IELTS Writing Practice Test 16 With Sample Answer

IELTS Writing Practice Test 16 With Sample Answer

 IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic:

Every country has poor people and every country has different ways of dealing with the poor. What are some of the reasons for world poverty? What can be done to help the poor?


Identifying the essay type: Two questions
Structuring the essay:


Begins with a general idea that takes into account the key topic words (a definition of poor people). The last sentence includes a thesis statement which shows the direction that will be supported in the body.


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Paragraph 1:

The first cause of poverty: war.

Then, it suggests a solution; peaceful negotiation by the world leaders

Paragraph 2:

The second cause of poverty: overpopulation and underdevelopment, unemployment and natural disasters:

Next, it mentions solutions: aid from developed countries, economic development and birth control policies


Restatement of the thesis


Every country, no matter how affluent, has groups of people who live in poverty. Poor people can be described as those who are lacking in goods and services to the point where their lives become miserable. They may lack such important goods as food and shelter and such services as health care and education. It is interesting in this article to examine some of the main causes of poverty and suggest some possible solutions.

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A major cause of poverty has always been war. The recent war in Afghanistan saw people evicted from their homes and deprived of food and shelter, and of services such as hospitals, schools, gas, water and electricity. Media coverage of the war caused worldwide revulsion. The solution to war may be such universal rejection that the world leaders will not consider it as an option and seek peaceful negotiation instead.

Some countries such as India and China have the problems of both overpopulation and underdevelopment. They simply do not create enough wealth per capita for their people to escape from poverty. This is changing in many places as countries have adopted effective measures to reduce their birth rate and develop their resources. Other countries are facing the problems of unemployment and natural disasters. The possible solutions for some countries include massive aid from the rest of the word whereas for bigger countries like China and India, the best solutions lie in the development of their national economy and the implementation of birth control policies.

In conclusion, poverty can be attributed to the frequent occurrences of war, natural disasters as well as overpopulation, unemployment and underdevelopment. The problems at times appear overwhelming, with no solution. Despite this, much good work is being done, with more people than ever enjoying a good quality of life.

Useful vocabulary

  • Affluent
  • Miserable
  • Evicted from their homes
  • Deprived of food and shelter
  • Universal rejection
  • Seek peaceful negotiation
  • Overpopulation
  • The implementation of birth control policies.

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    • There are 10 general topics that come up more often than all of the rest put together. They are:

      Public Transport
      Criminal Justice
      Youth Crime
      Government Spending

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