Learn the DIFFERENT TYPES of ESSAY questions in the IELTS test, so that you can respond better to the questions and structure your essays better. This will increase your score for task response and cohesion and coherence.

Watch the video and then try to categorise the questions below as:

   O   = opinion essay
BSO = both sides and opinion essay
2Q  = two question essay


1. In many countries, very few young people read newspapers or follow the news on TV.
What do you think are the causes of this?
What are some ways to encourage young people to read newspapers?

2.Many people believe that formal “pen and paper” examinations are not the best method of assessing educational achievement. Others believe formal examinations are the most efficient way to assess students.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

3.Some people choose to eat no meat or fish. They believe that this is not only better for their own health but also benefits the world as a whole.
To what extent do you agree?

4.Social media is becoming increasingly popular amongst all age groups. However, sharing personal information on social media websites does have risks.
Do you think that the advantages of social media outweigh the disadvantages?

5.Science will soon make people live up to 100 or even 200 years. Some believe this is a good thing while others disagree. 
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

6.These days, many people have their own computer and telephone, so it is quite easy for them to do their job at home.
What are the advantages and disadvantages people get working from home?

7.Many companies use advertisements to increase sales.
Is advertising a good thing or a bad thing for society?

8.More and more people want to buy famous brands of clothes, cars and other items.
What are the reasons? Do you think it is a positive or negative development?

9.Some people believe that residents are responsible for the place where they live to be clean and tidy. Others believe that the government is responsible.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.

10.In many countries, weddings are getting bigger and more expensive than in the past.
Is this a positive or negative development?

1. 2Q  = two question essay
2. BSO = both sides and opinion essay
3.    O   = opinion essay
4.    O   = opinion essay
5. BSO = both sides and opinion essay
6. 2Q  = two question essay
7.   O   = opinion essay
8. 2Q  = two question essay
9. BSO = both sides and opinion essay
10.   O   = opinion essay

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