Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of technology.
In the last 20 years there have been significant developments in the field of information technology (IT), for example the World Wide Web and communication by email. However, future developments in IT are likely to have more negative effects than positive.
To what extent do you agree or disagree. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge. You should write at least 250 words.
Note the structure of the question: there are two sentences that tell you the topic. Then comes the question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree?” This is followed by another sentences giving you further instructions on what to include in the essay.
If you look at the first two sentences, they provide a great basis for the first paragraph. The process of paraphrasing these two sentences will also allow you to digest the information and the question.
When you write the introduction, don’t forget to answer the question – do you agree or disagree. But “do you agree / disagree” with what? Here is where many students are likely to make a mistake.
If you look at the first sentence “In the last 20 years…”, this is statement of fact. Nobody can argue this point.
Now look at the second sentence: “However, future developments…”. This is the CORE sentence in the question. This is what you have to agree or disagree with as well.
Now, in the comments below, try writing a brief introduction.
See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions . I’ll post a model answer soon.