The 6 Types of Questions

Shay Singh
A free video tutorial from Shay Singh
IELTS Instructor at Mastership
4.5 instructor rating • 5 courses • 10,830 students

Learn more from the full course

IELTS Writing Task 2 [MASTERCLASS]: Get Band 7+

Complete step-by-step preparation guaranteed to get you Band 7+ on your Task 2 essay (for Academic and General IELTS)

10:48:48 of on-demand video • Updated October 2019

  • Approach any topic or question type in IELTS Writing Task 2
  • Structure your essay according to band 7+ requirements by thinking like an IELTS examiner
  • Manage IELTS Task 2 time constraints calmly and effectively
  • Use a vast array of vocabulary (use our interactive vocab list) to boost your Lexical Resource score
  • Link ideas with connective devices and logical progression to boost your score in Coherence and Cohesion
  • Use grammatical structures that will improve your score in Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Outline and plan your essay the right way for maximum efficiency
  • Write high-scoring body paragraphs with well-developed ideas and arguments
  • Write high-quality introductions and conclusions quickly and efficiently
  • Learn everything step-by-step with many practice questions and PDF resources
English [Auto] In this video I'm going to show you the six different types of questions that you're going to see on the writing task too. So let's get right into it. The first type of question that you can expect to see is the Agree Disagree question. In this question what you have to do is you have to agree or disagree with a certain point of view. For example this question says some people believe that unpaid community service should be compulsory part of high school programs. For example working for a charity. Improving the neighborhood or teaching sports to younger children. To what extent do you agree or disagree now. Just like every other writing has to question you have to give reasons for your answer. And you have to support your reasoning to do this. You can include relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience as you should already know by now. You have to write at least two hundred and fifty words in your essay. So how do you know if a question is an agreed disagree question. Well that's quite simple. You're going to see that the question asks you to agree or disagree. That's how you can identify this type of question. One thing to keep in mind about this type of question is this question says To what extent do you agree or disagree. This means that your opinion is required. The question is asking you the extent to which you agree or disagree. So you must express your opinion and you're also allowed to express it strongly if you want because the word extend gives you permission to express a strong opinion. Now this is what I want you to note about the. Agree or disagree. Question It is best if you simply choose one side do not try to discuss both sides and do not try to justify both sides. As you'll soon see there are certain questions in which you are required to discuss both sides. But this is not one of those questions. It is possible to write a partly agreed essay. It is possible to do that you can partly agree with a certain point of view or partly disagree with a certain point of view. However I don't recommend that you do this because when most students write a partly agreed essay it often ends up turning into a discuss both sides essay and we do not want to do that. That is not what this question is about. So my recommendation to you is to simply choose one side and make it simple for yourself. Simplify the question and just talk about one side and later down the road. When you see me answer this type of question I will only focus on answering this type of question by choosing one side. OK now let's take a look at the next type of question. The advantage and disadvantage questions are also very common on the health exams in such questions. You're going to be provided with a basic premise. This is the basic argument of the topic in this case. This is what a question says some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages so the first thing to note about this question is that whenever you see words such as advantages and disadvantages that's how you can identify this type of question. The next thing to keep in mind is that similar to the agree or disagree question here you also have to choose one side only. This is not a discussed both sides. QUESTION The question does not say discuss both the advantages and disadvantages. OK so you have to choose one side and only focus on the one side note that the question also does not ask you for your opinion. The question does not say what do you think. So for this reason you should not state your opinion. It is not required so all you need to do is simply discuss the facts give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. The third type of question that you can see is the problem solution question here. You're presented with a problem and the question is asking you what do you think are the causes of these problems and what measures could be taken to solve them. So when the question asks you about the causes of the problems and what can be done to solve them you can easily identify this as a problem solution. Question The next thing to note about this question is that it is asking you what do you think this means that your opinion is required but you don't have to strongly express it. Notice that the question does not say to what extent do you think it's also not really asking you for your opinion. It's simply asking you to speculate the problem and the solutions. So you have to express your opinion but you should not strongly express it. Now the fourth type of question that you can see is the discussed opinion question these questions are easy to identify because the question says to discuss both these views and give your opinion. That's how you know that this is a discussed opinion question. So let's take a look at this example. Some people say that the best way to improve public health is by increasing the number of sports facilities. Others however say that this would have little effect on public health and that other measures are required. So what you have to do in this type of question is you have to discuss both these arguments and you have to also discuss your own opinion. Now take note that the question says give your own opinion. This means that your opinion is required and you are also allowed to strongly express it because this is your own opinion. So if you want to strongly express it that's totally fine. The other thing to note is that this question says that you have to discuss both these views. This means that it is ok to agree with one side or both sides. So unlike the Agree Disagree question and unlike the advantage disadvantage question here you can agree with just one side or both sides. You are free to choose but regardless of whether you agree with one side or both sides you still have to discuss both these views. Finally a quick little note if you favor one side more than what you have to do in this type of question is you have to insert your opinion in the body paragraph that you favor or agree with. We're going to cover how to answer each and every single one of these question types in a lot more detail in the future videos. This is just a quick overview of the different types of questions. Now let's look at our next question. The next type of question is the opinion question. So here the question says some people claim that not enough of the waste from homes is recycled. They say that the only way to increase recycling is for governments to make it a legal requirement. To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste here. You're simply required to express your opinion it says To what extent do you think. And that's how you know that this is an opinion question. And this phrase also tells you that your opinion is required. This is an opinion question after all you have to express your opinion and you are allowed to strongly express it. The question says To what extent. So this gives you permission to strongly express your opinion. I want you to note that for this type of question it is best to simply pick one side and express it strongly because it's easier and safer. Now let's move on to our final type of question. This is the two part question in this question. You have two different parts. That's how you can easily identify this type of question. The first part says in what ways has technology affected the types of relationships people make. The second part of the question is Has this become a positive or negative development. So in this type of question you have to discuss both aspects of the discussion. Take note that this question does not ask you for your opinion. So you should not state your opinion since it is not required. So that brings us to the end of this video. You now have a basic understanding of the different types of questions that you can expect to see on the writing task to in the next video I'll show you how you can get a high score.