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Essay samples with tips and answers
Sample 1 ("Violence in media") Presenting opinion
Sample 2 ("Working students") Suggesting a solution
Sample 3 ("Death penalty") Pros & cons
Sample 4 ("Loss of bio-diversity") Cause/solution
Sample 5 ("Obesity") Causes and effects
Sample 6 ("Salary vs. job satisfaction") Agree/disagree
Sample 7 ("Sedentary lifestyle") Problem/solution
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IELTS Writing task 2 - Essay
Here you can find all the essential information about IELTS Writing essay .
IELTS Writing task 2 (or IELTS essay ) is the same task for Academic and General IELTS . You will be presented with a specific topic and asked to write an 250-word essay about it. You should normally spend 40 minutes on IELTS Writing task 2.
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IELTS Writing task 2 question sample
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You can get a lot of different topics for your IELTS Writing task 2. You can be asked to give your opinion, to state solutions to some problem, to describe advantages and disadvantages of something and so on.
Here's an example of how your IELTS Writing task 2 may look like :
Immigration has a major impact on the society.
What are the main reasons of immigration? To what consequences can it lead?
Write at least 250 words.
You can find the band-9 answer here >
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How to write IELTS Essay?
1) Determine your opinion on the topic
- Giving your opinion
- Suggesting a solution
- Pros and cons
Depending on the topic, decide what is your opinion on it and why. Have a clear position, don't hesitate between two opinions! Then find examples you will use for this task. You should spend a few minutes on planning.
2) Write an answer using the following structure:
Note that this description is very general. To learn more specific answering strategies, look at the different question types .
3) Style your essay
Use various words and structures , linking devices and avoid repetition.
Use some words from academic word list .
Do not use informal style and avoid irrelevant information, you will receive less points for your work.
Also, don't forget to write at least 250 words, writing less will affect your mark negatively. You should aim at 260-280 words. You won’t get more points for a longer essay.
Other things that might affect your mark:
- Fluency : if your handwriting is not illegible for the examiner and he/she can’t read it properly, you are likely to lose points.
- Unoriginal answer : if you learnt a topic by heart and wrote it, you might get a low score for your essay. IELTS examiner assesses only your own thoughts and opinions.
- Limited answer : if you only answer half of the question and don’t expand your opinion, you will not get more than a band score 5 for the task.
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IELTS Sample Essays
Here you will find IELTS Sample Essays for a variety of common topics that appear in the writing exam.
The model answers all have tips and strategies for how you may approach the question and comments on the sample answer.
You can also view sample essays with band scores on this page.
Looking at IELTS essay topics with answers is a great way to help you to prepare for the test.
These IELTS sample essays have been categorised in a way that makes it easy for you to see how certain essay question types require you to provide certain responses to ensure the question is fully answered.
Specifically these are:
- Agree / Disagree
- Discuss Two Opinions
- Problems and Solutions
- Advantages and Disadvantages
- Other Types
Agree / Disagree Type Questions
In these types of question you are given one opinion and you then have to state the extent to which you agree or disagree with that opinion:
- Alternative Medicine
- Spending on the Arts
- Human Cloning
- Social Interaction & the Internet
- Airline Tax
- Free University Education
- Scientific Research
- Banning Smoking
- Employing Older People
- Paying Taxes
- Examinations or Formal Assessment
- Multinational Organisations and Culture
- Internet vs Newspapers
- Technology Development
- Dying of Languages
Discuss Two Opinions Type Questions
In this essay question type you are given two opinions, and you have to discuss both of these and then give your own view:
- University Education
- Reducing Crime
- Animal Rights
- Child Development
- Diet & Health
- Donating Money to Charity
- Closing Zoos
- Becoming Independent
- Formal and Informal Education
- Influence of Scientists and Politicians
- Sources for Stories
- Searching for Extraterrestrial Life
Cause Type Questions
There are a variety of 'cause type' essay questions. In these you first have to give the reasons why something has happened, in other words the causes, but then discuss a different aspect of it, such as the effects, solutions or the extent to whether it is a positive or negative development:
Causes & Effects:
- Child Obesity
- Skin Whitening Creams
- Family Size
- Having Children Later in Life
- Time Away from Family
Causes and Solutions:
- Youth Crime
- Global Warming
- Paying Attention in Class
- International Travel & Prejudice
- Museums & Historical Places
- Disappearance of Traditions
Causes, Pros & Cons:
- Family Closeness
- Living Alone
- Rural to Urban Migration
Problems & Solutions Type Questions
In these type of questions, instead of discussing the causes of a problem, you need to discuss the problems related to a particular issue in society, and then suggest what can be to solve these problems:
- Competing for Jobs
- Professionals Immigrating
Advantage & Disadvantages Type Questions
In these type of questions you are asked to discuss the positive and negative sides of a particular topic. You will usually be asked this in the context of giving an opinion ( e.g. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? ):
- Traffic Problems
- Food Additives
- Computer Games
- Age Discrimination at Work
- Children using Tablets and Computers
- Cell Phones, Internet, & Communication
- Working from Home
- Eating Locally grown Produce
- Oil and Gas Essay
Other Types of Question
There are sometimes questions that don't fit easily into a particular category as above. You can view some IELTS sample essays for these here:
- Protecting Old Buildings
- Animal Testing
- Fear of Crime
- Communication Technology
- Influence of Children's Friends
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You can also view some sample essays that have band scores and comments based on the IELTS marking criteria.
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IELTS Essays: Five Types of IELTS Essays
There are 5 types of IELTS essays which can appear in IELTS writing task 2. These types of essays are for both GT and Academic writing task 2. Below you will find sample essay questions for each type of essay and links to model answers. Please note that IELTS teachers sometimes divide essays into different categories based on how they teach.
1) IELTS Opinion Essay
This type of essay is where you are presented with someone else’s opinion and you are asked if you agree or disagree with it. The opinion is often flawed or extreme in its views. Some teachers call this the Argumentative Essay. The instructions can be written in a number of ways. Below are a few examples:
- To what extent do you agree?
- Do you agree?
- Do you agree or disagree?
- What is your opinion?
No matter how the instructions are written, you can take any position you want: agree, disagree or partial agreement (balanced view). Below is an example essay question:
Opinion Essay Question: Some people think that only electric cars should be allowed on the road by 2040. Do you agree?
2) IELTS Discussion Essay
This type of essay presents you with a statement and you must present the two sides. This might be two sides of the same issue:
Some people think there should be free health care for all people, but others disagree. Discuss both sides.
Or it might be two separate issues which you need to discuss:
Some people think that urban spaces should be used for parks rather than for housing. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
3) IELTS Advantage Disadvantage Essays
There are two types of questions in this category.
i) Advantage and Disadvantage Essay
This is similar to a discussion essay where you are given a statement must present the positive and negative side of the issue:
Some people think it is good for students to take a gap year before going to university. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing so?
ii) Outweigh Essay
This is by far the most difficult of the two essay types in this category. It requires you to present an opinion and explain your opinion.
Some people think the world will eventually have only one language. Do you think the advantages of having one global language outweigh the disadvantages?
4) IELTS Solution Essays
There are a number of types of possible questions in this category:
i) Solution Only
Some children have serious weight problems. What are the possible solutions?
ii) Cause Solution
Children in rural areas are being left behind in their academic development. Why is this is the case? What solutions can you suggest?
iii) Problem Solution
More and more people are moving to cities to look for work. What problems does this cause? What are the possible solutions?
5) Direct Questions Essays
Some teachers call these the Two Question Essay. However, these types of essay questions might contain one, two or three questions for you to answer. Below are some examples.
Pollution around the world is becoming a serious problem. Do you think this is a problem that should be solved internationally or on a local level?
In the question above, you are asked one specific question. Your whole essay must tackle this question only.
More and more people are choosing to work from home. Is this a positive or negative development?
This essay question has just one issue and one question. You must explain what type of development you think working from home is.
Some people spend a lot of money on weddings. Why do they do this? Do you think it is good to spend a lot of money on weddings?
Above, you will see you have been presented with two questions to answer: reasons and opinion (evaluating if it is good or not.)
News editors decide what to print in newspapers and what to broadcast on TV. What factors do you think influence these decisions? Do we become used to bad news? Would it be better if more news was reported?
As you can see there are three questions to answer in this essay question. It is not common to get three questions. If you get three, just tackle them one at a time in a logical order.
Practice Essay Questions for IELTS
You can find over 100 essay questions to practice on this page: 100 IELTS Essay Questions . The questions are divided first into topics and then into essay types. This way you can get lots of practice before your actual test day.
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I learnt a lot from Your lessons and only because of You I achieved the score I was aiming for. Honestly, thank You very very much. You are doing a wonderful job.
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I’m glad to hear you got the score you needed. Well done 🙂 Greetings to all in Lithuania!
I just want to ask, in the opinion essay, should we always present both sides? For instance, if the question only asks for our opinion on the matter (no mention of discussing both sides) should we still do it? Alternatively, can we just structure the essay to show our opinion and each paragraph elaborates on reasons why that is our opinion? Will doing it this way (not mentioning both sides) adversely affect our band score? Thank you!
I suggest you get my Advanced Lessons to learn properly. I generally don’t teach how to write an Opinion Essay in a short message. It takes me nearly an hour by video to do this. Here’s a link to my store: https://elizabethferguson.podia.com/
Thank you so much Liz. This video has been helpful. I have a question.
In Britain, when someone gets old they often go to live in a home with other old people where there are nurses to look after them. Sometimes the government has to pay for this care. Who do you think should pay for this care, the government or the family? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Is this an opinion essay which will follow exactly the structure you just taught or a discussion essay.
This is a Direct Question essay. Please remember that each teacher gives different names for essay types. I call this the Direct Question Essay because you are being given a direct question to answer. It might be one question, two or even three questions. Your whole essay explains your answer.
Hi Liz Do you think this is a positive or negative development? What type of essay is this please?
I’ve just added it to the page above. Take a look.
Hello Liz: I recently came across this essay. My question is what type of essay is this? Do you have any model essays on this type of essay? The essay is: In your view, what is the most important thing for governments to spend money on: education, health, transportation, or something else? Give reasons for your answers and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.
