Sample Essays In Ielts Writing Task 2 Topics

IELTS Writing Questions

There IELTS writing questions are examples of essay questions given in the IELTS exam for Task 2.

The essay questions have been divided into common IELTS writing topics and many have model answers.

This way you can easily see and understand the kind of areas of knowledge you will need to know about in order to help you do well in the test.

Some of the IELTS writing questions could of course be in more than one topic area.




Animals


A growing number of people feel that animals should not be exploited by people and that they should have the same rights as humans, while others argue that humans must employ animals to satisfy their various needs, including uses for food and research.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Model Answer



Blood sports have become a hot topic for debate in recent years. As society develops it is increasingly seen as an uncivilized activity and cruel to the helpless animals that are killed. All blood sports should be banned.

Discuss the main arguments for this statement and give your own opinion.



Examine the arguments in favour of and against animal experiments, and come to a conclusion on this issue.

Model Answer


Culture and Traditions


Government investment in the arts, such as music and theatre, is a waste of money. Governments must invest this money in public services instead.

To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Model Answer



It is inevitable that as technology advances, traditional cultures will be lost. It seems that we cannot have these two things together.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?



There are many types of music in the world today. Why do we need music? Is the traditional music of a country more important and should it be preserved or is international music that is heard everywhere nowadays more useful to a society?



Many old buildings protected by law are part of a nation’s history. Some people think they should be knocked down and replaced by news ones.

How important is it to maintain old buildings?

Should history stand in the way of progress?

Model Answer


Education


Some people believe the aim of university education is to help graduates get better jobs. Others believe there are much wider benefits of university education for both individuals and society.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Model Answer



Education is not a luxury, but a basic human right and as such should be free for everyone irrespective of personal wealth.

Do you agree or disagree?



Some people think that children's free time must include educational activities otherwise they will waste their time.

What is your opinion?



Formal examinations are the only effective way to assess a student's performance. Continual assessment such as course work and projects is not a satisfactory way to do this.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?





Environment


Developed countries have created many environmental problems in the World, particularly in their contribution to global warming.

Why is global warming a problem?

What can be done to reduce the dangers of global warming?



In order to solve traffic problems, governments should tax private car owners heavily and use the money to improve public transportation.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a solution?

Model Answer



Global warming is one of the most serious issues that the world is facing today.

What are the causes of global warming and what measures can governments and individuals take to tackle the issue?

Model Answer



Logging of the rain forests is a serious problem and it may lead to the extinction of animal life and human life.

To what extent to you agree of disagree?



Overpopulation of urban areas has led to numerous problems.

Identify one or two serious ones and suggest ways that governments and individuals can tackle these problems.

Model Answer


Health, Fitness and Diet


Currently there is a trend towards the use of alternative forms of medicine. However, at best these methods are ineffective, and at worst they may be dangerous.

To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Model Answer



The percentage of overweight children in western society has increased by almost 20% in the last ten years.

Discuss the causes and effects of this disturbing trend.

Model Answer



Eating a balanced diet is the most important factor for a healthy life.

To what extent do you agree?



Do the dangers derived from the use of chemicals in food production and preservation outweigh the advantages?

Model Answer



Many of the medical problems that people are experiencing in today's world are due to the fact that we have a very sedentary lifestyle.

To what extent to you agree?



Stress is now a major problem in many countries around the world.

What are some of the factors in modern society that cause this stress, and how can we reduce it? 

Model Answer


Media


Some of the methods used in advertising are unethical and unacceptable in today’s society.

To what extent do you agree with this view?

Model Answer



Are famous people treated unfairly by the media? Should they be given more privacy, or is the price of their fame an invasion into their private lives?



These days, we are seeing an increasing amount of violence on television, and this is having a negative impact on children's behaviour.

Do you agree or disagree?


Families and Children


Nowadays, families are not as close as in the past and a lot of people have become used to this. 

Explain the reasons for this and discuss any possible effects it may have on society.



There is an increasing trend around the world to have a small family rather than a large family.

What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of having a small family rather than a large family? 


Crime and the Law


Smoking not only harms the smoker, but also those who are nearby. Therefore, smoking should be banned in public places.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Model Answer



Some people think that the best way to reduce crime is to give longer prison sentences. Others, however, believe there are better alternative ways of reducing crime.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Model Answer



Levels of youth crime are increasing rapidly in most cities around the world.

