IELTS Writing Practice Test 2 from Cambridge IELTS 6

IELTS Writing Practice Test 2 from Cambridge IELTS 6

IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic:

Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal more money 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 opinion


Identifying the essay type: Discussion + opinion essay (Discuss both views and give your opinion)
Structuring the essay:
Sentence 1: Introduce the given topic about the difference in salaries between sport celebrities and other professions
Sentence 2: Clearly and directly state my propensity for which side of the argument with one short and simple sentence (agree with people who think this is unfair)


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Paragraph 1: 2 reasons why some people think sport celebrities’ high salaries are justifiable.
 Consistent hardwork and harsh training
 Participation in local or international competitions to gain honor for their country.
Paragraph 2: 2 reasons why others think it is unfair
 Other professions which are indispensable and much more essential for society such as scientists or doctors. They are paid much less than sport celebrities despite their great contributions.
 Sometimes sport stars might set a bad example or cause severe damage to the image of their country. All of those stars still receive huge payment and sponsorships, which is a sign of unfairness.

Restate my favorable side

Band 8.0 Sample Answer:

People have different views about the huge difference in salaries between sport stars and people of other professions. In my opinion, I would argue that it is unfair for people working in other fields.

On the one hand, some people have several reasons for their support for sport stars’ current salaries. Firstly, they believe that becoming a successful individual in the field of sports would require consistent hardwork and harsh training regulations. If those celebrities did not have considerable determination, their chance of worldwide acknowledgement would be fragile. Therefore, they truly deserve high salaries according to what they have to go through. Secondly, they represent their countries to participate in international competitions, such as the World Cup, to gain honor for their nations, which justifies their enormous earnings.

On the other hand, I would side with those who think that it is unfair for other people. Other professions such as scientists or doctors are indispensable and much more essential for social development and security. However, science or medical experts are paid much less than sport celebrities regardless of their great contributions to techonological advancement and health care. Furthermore, sometimes sport stars might set a bad example or cause severe damage to the image of their country. All of those stars still receive huge payment and sponsorships in comparison with that of scientists and doctors, which is a sign of unfairness.

In conclusion, I agree with people who think paying sport professionals much higher than those who silently make contributions to society is unreasonable.

(252 words)

Useful vocabulary:

Consistent hardwork and harsh training regulations
Considerable determination
Worldwide acknowledgement
– Gain honor for
– Social development and security
– A sign of unfairness

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