You said that you “came across” this essay question. Where did you come across it? Did you find it in one of the IELTS Cambridge test books? Only use authentic test questions. If you don’t use proper sources for your IELTS preparation, you will easily get confused about the test and this won’t help your preparation.
Thanks, Liz! This is now clear to me as I came across the question from a ‘model IELTS Essay topics’. published by a local company.
That sounds like the problem. You ought to use the IELTS Cambridge test books which are real test published by IELTS. I have collected over 100 essay questions over the years and they are also safe to use. You can find them linked to the main writing task 2 section of this site: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/
Thank you, Liz, for your comments and the link. I wish you good health and happiness!
Hope you are keeping well. I am not able to score more than 6.5 in my writing test. I have scored 8.5 in Listening, Reading & Speaking but writing disappoints every time. Where can I find model answer to evaluate where am I lacking? I have taken 2 computer based tests for far and scheduled 3rd one in 5 days. I need band score 7 in Writing to achieve my target.
You can find some model answers in the main writing task 2 section my website along with other essential tips: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/ . I also have paid advanced lessons which might help you understand where you are going wrong. They can be bought in my online store: https://elizabethferguson.podia.com/ . Each lesson focuses on one specific essay type and explains paragraph by paragraph what to do.
Liz, thank you so much for your help. Two weeks ago I took the IELTS exam and surprisingly get 9 in Reading section!
Fantastic!! Well done to you 🙂
Hi Liz,I really need help with opinion essays especially for the part that asks to what extent do you agree or disagree?am I supposed to discuss both sides,thank you
I suggest you get my advanced lessons for the opinion essay: https://elizabethferguson.podia.com/ . It isn’t something that can be taught in a short message.
Your materials and videos have sincerely been helpful. Thank you very much for such a selfless act. My exam is in a week time, I have only 10days to prepare for my IELTS GT. I would give you an update on how it goes. Cheers
Hi Liz! I am preparing for my IELTS and I have found your website very helpful, very precise information is given and it talk to the point. thank you for providing good content. keep up the great work.
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Thanks a lot Liz . Your materials and tutorials helped me a lot in my preparation for my IELTS . Followed your tips and videos for 3 weeks . Able to score 7.5 overall.
Thank you again for the great help you provide.
Wonderful news! Very well done 🙂 It’s a great overall score!
Thank you so much Liz for the work you do. Your videos, website and materials helped me in my preparations. I just got my results, it was a band 8 overall. Have a splendid 2022.
Wonderful !! A great result! Wishing you all the best for 2022 !! 🙂
Hi Liz I’m from Sri Lanka. Thank you for all your guidance. Today I sat for IELTS academic paper. Task 1 was a bar chart, percentage of young people in higher education in for countries in 3 years. Task 2- news has no connection with people’s life so it’s a waste of time to read best from newspaper and watch news program on tv. To which extent do you agree. I hope these will help you. Waru
Hi Liz, I follow all your videos and they are very helpful. I gave my speaking exam last week. But now I think the cue card question was to describe a leisure activity I enjoy and I talked about a leisure activity I am planning to enjoy. I am really worried if it will affect my band score. But my talk was fluent . Can you give me your insights?
It won’t make any difference to your score. As long as your talk is based on the main topic (leisure activity), it’s ok. Your score won’t be negatively impacted in any way at all.
Hi Liz, Im Janet from kenya. thank you for the good work you are doing. im preparing for my exams in 4 weeks time. your content is very helpful and I like the way you explain things. im a slow learner and i find your pace very good for me. Thank you again. keep up the good job.
Good luck with your preparation and test 🙂
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Hi Liz, hope you are doing well. Liz I have silly question I know but I’m really stuck in this problem and I was wondering if you can help me with this issue.. The problem is writing a topic sentence, you said in advanced lectures that topic sentence should be written carefully because it is kind of more important .. Please can you tell me that among these 2 topic sentences of BP1, which one is okay and looks relevant?
1] Although we are living in prosperous times, with people in many countries enjoying a higher standard of living than ever before, there are still millions of people in the world who are living in poverty.
2] Instead of wasting lots of money on exploration of space, governments ought to focus on local problems such as poverty eradication. There are millions of……
Essay statement; Space exploration is a luxury that we cannot afford. Instead of spending billions of dollars on space programs, governments should use this money to fight global problems such as poverty, disease and climate change. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion.
The first step is to underline the key words in the essay question: space exploration, spending billions, fighting global problems (examples). Now make sure your topic sentence covers those aspects. Neither of the topic sentences you have listed really works because, while the second one is obviously more carefully connected to the essay question, it doesn’t leave room for any other paragraph as you are tackling all problems in one paragraph. Also it switches from global problems to local problems which is confusing. However, in terms of which of your sentences connects to the essay question properly, it is the second one. This essay is all about funding for space exploration and whether it is relevant in today’s world or not given all our global problems.
I love your lessons and tips. They are really helpful and you are extraordinarily devoting. Here I have a question about the answer you left under Khola’s comment. What do you mean by “no room left for other paragraphs as you tackled all problems in one paragraph”?
Looking forward to your response.
It means that if you put all your ideas into one paragraph, you won’t have any more ideas for other paragraphs. By choosing one main focal point for one paragraph, you have the ability to use other ideas for other paragraphs. So many people say “I can’t think of how to make my essay long enough”. The answer is to be more careful about how you use your ideas. First, brainstorm ideas. Then select the best ideas. Then decide carefully which ideas can go into which paragraph. Then pay attention as to whether some ideas should go together or some ideas should be separated into different paragraphs. There is a lot to think about in the planning stage. It is crucial to plan carefully and strategically.
Electric cars are currently being developed by many well-known automotive companies. Many people still question whether electric cars are a feasible replacement for petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles. In this essay, I will explore the opinions for and against the use of electric cars and their replacement of petrol and diesel-fuelled cars.
On one hand, electric cars are environment friendly. They require no non-renewable energy and are clean to run and maintain on the road. To support this opinion, recent studies show that the use of electric cars helps to curb pollution in urban and rural areas. Clearly, electric cars are one way to tackle ecological concerns and support a ‘greener’ environment.
On the other hand, electric cars are inconvenient to maintain and to dispose of. The driver of an electric vehicle must recharge his car approximately every 100 kms. In addition, the plutonium battery of an electric car is toxic to the environment and must be safely disposed of through expensive means. In brief, scientists are still exploring ways to produce these types of vehicles so that they are easier to manufacture, maintain and use safely.
To sum up, it’s evident that there are both pros and cons of electric vehicles. Despite the expense of development and the inconvenience of recharging electric cars, I still believe strongly that it is well worth the investment to continue research and production of these vehicles. To conclude, we should remain open, supportive to the use of electric cars and to their development in the future.
Recently i sat for IELTS exam, and the GT Writting Task 2 was about transport and they asked “ Do you think it has more advantages or more disadvantage?”
For this would it be option question or Adv/Disadv question? How is the structure for that type?
I wrote both sides and gave my opinion in the conclusion… but not sure if its right… i got 6.5 for writing.
Also, if you can advise how they ask the questions to determine what type of essay it would be so it can easy for us to identify.
Thanks and appreciate all your help.
That is an “outweigh” essay – do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
Hi Liz I have my exam this week and searching for model questions for April 2021. I checked on your site but model essay questions were available till March so if you can recommend me to follow something for latest Also, can you please share me the link for model answers of March Model Essay Questions?
I am eagerly waiting to hear from you.
The model essays are to be used for all years of the test. The topics are often recycled and the techniques for essay writing are 100% the same as always. The test format hasn’t changed and neither has the marking. All pages of this site are 100% relevant to the test today.
I have purchased material from you in 2019 but somehow because of my system crash I could not recover anything. Please can you share the link to access the notes that will be very grateful as I want to reattempt IELTS again. Because of Corona, I was not in my town to connect with you regarding this.
I’ve just resent your access link. Check both your inbox and spam folder.
Hi I booked my test in May 2021 I was just wondering which one is latest book i can refer? I have heard Cambridge books are best but I’m not aware about which version i should go for. Your help would be really appreciated
The IELTS Cambridge books are numbered, at present, from 1 to 15. Number 15 is the most recent and was published in 2020. However, all the books provide useful practice. The general format of the test has not changed. I personally would recommend books from 7 to 15. In July 2021, book 16 will be published.
Hello Liz, this is my first message ever. I would like to thank you for your devotion. Can I start a “ solutions” body in the problem solution essay with “ to get around these problems “ as I found this linking device from the “ new scientist” journal whose translation is seemingly appropriate to that, at least to me.
This means a way to avoid the problem rather that solve the problem. So, it wouldn’t be appropriate for an IELTS essay which asks for solutions. It is better to use: The most effective way to tackle this problem is… X is the way to deal with this issue The answer to solving this problem is ….
Hi Liz, In my exam I got the question of “Are there more advantages or more disadvantages” Is it similar to “Do advantages outweigh disadvantages” ?
Yes, it is 100% the same.
Thanks mam these are quite useful essays.
In the public version of the IELTS writing marking criteria, some linkers are called mechanical and it limit your band score. Some teachers say words like firstly,On one hand,on the other hand are example. I notice you use such words or phrases in ur sample essays. Are they really mechanical? Can you enlighten on what the band descriptors calls mechanical linker
The linkers themselves are not mechanical. All the linking words you have written are suitable for IELTS up to band score 9. The problem is how people use them. It is there use that becomes mechanical. If you have three paragraphs and each one starts with a linking words: Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, it is similar to a machine that always does the same thing each time. So, to avoid this you must be flexible. So, use all suitable linking words, but use them flexibly. The mechanical use of linking words is typical of a band 6 in Coherence and Cohesion. This means that if you are aiming for band 7 and above, you need to use signposting more flexibly.
Your website and materials helped me a lot in my preparations for my ielts test.
I scored a band 8 overall after about 4 weeks of regular practice.
Thank you Liz for the work you do.
