IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 Sample Questions (2013 – 2020) & Model Answers PDF

ielts writing task 2 questions with model essays
ielts writing task 2 questions with model essays

Though IELTS writing is considered to be difficult for some students, it’s helpful to know that the task questions are repeated quite often. We have created this list of common writing topics to help you develop your vocabulary list for each topic and focus on these to achieve a high band score in IELTS Writing!

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General Training Writing Task 2

General Task 2 of the Writing module might be a discursive essay question that will require you to write on a topic relating to social issues. You’ll be given a point of view or a problem and asked for your opinion regarding the same. The content of the essay must match the question and be logically and grammatically connected.

Students are guided step-by-step through the different tasks in the writing module, using material developed in the classroom, on how to achieve a high IELTS score.

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There are 14 general topics that come up more often than all of the rest put together. They are:

  1. EDUCATION
  2. TRANSPORT
  3. FAMILY & CHILDREN
  4. LANGUAGE
  5. WORK/ CAREER
  6. ENVIRONMENT
  7. GOVERNMENT SPENDING
  8. TRAVEL & TOURISM
  9. TECHNOLOGY
  10. SOCIETY/ GLOBAL ISSUES
  11. HEALTH
  12. MEDIA (TV/ ADVERTISING)
  13. FOOD
  14. CRIME
  15. SPORT

You can look at a selective collection of IELTS Writing tests categorized into these writing topics to be well-prepared for your Writing test.

Sport 

2020 :

Today, TV channels provide man’s sports show more than women’s sports show. Why? Should TV channel give equal time to women’s sport and men’s sport?

Family & Children

2015 :

Nowadays, a lot of families have both parents working. Some working parents believe other family members like grandparents can take care of their children, while others think childcare centres provide the best care. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

==> IELTS Writing Actual Test & Band 9.0 Discursive Essay – Topic: Childcare

Nowadays, more and more people decide to have children later in their life. What are the reasons? What are the effects on society and family life?

==>IELTS Writing Actual Test In April, 2016 – Band 8.5 Advantage/Disadvantage Essay

Children are facing more pressures nowadays from academic, social and commercial perspectives. What are the causes of these pressures and what measures should be taken to reduce these pressures?

==>IELTS Writing Actual Test In December, 2015 & Band 9.0 Cause/Solution Essay

2016 :

Certain parents give their children everything they ask for. Is it good for children? What are the consequences when they grow up?

==> Sample Answers

Nowadays a lot of parents believe that children’s usage of tablets or computers would be good for their future academic career. What are the advantages and disadvantages? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

In recent years, the family structure has changed, as well as family roles. What types of changes are occurring? Do you think these changes are positive and negative?

==>Band 8.5 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

Studies have suggested that nowadays children watch much more television than they did in the past and spend less time on active or creative things. What are the reasons and what measures should be taken to encourage children to spend more time on active or creative things?

==>Sample Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

It is more important for school children to learn about local history than world history. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
==> 2 Band 9.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

Many people believe that schools should teach children to become good citizens and workers rather than independent individuals. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion and relevant examples.

==> Band 8.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

Some people say that computer games are bad for children, by all means, others believe that these games are contributing to children’s development. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

==>  Band 9.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

New parents should attend parenting classes to learn how to bring up their children well. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement? Give your opinion, supported by examples from your own experience.

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Language

2017 :

Some schools start teaching a foreign language in primary school years. Do the advantages of teaching languages to young children outweigh the disadvantages? Give your own opinion and examples.

==>  Sample Answers 

Scientists say that in the future all of humanity will speak the same language. Do you think this is a positive or negative social development?

Traffic/ Transport

2015 :

The best way for governments to solve the problem of traffic congestion is by providing free public transport in 24 hours per day, and seven days a week. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Traffic and accommodation problems are increasing and the government should encourage some businesses to move from cities to rural areas. Does advantage outweigh the disadvantages?

==>IELTS Advantage/Disadvantage Essay Of Band 8.5 – Topic: Traffic & Accommodation

Some people believe the government should spend money on building trains and subway lines to reduce traffic congestion. Others think that building more and wider roads is a better way to reduce traffic congestion. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

==>Band 8.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

2017 :

Not so many people use a bicycle although it has many benefits. Why? How do you encourage people to use bicycles more often?

