Sample Answer

 Example A: Combination of causes and positive or negative development.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic

Nowadays, more people are choosing to socialize online rather than face-to-face. Why is this happening? Is this a positive or negative development? 

 

Give reasons for your answers and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

An increasing number of people are meeting and interacting with friends and family via social media sites rather than in person. This essay will discuss the reason for this trend along with the writer’s explanation as to why this is a positive phenomenon.

The main explanation for this trend, in my estimation, is the changes in our lifestyle brought about by the increased demands of the workplace. Research has shown that employees are working a lot more hours these days; however, keeping in touch with their loved ones has never been easier because of the advances in the development of technology.  A case in point is my flat mate’s experience. Because of her comparatively high workload, scheduling time for in-person socializing is very challenging. Rather than lose touch, however, she finds it convenient to use technology to maintain relationships.

In spite of the risks of becoming a victim of criminal practice, such as fraud, I believe that communicating online has been a positive enhancement to our daily lives primarily because of the convenience it affords to busy people. Before the development of the internet and social media, the length of time between contacting others could be considerable and, in some cases, could result in losing touch permanently. It is no longer necessary to invest time and effort in letter writing, for instance, that can be a burden for those who lead a hectic life.

In conclusion, people have increasingly resorted to interacting through technology because of their busy lifestyle. As a result, this practice has revolutionized the way we socialize and, in my view, has had a positive impact on society. 

   

271 words

Sample: Mixed Questions. PDF

IELTS Writing Task 2
Mixed Questions: Sample Answer

Requirements 

Mixed questions are tasks that combine the instructions from the main types above. They are very common in task 2 but candidates often get confused because they don’t conform to the main question types.

However, when you read the instructions, you will find that you are already familiar with these and practiced them. The instructions are usually 2 questions.

When one of the questions offers a choice, such as positive or negative development, chose one or the other and give supporting details. If you chose both, you will need to give supporting details for them which, will increase the amount you need to write to address the question.

Examples...

A: Combination of causes and positive or negative development.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Positive or Negative

B: Combination of agree or disagree and solutions

IELTS Writing Task 2 Mixed Questions

Structure

 

Example A: Combination of causes and positive or negative development.

Paragraph 1: Introduction. Paraphrase the statement.

Include your thesis statement.

"This essay will discuss the reasons for this trend along with the writer's explanation as to why this is a positive phenomenon."

Paragraph 2: 1, maximum 2 causes.  Begin with a topic sentence. Include supporting details - knowledge, examples and experience.

Paragraph 3: 1, maximum 2 reasons why it's positive. Begin with a topic sentence. Include supporting details - knowledge, examples and experience.

Paragraph 4: Conclusion. Restate (paraphrase) the main cause and reason why it's positive from the body paragraphs. NO new information or supporting details from your body paragraphs.

 

Example B: Combination of agree or disagree and solutions 

 

Paragraph 1: Introduction. Paraphrase the statement.

Include your thesis statement.

"This essay will discuss the reasons why the writer disagrees with this suggestion and propose alternative solutions."

Paragraph 2: 1, maximum 2 reasons why you disagree.  Begin with a topic sentence. Include supporting details - knowledge, examples and experience.

Paragraph 3: 1, maximum 2 solutions/measures. Begin with a topic sentence. Include supporting details - knowledge, examples and experience.

Paragraph 4: Conclusion. Restate (paraphrase) the main reason why you disagree and main solution/measure from the body paragraphs. NO new information or supporting details from your body paragraphs.