If you read my post on How to Analyze the Task Question, you’ll see how to identify the topic key words , claim and call-to-action parts of a question. Here are the answers to the sample task questions from that post.
Analyse the following Task 2 questions. Identify the topic keywords, claim and the call-to-action parts.
1. The number of elderly people in the world is increasing. What do you think are the positive and negative effects of this trend?
- Topic: elderly population
- Claim: elderly population is increasing and will have effects
- Call-to-action: Identify and explain the positive and negative effects. That’s all. Do not give an opinion on which is stronger (positive or negative), or suggest any solutions to any problems you come up with. Remember, stick to the question.
2. Differences between countries become less evident each year. Nowadays, all over the world people share the same fashions, advertising, brands, eating habits and TV channels. Do the disadvantages of this trend outweigh the advantages?
- Topic: globalisation, cultures
- Claim: cultural differences are slowly disappearing – worldwide we have similar fashion trends, brands, etc.
- Call-to-action: Explain whether or not the effects of the disadvantages have more impact than the advantages of this.
3. People naturally resist making changes in their lives. What kind of problems can this cause? What solutions can you suggest?
- Topic: social behavior, changes
- Claim: people resist (don’t like or fight against) to make changes
- Call-to-action: Identify problems (at least 2) that may occur from people not making changes. Suggest solutions for those problems. Don’t focus on why people resist change – the question doesn’t ask “why?”.
4. Advances in science and technology and other areas of society in the last 100 years have transformed the way we live as well as postponing the day we die. There is no better time to be alive than now. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
- Topic: advances in science and technology, health, modern life
- Claim: Due to better living conditions and medical advances, it’s great to be living now compared to any time in the past
- Call-to-action: Clearly state whether you agree or disagree. Fully or somewhat. Usually it’s easier to completely agree or disagree so you can easily organize and support your essay.
5. In most countries disabled people are not catered for adequately, e.g. buildings are often inappropriately designed. Governments rely too heavily on charities and voluntary organisations to provide assistance and funding. What further measures could be taken to assist disabled people? Discuss.
- Topic: disabled people, assistance in access
- Claim: Governments rely too much on charities and voluntary organization to help funding for disabled people
- Call-to-action: Identify 2 measures to help assist disabled people, in particular to access to buildings. Do not focus on why we need to cater to the disabled, or why the government should do more to assist the disabled. Focus on the call-to-action, which is to suggest measures/ regulations/ plans to assist the disabled.
How did you do? If you can analyze your Task question quickly and identify what you need to write about – you will be able to plan your essay more quickly and with confidence.