In August, the new Cambridge IELTS 17 Academic book will be published. However, as always, the essay questions are already circulating on social media, so Nick and I thought that we would spend today analysing the four new essay questions to give you our ideas for each. More importantly, we will spend time discussing how we would organise each of the essays, and why we think each one is difficult or easy (because there really is ONE easy question here!).
Remember, we always recommend that you spend 5 minutes looking at each question first to generate your own ideas. Focus on analysing the question well. We have a lesson about this, but very simply, make sure you understand what the main topic of the essay is, and what type of question you are being asked to answer. Start by writing down all of your ideas and then organising them logically so that you address the question fully and clearly! Good luck!
It is important for people to take risks, both in their professional lives and their personal lives.
Do you think the advantages of taking risks outweigh the disadvantages?
Some children spend hours every day on their smartphones.
Why is this the case? Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
Some people believe that professionals, such as doctors and engineers, should be required to work in the country where they did their training. Others believe they should be free to work in another country if they wish. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Nowadays, a growing number of people with health problems are trying alternative medicines and treatments instead of visiting their usual doctor.
Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
Which of the Cambridge IELTS 17 Academic questions did you find the most difficult to generate ideas for? I personally found the first and third the most difficult, but now go and listen to the rest of the episode to find out why!