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(Article) Interpreting modest variations in IELTS essay questions Posted on January 26, 2012 by Ryan - 39 Comments Recently, IELTS Blog reported that the following essay question was seen on the Academic exam in Taipei: Employers now tend to prefer employees with good social skills in addition to good qualifications. Social skills are getting more and more important compared to qualifications. Do you agree or disagree? Wouldn’t it be nice if all IELTS essay questions were so straightforward! Whenever I see ‘do you agree or disagree’ my mind relaxes. I know immediately what my writing process is going to look like and how I am going to structure it. However, the reality is that IELTS essay questions come in an infinite number of styles and there is a very good chance you will NOT receive a ‘do you agree or disagree’ type question on your exam. In this article, I would like to discuss exactly how to interpret the modest variations in IELTS essay question wording and how they dictate the manner in which you need to respond. (I am assuming that you have already watched my video series on how to structure argument and discussion essays.) Firstly, as I’ve outlined in my videos, IELTS essay questions can be broken down into several parts. For today’s lesson, we are concerned with the instruction words part of your question. This is the part of the question that TELLS you to
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