FCE writing an essay F Some people say that our personality is affected by the birth position. Do you agree?

Part 1

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

In your English class you have been talking about personality. Now, your English teacher has asked you to write an essay. 

Some people say that our personality is affected by the birth position. Do you agree?


Write about:

  1. Responsibilities amongst siblings 
  2. Only child 
  3. …………………. (your own idea)

Sample essay:

Our society believes, myself included, that our core characteristics derive from different interactions amongst family members that shape us as individuals. So why does siblings personality differ so much? 

First of all, the youngest in the family are often considered charming and sociable as they are surrounded and looked after by all the family members. The newest addition always brings lots of positive feelings and is a centre of attention.

On the other hand, being the oldest means you have more duties. Not only household chores but new tasks like looking after the youngest, helping them with homework, to name a few. That however, teaches the oldest responsibility, hence they make amazingly successful managers.

Lastly, learning how to share things is impossible if you are an only child. Since the birth the one thing you understand is that everything your parents do or buy is for you. Hence singletons tend to be very selfish but also lonely, as they have no other siblings to play with.

In conclusion, the birth position has a crucial impact on our personality traits. It is our decision to hone them and focus on the positives one in order to become better individuals later in life. 

Word count- 201