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Questions from August till December 2018

Jan 31, 2019 / Previous exam questions: Writing task 2 / 12:22 am

  •  Some people think that new technologies benefit the life of the workers, whereas others deny the statement. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  •  Scientists agree that many people are eating too much junk food and it is damaging  their health. Some think that these problems can be solved by educating people against this. Other people believe that education will not work.
    Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.
  •  Some people think that companies and private individuals should pay to clean up the pollution that they produce,  and it is not the government’s work. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  •  As more and more students enter universities, academic qualifications are becoming devalued. To get ahead in many professions, more than one degree is now required and in future, it is likely that people will take a number of degree courses before even starting work and this is an undesirable situation. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  •  Many people are involved in sports when they are young but they stop their involvement once they are adults. Why do many adults stop doing physical exercise? What can be done about this problem?
  •  Some people think that it is a good idea for all employees in an organization to wear a uniform at work. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  •  Some people think that new technology  improves the standards of the workers. Others believe that it results in disadvantages for workers. Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.
  •  Some people think that international competitive sports such as football can bring conflicts between people of different age groups and nationalities. Others think the sport is helping reach understanding between people and nations. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  •  Some people think that only those staff who worked in the company for a long time should be promoted to higher positions. What is your opinion on this? Give reasons and relevant examples for your answer.
  •  Some people think it is more important to spend time in developing a successful career today, while others think it is more important to spend time with friends and family. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  •  The social bond between the young and the old is becoming fragile. What do you think are the reasons behind this? What measures can be taken?
  •   Teachers have more influence on the intelligence and social development of school children than their parents. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  • Many people think that  having more money can make them happier. Do you think this is true? Why? How important is money to happiness?.
  •  Some people say that sport is very important for a nation’s development, while others believe that sport is not more than a leisure time activity. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  •  Some people think that children should start school sooner while others believe they should not start it before the age of seven. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  •  Some people argue that competitive sports are good for bringing different people and cultures together. Others argue that these sports can cause problems and increase conflicts between nations. Discuss both points of view and give your own opinion.
  •   It should be made illegal for employers to reject job applications on the basis of age criteria. Do you agree? Why? Give reasons for your answer and include examples from your own experience.
  •  Many young people  change their jobs regularly over the years. What are the reasons for this? Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
  •  Do you agree with the following statement: home schooling protects students from a number of challenges faced by non-home- schooled children?
  •  Distant learning makes it easier for students to balance their everyday lives. Do you agree? Why?
  •  Learning in one’s native tongue yields better school scores than learning in a medium language.
    Do you agree or disagree? Argue your point of view.
  • Our education system is undergoing tremendous changes. Should there be a variety of learning methodologies implemented within the school learning
    curriculum? Why?
  •  In the modern world, it is no longer necessary for the man to use animals for food, clothing or medicine. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include examples from your own experience.
  •  Some businesses observe that new employees who just graduated from a college or university seem to lack interpersonal skills needed for communication with their colleagues. What could be the reason for this? What solutions can help address this problem?
  •  Some people believe that we should start giving formal education to students at a much earlier age, while others think we should wait until the age of 7. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Discuss and give reasons for your answer.
  •  Nowadays in many countries, young people leave rural areas to study or work in cities. What are the reasons for this? Do the benefits of this outweigh the disadvantages?
  •  Some parents believe that reading entertainment books is a waste of time. In their opinion, children should only read serious, educational books. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your own experience.
  •  Nowadays there is a growing trend of private car ownership. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages or environmental problems are associated with this?
  •  Nowadays there are many medical surveys of treatments to reduce health problems. Who should conduct them, governments, individuals or private companies, in your opinion? Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your experience.
  • The international community must act immediately to ensure that all countries reduce their consumption of fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion.
  • Some people think that the only way to judge someone’s success in business is by the amount of money they make. Is this a true indicator of the success of a business and in what other ways could success in a business be measured?
  •  The restoration of old buildings in major cities around the world costs enormous amounts of money. This money would be better spent on providing new housing and road development. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
  •  Employers should give their workers at least one month holiday a year as it makes them to do better at their job. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  •  Some people believe that games such as the Olympic Games do not belong to the 21st century anymore. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Why?
  •  Some people think money is the best gift to give it to youngsters, while others disagree. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.
  •  In the modern world it is possible to shop, work and communicate with people via the internet and live without any face-to-face contact with others. Is it a positive or negative development in your opinion? To what extent do you support this development?
  •  Many university students live with their families, while others live away from home because their universities are in different places. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both situations?
  •  Nowadays many people believe that children should be taught history in schools, however, others argue that children should learn subjects that are more helpful for modern everyday life. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  •  Some parents believe that a child should not waste time by reading entertainment books, instead they should spend time to read educational books only. How far do you agree? Why?
  •  Some people think that young children need to attend nursery before primary school. While others believe young children can spend all day at home. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  • Some people believe school children should be given multiple short vacations, while others believe they should get one long vacation. Give advantages of both and your point of view.
  •  Some people think that the advantages of advertising sports products through famous sports players outweigh the disadvantages. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Why?
  •  In our society, there is far more attention on men’s sport than women’s sport. What are the reasons for this? Do you think that this is positive or negative development? Why?