Great news! Very well done 🙂
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- IELTS Essays - Band 8 , IELTS Writing Samples
Here you can find IELTS Essay samples of Band 8 on many topics, written by students and graded by an IELTS teacher. Click on one of the topics below to jump to essays on that topic.
Celebrities Crime and Punishment Culture Education Environment Family and Children Food and Diet Global Issues Government and Laws Health Housing and Town Planning Media and Advertising Money Reading Society and Social Matters Sport and Exercise Technology Tourism Work Young People
Note: the task prompt of each essay appears when you hold the mouse over the link. Every essay is checked, marked, has comments and suggestions. Hold the mouse over to see suggested corrections. The teacher’s summary is at the bottom of each essay.
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Celebrities
Sample essay ‘Celebrities earn more money than politicians’ Sample essay ‘Celebrities can be poor role models for teenagers’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Crime and Punishment
Sample essay ‘Why criminals commit another offence after punishment’ Sample essay ‘Crime rates are likely to decline due to the advancements in technology’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Culture
Sample essay ‘In the past people wore their traditional clothes’ Sample essay ‘Museums and art galleries should present only the national art’ Sample essay ‘People should follow the customs of their new country’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Education
Sample essay ‘Computers instead of teachers’ Sample essay ‘Will computers replace teachers?’ Sample essay ‘Financial education at school’ Sample essay ‘Schools should select students by their academic abilities’ Sample essay ‘Unpaid community work should be mandatory in high school’ Sample essay ‘Teachers are more responsible for the development of students than parents’ Sample essay ‘Financial education should be mandatory at school’ Sample essay ‘Difficulties of learning a foreign language’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Environment
Sample essay ‘Some people believe that preserving natural environment is crucial’ Sample essay ‘Who should be responsible for protecting the environment?’ Sample essay ‘The best way to solve environmental problems is to increase the price of fuel’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Family and Children
Sample essay ‘Children and rules’ Sample essay ‘Children should be engaged in paid work’ Sample essay ‘Children these days are suffering from obesity’ Sample essay ‘Should children grow up in the city or countryside?’ Sample essay ‘Nowadays families move to different countries for work’ Sample essay ‘Childcare training courses should be mandatory for all parents’ Sample essay ‘Some think that children should leave their family home early’ Sample essay ‘Children today are spending more time watching TV’ Sample essay ‘Modern technologies are negatively affecting children’s reading and writing skills’ Sample essay ‘Who should discipline the children, parents or the government?’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Food and Diet
Sample essay ‘Dieting can change a person’s life for better or worse’ Sample essay ‘Nowadays people waste a lot of food’ Sample essay ‘Many people choose ready made food instead of cooking’ Sample essay ‘In many countries a lot of food is wasted’ Sample essay ‘Many people today are drinking sugar-based drinks’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Global Issues
Sample essay ‘The good and bad of Globalization’ Sample essay ‘Rich countries should help the poor’ Sample essay ‘Positive and Negative sides of Globalization’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Government and Laws
Sample essay ‘Reducing speed limits is the best option for road safety’ Sample essay ‘Changing drivers age limits is the best way to reduce traffic accidents’ Sample essay ‘The education system is the only critical factor in the development of a country’ Sample essay ‘Some people say that arts subjects are as essential as academic subjects’ Sample essay ‘Some believe the government should take care of retirees’ Sample essay ‘Public health in a country can be improved by making laws regarding nutritious food’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Health
Sample essay ‘Obesity is becoming common among children’ Sample essay ‘Some people use the Internet to search for solutions to their medical problems’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Housing and Town Planning
Sample essay ‘Is it more important to build public parks and sports facilities than shopping centers/’ Sample essay ‘High-rise vs. low-rise buildings, which solution is better?’ Sample essay ‘Some say that new homes should be constructed in existing cities’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Media and Advertising
Sample essay ‘Advertising affects what people think is important’ Sample essay ‘All popular TV entertainment programmes should aim to educate viewers’ Sample essay ‘Newspapers have a significant influence on people’s ideas’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Money
Sample essay ‘Some people spend a lot on weddings and birthday parties’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Reading
Sample essay ‘People who read for pleasure develop their imagination more’ Sample essay ‘Public libraries should only provide books’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Society and Social Matters
Sample essay ‘Events bringing people together’ Sample essay ‘Some people claim that it is acceptable to use animals in medical research’ Sample essay ‘Many museums charge for admission while others are free’ Sample essay ‘The proportion of older people is increasing’ Sample essay ‘People should not work beyond the age of retirement’ Sample essay ‘Nowadays more and more people want to live alone’ Sample essay ‘Housework should be shared evenly between men and women’ Sample essay ‘Many people support animal testing while others disagree’ Sample essay ‘Women should be treated as equal to men when applying for a job with the police’ Sample essay ‘In the modern world it is possible to shop, work and communicate via internet’ Sample essay ‘Some think that hosting an international sporting event is beneficial for a country’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Sport and Exercise
Sample essay ‘Some think it is fine for professional athletes to misbehave on or off the field’ Sample essay ‘Very few people walk nowadays’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Technology
Sample essay ‘The development of technology causes traditional skills to die out’ Sample essay ‘Some believe that modern technology is increasing the gap between the rich and poor’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Tourism
Sample essay ‘Many believe international tourism is bad for their country’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Work
Sample essay ‘Senior managers should have higher salaries than other employees’ Sample essay ‘Should employers pay more attention to personal qualities rather than qualifications?’ Sample essay ‘In many workplaces online communication has overtaken face to face meetings’ Sample essay ‘Many people try to achieve a work-life balance but fail’
IELTS Model Essays on the Topic of Young People
Sample essay ‘Some parents encourage young people to leave home’ Sample essay ‘In many countries young people start living on their own after high school’ Sample essay ‘Some think that young people should be free to choose any career they like’ Sample essay ‘Young people are finding it harder to find permanent jobs’ Sample essay ‘Young generation is facing many problems at school and at home’ Sample essay ‘Young people aren’t spending their weekends doing outdoor activities’
Note: the essays were checked by an IELTS teacher, not an IELTS examiner or examiner trainer. All the band scores are approximate.
How To Write an IELTS Band 8 Essay
Essay samples are useful to get an idea what a Band 8 essay looks like, but how can YOU write a Band 8 essay? As you know, an IELTS essay is scored using 4 criteria:
1. Task Response 2. Coherence and Cohesion 3. Lexical Resource 4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Many test takers are unsure what is wrong with their essay, why they keep scoring Band 6.5 and how to take their writing to Band 8 level. Is that how you feel, too? Keep reading then, because we are just about to analyse a Band 6.5 essay and show you what to change in it, to get a Band 8 score in IELTS.
Colours show elements relating to each criterion that affect the Band Score of this sample IELTS essay. Hold mouse over highlighted words (or tap on mobile) to see the comments, suggestions and corrections.
IELTS Essay Analysed and Rewritten from Band 6.5 to Band 8
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge and experience.
IELTS Sample Essay – Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion and Lexical Resource Analysis
1. Task Response Analysis: This essay follows the task requirements quite well. Both points of view are discussed (in paragraphs 2 and 3) and the writer’s personal opinion is offered (in the introduction, paragraph 4 and the conclusion). The opinion is clear. The paragraph on money is not very well developed and not entirely clear. Approximate score for Task Response: Band 7.
2. Coherence and Cohesion Analysis: Most linking expressions are appropriate but two are not (see asterisk *). Coherence is concerned with the effectiveness of what the essay is trying to communicate. The essay is well structured – each paragraph announces its topic clearly [TS] and the introduction announces the opinion of the writer. Sometimes the ideas are not entirely clear inside the paragraphs (see NC). Also the writer has a tendency to be repetitive. Approximate score for Coherence and Cohesion: Band 7.
3. Lexical Resource Analysis : The use of vocabulary seems quite reasonable but attempts to use a wider range are not always successful (see corrections above). Probably not quite good enough for a 7. Approximate score for Lexical Resource: Band 6 or 6.5.
The same IELTS Sample Essay – Grammatical Range and Accuracy Analysis
Certainly, money is an important part in our lives. It is hard for any persons to accept a partner which does not have money or at least a job to take care of future family . Hence, said “marry for money” (#5) also has its right in some extent .
However, love should be the root of any marriages . Firstly, it is because love is such a glue to connect two persons which have their own lives, become one. So, they can share each other’s the sadness , happiness to overcome any difficulties in daily lives . Moreover, love makes people growing up because they do not only have responsibility to themselves, but also to their partners as well. That is why marrying with love is always encouraged.
In my opinion, I think that both love and money is both necessary. Marriage relying on money would be rapidly disintegrated when unfortunately the money is run out . In contrary , marriage relying on love would sometimes come to end when they could not earn money to carry out family , such as paying bills, buying food, etc . Therefore, love and money should stand together in marriage even though their contribution could be unbalanced.
As we have seen, marriage without either money or love would come to an unhappy ending. So I believe that they both have their own contribution to a merry family.
4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy Analysis : Although the essay is quite easy to follow, it has too many grammatical errors in too many sentences to merit a 7 score (see corrections highlighted above). The range of grammatical constructions used seems quite good. Approximate score for Grammatical Range and Accuracy: Band 6 or 6.5.
Improving the Sample Essay to Achieve an IELTS Band 7
The same essay now at around a Band 7 level might look something like this. Read it carefully and compare it with the original:
Certainly, money plays an important part in our lives. It is hard for any persons to accept a partner who does not have money or at least a job to take care of their future family. Hence, it is said, “marry for money” is right in some extent.
However, love should be the root of any marriage. Firstly, it is because love is such a strong bond between two persons who have their own lives, and become one. So, they can share each other’s sadness, happiness to overcome any difficulties in their daily lives. Moreover, love makes people grow up because they do not only have responsibility to themselves, but also to their partners as well. That is why marrying for love is always encouraged.
In my opinion, I think that love and money are both necessary. A marriage relying on money would rapidly disintegrate when unfortunately the money ran out. In contrary, a marriage relying on love would sometimes come to end when they could not earn money to carry out family duties such as paying bills, buying food, etc. Therefore, love and money should stand together in marriage even though their contribution could be unbalanced.