What are the reasons for this, and suggest some solutions.

Model Answer



Smokers have rights too, so they should be allowed to smoke in public places.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?




Technology


In the last 20 years there have been significant developments in the field of information technology (IT), for example the World Wide Web and communication by email. However, future developments in IT are likely to have more negative effects than positive.

To what extent do you agree with this view?

Model Answer



People use computers when they work or go banking, but some argue that it will make people isolated and decrease their social skills.

To what extent do you agree with this viewpoint?



Some people think that computers are more of a hindrance than a help in today's society. Others believe that they are such indispensable tools that they would not be able to live or work without them.

Discuss both opinions and give your opinion.



Nowadays many people have access to computers on a wide basis and a large number of children play computer games.

What are the negative and positive impacts of playing computer games and what can be done to minimize the bad effects?

Model Answer



Do you think that modern technology, such as the internet and computers will ever replace the book or the written word as the main source of information?


Science


Genetic engineering is an important issue in modern society. Some people think that it will improve people's lives in many ways. Others feel that it may be a threat to life on earth.

Discuss both opinions and give your opinion?



As people live longer and longer, the idea of cloning human beings in order to provide spare parts is becoming a reality. The idea horrifies most people, yet it is no longer mere science fiction.

To what extent do you agree with such a procedure?

Have you any reservations?

Model Answer




 

How can I use sample answers?

Sample answers are great because they provide a good model for you to compare your writing with. However, simply reading lots of them is not going to make you a better writer.

Think about it this way, how many millions of people watch world class footballers like Messi and Ronaldo every week? Does it improve their football skills? Maybe if they go and practice what they learned, but not a bit if they do nothing.

In order to really improve you have to actively use the answers below, not passively read them and then expect to magically improve. Follow the plan of action below.

Plan of Action

  1. Read the questions, but DO NOT read the answers. Even taking a brief look at the question will influence your answer.
  2. Attempt the answer under exam conditions.
  3. Compare what you have with the sample answer.
  4. Think about the ideas, the structure, the organisation, vocabulary and grammar. It is important that you really think deeply about how the author used each of the elements above.
  5. Don’t worry if your answer is very different. There are many different ways to answer a Task 2 question.
  6. Go back and improve your original answer with some of the elements of the sample answer.

100 Sample Questions

If you don’t want sample answers and just want to look at lots of practice questions, here is a list of over 100 of them.

100 Sample Questions

You can find some more sample questions on the official IELTS website and British Council site.

Answers with Examiner’s Reports

To give you an insight into how the examiner marks your test, here are some answers with examiner’s comments at the end.

Student’s Band 9 Answer

Childcare Discussion Essay and Examiner’s Report

Student’s Band 6 Answer and Examiner’s Report

Agree or Disagree Questions

In these questions, you are given a statement and asked if you agree or disagree with it. They are also sometimes called ‘Opinion’ questions.

Student’s Essay on Voluntary Service

An Essay Most Students Got Wrong

Languages Agree or Disagree Essay

Agree or Disagree Sample Essays

Compulsory Voluntary Work in High School

To what extent do you agree or disagree?- Technology

Agree or Disagree- Arts at Primary School Level

Agree or Disagree- Online Lectures

Positive or Negative Development- Shopping

Environmental Essay with Short Introduction and Conclusion

Railway vs Road Essay

Discussion Questions

In these questions, you are given two opposing points of view and asked to discuss both of them and give your opinion.

Some people say that the best way to improve public health is by increasing the number of sports facilities.

Discussion and Opinion (University Education) 

Discussion Essay- Student Rewards

Childcare Discussion Essay Good and Bad Example

Discuss Both Views- Mixed Schools

Advantage and Disadvantage Questions

In these questions, you are normally given one issue and asked to discuss the positive and negative sides of that issue.

Advantages and Disadvantages Essay- Multinational Companies 

Problem/Causes and Solutions

Sometimes you are asked about the problems that a certain issue causes and sometimes you are asked about the causes of a certain problem. An important distinction as you will see below.

Causes and Solutions- Health and Fitness 

Good and Bad Example- Old and Young People in the Job Market 

A Problem Solution Essay

Double Questions

An increasingly common question gives one issue and then asks two separate questions about it.

Double Questions Sample Answer- Technology

Physical Appearance

Self-Driving Cars

More to come….

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