In some cities, people are choosing cars instead of bicycles, while in other cities riding bikes are replacing cars. Why is this the case? Which development do you think is better?

Cycling is more environmentally friendly than other forms of transport. Why is it not popular in many places? And how to increase its popularity?

==> Band 8.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

2018 :

Some people think that strict punishments for driving offence are the key to reducing traffic accidents. Others, however, believe that other measures would be more effective in improving road safety. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

The government should provide 27/4 free public transportation to reduce traffic congestion. Do you agree or disagree?

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Education, Students & Young People

2013 :

Nowadays, not enough students choose science subjects at university in many countries. What are the reasons for this problem? What are the effects on society?

2014 :

Many students find it difficult to concentrate or pay attention at school. What are the reasons? What could be done?

Children’s education is expensive. In some countries, the government pays some or all of the costs. Do the advantages outweigh its disadvantages?

Some people say that all young people should have a full-time education until they are 18 years old. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Some people think the main purpose of education is to make individuals useful to society; others say education helps them to achieve personal ambitions. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Many young people who leave school hold a negative attitude towards learning. Why does this happen? What are the solutions?

Some countries achieve international sports by building specialized facilities to train top athletes, instead of providing sports facilities that everyone can use. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

Government funding in university should only be provided for a scholarship for the best student. All other funding can be from student fees and private organizations. To what extend do you agree or disagree?

Some people think painting and drawing are as important as other subjects, and that they should be compulsory in high school education.

2015 :

Some students take one year off between finishing school and going to university, in order to travel or to work. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

==> IELTS Writing Actual Test & Band 9.0 Advantage/Disadvantage Essay – Topic: Gap Year

Many people argue that in order to improve educational quality, high school students should be encouraged to make comments or even criticism on their teachers. Others think it will lead to loss of respect and discipline in the classroom. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (In May, 2015) & Band 9.0 Sample

Some people think that schools should reward students who show the best academic results, while others believe that it is more important to reward students who show improvements. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (In April, 2015) & Band 9.0 Sample

Many people go to university for academic study. Do you think that more people should be encouraged to do vocational training as there is a lack of qualified workers such as electricians and plumbers?

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (November, 2015) & Band 9.0 Model Answers

Children are facing more pressures nowadays from academic, social and commercial perspectives. What are the causes of these pressures and what measures should be taken to reduce these pressures?

Some people think that young people should be required to do unpaid work helping people in the community. Are disadvantages of this requirement greater than the benefits for the community and individuals?

==>IELTS Writing Task 2 Advantage/Disadvantage Essay Of Band 8.0– Topic: Youth & Community

More and more young people from wealthy countries are spending less time in communities in poorer countries doing unpaid work such as teaching or building houses. Why? Who benefit more from this, the community or these young people?

==> Band 8.5 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

More money should be poured into teaching science rather than other subjects. Do you agree or disagree?

==> Sample Answer

In some countries, secondary schools aim to provide a general education across a range of subjects. In others, children focus on a narrow range of subjects related to a particular career. Which of these two systems is more appropriate in today’s world?

==>IELTS Writing Task 2 Argumentative Essay Of Band 8.0 – Topic: Education & Career

Students today can easily access information online, so libraries are no longer necessary. Do you agree or disagree?

==>IELTS Writing Task 2 Argumentative Essay Of Band 8.0 – Topic: Internet

2016 :

Some people think that studying from the past teaches us nothing about today’s life. Others argue that history is a valuable source of information. Discuss both views and give your opinion

In developing countries, children in rural communities have less access to education. Some people believe that the problem can be solved by providing more schools and teachers, while others think that the problem can be solved by providing computers and Internet access. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
==>Band 8.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

It is observed that in many countries not enough students are choosing to study science. What are the causes? And what will be affected by society?

It is more important for schoolchildren to learn about local history than world history. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some people think that studying from the past teaches us nothing about today’s life. Others argue that history is a valuable source of information. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people think that everybody has the right to have access to university education and that the government should make it free for all students no matter what financial background they have. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion.