As we have seen, marriage without either money or love would come to an unhappy end. So I believe that they both make their own contribution to a merry family.
Improving the Sample Essay to Achieve an IELTS Band 8
To turn the Band 7 sample essay into a Band 8 one would require further improvement in range and accuracy of grammar, greater clarity and better connection of ideas, and a wider range of appropriate, higher level vocabulary.
So the same sample essay now at around a Band 8 level might look something like this. Once again, read it carefully and compare it with the original:
Clearly, love should be the foundation of any marriage. This is because firstly, love is such a strong bond between two persons, who have their own lives, yet become one. They can share each other’s sadness or happiness in order to overcome any difficulties in daily lives. Moreover, love fosters maturity because each member of a couple no longer has responsibility only for themselves, but also for their partner. These are just two, key reasons why marrying for love should always be encouraged.
In my opinion, love and money are equally necessary. A marriage relying solely on money might rapidly disintegrate in the unfortunate event of the money running out. Similarly, a marriage relying on love alone might sometimes come to an end if the couple could not earn enough money to manage their family’s obligations such as paying bills, or buying food. Therefore, love and money should stand together in marriage, even though their contribution might often be somewhat unequal.
To summarise, marriage without either money or love could come to an unfortunate end. For that reason, I would claim that they both make their own, vital contribution to the creation of a happy family.
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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic
International tourism has brought enormous benefit to many places. At the same time, there is concern about its impact on local inhabitants and the environment .
Do the disadvantages of international tourism outweigh the advantages?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Model Answer :
Travel industry has experienced a major boom in the later part of the 20th century and has been a blessing in disguise, which has helped some weaker nations to uplift their failing economies. While questions have been raised regarding the negative impacts that accompany the growth in the travel sector, these definitely do not outweigh the associated benefits.
The economic boost that accompanies a successful travel industry is quite well recognised and Thailand is the best example. The entire Thai economy revolves around tourism and the country had been able to uplift its socio economic status through its flourishing hospitality sector. Egypt is another nation that is heavily dependent on its hospitality sector. The growth in the number of incoming tourists leads to innumerable prospects in terms of local entrepreneurship & employment generation. This is also associated with international investments and infrastructure development. The national authorities, in order to ensure safety of the international visitors provide better law and order enforcement, improved transportation and healthcare facilities, which in turn benefit the local population.
On the other hand, the rising influx of holidaymakers is associated with increased incidences of crimes, prostitution and antisocial activities like drugs, human trafficking and gambling, which affect the values of the indigenous society. The local population are also affected by the growth in property value indices. Environmentalists are also concerned regarding environmental remodelling, that is associated with increased tourist activities in natural reserves. In this context, it is worth mentioning that, by enforcing stern law and order and implementing strict legislations, governments can control most of these negative impacts of tourism .
Henceforth, it can be confidently conveyed that, even though the growth in travel industry has accompanying negative social impacts, these do not outweigh the contributions made by this sector towards social development.
Total Words: 296
Task Achievement: 9
Coherence & cohesion: 9, lexical resources: 9, overall score: band 9.
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Model Answer (Band 8):
There is no doubt that international tourists have brought a lot of positive impact to many countries. However, these benefits also come with many negative issues. Personally, I feel that international tourism has resulted more advantages than disadvantages to the affected nations in general. In this essay, I will examine both the benefits and their related cost and support my opinion accordingly.
First of all, many people argue that many local inhabitants have been sacrificed in order to make way for the development of tourist attractions. For examples, tress were cut down so that hotels can be constructed; old heritage sites were demolished and replaced by new shopping malls; local residence, especially the aboriginals, have to be relocated so that their land can be used for new airport. However, people tend to ignore the economics and social benefits brought upon by these developments. For example, the number of jobs created by the constructions of hotels and shopping malls could stimulate the economic growth of a nation and benefit the both the people and the nation as a whole.
Secondly, many people also claimed that the influx of foreign tourists will increase the social problems such as crime rates immoral activities. For examples, they claimed that tourists usually like to visit pubs and clubs in the evening and that will lead to higher rate of alcohol related problems such as noise pollution , vandalism and prostitution. However, I believe that the millions of foreign dollars brought in by these tourists could actually decrease the problems if the money are put into proper used by the government. For example, the tax collected from the entertainment outlet could be used to help combat crime and actually make the country a safer place.
In conclusion, I believe that if we look at the overall picture of international tourism when doing the cost-benefit analysis, we will see that they are more advantages than disadvantages.
Total Words: 318
Task Achievement: 8
Coherence & cohesion: 8, lexical resources: 8, overall score: band 8.
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what type of essay is this? what I mean to say is, Is it advantage amd disadvantage essay or two part essay?
This would fall under “advantage / disadvantage essay”. You will need to discuss both and then come to a conclusion if one outweighs the other.
Hope this helps.
Perfect essay. Keep it up!
hi in writing task 1 which paragraph i write overall paragraph
in writing task 2 how examiner check please help me
For Academic Writing Task1, you can write the overview in your introduction. Alternatively, it is also fine to write the overview at the end.
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It seems to be that there were grammatical errors in the essay. Specifically –
On the other hand, the rising influx of holidaymakers is associated with increased incidences of crimes, prostitution and antisocial activities like drugs, human trafficking and gambling, which affect the values of the indigenous society.
Drugs are not antisocial? The ‘usage’ of illegal substances/drugs are; Prostitution is not a crime unless legalized and the sentence does not indicate if you consider it a crime? Human trafficking is definitely a crime and again your sentence does not indicate if you consider it a criminal behaviour? Infact your sentence indicates that you consider human trafficking to be antisocial (and not a crime)? Same for gambling.
I would have said:
“…..increased incidences of criminal behaviour, such as prostitution and human trafficking, and antisocial activities, such as gambling and the use of illegal drugs….”
Am i correct?
Thanks for the suggestion. You are absolutely correct. The original sentence was a bit confusing. I have replace it with your version.
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What is boon in disguise? I always read blessing in disguise.
Can you please give some clarity?
A blessing in disguise It’s an idiom We can’t use them in writing.
There is no restriction on using idioms and phrases in essays. IELTS essays are not like the academic essays that you write in university level courses.
It is fine to use an idiom or phrase if the context is appropriate. However, don’t overdo it by using too many idioms.
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Many cities are replacing cars with bicycles. What are the reasons for this? Which do you think is better? As my point of view , I can not support its totally. Some areas exchange’s of car is bicycle .While reducing car ,air pollution and sound pollution can also control up-to some extend . Whereas both cycle and cars are a essential part of our daily life While car are very helpful during hot climate as well as rainy seasons .We can travel together with families in car ;if we have emergency case like hospital cases,airport ; cars are very useful in these time ,also we can carry lagges .The negative side of cars are the daily increase of petrol price ,where as difficult to do parking in town areas
– [ ] Since bicycle are good for health. It’s a healthy excises if we do it’s in daily life .We need just rotate the pedal with our foot step to ride the bicycle.Here we can gain petrol cash ,sound and air pollution some of the demerits are we can not travel more than 2 people in a bicycle ,as well as we can not useful at emergency cases To conclude that both car and bicycle are a important to our daily life .They have their on importance depends upon situation that occur
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The haven’t ask the opinion or your view so is it correct to write “personally” or “I” in the sample writing of 8 band ?
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100 IELTS Essay Topics for IELTS Writing
Let me start by saying that by far the best resource for authentic IELTS essay topics are the Cambridge 1 – 13 books. These are real past IELTS exam papers and, therefore, provide students with the highest quality questions for all parts of the test. However, what do you do if you have finished the Cambridge books? Or you struggle with one particular type of question and want a lot of that specific type of practise?
Well, until now, people have relied on questions that were “memorised” by test-takers(often incorrectly), or written by well-meaning teachers who have no specific education in test creation. As a result, many of the “IELTS questions” on the Internet are worded incorrectly. And, as a professional exam writer ( yes, I work creating academic exams for universities ), I know how damaging it can be if even one word in a question is changed.
So, today I am sharing my list of 100 IELTS writing topics. Some are taken from old exam papers, a few are from the Cambridge books, but most are from my own course . More importantly, I can guarantee that each of these questions is as “authentic” as a question can be. Have fun (and let me know your favourite question in the comments!)
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IELTS Discuss Both Views and Give your Own Opinion Writing Topics
- Some people think that illegal Internet downloads are having a negative effect on the music industry . Others feel that they have little or no impact on artists. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people think that exams are a good way of assessing a student’s level . Other people believe that they put unnecessary pressure on young learners and tell us very little about their actual ability. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Successful sportsmen can earn a great deal more than people in other important professions. Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people feel that there should be a fixed punishment for each type of crime . Others feel that the circumstances of an offence should be taken into account when deciding on a punishment. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people believe that all children should learn a foreign language from the time they start school, while others believe it is better to wait until a child is at secondary school. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people believe that in the near future there will be no borders between countries , while others feel that national borders will always remain. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people feel that the cost of space exploration is far too high for the benefits it brings while others argue that we space programmes should continue no matter what the cost. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people believe that advertising has a strong effect on a person’s decision-making process. Others feel that it has little or no real impact. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people believe that every human can create art . Other people think that art can only be created by people with special talents. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
- Some people feel that the media has the strongest impact on people’s lives . Others feel that it is politicians who have the most control over the way people lives. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people feel that the primary function of a university should be to prepare students for the working world. Others argue that the purpose of a university education is to provide knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people think that the teenage years are the happiest times of most people’s lives . Others think that adult life brings more happiness in spite of greater responsibilities. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, prefer to take risks and think that change is a positive thing. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people think that boys and girls should attend school together . Others feel that they should be educated separately. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
- Some people feel that global warming should be dealt with by governments. Others feel that it is the responsibility of individuals in society to solve the problem. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people think that all university students should study whatever they like . Others believe that they should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to science and technology. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people think that a sense of competition should be encouraged in children . Others believe that children who are taught to cooperate rather than compete become more useful adults. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people think that economic development is the only way to end poverty while others believe that it is causing damage to the environment and so should be stopped. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
- Some people think that new houses should be built in the same style as the older houses in an area . Others believe that the government should allow people to build houses in the style they want. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
- Some people like to spend their leisure time with their colleagues . Others think it is better to keep their private life separate from their work life. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
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T o What Extent Do you Agree or Disagree Writing Topics
- University education s hould be free for all students. To what extent do you agree or disagree
- Men and women are capable of doing all jobs equally well. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people believe that nowadays we have too much choice . To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Advertising that targets children should be banned from our televisions. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people say it is important to keep your home and your workplace tidy , with everything organised in the correct place. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- In some countries it is common for school leavers to take a year off between finishing school and starting university. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this practice?
