Types of essay question
In this lesson, we look at the different question types that appear in task 2. Enjoy!
Types of essay questions
There are 5 types of essay questions.
‘Agree/ Disagree’ questions give you a statement and ask if you agree with it. You don’t have to write both sides of the argument (but you can if you want). Give your opinion in the introduction (and conclusion) and explain your opinion in the body paragraphs.Teachers should give their students regular tests as more tests will prepare the students better for life after they have left school.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement.
These questions are very similar to ‘Agree/Disagree’ questions. ‘Advantage/ Disadvantage’ questions give you a statement and ask you if the advantages or disadvantages are greater. You don’t have to write about both the advantages and disadvantages (but you can if you want). Give your opinion (and conclusion) in the introduction and explain your opinion in the body paragraphs.
Nowadays many physical retail shops (such as clothing stores) are being replaced by online shops.
Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?
‘Discussion’ questions require you to write about both sides of a debate, and explain which side you agree with. You should give your opinion in the introduction (and conclusion), and have a body paragraph about each side of the argument.Some people think that social networking sites, such as facebook, have improved communication between young people, others think it has made young people less sociable.
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
‘Double questions’ ask you two questions. There are many different questions that you can be asked. It is important that you write a paragraph for each question. One of the questions may ask for your opinion. If it does, write your opinion in the introduction (and conclusion).
Problem + Solution: Nowadays more and more people are moving from rural areas to cities for work opportunities. What kind of problems can this trend cause? What could be done to solve these problems?
Cause + Solution: The rate at which animals are becoming endangered is on the rise. Discuss some possible causes for this trend, and suggest ways that people can change their behaviour to change this trend.
Reasons + Advantages/Disadvantages: Nowadays it is becoming increasingly common for family members to live in different countries which are very far from each other. What are the reasons for this? Do the advantages of this trend outweigh the disadvantages?
Direct questions are not common in IELTS. Remember to answer the question in your introduction and conclusion.
Research into new types of medicine is essential to improve health and deal with disease. Who do you think should fund this research- private companies, individuals, or governments?