IELTS essay questions for the topic of communication and personality.
Some people fail in school, but end up being successful in life.
Why do you think that is the case?
What is the most important thing to succeed in life? (Reported 2017, GT Test)
Nowadays celebrities are more famous for their glamour and wealth than for their achievements, and this sets a bad example to young people.
To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Reported 2017, Academic Test)
With an increasing population communicating via the internet and text messaging, face to face communication will become a thing of the past.
To what extent do you agree?
More and more businesses as well as individuals are choosing to communicate either professionally or socially using technology rather than being face to face.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using technology for communicating.
Many young children have unsupervised access to the internet and are using the internet to socialise with others. This has can lead to a number of dangerous situations which can be threatening for children.
What problems do children face when going online without parental supervision?
How can these problems be solved?
Some people think that being able to communicate with others online is breaking down geographical barriers and enabling people, who would normally never have the chance to meet, to communicate.
What are the advantages of international communication online?
Are there any disadvantages to this?
With the development of online communication, people will never be alone and will always be able to make new friends.
To what extent do you agree?
Communication through text messaging and other instant forms of online communication are short and basic. Some people think this will be the death of grammar and spelling.
Do you agree or disagree?
Some people think that intelligence is innate while others think that we can improve our intelligence through learning.
Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
Our personalities are predetermined as a result of our genes before we are born and there is nothing that can be done to alter our character traits.
To what extent do you agree?
Many management interviews are based around assessing not only a person’s level of experience and knowledge but also their personality.
Is leadership an innate skill?
What other characteristics do companies look for in a manager?
Some people think that women are generally more peaceful than men as their characters are naturally more nurturing than aggressive.
To what extent do you agree with this?
Reported essay questions are from students who have taken their IELTS test. These questions may vary slightly in wording from the original question.
All Practice IELTS Essay Questions
Writing the title and abstract can be the easiest and most frustrating part of writing a research paper. There are two major things to keep in mind when writing your title and abstract:
- Be clear and concise. You want everyone to know exactly what your paper is about simply by reading the title.
- Write the title, abstract (and introduction) last. This may seem a little strange to a lot of people but it makes the most sense to write them once you understand what you studied, what your results were, and what you want your audience to take away from reading it.
Writing Your Title
The title should describe what you are studying and to what effect. For example, my thesis was called: The Hero Soldier: Portrayals of Soldiers in War Films (You can access it here if you are interested) This title hits all the main points:
What: soldiers as heroes
Where: war ﬁlms
Concept: the way they are portrayed
This covers the basics and only the basics, don’t include your research methods, your results, or your pet’s name (seriously). Hit the main points that people will:
- Be searching for (Google, Library Databases, etc.)
- Catch their attention
- Tell the audience exactly what the study is about
That’s all. I didn’t call my thesis: A Qualitative In-depth Analysis of the Conception of the the Hero as Portrayed by Soldiers in War Films. I could have, because that’s what it is about, but it impedes comprehension. It needs to be to the point and convey exactly what that person will read.
Writing a Good Abstract
Outside the title the abstract is the only place where someone can get a quick overview of your study, think of the title as the abstract-lite, without the conclusions or big words. Basically your abstract should only be a paragraph long (that’s 3-4 sentences MAX!). Don’t ramble on for 15 sentences. There are only a few basic things you need to cover in your abstract:
- What you are studying + why it’s important
- How you are studying it (method)
- What you learned/found/argue and its signiﬁcance
That’s it! The point of an abstract is to summarize your entire paper in a paragraph so someone looking at it can get a brief idea what it is about and determine if they want to keep reading the entire paper. If you can’t write a brief and succinct abstract then you clearly don’t know what your own paper is about.
Writing a Good Introduction
The introduction should cover the same topics as your abstract but in a bit more detail.
You also need to include:
- Thesis statement
- Overview of the study methods
- Theoretical framework (if you have one)
- The reasons why the study has value to the research area you’re contributing to
- If you’ve ﬁnished your research be sure to give us a good idea about your ﬁndings
Many times, when beginning any writing project it is suggested that you start with a “hook” to get your reader interested in your topic, this is not necessary in a research paper. It can however, add to your paper. It’s acceptable but not required. After covering everything mentioned above, provide a one paragraph roadmap of your paper. This gives us an idea of how you will attack the rest of the document we are about to read. For example:
“In the following pages I will ﬁrst discuss the relevant literature and previously
conducted studies that relate to my study about goldﬁsh and their love for beer. Second, I then outline the method by which the research was conducted, followed last by a discussion of the results as well as future implications of the goldﬁsh/beer relationship.” You’ll notice that I use “I” in that statement. It is perfectly acceptable to use “I” from time to time in a paper as long as you don’t overuse it.
Protip: Don’t write your introduction ﬁrst. As it is a preview of the study it’s usually best to write your introduction and abstract last.
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