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IELTS WRITING TASK 2
SAMPLE ESSAY QUESTIONS
IELTS Writing Task 2
The following essay questions are grouped into
different topics. All these topics have appeared
regul...
IELTS Essay Topics
Crime
Health
Education
Celebrities
Environment
Technology
Employment
Globalisation
Government Spending
...
Crime
Some people that there should be fixed
punishments for each type of crime. Others,
however, argue that the circumsta...
Crime
Some people believe that capital punishment
should never be used. Others, however, argue
that it should be allowed f...
Crime
Some people believe the purpose of prison is to
punish, while other would argue that
rehabilitation is its primary r...
Crime
Some people feel unsafe when they are in public
and at home.
What are the possible causes for this and what
are some...
Crime
Some people say that excessive noise should be
a criminal offence, while others say they should
be free to make nois...
Crime
Nowadays many young people deliberately
damage public places.
What are the causes and solutions?
Crime
Some people believe that a person’s criminal
record should be removed when they reach the
age of 18.
To what extent ...
Crime
More and more young people are using drugs
and alcohol and as a result, breaking the law.
What are the causes of thi...
Crime
Children should never be put in prison with
adults no matter how serious their crime.
To what extent do you agree or...
Health
Some people say that the best way to improve
public health is by increasing the number of
sports facilities. Others...
Health
In some countries levels of health and fitness are
decreasing and average weights are increasing.
What do you think...
Health
Research indicates that the characteristic we are
born with have much more influence on our
personality and develop...
Health
Schools should do more to teach students about
their health and wellbeing.
Do you agree or disagree?
Health
More and more schools allow fast food
restaurant to sell their products to their students.
Is it a positive or a ne...
Education
University students must pay all tuition fees,
because it benefits mostly them individually,
rather than the soc...
Education
Some say that music, art and drama are as
important as other school subjects, especially at
the primary level.
D...
Education
Some people believe that studying history is very
important and we must study the past to
understand the present...
Education
Some teachers tend to reward students who
achieve high academic results. Others, however,
support and reward stu...
Education
Giving lectures in halls to large numbers of
people is an outdated method of teaching. With
the technology avail...
Education
In most universities students focus on
specialised subjects, however some people
believe that universities shoul...
Education
It is generally believed that some people are born
with certain talents, for instance for sport or
music, and ot...
Education
Some people think that universities should
provide graduates with the knowledge and skills
needed in the workpla...
Education
Some parents think that childcare centres
provide the best services for children of pre-
school age. Other worki...
Education
Governments should spend more money on
education than on recreation and sports.
Do you agree or disagree?
Education
Some people believe that unpaid community
service should be a compulsory part of high
school programmes (for exa...
Education
Some people think that it is better to educate
girls and boys in separate schools. Others,
however, believe that...
Education
Some people think that parents should teach
children how to be good members of society.
Others, however, believe...
Education
Universities should accept equal numbers of
male and female students in every subject.
To what extent do you agr...
Education
In some countries young people are encouraged
to work or travel for a year between finishing high
school and sta...
Education
Some people think that a sense of competition in
children should be encouraged. Others believe
that children who...
Education
Some people believe that children are given too
much free time. They feel that this time should be
used to do mo...
Education
In many countries schools have severe problems
with students behaviour.
What do you think are the causes of this...
Education
University students should pay in full for their
own education instead of the society funding
their studies. The...
Education
Some people believe that students should be
allowed to evaluate and criticise their teachers to
improve the qual...
Celebrities
Being a celebrity- such as a movie star or
professional athlete- brings problems as a well as
benefits.
Do you...
Celebrities
Some people feel that entertainers (e.g. film
stars, pop musicians or sports stars) are paid too
much money.
D...
Celebrities
Successful sports professionals can earn a
much more money than people in other important
jobs. Some people th...
The Environment
There is a growing demand for fresh water
nowadays and this is becoming a global problem.
What are the cau...
The Environment
Many people think that too much attention and
resources are given to protection of wild animals
and birds....
The Environment
Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to
solve growing traffic and pollution problems.
To what ex...
The Environment
Nowadays we are producing more and more
waste.
What are the causes of this?
What can be done to help reduc...
