Help you identify 2 different question types.
Help you spot irrelevant ideas.
Help you to plan your essay.
Show a model band 9 answer.
QUESTION TYPE 1
Read the following IELTS writing Task 2 question (see the model answer after the exercise).
Companies should provide sports and social facilities for local communities.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
To answer this type of question, you must give your opinion about the topic. If you wish, you may include contrasting opinions but you don’t have to.
Let’s decide if the following ideas are relevant to the IELTS task. Use this interactive activity to select relevant if the idea is directly connected to the task or irrelevant if it is not. When you finish, click ‘Get Score’ to check your answers. If you go an answer wrong, think about why you are wrong. If you are still unsure, you can leave a comment in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we will reply as soon as we can.
ARE THESE IDEAS RELEVANT TO THE TASK?
Our Model Answer
Here is our band 9 model answer. Can you find any of the ideas from the exercise above in this answer?
Companies should provide sports and social facilities for local communities. Open for the model answer.
There is a lot of debate about who should pay for recreational facilities in communities. Although some people believe the business sector should provide these facilities, it is my opinion that this is the role of government.
Some people think that companies should do more to support local communities. By providing sports and social facilities, it is argued that companies can directly benefit communities. Sports facilities will mean the local people are healthier and social facilities will provide meeting places and cultural attractions which will enrich people’s lives. However, it is likely that companies will see this as a way to advertise and may build facilities simply to improve the image of their brand.
Personally, I believe that the government should be responsible for providing recreational facilities. If they are provided by the government, facilities can be advertising free, aimed solely at improving life in the community. Taxes on businesses could be used to fund these facilities, but the building and maintenance should be carried out by the government. All local businesses could be taxed, which would be more effective than just a few companies providing facilities. This solution provides facilities that will improve the community and are paid for by the business sector.
In conclusion, it is important that public facilities remain advertising free and so I believe it is better for the government to provide recreational facilities which could be funded by taxes on businesses. Before the government decides what to build in each area, local communities must be consulted to see what they really need and want.
QUESTION TYPE 2
Now let’s see if you can do the same with a different question type. Read the following IELTS writing task 2 question.
Some people believe that public health is the responsibility of the government while others think that people should be responsible for their own health.
Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
Decide if the following ideas are relevant to the question above.
ARE THESE IDEAS RELEVANT TO THE TASK?
Brainstorm ideas and plan the structure of your essay – 5 to 10 minutes.
For each main idea you think of, make sure you think of supporting ideas and evidence to include. People who don’t brainstorm and plan generally write bad essays.
Write the essay – 20 to 30 minutes.
You have your structure and ideas ready from step 1 so this shouldn’t take too long to do.
Check for errors – 5 to 10 minutes.
Check for punctuation, spelling and grammar errors.
Use this timer to practice.
A new lesson guides you through the steps to write a complete essay, based on the task below:
‘A person’s worth nowadays seems to be judged according to social status and material possessions. Old-fashioned values, such as honour, kindness and trust, no longer seem important.’
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?