How to write a CELPIP Task 2 Survey Response

When you prepare for CELPIP Writing task 2, your focus should be on writing well, expressing yourself efficiently, and ticking the examiners boxes.

Your examiner will be looking at your organization, vocabulary, phrasing, sentence variety, grammar, punctuation, and depth.

Below, you’ll find some tips on how to write a CELPIP Task 2 Survey Response, but if you need more help please talk to us about tutoring or join one of our workshops.

Read and Understand the Question

To understand how to write a CELPIP Task 2 Survey Response, the first thing you need to do is read and internalize the question. The question provides you with a situation and tells you to choose one of two solutions.

You need to choose one of the solutions and justify why you think it is the best one.

A typical survey response question looks like this:

You’ve received a survey from the city council asking you to indicate your preference regarding two approaches to tackling the mosquito issues during the summer.

Option A – Release dragonflies – they will eat the mosquitoes thereby controlling the population.

Option B – Pour chemicals into the standing water where mosquitos breed, thereby killing the larvae.

“…I understand much better now…”

How Long Should my Response Be?

As part of familiarizing yourself with how to write a CELPIP Task 2 Survey Response, you need to know how long your response should be and how much time you have to write it. You have about 30 minutes to write your response, and it should be between 150 – 200 words.

You should try to keep your word count between those numbers. Being able to express yourself efficiently is part of the test, so you should be able to say everything you need to say in about 200 words. The examiner won’t penalize you if you need a few more words to make your point, but you may be penalized for writing 250 words because that shows your examiner that you don’t write efficiently.

How to Start a Survey Response

When preparing for CELPIP Writing Task 2, it is important that you understand how to write your introduction. Your survey response should follow the opinion essay pattern. That means that your introduction should paraphrase the questions to remind your reader what the essay is about. It should also identify the two main reasons you intend to use to justify your opinion, and it should identify your opinion.

Your introduction might look like this:

Having lots of large fearless mosquitoes all over our city during the summer is causing many of our residents to stay at home. However, while getting rid of mosquitoes is a top priority, contaminating the environment is an unacceptable side effect. I think that releasing dragonflies would be the most environmentally friendly solution as they would efficiently cull the mosquito population without adding chemicals.

Paraphrase – Having lots of large fearless mosquitoes all over our city during the summer is causing many of our residents to stay at home.

Two reasons – 1. causing many of our residents to stay at home.

2. contaminating the environment is an unacceptable side effect.

Opinion – I think that releasing dragonflies would be the most environmentally friendly solution as they would efficiently cull the mosquito population without adding chemicals.

Opinion Essay Format

1) Introduction – Paraphrase, Opinion, 2 Reasons

2) Paragraph 1 – 1st Reason, Explanation, Example

3) Paragraph 2 – 2nd Reason, Explanation, Example

4) Conclusion – Reiterate Reasons & Opinion

How to Write your First Paragraph

When you write your first paragraph, the goal is to quickly and efficiently move from an abstract concept to granular detail.

The easiest pattern to follow is statement -> explanation -> example.

Your paragraph might look like this:

Since the beginning of the summer, many people, including my children, have assumed unhealthy sedentary lifestyles rather than the active healthy lives typically associated with the summer months. The fear of being bitten by jumbo-sized mosquitoes keeps them inside sitting motionless in front of movies and computer games.

Your statement identifies what the paragraph is about –  have assumed unhealthy sedentary lifestyles

Your explanation elaborates on your statement. – rather than the active healthy lives typically associated with the summer months

Your example provides details that support your statement. – The fear of being bitten by jumbo-sized mosquitoes keeps them inside sitting motionless in front of movies and computer games.

In your first paragraph, you need to introduce your first reason .

How to Write your Second Paragraph

When you write your second paragraph, the goal is still to quickly and efficiently move from an abstract concept to granular detail.

Here too, the easiest pattern to follow is statement -> explanation -> example.

Your paragraph might look like this:

We have tried several natural mosquito repellents including spraying the liquid from boiled garlic, growing lavender, and emptying standing water, but nothing has worked. Although a more drastic solution is required, using chemicals could potentially contaminate our water sources and adversely affect both the community and the environment. Dragonflies offer an eco-friendlier solution.

Your statement identifies what the paragraph is about – We have tried several natural mosquito repellents… but nothing has worked

Your explanation elaborates on your statement. – Although a more drastic solution is required, using chemicals could potentially contaminate our water sources and adversely affect both the community and the environment.

Your example provides details that support your statement. – including spraying the liquid from boiled garlic, growing lavender, and emptying standing water.

In your first paragraph, you need to introduce your first reason .

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How to Write your Conclusion?

In your conclusion, you need to reiterate your two main ideas and your opinion.

Your conclusion might look like this:

Hopefully, after weighing up the serious consequences of chemicals and the advantages of using dragonflies for both residents and the environment, you will decide to use dragonflies to resolve our mosquito issue.

Reiterate reason 1 serious consequences of chemicals and the advantages of using dragonflies for residents 

Reiterate reason 2 – serious consequences of chemicals and the advantages of using dragonflies for  the environment

Opinion – Hopefully…  you will decide to use dragonflies to resolve our mosquito issue.

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