

    Your blog is awesome. Thanks for the amazing videos, tips and notes.
    I have to ask you that in this video you have explained the advantages of single sex and mixed schools but how we will address the question “to what extent do you agree or disagree?”


  8. Karan Gehlot says


    First of all, your blog is awesome. It has helped a lot.
    The only thing I am concerned with is speaking as in speaking Part 2 I find it very difficult to speak for 2 minutes, I get short of ideas, words.
    Alongside, I am facing problem in reading as well as I have tried all the methods and used all essential tips regard to reading which are given on your blog but I am still not able to improve my score. It usually comes 23-25.

    My IELTS exam is on March 19, 2016. Kindly help me.

  9. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for this wonderful lessons and tips, I’m learning alot from your blog. I just want to ask a question that rose while I was reading the comments.
    Q: What’s the problem in adding personal experience as examples? I mean, would this type of writing would be not appropriate to get a high bad score?
    Let’s say that I disagree with the prompt. Is it bad to present it like this?
    BP1: I would mention the reason 1, and then give further details on it, after that I would present an example based on real experience-For example saying : when I was in single or mixed, I did experience this, or students were not good at this or were bad at that. Dont you believe in this way I would extend the word count very easily, and give more coherent to the text?
    BP2: I do the same as BP1.
    Conclusion: I would just rephrase it, and just mention the two reason why I disagree.
    Leave me an answer as soon as you have time please.
    Best regards,

  10. Ruben james says

    Hi Liz,
    With tasks with the question “on what degree do you agree or disagree”, is it advisable to do a comparison with the opposing topics or is it better to just elaborate further on your stand?

  11. some parents believe that their children will achieve and concentrate better in single gender schools in comparison to co- educational schools. In my opinion, there are several advantages for the two types of schools, but I think that the co-educational schools are more beneficial.
    hi LIZ
    what do you think about this introduction

  12. Hi Liz,

    I came across an IELTS essay question that asks examinees to discuss both views on single-sex and co-ed schools, and then give our opinion on what is better between them. In answering these types of questions, what format do you suggest? Do we have to write a conclusion? I usually follow this format: Intro, view 1, view 2, and then my opinion. I do not write any conclusion.

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