1 Some people think that students benefit from going to private secondary schools. Do you agree or disagree?
2 There are social and medical problems associated with the use of mobile phones. What are these problems? Do you agree that the problems outweigh the benefits brought by mobile phones?
3 In many countries, the proportion of elderly people is increasing steadily. Does this trend have more positive than negative effects on society?
4 The main purpose of public libraries is to provide books so they should not waste their limited resources on providing hi-tech media such as computer software, videos and DVDs. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?
5 National sports teams and individual athletes who represent their country should be financially supported by the government. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
6 It is more important for a building to serve certain purposes than just to look good. Do you agree or disagree?
7 Many people believe that scientific research should be carried out and controlled by the government rather than by private companies. To what extent do you agree or disagree with their opinion?
8 The government should stop investing in space research. Instead, the money should be spent on solving the problems on Earth. What is your opinion?
9 In many countries more young people are leaving school but unable to find jobs. What problems do you think youth unemployment is causing for individuals and society as a whole? What measures should be taken to reduce the level of youth unemployment?
10 More measures to improve security in urban areas have been introduced because of the increasing crime rate. Do the benefits of these measures outweigh the drawbacks?