It is neither possible nor useful for a country to provide university places for a high proportion of young people. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

==>  Sample Answers 

In schools and universities, girls tend to choose arts while boys like science. What are the reasons for this trend and do you think this tendency should be changed?

==> Sample Answers 

 Some people say that humanitarian subjects such as philosophy, history and literature that people study in universities have no value for their future career. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion and relevant examples.

==>Band 9.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

Students in schools and universities learn more from their teachers than through other means such as the Internet, libraries and TV. To what extent you agree or disagree?

==> Band 8.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

Nowadays university education is very expensive. Some people say that universities should reduce their fees, especially for the less fortunate students or those coming from rural areas. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

==>  Band 8.5 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

2017 :

It is better for college students to live far away from their home rather than living at home with their parents. Do you agree or disagree?

==> Sample Answers

Some people think that children should learn to paint or draw at school. Others believe it is just a waste of time. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Nowadays school children and students are taught to be competitive towards their classmates and aren’t encouraged to help the weaker students. Do the disadvantages of this outweigh the advantages?

Everyone should stay at school until 18. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2018 :

Some people say it is the government’s responsibility to fund school buses, while others think parents should be responsible for bringing their kids to school. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

In some countries, teenagers are allowed to do part-time jobs. Some people think it is a good thing but others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people say that it is wrong to make students do a lot of homework. Others believe that without hard work it is not possible to become successful in life. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some schools start teaching a foreign language in primary school years. Do the advantages of teaching languages to young children outweigh the disadvantages? Give your own opinion and examples.

It is better for college students to live far away from home than living at home with their parents. Do you agree or disagree?

Job/ Work

2014 :

Some people think success in life comes from hard work and determination. Others think money and appearance are more important. Discuss both sides and give your opinion

An increasing number of people change their career and place of residence several times during their lifetime. Is this a positive or negative development?

Some people believe that job satisfaction is important while other people believe that a stable job is more important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

It is better for people to be unemployed than people to be employed but they do not enjoy. Do you agree or disagree?

2015 :

Leaders and directors in organizations are often older people. Some people say that younger people could be leaders. Do you agree or disagree?

The older people who need employment have to compete with younger ones. What problems can this create? What are some solutions?

==>IELTS Writing Actual Test In April, 2016 – Band 8.0 Cause/Solution Essays

Some people think that work is the most important thing in their life. Without the success of career, life would become meaningless. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

==>Sample Answers

2016 : 

Some people think that men and women have different qualities. Therefore, some certain jobs are suitable for men and some jobs are suitable for women. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Nowadays businesses face problems with new employees who just finished their education and lack some interpersonal skills such as the ability to work in a team. What do you think is the main cause of the problem? How can it be resolved?

==>  Band 8.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

2017 :

 Some people think that people who choose a job early and keep doing it are more likely to get a satisfying career in life than those who frequently change jobs. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Environment / Energy/ Natural Resources

2014 :

International communities should ensure all nations reduce their consumption of fossil fuels e.g. gas and oil. To what extend do you agree or disagree?

With the increasing demand for energy sources such as oil and gas, should people be looking for sources of oil and gas in remote and untouched places? Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages of damaging such areas?

Some people think that environmental problems are too big for individuals to solve. Others believe individuals can also do some things to solve these problems. Discuss both views and give your own opinion

2015 :

The world’s natural resources are consumed at an ever-increasing rate. What are the dangers of this situation? What should we do?

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (In July 2015) & Band 9.0 Two Question Essays

Developments in technology have brought various environmental problems. Some believe that people need to live simpler lives to solve environmental problems. Others, however, believe technology is the way to solve these problems. Discuss both views and give your own opinion

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (In May, 2015) & Band 9.0 Sample Essay

2016 :

 Fossil fuel is the main source of energy. In some countries, the use of alternative sources of energy is encouraged. To what extent do you think is it a positive or negative development?

Cycling is more environmentally friendly than other forms of transport. Why is it not popular in many places? And how to increase its popularity?

