Question Types: IELTS Writing Part 2

This is the second time I posted Writing material in IELTS term. By reading several IELTS Writing materials in internet or books. Here are my resume about Writing question types.

– Asking us to write our position: Usually this question will begin by two counter-arguments which is sometimes both of them make sense to you *cry*. It is alright, there is no penalty of choosing one argument you can either choose agree/disagree or positive/negative or beneficial/detrimental. You can also choose partly agree which is you only agree of half statement of those arguments. From all of my books said that the examiner doesn’t care about your position, he/she is more paying attention to your sentence support and your balance ideas. Few books said that better if we write both side with different proportion. For example, I chose Agree and my supporting ideas should support why I chose Agree and add only few sentence about Disagree one just for showing that your mind is balance between two contradict statements. Books give the term to this writing type is Mature Writing.

Example of this type:

  • Although countries with long average working hours are economically successful, this often has some negative social consequences. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  • Although tourism is a very profitable business, it can have a damaging effect on local communities.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  • Being a father should be emphasized as much as being a mother. The idea that women are only responsible for deciding whether or not to have babies leads on to the idea that they are responsible for bringing the children up.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree?

– Asking us to discuss both side: Similar to previous type, this is usually started by two sentences that contradict each other. But the proportion of each position will exactly same, you may have a preference but you shouldn’t create a new paragraph to write your opinion. You still can write your feelings opinion in thesis statement or conclusion with minor attention because the biggest attention will be given to how you write equal proportion towards those two statements.

Example of this type:

  • Some people think that paying taxes is enough to contribute to society. Others argue that being a citizen involves more responsibilities. Discuss.
  • Many people nowadays leave their county to work abroad and take their family with them. What are the advantages and disadvantages in terms of family development?
  • Should arts-related entertainment venues such as museums and art galleries be free of charge for the general public, or should a charge apply for admittance? Discuss this issue.

– Asking us to propose solutions to the given problems: The question state the condition of the problem and then they ask your solution towards it. All of my tutors said that I shouldn’t think too much about it because my answer wouldn’t count as one point or be delivered into ministry to be implemented -even though I never think it too deep- >.<
The most difficult to this question type is making a thesis statement, because all of your writing is all your opinion and you have no choice to select or prefer. One source said that we can re-write the question and admit that the problem does exist, please be careful when you rephrase it because if you select the same words then your words will not be counted as a part of 250 minimum words.

Example of this type:

  • A recent survey has shown that people of all ages are losing the ability to perform basic practical tasks and processes at work. What do you think are the main causes of this? What solutions can you suggest?
  • Private car ownership has grown dramatically in recent years. This has led to a rise in traffic congestion. What could governments and individuals do to reduce congestion?
  • In some countries privately owned transport systems have a poor safety record. Yet it is governments who have the ultimate responsibility for public safety. How can governments ensure that private transport companies do not neglect safety regulations?

– The last category is miscellaneous :)) because sometimes there is a question that different from those three types above. The question that belong to this part is two-question, cause and effect, how far is the effect and every question that can not be precisely and simply categorized into the other three types. All you need to do is just answering the question as they asked to and organize it into paragraphs. Sounds so easy, but I know how hard it is to do 😀

Example of this type:

  • Many universities charge higher fees for foreign students. Why do they do this? Do you believe that it is fair? 
  • In some countries people pay different rates of tax depending on their salary, in other countries everyone pays the same rate. Which do you believe is the best system?
  • Do you believe that experimentation on animals for scientific purposes is justified? Are there any alternatives to animal experimentation?

For additional information, in the second part of writing, there are four sections will be graded and the most important portion is TR (Task Response). Despite of your excellence in Grammar, Vocabulary and Paragraph Structure, the precision of your Task Response is held the biggest percentage. It is quite different with speaking because there is no Task Response in speaking.

Anyway you still can find another opinion about how they categorized IELTS Writing Part 2,
Lets fight for it! Best luck wishes for you all who are going to take IELTS wherever you are 🙂

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