- Open plan offices offer a better working environment for staff than a normal office. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- The recent popularity of online shopping will result in the end of high street shops. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- International sporting events promote peace between countries. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people think it is a good thing for senior managers to have much higher salaries than the other workers in a company. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- People who read for pleasure in their free time have a better imagination than those who prefer to watch TV. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people believe that children who are given pocket money every week have less problems managing money when they become adults. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people believe that eventually all jobs will be done by artificially intelligent robots . What is your opinion?
- Nowadays environmental problems are too big for individual countries or people to solve. We have reached the stage where we need cooperation on an international level to protect the environment. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people say that a person’s success is as a direct result of the way they were brought up by their parents. Do you agree or disagree?
- Some people think that plastic shopping bags should be banned because they contribute to land and sea pollution. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people who have been in prison become good citizens later, and so it is often argued that these are the best people to talk to teenagers about the dangers of committing a crime. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people believe that children should be taught how to manage money at school. Do you agree or disagree?
- Some people believe that in order for a hobby to be enjoyable , it needs to be difficult. Do you agree or disagree?
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Best Way IELTS Essay Topics
- One of the biggest problems facing the world today is growing enough food to feed the ever-expanding population . Genetically Modified foods are the best way to solve this issue . To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- The main cause of global warming is pollution from cars. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Playing computer games only has negative effects on children. To what extent do you agree or disagree
- The main reason for the high sale of consumer goods in today’s society is advertising . To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Good marketing is the key to running a successful business . To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- The best way to tackle the problem of obesity is to educate people about healthy eating. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- The most important factor in job satisfaction is salary . To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Many people use customer reviews on the Internet to make decisions about what they buy. A re customer reviews the most useful tool to use when making a purchase ?
- Many governments think that economic progress is their most important goal . Some people, however, think that other types of progress are equally important for a country. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people say that the only reason for learning a foreign language is in order to travel to or work in a foreign country . Others say that these are not the only reasons why someone should learn a foreign language. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
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Cause / Problem / Solution IELTS Essay Topics
- The increase in the number of privately-owned cars is having a negative impact on both our towns and the environment . What can individuals and the government do to reduce this problem?
- Many people play sport when they are young, but then stop when they become adults. Why do so many adults stop doing physical exercise ? What can be done to solve this problem?
- Fewer people today visit museums than in the past. Why is this? What can be done to encourage more people to visit museums in the future?
- Many animals today are being hunted to the point of extinction. What can be done to tackle this problem?
- In many countries today, the average weight of people is increasing . What has led to this situation? What can be done to solve it?
- Global warming is one of the most serious issues facing the world today. What are some of the causes of global warming? What can governments and individuals do to solve the problem?
- The gap between the rich and poor is growing. What difficulties does this cause? How can these problems be overcome?
- More people are stressed today than ever before. What are the causes of this stress? What can be done to address this problem?
- Many young people today are leaving their homes in the countryside to move to cities . Why is this happening? What can be done to encourage young people to stay in rural areas?
- Many people today are choosing to stay in rented apartments rather than hotels when they travel. What led to this change? What problems could it cause the travel industry?
- Children today spend a lot of time on social media . What potential problems could this cause and how could they be addressed?
- Many young people today will never be able to afford to buy a house . What has led to this situation? What can be done to remedy it?
- In many countries, the tradition of having family meals together is disappearing. Why is this happening? What will the effects of this be on the family and society?
- Nowadays we are producing more and more rubbish . Why do you think this is happening? What can the government do to help reduce this amount of rubbish produced?
- In many countries, the level of crime is increasing. What do you think are the main causes of crime? How can we deal with those causes?
- People today are spending more and more time outside of the home . What are the reasons for this trend? What effects is it having on individuals and society?
- In spite of the advances made in agriculture, many people around the world still go hungry . Why is this the case? What can be done about this problem?
- People today know fewer of their neighbours than in the past. Why is this? What can be done to solve this problem?
- The quality of life in many large cities is currently becoming worse. Why is this? What measures can be introduced to tackle this issue?
- Many people have jobs that involve working shifts (i.e. working at night). What are some of the problems that shift workers might face? What can be done to solve them?
IELTS Advantages and Disadvantages Essay Topics
- Thanks to low-cost airlines , many people can travel abroad. What advantages and disadvantages do tourists bring to the countries they visit?
- People today are able to take out loans from the bank or get a credit card very easily. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this practice?
- Many people use the Internet as their main educational resource . What are the advantages and disadvantages of this practice?
- In some countries, teenagers have part-time jobs while they are still at school. What benefits does this bring a child? Are there any drawbacks?
- Schools in some countries require their students to wear a uniform . What are the positives and negatives of this rule?
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Outweigh Advantages and Disadvantages Essay Topics
- Being a celebrity – such as a film star or singer – brings problems as well as benefits. Do you think that being a celebrity brings more benefits or more problems?
- As a country develops, more people are able to purchase a car . Do you think that the positive for the individual outweigh the negatives for the environment?
- Many museums charge an admission fee while others are free. Do you think that the advantages of charging admission to museums outweigh the disadvantages?
- Today, it is common to see famous sports people advertising sports products . Do the advantages of this trend outweigh the disadvantages?
- More and more people are choosing to eat ready-made meals rather than freshly cooked food. Does this trend have more advantages than disadvantages?
Positive or Negative Development IELTS Essay Topics
- Many parents today employ private tutors to teach their children after school hours. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
- Today, more people are waiting until their thirties to get married and have children . Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
- In recent years, many small local shops have closed because customers travel to large shopping centres or malls to do their shopping. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
- Countries are becoming more and more similar because people are able to buy the same products anywhere in the world. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
- Nowadays many people communicate using social media . Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
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IELTS Direct Question Writing Topics
- Some students who perform badly at school go on to have very successful lives as adults. What qualities are needed to do well at school? Are these the same qualities that help people succeed later in life?
- 100 years ago, it was felt that the human race was making progress in all areas of life . Nowadays, there is less certainty that this is the case. In what areas do you think that the most progress has been made so far? In what area are more things needed to be done?
- Many people believe that globalisation is leading to the culture of individual countries being lost . What can be done to protect a society’s traditional values?
- Children often complain that history lessons are boring because they are about a past that is dead. How can schools bring history alive for pupils?
- Some people think that the government is responsible for looking after the elderly . Others believe that it should be family members. Who do you think should take responsibility?
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IELTS Two-Part Question Essay Topics
- More and more people today are moving from the countryside . Why is this happening? Do you think it is a positive or a negative development?
- People spend a major part of their adult life at work, and job satisfaction is an important part of individual well-being. What contributes to a person feeling satisfied at work? How realistic is it for all people to feel satisfied?
- Many people have problems managing money . What skills does a person need to manage their money well? Who should teach children these skills?
- Technology has changed the way that people interact with each other. In what ways has technology changed the types of relationships that people make? Has this been a positive or negative development?
- Children have to be punished to learn the difference between right and wrong. To what extent do you agree or disagree? What sort of punishments should parents be able to give their children?
- Thanks to developments in technology, many people today have lost basic skills such as how to repair clothes, etc. Why is this happening? Do you think that this is a negative development?
- Some people think that governments should try to reduce air traffic by taxing it more heavily, Do you agree or disagree? What other methods could be used to reduce air traffic?
- Some people feel that schools should teach children how to become a good parent. Do you agree or disagree with this opinion? What skills do people need to be a good parent?
- Nowadays, men’s sport is given far more attention in society than women’s sports. What are the reasons for this? Do you think this is a positive or a negative situation?
- Advances in technology mean that many people today work from home . What has led to this change? Is it a positive or negative development?
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IELTS Writing Task 2 Essay Structures
The four most common IELTS writing Task 2 questions are: Opinion, Advantages and Disadvantages, Problem and Solution Discussion
IELTS Task 2 Essay Structures
Knowing how to structure your IELTS Writing Task 2 essay is an essential skill that can make the difference between getting and not getting the band score you deserve. With that in mind, we have outlined the most common IELTS Writing Task 2 structures below.
The five most common IELTS Writing Task 2 questions are:
- Opinion (Agree or Disagree)
- Advantages and Disadvantages
- Problem and Solution
- Discussion (Discuss both views)
- Two-part Question
Below I will outline examples and a structure approved by experienced IELTS teachers and examiners for each type of question. This will help you write a clear, coherent answer and hopefully boost your IELTS band score. I also include an example answer for each type of question so you can see the structure in a real essay.
Please note that these are general structures and may vary slightly depending on the question.
Please also note that no ‘one’ Task 2 essay structure will get you a high score. There are many types of structures that can get you a high score. These are just some I think are effective and easy to learn.
Please visit the lessons below for more detailed guidance on each type of question. I have provided a link at the end of each section.
Opinion Questions (Agree or Disagree)
Typical Question Words --
What is your opinion?
Do you agree or disagree?
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Example Question --
Some people believe that unpaid community service should be compulsory in high school programmes (for example, working for a charity, improving the neighbourhood or teaching sports to younger children).
1- Paraphrase Question
2- Give your opinion and outline the main ideas.
Main Body Paragraph 1
1- Topic Sentence
2- Explain Topic Sentence
Main Body Paragraph 2
1- Summary of main points and opinion
Student Sample Answer
It is argued that volunteering should be made part of the school curriculum. This essay agrees with that suggestion completely because it help pupils develop soft skills and helps them gain much-needed work experience.
