FCE writing an essay – Is it better to be the oldest or the youngest in a family?

Part 1

You must answer this question. Write your answer in 140- 190 words in an appropriate style on the separate answer sheet.

Your teacher has asked you to write your response to the following statement taken from a recent newspaper article:

Is it better to be the oldest or the youngest in a family?


Write about:

  1. parents
  2. role of older sibling
  3. ………………(your own idea)

Sample essay written by Jasmine- student at TELC UK :

The role of the oldest and the youngest in a family are very different from each other. I would personally think that it is easier to be the youngest child.

First of all, whatever his age, the youngest sibling needs more attention. Whether it’s a baby or a small child, parents will spend more time with him and the oldest might feel a bit left over.

Moreover, the oldest child’s role in the relation with his sibling is to teach him his experience in life and guide him. He has to become an example by the way he behaves, the choices he makes in life, so the youngest child can look up to him and follow his steps.

Lastly, although both siblings usually have the same upbringing, many parents will act much harder and stricter towards the oldest. He is their first child and they don’t always know what the right thing to do is.

In conclusion, I still believe that being the youngest brings lots of advantages, even though I am the oldest one and I take a pride in the relation I have with my little brother. It is something we can’t choose, we just have to stick with it.