2017 :

Some people think international car-free days are an effective way of reducing air pollution, others think there are some other ways. Discuss both views and give your own opinion

==> Sample Answers

The best way to solve the world’s environmental problems to increase the price of fuels. Do you agree or disagree?

Laws + Crimes

2014 :

Some people believe that if a police force carries guns, this encourages a higher level of violence in that society. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

In many parts of the world, children and teenagers are committing more crimes. Why is this happening? How should they be punished?

Some people believe that a crime is a result of social problems and poverty, others think that crime is a result of bad person’s nature. Discuss and give your opinion.

2015 :

Some people think that the age limit for driving should be increased to make driving safer, do you agree or disagree?

Young people who commit crimes should be treated in the same way as adults who commit crimes. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

==>IELTS Writing Actual Test In May, 2016 & Band 9.0 Model Argumentative Essay

People today do not feel safe either at home or when they are out. What are the causes? What are the solutions?

==>IELTS Writing Task 2 Cause/Solution Essay Of Band 8.0 – Topic: People & Society

There is a general increase in anti-social behaviours and lack of respect for others. What are the causes and solutions?

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 – Cause And Solution

Studies show that many criminals have a low level of education. For this reason, people believe that the best way to reduce crime is to educate people in prison so they can get a job when leaving prison. Do you agree or disagree?

==>IELTS Writing Task 2 Argumentative Essay Of Band 8.5 – Topic: Crime

Some people who have been in prison become good citizens later. Some people think that having these people to give a talk to school students is the best way to tell them about the dangers of committing a crime. Do you agree or disagree?

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (In August, 2015) & Band 9.0 Argumentative Essay

Many people are afraid to leave their homes because of the fear of crime. Some believe that more actions should be taken to prevent crime. Others feel that little can be done. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (In September, 2015) & Band 9.0 Essay

2016 :

Scientists believe that by studying the behaviour of 3 years old children, we can predict if that child can become a criminal in the future. To what extent is crime a product of human nature? Is it possible to stop children from growing to be a criminal?

Some people say that when children under 18 are committing a crime they should be punished, while others believe they should be educated. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion.

==> Band 9.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

2017 :

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.

==>Similar topic with Answers: Sample Answers

Food

Scientist agree that people are damaging their health by eating too much junk food. Some people think that the answer to this problem is to educate people. Others think education will not work. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

==>IELTS Writing Task 2 Discursive Essay Of Band 8.0

2016 :

In many countries, more and more people choose to buy imported food rather than food produced locally. Why people buy imported food? What could be done to encourage people to buy local food?

Every day, millions of tons of food are wasted all over the world. Why do you think this is happening? And how can we solve this problem?

==>Sample Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

2018 :

Some people think that governments should provide subsidies to farmers to produce cheap healthy food. Others think that governments should tax companies producing unhealthy foods. Give your own opinion and examples.

Health

2014 :

Some people think that the government has the duty to ensure its citizens have a healthy diet, while others argue it is the responsibility of each individual. Discuss both views and give your opinion

Some people think that shops should not be allowed to sell food or drinks that are scientifically proven to be bad for people’s health. Do you agree or disagree?

2015 :

There are only a few people who walk on a daily basis. What are the reasons and how to encourage them to spend their time?

Everyone should become a Vegetarian because no one needs to eat meat to have a healthy diet. Do you agree or disagree?

Scientist agree that people are damaging their health by eating too much junk food. Some people think that the answer to this problem is to educate people. Others think education will not work. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Do some people think that in order to prevent illness and disease, governments should make efforts in reducing environmental pollution and housing problems To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements?

==>IELTS Writing Task 2 Argumentative Essay Of Band 8.5– Topic: Illness And Disease

Some people say taxes should be spent on health care. Other people say that there are more important priorities for tax-payers’ money. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion

2016 :

In the future, it seems it’ll be more difficult to live on Earth. Some people think more money should be spent on researching other planets to live in, such as Mars. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

==>   Band 8.5 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

2017 :

Some people think that good health is very important to every person, so medical service should not be run by profit-making companies. Do the advantages of private health care outweigh the disadvantages.

People should look after their health for personal benefits, rather than a duty for a society. What extent do you agree or disagree?