Education should not be limited to strictly academic pursuits, and those in education should also develop life skills, such as teamwork, empathy and self-discipline, and one of the best ways to hone these aptitudes is through community service. Serving those less fortunate than ourselves teaches us many lessons, including how to work with people from other backgrounds and the value of hard work, thus enabling us to hone these skills before becoming an adult. For example, many young people from wealthier countries take a gap year and help those less fortunate than themselves to increase their gratitude for what they have and improve their work ethic.
Many colleges and companies are also increasingly looking for this type of experience. Most school leavers have the same grades, and charitable work can help set you apart from other students when making college applications. For example, Cambridge and Oxford receive thousands of applications from straight-A students yearly and can only accept a small percentage of applicants. What you have done outside the classroom often differentiates you from everyone else and gets you that coveted spot.
In conclusion, teenagers should be made to partake in unpaid work as part of their schooling because it will help them learn things they wouldn’t ordinarily learn from their teachers, and it will also boost their chances of getting into third-level education.
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Advantages and Disadvantages Questions
Typical Question Words
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages.
What are the advantages and disadvantages?
Technology is being used more and more in education.
2- Outline Main Points
Main Body Paragraph 1
1- State Two Advantages
2- Expand/Explain First Advantage
3- Expand/Explain Second Advantage
1- State Two Disadvantages
2- Expand/Explain First Disadvantage
3- Expand/Explain Second Disadvantage
1- Summary of Main Points
Student Sample Answer
It is argued that technology plays an ever-increasing role in schools and universities. Increased access to information and student freedom are the main advantages, whereas dependency on technology and decreasing levels of face-to-face contact are the main disadvantages.
Access to more information and student autonomy are the principal advantages of increasing the use of electronic devices in education. With the internet, students can access all the information available about any topic, regardless of what books and other resources are available in the school. Furthermore, students can focus on whatever topic or subject they want and study it in depth. A prime example of this is the number of online university courses available to students, covering a myriad of subjects that, up until recently, were unavailable to most learners. This has resulted in more people studying third-level degrees than ever before at a pace and schedule that suits them.
The main disadvantages associated with the increasing use of technology in education are the dependency on this technology and the decrease in face-to-face interaction between students. With many students now using the internet as their primary source of information, they often struggle to use other academic resources to find what they’re looking for. As well as this, students spend more time looking at computer screens by themselves than interacting with each other, which is thought to lead to lower levels of emotional intelligence. For instance, the recent explosion in smartphone use has been at the expense of genuine human interaction. This results in soft skills, such as verbal communication and empathy, being affected.
In conclusion, the benefits technology brings to education, such as unrestricted access to information and student autonomy, must be weighed against the drawbacks, such as dependency on this technology and the negative effects on human interaction.
For more detail on how to answer advantage and disadvantage questions, please visit our advantage and disadvantage lesson .
Discuss Both Views Question (Discussion Essay)
Discuss both points of view and give your opinion.
Technology is being used more and more in education. Some people say that this is a positive trend, while others argue that it is leading to negative consequences.
Discuss both sides of this argument and then give your own opinion.
1- Paraphrase Question and/or state both viewpoints.
2- Thesis Statement
3- Outline Sentence
1- State first viewpoint
2- Discuss first viewpoint
3- Reason why you agree or disagree with viewpoint
4- Example to support your view
1- State second viewpoint
2- Discuss second viewpoint
Sentence 1- Summary
Sentence 2- State which one is better or more important
There is an ever-increasing use of technology, such as tablets and laptops, in the classroom. It is often argued that this is a positive development, whilst others disagree and think it will lead to adverse ramifications. This essay agrees that an increase in technology is beneficial to students and teachers.
The Internet has provided students with access to more information than ever before. This has allowed learners to research and learn about any subject at the touch of a button. It is therefore agreed that technology is a very worthwhile tool for education. Wikipedia is a prime example, where students can type in any keyword and gain access to in-depth knowledge quickly and easily.
However, many disagree and feel that technology deprives people of real human interaction. Human interaction teaches people valuable skills such as discourse, debate and empathy. Without these soft skills, many people find it difficult to become successful in work and their personal lives. Despite this, human interaction is still possible through the internet, and this essay disagrees that technology should be dismissed for this reason. For instance, Skype and Facebook allow people to interact in ways that were never before possible.
While the benefits of technology, particularly the internet, allow students to tap into limitless sources of information, some still feel that people should be wary of this new phenomenon and not allow it to curb face-to-face interaction. However, as long as we carefully consider the importance of human interaction in education, the educational benefits are clearly positive.
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Problem and Solution Questions
Problem and solution.
Cause and solution.
Students are becoming more and more reliant on technology.
What are some of the problems associated with reliance on computers, and what are some of the possible solutions?
2- Outline Sentence
1- State Problems
2- Explain First Problem
3- Explain Second Problem
4- Example of Second Problem
1- State Solutions
2- Explain First Solution
3- Explain Second Solution
4- Example of Second Solution
Learners are becoming increasingly dependent on technology, such as the Internet and mobile devices. This essay believes the main problems associated with dependence on computers are the lack of original thought and copying original work from others and suggests critical thinking classes and writing analysis software as the most viable solutions.
The principal problems with over-reliance on technology are people being unable to think for themselves and plagiarism. With access to so much information, students often rely on other people’s opinions instead of forming their own. As well as this, they often use search engines to answer a question and copy the text from a website rather than thinking about the question. This practice is prohibited in schools and universities and stunts students’ intellectual development because they will never truly think for themselves, which is what university is supposed to be for. For example, many teachers complain that students copy web pages straight from Wikipedia word for word rather than giving a reasoned answer to their questions.
Solutions to these worrying problems are special classes to focus on critical thinking and teachers using anti-plagiarism software to detect copying. If teachers create situations where students have to infer meaning and express opinions based on a small amount of information, this will ensure that students have an opportunity to develop these skills. Also, if students know that their assignments are being checked for plagiarism, this will be enough to deter them from doing so. For instance, many universities already use this kind of software to scan coursework for plagiarism, and it could be extended to include all homework by learners in both secondary and tertiary education.
In conclusion, the main problems with the overuse of technology in education are the lack of original thought and plagiarism. These can be solved through special classes that teach students analytical skills and plagiarism detection software.
For more detail on how to answer problem and solution questions please visit our problem and solution lesson .
There will normally be a statement, and they will then ask you to answer separate questions.
As most people spend a major part of their adult life at work, job satisfaction is an important element of individual wellbeing.
What factor contributes to job satisfaction?
How realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers?
2- Outline Sentence (mention both questions)
1- Answer first question directly
2- Explain why
3- Further explain
1- Answer second question directly
As most adults spend most of their time at work, being content with your career is a crucial part of a person’s health and happiness. This essay will first suggest fair pay as a key element leading to job satisfaction, and it will then state that it is not very likely that everyone can be happy with their job.
The most important thing that satisfies someone at work is being compensated fairly. If those more senior than you respect you as a person and the job you are doing, then you feel like you are valued. A fair salary and benefits are important marks of respect, and if you feel you are being underpaid, you will either resent your bosses or look for another job. These two factors came top of a recent job satisfaction survey conducted by Monster.com, which found that 72% of people were pleased with their current role if their superiors regularly told them they were appreciated.
With regard to the question of happiness for all workers, I think this is and always will be highly unlikely. The vast majority of people fail to reach their goals and end up working in a post they don’t really care about in return for a salary. This money is just enough to pay their living expenses which often means they are trapped in a cycle of disenchantment. For example, The Times recently reported that 89% of office workers would leave their jobs if they did not need the money.
In conclusion, being satisfied with your trade or profession is an important part of one’s well-being, and respect from one’s colleagues and fair pay can improve your level of happiness; however, job satisfaction for all workers is an unrealistic prospect.
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Recent IELTS Essay Topics, and Latest Questions 2022
Updated On Jul 22, 2022
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- 2.1 Discussions (Discursive Essay – Discuss both views) writing task 2 topics
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The IELTS Writing tests consist of task 1 and task 2, you’ll be given an hour to complete it. For task 1, you’ll be required to write a minimum of 150 words while for task 2 a minimum of 250 words.
Since Task 2 has a higher score weightage compared to Task 1, it’ll be best not to spend more than 20 minutes on the latter so that you can have enough time in hand to complete Task 2. The marking for the writing tests will be done on factors including vocabulary, grammar, number of words used, and so on.
For writing task 2, the examiner will give you a topic for which you’ll have to write an essay about, of at least 250 words . So to help you prepare for this, below are the types of essays along with some of the IELTS writing task 2 essay topics you could use to practise on.
IELTS Essay Topics Based on Essay Types
There are different types of essays that could be given to you. IELTS essay writing ideas, and possible IELTS essay topics with sample answers for each type are mentioned below.
1. Opinion Essay
An opinion essay is an essay in which you have to explain the topic based on the opinion that you have regarding that topic. They are also called Agree/disagree essays or argumentative essays. Here are links of some latest opinion essay topics with answers.
- Environmental Protection
- Travel and tourism
- TV or Radio
- Communication technology
- Living in Campus
- Illness and Disease
- Mobile phone
- Architecture and History
- Economic Development
- Food and Transport
- Television and Children
Most societies have homeless people. Some people think that the best way to help them is to give them money. To what extent do you agree?
- Paraphrase the topic of the essay and mention the view.
- The extent of problems faced by homeless people cannot be solved only by providing financial assistance.
- Due to the unstable situation of homeless people, they might end up misusing the cash meant for their benefit or they might end up losing it.
- Summarize the essay and state the final view on the topic
The 21st century is marked by the technological, social, and economic advancement of human civilization. However, around most countries, especially third-world nations, the problem of vagrants is still a concerning issue. There are many suggestions when it comes to the upliftment of the homeless, and one of the most popular of these is financial assistance. Although monetary aid can help the destitute in several ways, it does not improve their condition substantially. In the following paragraphs, I will explore the topic in-depth and justify my views on the same.