  •  It has been said that reading for pleasure is better in developing imagination and language skills than watching TV. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Why?
  •  Advertisements are influencing many  in a more negative way than in the past. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Why?
  •  Some people spend a lot of money for their wedding ceremonies. However, others feel like it is unnecessary to spend a lot. Discuss both view points and give your own opinion.
  •  Since traveling abroad became relatively inexpensive, more countries opened their doors for foreign tourists. Is it a positive or negative trend? Why? Give your opinion and include relevant examples.
  •  Many countries consider eighteen year old people  to be adults, while other countries don’t. What do you think about it? Give your opinion and some relevant examples based on your own experience.
  • Today, most people get married and give birth in their thirties rather than when they are younger. Is this a positive or negative development? Why?
  •  Shops should give preference in selling local goods rather than imported goods. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  •  Growing population is a big problem in developing countries. In this situation, should the government provide new homes in the cities or countryside? Why?
  •  Some people think that the media (newspapers) have the right to publish details of people’s private lives, while others think it should be controlled. Discuss both views.
  •  Some people think that activities during the free-time should be planned while others disagree. Discuss both sides and include examples and relevant data from your own experience.
  •  In some countries, an increasing number of people are suffering from health problems as a result of eating too much fast food. It is therefore necessary for governments to impose a higher tax on this kind of food? To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? You should use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence.
  •  Today, more people are overweight than ever before. What in your opinion are the primary causes of this? What measures can be taken to overcome this epidemic?
  •  In most parts of the world people are living longer. What are the possible causes of this situation? Is this a negative or positive development? Why?
  •  Today, the internet and TV have created that chance for ordinary people to become famous. Do you think this is totally a positive development? Why?
  •  Nowadays food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way people’s lives? Give reasons for your answer using your own ideas and experience.
  •  Many people believe the government should spend money on faster public transport. Others think that money should be spent on different aspects of public transportation, such as cost reduction and environment conservation. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  • Some people believe that manufacturers should be responsible for reducing the large amounts of packaging they use. Others say consumers should avoid buying heavily packaged items. Discuss both views and state your opinion. Give reasons for your answer and include examples from your experience.
  •  Some people think that family has the most important influence on children’s development, while others believe that factors such as TV, friends, music and books have a more significant impact. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  •  Some people think that the only way to relax is rest or sleep, while others say people need to do exercise or sport to relax. Discuss both view points and give your own opinion.
  •  Some parents and teachers think that children’s behavior should be strictly controlled. While some think that children should be free to behave. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.
  •  In many countries, day by day rubbish (garbage) is increasing. Why is it happening? What can be done to prevent this?
  •  Some people see shopping as a leisure activity mostly for young adults, while others disagree. Do you think this has a positive or negative effect on economic development? Give your opinion and include relevant examples.
  •  Shopping has become a favorite pastime among young people. What do you think it is like that? Do you think they must be encouraged to do other things rather than shopping?
  •  Some people think that the main factors influencing a child’s development these days are things such as television, friends, and music. Others believe that the family still remains more important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  •  Food travels thousands of miles from producers to consumers. Some people think that it would be better for the environment and economy if people only ate the local food produced by farmers. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Why?
  •  Some people argue that the fittest, strongest individuals and teams can achieve the greatest success in sports. But other people think that success is as much related to mental attitude. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  •  Some people believe it is important to give gifts and presents to friends and family to show that we care about them. Others think that there are better ways to show affection to them. Discuss both the views and give your own opinion.
  •  People are living in a ‘throwaway society’, using things for a short time and then throwing them away. What are the causes of this? What problems does it lead to?
  • Nowadays children  spend time mostly playing computer games rather than sports. What are the reasons for this? Is it a positive or a negative development?
  •  Many people believe that TV news and media in general have a detrimental effect on our life. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why? Give your own opinion, including relevant examples.
  •  Many famous athletes advertise different products. What are the advantages and disadvantages of it?
  •  Nowadays people try to balance their work with other things in life, but only some could actually achieve it so far. What are the reasons for that? How can we solve this problem?
  • Some people say that online study is the most effective and convenient way to learn. Others believe that online study will never be as effective as learning at school, in person. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  •  Children and teenagers are committing more and more crimes in many countries. Why is this happening? How can we stop or at least reduce youth crime?
  • Some people think subjects taught in school are a waste of time, while others disagree and believe that this type of education is useful for students. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  •  In today’s times internet is making it easy to study online from home. Some prefer online courses to study and they think it is better. Others prefer classroom education. Discuss both views and share your opinion.
  • Successful companies use advertising to make more sales. What can make an advertisement very effective? Do you think this is a bad thing or a good thing for the society?
  •  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.
  •  Some people believe that after hundred years life will be easier for most of people, while the others are unsure. Discuss both these views and give your opinion?
  •  The media is increasing interest in famous people who have ordinary backgrounds. Why do you think people are interested in the lives of famous people? Do you think this is a good thing?
  •  Some people prefer activities and lifestyle in hot climates while others prefer activities and lifestyle in cold climate. Discuss both preferences and state your opinion on this difference.
  •  Online education and training is becoming increasingly popular in the business world. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?
  •  More and more parents are allowing their children to play on computers and tablets as they think that children should learn technology skills. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?