==> Sample Answers

2018 :

Science tells us about the activities which are good for our health and others which are bad. Millions of people all over the world know this and still do unhealthy activities. Why do you think this is the case and what can be done to change it?

Technology

2013 :

Scientists believe that computers will become more intelligent than human beings. Some people find it is positive while others think it is a negative development. Discuss both points and give your own opinion.

2014 :

Some people think that introducing new technology can improve people’s quality of life in developing countries. However, others believe that free education should be offered. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Today more and more people are using mobile phone and computer. Thus, physical communication ability is dying. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

In some countries, shopping online is replacing shopping at the store. Do you think it is a positive or negative development?

2015 :

Some people think that the increasing use of computers and mobile phones for communication has had negative effects on young people’s reading and writing skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (In March, 2015) & Band 8.0 Sample

Developments in technology have brought various environmental problems. Some believe that people need to live simpler lives to solve environmental problems. Others, however, believe technology is the way to solve these problems. Discuss both views and give your own opinion

2016 :

With the rapid advancement of communication technology: smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, some people believe that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. To what extent do you agree or disagree? To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2017 :

Some people say that mobile phones should be banned in public places and crowded places. Do you agree or disagree?

Many people think modern communication technology is having some negative effects on social relationships. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

==> Sample Answers

2018 :

Nowadays a lot of business meetings and training happen online and not in offices. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages in this matter?

==>  Sample Answers 

Maintaining public libraries is a waste of money since computer technology is now replacing their functions. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Many people think modern communication technology is having some negative effects on social relationships. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Media/ Tv/ Advertising

2014 :

An increasing number of advertisements on TV aim at children. What are the effects of television advertising? Should television advertising be controlled?

Some children can learn more efficiently by watching TV. Therefore, children should watch TV regularly both in school and at home? Do you agree or disagree?.

Studies suggested that nowadays children watch much more television than they did in the past and spend less time on active or creative things. What are the reasons? And what measures should be taken to encourage children to spend more time on active or creative things?

2015 :

Advertising discourages people from being different individuals by making us want to be and to look the same. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic & Band 9.0 Model Answer

2016 :

Some people think that it is good for a country’s culture to import foreign movies and TV programmes. Others think that it is better to produce these locally. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

==> Band 8.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

It is suggested that everyone should have a car, a television and a fridge. Do the disadvantages of this development for society outweigh advantages?

==> Band 8.0+ Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

Nowadays, more and more people read the news on the internet. However, newspapers have most of the important information along with the sources of news. Give your opinion from your experience and give examples.

==>  Band 8.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

Some people say that we do not need a printed newspaper any more. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

==> Band 8.0+ Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

Research has shown that overeating is as harmful as smoking. Therefore, the advertising of certain food products should be banned in the same way as the advertising of cigarettes in some countries. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

The main aim of the advertising campaign is to increase sales of a certain product, but people don’t really need it. To what extent you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion and relevant examples.

Advertisements are becoming more and more common in everyday life. Is it a positive or negative development?

Some people think that there is a great influence of news media on people’s lives and this is a negative development. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your opinion and relevant examples.

==>   Band 9.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

2017 :

Consumers are faced with increasing numbers of advertisements from competing companies. To what extent do you think consumers are influenced by advertisements? What measures can be taken to protect them?

The society would benefit from a ban on all forms of advertising because it serves no useful purpose, and can even be damaging. Do you agree or disagree?

==> Sample Answers

Traveling / Tourism/ Traditions

2013 :

In recent years, tourists have paid attention to preserving both the culture and environment of the places they visit. However, some people think that it is impossible to be a responsible tourist. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Tourism is an excellent way to develop a country, but it can also cause harm. How can countries ensure that tourism benefits development?

2014 :

Some people think that it is not necessary to go to other countries to study other culture. We can learn from books, films and the internet. Do you agree or disagree?

2015 :

It is now possible for scientists and tourists to travel to the remote natural environment, such as the south pole. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages

==> Band 9.0 Sample Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

Many people believe that international tourism is a bad thing for their country. What are the reasons? Solutions to change negative attitudes?