The predicament faced by the homeless is much more complex than meets the eye. Most of the people who cannot afford the basic necessities of life are facing such hardships due to generational poverty or lack of proper education and thereby limited employment prospects. Thus, mere financial assistance in the form of cash is insufficient in ameliorating the situation of the underprivileged and unsettled.
Furthermore, due to the transient nature of vagrants, the safety of a lumpsum amount is questionable in the hands of such people. There have been many instances where individuals have faced threats and mishaps due to the possession of valuables. Also, in many cases, homeless people end up spending assistance money on harmful and illegal items. Therefore, providing such people with monetary assistance can often put their lives in danger.
Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that even the slightest degree of assistance can significantly ease the difficulties of the needful. That being said, it is important to find a long-term solution rather than providing short-term support.
In conclusion, the plight of the homeless has been a complication for ages. Thus, to overcome this problem, more sophisticated measures should be taken than giving monetary aid.
2. Discussion Essay
In a discussion essay, you’ll have to discuss for and against the given topic. Here are links of some latest discussion essay topics with answers.
- Ageing population
- Dangerous Sports
- International Car-free days
- Education and Career
- People and community
- Economic growth
Online education is becoming more and more popular. Some people claim that e-learning has so many benefits that it will replace face-to-face education soon. Others say that traditional education is irreplaceable. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
- Elaborate on the topic and mention the contents of the following paragraphs.
- The benefits of online education and their impact on the future of education.
- The values of face to face learning and how it leads to better mental development.
- Summarize the essay and mention the final opinion on the topic.
Technological advancement is one of the highlights of the modern era. Today, online education has become so common that nearly all kinds of courses are available online. Preparation resources for every examination, along with video tutorials, are also provided via online platforms. It is believed by many that e-learning will replace the traditional ways of education. However, there is also a sizeable chunk of the population that believes conventional methods of teaching will always be superior. In this essay, I will elaborate on the topic from both perspectives and justify why I think online education will be the preferred method of learning in the future.
There is no doubt that learning through online platforms has become a common approach for countless students. The degree of comfort and convenience enjoyed by students while studying on their personal computers is unmatched. Additionally, with the availability of numerous tools and facilities online, students can now learn in a more sophisticated and substantial manner. Also, students can access their reference material at any point in time without any hindrance when online education is concerned.
Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that classroom learning has its own advantages. The level of retention is remarkably higher when an individual learns a concept or a subject directly from a teacher in a physical environment. Since students are able to see and hear the lectures by the professor, they are able to understand and analyse the material relatively better.
Finally, the better approach to learning is greatly influenced by personal choice. That being said, with the pace at which technology is progressing, it is safe to say that online learning will be the primary mode of education in the future.
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3. Advantage or Disadvantage Essay
For this type of essay, you have to write about the positive and negative aspects of the given topic. Here are links of some latest advantage/disadvantage essay topics with answers.
- Living in big cities
- Youth and Community
- Traffic and Accommodation
- Remote Environment
Memorization of information by frequent repetition (rote learning) plays a role in most education systems. Do the advantages of this method of learning outweigh its disadvantages?
Advantages and Disadvantages Essay
- Paraphrase the topic and state the view.
- Mention the contents of the following paragraphs.
- List the advantages of rote learning and how it is more convenient than other methods.
- Mention the disadvantages of rote learning and its negative effects.
- Summarize the topic and state the final opinion.
There have been many approaches to learning as education has evolved over the years. For the past few years, rote learning has become an inherent part of education systems and learning in general. Many students follow this method religiously for exam preparations as it is a very convenient method of learning. However, like any other approach or method, rote learning also has pros and cons. In the following paragraphs, I will elaborate on the advantages and disadvantages of memorization by repetition.
Firstly, rote memorization is one of the simplest ways of committing information to memory. This is a prime reason for this technique being so popular. Since this method allows students to learn a particular topic without understanding the meaning of the concepts, it enables them to prepare for examinations in a time-efficient manner as it takes significantly less time to cover the entire syllabus using this technique.
Au contraire, this method of memorization can have problematic consequences in the future if used far too often. If an individual learns an important topic or subject with the aid of rote learning, they might be unable to apply the knowledge from that subject in real life. As memorization by repetition indirectly obstructs mental development and growth of aptitude, people might find themselves in a plight when a situation arrives where conceptual knowledge is mandatory. Additionally, this method of learning tends to become habitual and thereby hard to change.
In conclusion, I would like to say that rote learning has become a very typical part of the present education system. Nevertheless, we must understand that such an approach does not facilitate proper learning.
4. Solution Essay
In solution essays, the topic will be a problem and you’ll have to give a solution to the particular issue. Sometimes the question may also be posed as to why this particular issue happened, and you’ll have to present your opinions based on the issue. Here are links to some latest cause/solution essay topics with answers.
- People and Society
- Energy Resources
- Birth Rate developed in countries
- Child Obesity
The world is experiencing a dramatic increase in population. This is causing problems not only for the poor undeveloped countries but also for industrialised and developing nations. Describe some of the problems that overpopulation causes. and suggest at least one possible solution.
- Paraphrase the topic using synonyms.
- Mention the contents of the subsequent paragraphs.
- List the major issues caused by overpopulation.
- Suggest possible solutions to overcome the mentioned problems.
- Summarize the essay and mention the solutions in brief.
The world population has reached tremendous heights over the last few decades, and today the current estimate on the number of inhabitants globally stands at 7.8 billion. The global population is rising at an alarming rate, and concurrently, this has led to numerous hardships to the entire human civilization. The adverse effects of overpopulation have not only been seen by third-world countries, but developed nations have also faced the issues caused by excessive population growth. In the following paragraphs, I will explore some pressing complications caused by excess population and possible solutions that can be implemented.
To begin with, one of the most consequential problems caused by overpopulation is the depletion of natural resources. Fossil fuels are on the verge of being completely exhausted with the rate at which they are being used by human beings. At the same time, water bodies are becoming contaminated, and the natural flora and fauna of the earth are also being destroyed for capitalist gains. Also, the overall surge in population puts an enormous strain on the government resources, availability of food and proper sheltering, etc.
In order to tackle the problem of overpopulation, people have to be educated on various aspects and topics that are typically stigmatized in various societies. Indeed, the growth in population cannot be curbed immediately. Thus, to ease the dependence of mankind on fossil fuels, alternative sources of energy must be discovered. If global superpowers and wealthy nations work in unison against the issue of excessive population growth, only then will this predicament be ameliorated.
Finally, the issues caused by overpopulation and excessive population growth cannot be improved straight away. However, we all must work towards improving this situation in order to create a better future for coming generations.
5. Direct Question Essay
For this type of essay, the topic will be a question for which you’ll have to answer based on your thoughts and experiences. Here are links of some latest direct question essay topics with answers.
- Art and Technology
- Freedom of Speech
- Gender discrimination
- Different medical tradition
- Natural Resources
Today more people are travelling than ever before. Why is this the case? What are the benefits of travelling for the traveller?
Direct Question Essay
- Paraphrase the topic.
- Reasons behind travelling becoming common and frequent among people.
- Benefits of travelling.
- Summarize the topic and mention your answers in brief.
Visiting a foreign nation for leisure or work has become a regular affair for a majority of people in this day and age. Today, not going for a vacation atleast once in a calendar year is considered outlandish and atypical. The global tourism industry has developed to quite an extent over the last few years. In this essay, I am going to explore the reasons behind this trend of travelling and mention what travellers gain from their journeys.
People in the present era travel for a variety of reasons. Some of the chief reasons for travelling are better educational services, lucrative employment opportunities and also higher standards of living. With the advancement of technology and accessibility of information by the internet, people can make their travel plans with accuracy with the help of reliable information from travel websites and blogs. Additionally, countries across the globe have recognized the importance of tourism as a contributor to the economy of a nation and therefore have relaxed the travel laws making international travel significantly straightforward.
Travelling can lead to a plethora of benefits both physically and mentally in the life of a human being. People are often engaged in full-time job roles where they dedicate most of their time and energy. Amidst such a tedious routine, travel can help people take a break from the monotony of work and recharge their energy. Travelling also presents an individual with better opportunities in terms of education, employment, and living standards which might not be available in their native country.
In conclusion, I would like to say that the rise in travel and tourism of people is a direct consequence of the development of human civilization. As we progress further into the future, such ventures are becoming more simple and convenient.
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Discussions (discursive essay – discuss both views) writing task 2 topics.
- Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of society. Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn this. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people say that the government should not put money on building theatres and sports stadiums. Others argue that they should spend more money on medical care and education. Discuss both views and give your opinion
- Films and computer games containing violence are popular. Some people say they have negative impacts on sooety and should be banned, while others say they are just harmless relaxation. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
- Some people think that people moving to a new country should accept new culture in the foreign country. Others think that they should live as a separate minority group with different lifestyle. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
- Many people think that cheap air travel should be encouraged because it gives ordinary people freedom to travel further. However, others think this leads to environmental problems, so air travel should be more expensive in order to discourage people from having it. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- Some people choose to eat no meat or fish. They believe that this is not only betterfor their own health but also benefits the world as a whole. Discuss this view and give your own opinion
- Some people say art (music, paintings, poetry etc.) can be created by any human being, while others believe that only people born with special abilities can create art. Discuss both views and give your own opinion
- Teachers used to convey information, but now with wide resources of information. Some people think that there is no role for teachers to play in modern education, others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion?
- Everyone should stay in school until the age of eighteen. Evaluate the arguments both and against this before reaching an opinion?
- Some people think that robots are very important for humans’ future development. Others, however, think that robots are a dangerous invention that could have negative effects on society. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- The development of technology has causes environmental problems. So, some people think people should choose a simpler way of life, while others think we should use technology to solve these problems. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
- The society would benefit from a ban on all forms of advertising because it serves no useful purpose, and can even be damaging. However, others argue that there are still some advantages of adverts. Discuss both views and give your opinion?
- Some people think that the news media nowadays have influenced people’s lives in negative ways. Others disagree and say that it is also positive. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
- Team activities can teach more skills for life than those activities which are played alone. Explain the benefits of each and give your own view?
- Some people say that healthcare and education should be the responsibility of the government but some people think that that it is the responsibility of the individuals themselves. Discuss both views and give your opinion?
- Some people think that cultural traditions may be destroyed when they are used as money-making attractions aimed at tourists. Others believe that is the only way to save these traditions. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
Opinion (Argumentative Essay – Agree or Disagree) writing task 2 topics
- Too much money has been spent on looking after and repairing old buildings. Therefore, we should knock down old buildings and build modern ones instead To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Researches show that overeating is as harmful as smoking. Therefore, the advertisements of food products should be banned in the same way as the cigarettes advertising is banned in many countries. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people say that subjects like arts, music, drama and creative writing are more beneficial to children and therefore they need more of these subjects to be included in the timetable. Do you agree or disagree?
- Some people think that the government should not spend money on building theatres and sports stadiums. Instead, it should spend more money on medical care and education. Do you agree or disagree?
- The best way to understand other culture is to work in a multinational organization. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- The advantage of English spreading as a global language will continue to outweigh the disadvantages. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Is it better to be unemployed in jobs rather than to be employed in jobs even if they don’t feel happy or enjoy. Do you agree or disagree?
- Individual greed and selfishness have been the basis of the modern society. Some people think that we must return to the older and more traditional values of respect for the family and the local community in order to create a better world to live in. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Nowadays young people are spending their leisure period in shopping centers but not engaging themselves in other activities such as sport or music, which can affect themselves and society negatively. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Many students have to study subjects which they do not like. Some people think this is a complete waste of time. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
- It is generally discussed among the public that extreme sports such as sky diving and rock-climbing should be banned. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
- Leisure is a growing industry, but people no longer entertain themselves as much as they used to because the use of modern technology has made them less creative. What is your opinion?
- Sending criminals to prison is not the best method of dealing with them. Education and job training are better ways to help them. Do you agree or disagree?
- Some people think that children’s success in adult life depends on the way their parents brought up them. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people think the government should pay for health care and education, but other people claim that it is the individual’s responsibility. Discuss both views and give your opinion?
- Many employees may work at home with the modern technology. Some people claim that it can benefit only the workers, not the employers. Is it a positive or negative development?
- The detailed description about crime will affect the people and cause many social problems. Some people say that the media should be strictly controlled. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- It is more important for a building to serve a purpose than to look beautiful. Architects shouldn’t worry about producing building as a work of art. Do you agree or disagree?
- Some people claim that public museums and art galleries will not be needed because people can see historical objects and works of art by using a computer. Do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
- An American film actor once said, “Tomorrow is important and precious”. Some people think individuals and society should pay more attention to the future than to the present. Do you agree or disagree?
- Rich countries should not employ skilled labor from poor countries, as poor countries need the workers more. Do you agree or disagree?
- Individuals should not be allowed to carry guns. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
- Money for postgraduate research is limited. Some people think that financial support from governments should be only provided for scientific research rather than research for less useful subjects. Do you agree or disagree?
- Television has changed the quality of life for the ordinary person. Do you agree or disagree?
- Some people think typical teaching of a teacher and students in the class will not exist by the year 2050. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about this view?
- In several years many languages die out. Some say it is not important because if we speak fewer languages life would be easier. Do you agree or disagree?
- Wild animals have no place in the 21st century, and the protection is a waste of resources. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Some people believe that tourists should accept social and environmental responsibility while others believe that tourists should not accept any responsibility at all. What is your opinion?
- Some people argue that individuals can do nothing to improve the environment. Therefore, only governments and large companies can make a difference. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
- Today, majority of children are raised by their grandparents due to the fact that their parents are busy working. To what extent do you think that it affects the whole family?
- Fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) are the main sources in many countries, but in some countries the use of alternative sources of energy (wind energy and solar energy) are encouraged. To what extent do you think it is a positive or negative development?
- The government is responsible for protecting a nation’s cultural identity. Thus, some people believe new buildings should be built in traditional styles. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
- Some people argue that companies and private individuals, rather than governments, should pay for pollution. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Children who grow up in families which are short of money are better prepared with the problems of adult life than children who are brought up by wealthy parents. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- The only way to improve the safety on our own road is to have stricter punishment for driving offenders. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- The main purpose of public libraries is to provide books and they shouldn’t waste their limited resources and space on providing expensive hi-tech media such as computer software, videos and DVDs. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
- Some people believe that air travel should be restricted because it causes serious pollution and uses up the world’s fuel resources. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- One long-distance flight consumes fuel which a car uses in several years’ time, but they cause the same amount of pollution. So some people think that we should discourage non-essential flights, such as tourist travel, rather than to limit the use of cars. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Housing shortage in big cities can cause severe social consequences. Some people think only government action can solve this problem. What is your opinion?
- The best way to solve the world’s environmental problem is to increase the price of fuel. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
- Earlier technological developments brought more benefits and changed the lives of ordinary people more than recent technological developments. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- The workplace nowadays is trying to employ the equal number of females and males. Do you think it is a positive or negative development? In modern society it is possible to go shopping, work and communicate via the internet without face-to-face contact with others. Is it positive or negative?
- In order to learn a language well, we should also learn about the country as well as the cultures and lifestyles of the people who speak this language. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
- Multi-cultural societies, in which there is a mixture of different ethnic peoples, bring more benefits than drawbacks to a country. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
- Some people think the main purpose of schools is to turn the children into good citizens and workers, rather than to benefit them as individuals. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
- Throughout the history, male leaders always lead us to violence and conflict. If a society is governed by female leaders it will be more peaceful. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
- When international media (including movies, fashion shows, advertisements and other TV programmes) convey the same messages to the global audience, people argue that the expansion of international media has negative impacts on cultural diversity. What is your opinion?
- Some people argue that the government should spend money on public services and facilities, but not on the arts. Do you agree or disagree?
- In some countries old age is highly valued, while in others youth is emphasized. Which viewpoint do you agree with?
- Do you agree or disagree with the statement that families are as close as they used to be?
- Tobacco is a kind of drug. People have been free to use it. Some people think that it should be illegal to use it comparing with other drugs. To what extent do you agree or disagree? What is your opinion?
Advantages & Disadvantages writing task 2 topics
- Do you agree that the advantages cars bring outweigh the disadvantages?
- Some people think that animals should be kept in men made cells. What are the disadvantages of keeping animal in zoos?
- People can live and work anywhere they want to choose because of improved communication technology and transport. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?
- Food can be produced much more cheaply today because of improved fertilizers and better machinery. However, some of the methods used to do this may be dangerous to human health and may have negative effects on local communities. What are the advantages and disadvantages?
- The spread of English as a “global language” is an issue nowadays. To what extent do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
- As global trade increases between different countries, many daily necessities are produced in other countries. Such goods are usually transported a long distance. Do the benefits of this trend outweigh its drawbacks?
- It is better for students at university to live far away from home than to live at home with their parents. What are the advantages and disadvantages, and give your own opinion?
- Many museums charge people for admission while others are free. Do you think the advantages of charging people for admission to museum outweigh the disadvantages?
Problems/Causes & Solutions writing task 2 topics
- The subjects and lesson contents are decided by the authorities such as the government. Some people argue that teachers should make the choice. What are the pros and cons of each method, give some solutions?
- The speeding up of life in many areas such as travel and communication has negative effects on society at all levels— individual, national and global. Evaluate the effects?
- In some countries, the rate of crimes committed by teenagers is increasing. What are the reasons and what can be done to relieve the problem?
- The major cities in the world are growing fast, as well as their problems. What are the problems that young people living in cities are faced with? Give some solutions to these problems.
- In some countries, a high proportion of criminal acts are committed by teenagers. Why is it the case? What can be done to deal with this?
Two-part Questions writing task 2 topics
- Some people believe they should keep all the money they have earned and should not pay tax to the state. What is the purpose of taxes? Why do some people refuse to pay taxes and explain the effects on society?
- People find it very difficult to speak in public or to give a presentation before an audience. Do you think public speaking skill is really important? Give reasons.
- Many people are optimistic of the 21st century and see it as an opportunity to make positive changes to the world. To what extent do you share their optimism? What changes would you like to see in the new century?
- Many people say that we have developed into a “throw-away” culture because we are filling up our environment with so many plastic bags and rubbish that we cannot fully dispose of. To what extent do you agree with this opinion and what measures can you recommend reducing this problem?
- With the increase in the use of mobile phones and computers, fewer people are writing letters. Some people think that the traditional skill of writing letters will disappear completely. To what extent do you agree or disagree? How important do you think is letter-writing?
- In the past, buildings often reflected the culture of a society but today all modern buildings look alike and cities throughout the world are becoming more and more similar Why is it the case? Is it a good thing or bad thing?
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write at least 150 words for task 1. write at least 250 words for task 2. write your answers in the answer booklet. write clearly in pen or pencil; you may make alterations, but make sure your work is easy to read. At the end of the test, hand in both the question paper and your answer booklet. IELTS practice Academic Writing test. Task 1. Task 2.
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You need to write at least 250 words and justify your opinion with arguments, discussion, examples, problem outlining, proposing possible solutions and supporting your position. You will have approximately 40 minutes to finish your Essay Writing. IELTS Writing Task 2 carries more weights than Writing Task 1.
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The Essay Writing section of the IELTS Writing Module can be a difficult task for many IELTS aspirants. Thus, it is vital that you polish your essay writing skills before attempting the IELTS by practising various model essay topics. A well-organized essay will help in scoring a desirable band in the writing test.
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IELTS Writing Task 2 essay with model answer. You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic. International tourism has brought enormous benefit to many places. At the same time, there is concern about its impact on local inhabitants and the environment.. Do the disadvantages of international tourism outweigh the advantages?
IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay: You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Some people believe that old buildings should be protected by law. Others, however, think that they should be replaced by new buildings. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
These IELTS sample essays have been organised so that it is simple for you to observe how specific essay question types call for specific solutions to be given in order to ensure the question is completely addressed. Particularly, these are: Agree / Disagree Discuss Two Opinions Causes Problems and Solutions Advantages and Disadvantages Other Types
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