==>IELTS Writing Task 2 Cause/Solution Essay Of Band 8.5 – Topic: Tourism

International travel can sometimes make people more prejudiced rather than broad-minded. Why do people fail to benefit when they travel? What we can do to improve their understanding of the countries they visit?

People who live in foreign countries should follow their traditions and customs. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

==>IELTS Writing Actual Test In 2015 & Band 9 Argumentative Essays

Many museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists but not local people. Why is this the case and what can be done to attract more local people to visit these places?

==> Band 9.0 Sample Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

2016 :

 More people than ever before are travelling to other countries now. Why? Is this a positive development or negative development?

2017 :

Foreign tourists must be charged higher fees than local people to visit cultural places and historical sites. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion including relevant examples.

Space travel has been possible for some time and some people believe that space tourism could be developed in the future. Do you think it is a positive or negative development?

2018 : 

Some people believe that air travels should be allowed to grow without limits. Others think that the government should limit air travels. Discuss both views & give your opinion.

Society/ Global Issues/ Cities

2013 :

Nowadays animal experiments are widely used to develop new medicines and to test the safety of other products. Some people argue that these experiments should be banned because it is morally wrong to cause animals to suffer, while others are in favour of them because of their benefits to humanity. Discuss both views and give your own opinion

Economic progress is one way to measure a country’s success. Some people believe that there are other factors that should be considered while measuring the success of a country. What are the other factors? Do you think there is a factor that is more important than the others?

A rise in the standard of living in a country often only seems to benefits cities rather than rural areas. What problems might these differences cause? How might these problems be reduced?

More and more people want to own famous brands of cars, clothes and other items. What are the reasons for this? Is this a negative or positive trend?

2014 :

It is important for all towns and cities to have large public spaces such as squares and parks. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

In some countries, governments are encouraging industries and businesses to move out of the cities and into regional areas. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

As major cities in the world are growing today, so do their problems. What are problems for young people who are living in the cities as a result of continued growth? How problems might be solved?

2015 :

Some people think that it is best to live in a horizontal city while others think of a vertical city. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people think that there should be some strict controls about the noise. Others think that they could just make as much noise as they want. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

==> Band 9.0 Sample Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

Whether or not someone achieves their aims is mostly by a question of luck. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (November, 2015) & Band 9.0 Samples

As well as making money, businesses also have social responsibilities. Do you agree or disagree?

Nowadays, most large companies operate multi-nationally. To what extent those companies should have a responsibility towards local communities in which they operate?

==> Band 8.0+ Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

As well as making money, businesses also have social responsibilities. Do you agree or disagree?

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (In July, 2015) & Band 9.0 Argumentative Essay

Some people think that the best way to increase road safety is to increase the minimum legal age for driving cars or riding motorbikes. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

==> Band 9.0 Sample Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

The use of the mobile phone is as antisocial as smoking. Smoking is banned in certain places, mobile phones should be banned like smoking. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

==> Band 9.0 Sample Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

Some people say taxes should be spent on health care. Other people say that there are more important priorities for tax-payers’ money. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (In July 2015) & Band 9.0 Sample

Fewer and fewer people walk on a daily basis. What are the reasons and how to encourage them to spend their time walking?

==>IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic – Healthy Lifestyle (In September, 2015) & Band 9.0 Sample

2016 :

In many countries, people now wear Western clothes (suits, jeans) rather than traditional clothing. Why? Is this a positive or negative development.?

Many people say the gap between rich and poor people is wider, as rich people become richer and poor people grow poorer. What problems could this situation cause and what measures can be done to address those problems?

 Nowadays, as women and men have to work full time, household duties should be equally divided. Do you agree or disagree?

In recent years, more and more people tend to live individually. What are the causes of this trend? Does this have a positive or negative effect on society?

People in the community can buy cheaper products nowadays. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
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Some people say that young people learn useful skills by playing electronic and computer games. Others say that young people who play electronic and computer games are wasting their time. Discuss both views and give your opinion

When new towns are planned, it is more important to include public parks and sports facilities than shopping centres for people to spend their free time in. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Nowadays the differences between countries are becoming less evident because we see the same TV shows, advertisements, fashion and follow the same brands. To what extent the advantages of this trend outweigh its disadvantages?

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2017 :

Professional workers like doctors, nurses and teachers make a greater contribution to society and so should be paid more than sports and entertainment personalities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Nowadays the population of the world is increasing rapidly. New homes and accommodation should be built for this additional population. Some believe that more houses should be constructed in existing towns and cities. Others believe that creating entirely new towns in the countryside to accommodate these houses is the best way. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Nowadays the number of cars on roads is increasing. In order to change this trend, strict road tolls should be paid on busy roads. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.

Some people think a job not only provides income but also social life. Others think it is better to develop social life with people you do not work with. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Nowadays many young people spend their free time in shopping centres. This has a negative effect on youth and society. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your opinion and relevant examples.

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Most people try to balance between work and other parts of lives. Unfortunately, not many achieve this delicate balance. What are the main problems people are facing? What is the best way to overcome them?

2018 :

An increasing number of people choose to live in big cities. What problems will this bring about? Should the government encourage people to live in small towns?

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People in developed countries have the tendency to buy more and more things whether they need it or not. Is it a positive or negative development?

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People living in the 21st century have a better quality of life than those living in previous centuries. Do you agree or disagree?

Animals

2015 :

Some people say that too much attention and too many resources are given in the protection of wild animals and birds. Do you agree or disagree about this opinion?

==> Band 9.0 Sample Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

2017 :

The animal species are becoming extinct due to human activities on land and in the sea. What are the reasons and solutions?

Government Spending

2013 :

Governments should not have to provide care or financial support for elderly people because it is the responsibility of each person to prepare for retirement and support him or herself. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

2015 :

Some people think that governments should give financial support to artists, musicians and poets. Others think that it is a waste of money. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Public celebrations (national days, festivals) are held in many countries. Some people say that these celebrations are a waste of money and we should spend money on more important things. Do you agree or disagree?

The government should invest more money in teaching science than in other subjects for a country’s development and progress. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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The government and individuals are spending too much money on national celebrations like the new year or other festivals. Do you agree or disagree?

==>Academic IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic (December, 2015) & Band 9.0 Sample

2016 :

In many countries, the government spends a large amount of money on improving internet access. Why is it happening and do you think it is the most appropriate use of government money?

Some people think it is more important for the government to spend public money on promoting a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent illness than to spend it on the treatment of people who are already ill. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

==> Band 8.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

It is impossible to help every single person in the world, so governments should only focus on people in their own countries. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
==> Band 8.5 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

2017 :

The government should invest more money in science education rather than other subjects to develop the country. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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2018 :

Some people think that governments should not spend money on international aids if there are disadvantaged people like unemployed and homeless in their own country. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Other Topics

Sports

Some people think that governments should ban dangerous sports, while others think people should have the freedom to do any sports or activity. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Stars/ Celebrities

2015 :

Some people think that famous people can help international aid organizations to draw attention to important problems. Others believe that celebrities can make problems seem less important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

==> IELTS Writing Actual Test & Band 9.0 Sample Discursive Essays – Topic: Celebrities

2016 :

Nowadays, young people admire media and sports stars though they often do not set a good example. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

==> Band 9.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

Art

2016 :

Some people believe that anyone can create art such as painting, poetry, music and so on. Others think that a person should have special abilities to create art. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
==>Band 9.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic

Globalization/ Development

2016 :

Some people believe that international trade and communication with other countries is a positive trend, while others think it is harmful to nations and they might lose their identities. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion and relevant examples.

==> Band 8.5 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

Architecture

2016 :

Some believe buildings should be built in a way that serves their purpose rather than just look beautiful. Others, however, say buildings should represent art too. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
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2013 :

When designing a building, the function is normally more important than outward appearance. Do you agree or disagree with this idea?

Some people think that governments must insist on preserving the traditional appearance of old buildings undergoing renovation or redevelopment. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement?

==> Band 8.0 Model Essays for IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic 

2017 :

Nowadays, some buildings such as offices and schools have open-space design instead of separate rooms. Why is it so? Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

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