The Environment
Many people believe that companies and
individuals should pay to clean up the
environment in proportion to...
The Environment
Global warming is the biggest threat we face
today.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Technology
Children today are too dependent on computers
and electronic entertainment. It would be better
to encourage the...
Technology
Some people say that public libraries are an
important public resource and should be free,
others say that they...
Technology
Some people think that excessive use of smart
phones badly affects teenagers’ literacy skills.
Do you agree or ...
Technology
The internet contains a lot of information that
can help people, however, sometimes
the information is inaccura...
Technology
Nowadays the way many people interact with
each other has changed because of technology.
In what ways has techn...
Technology
Computers have made the world a better place
to live.
Do you agree or disagree?
Technology
Some people believe that the use of mobile
phones in public is as annoying as smoking and
should be banned.
Do ...
Employment
Most high-level positions in companies are filled
by men even though the workforce in many
developed countries ...
Employment
Nowadays more and more people have to
compete with young people for the same jobs.
What problems does this caus...
Employment
Women and men are commonly seen as having
different strengths and weaknesses.
Is it right to exclude males or f...
Employment
As most people spend a major part of their adult
life at work, job satisfaction is an important
element of indi...
Employment
Some people think that people in senior
positions alone should make decisions in a
business, while others think...
Employment
Nowadays many people work part or full time
from home. Some people say that working from
home has many benefits...
Employment
For some people a high salary is the
most important criterion when choosing a new
job while others are satisfie...
Globalisation
In many places traditional food has
been replaced by international fast food. This has
adverse effects on in...
Globalisation
More and more people are visiting historic site
and sometimes tourists may damage these
ancient sites. The n...
Globalisation
Shopping has developed from a necessary
activity to a kind of entertainment.
To what extent do you agree or ...
Globalisation
Many small businesses are being forced to close
because they are unable to compete with
multinational corpor...
Globalisation
Multinational companies are becoming
increasingly common in developing countries.
What are the advantage and...
Government Spending
People prefer to watch foreign films rather than
locally produced ones.
Why do you think this happens?...
Government Spending
Some people think that governments should
invest more in public services instead of wasting
money on a...
Government Spending
Some people believe that the government should
pay for and offer housing to people who lost their
home...
Government Spending
Some people think that the government should
fund music, dance and arts lessons for children.
Others t...
Government Spending
Many people think that the government should
spend money to explore outer space, while
others think th...
Government Spending
Some people think that mothers should spend
most of their time raising their family, and
therefore the...
Development
In some countries the numbers of children aged
15 and younger are increasing dramatically.
What are the curren...
Development
A recent study showed people in developed
countries are not as happy as they were before
development.
What are...
Development
Sometimes celebrities get invited to international
aid events.
Do you think that such events deviate from thei...
Development
Some people believe that richer countries should
give poorer countries more financial assistance.
To what exte...
Development
Some people believe that no aid should be given
to developing countries that have poor human
rights records.
T...
Public Transport
Some people think that a car is the best way to
travel in cities while others believe a bicycle is a
bett...
Public Transport
Many cities have serious problems with traffic
congestion.
What are the causes of these problems and what...
Public Transport
A growing numbers of cities are making their
centres pedestrian-only zones.
What are the advantages and d...
Public Transport
Some people believe that the best way to reduce
traffic congestion is to increase the price of
petrol.
To...
Society
Every year several languages die out. Some
people think that it is not important because life
will be easier if th...
Society
It is becoming increasingly popular for people to
travel to tourist destinations during public
holidays.
What prob...
Society
Today, the high sales of popular consumer goods
reflect the power of advertising and not the real
needs of the soc...
Society
Some people believe that visitors to other
countries should follow local customs and
behaviour. Others disagree an...
Society
At present the media affects people’s lives
significantly.
What impact does this have on society? Is it a
negative...
Society
Young people say that traveling to different
countries benefits them and society.
Do you agree or disagree? Give y...
Society
These days more fathers stay at home and take
care of their children while mothers go out to
work.
What are the ma...
THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!
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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Questions

  1. 1. IELTS WRITING TASK 2 SAMPLE ESSAY QUESTIONS
  2. 2. IELTS Writing Task 2 The following essay questions are grouped into different topics. All these topics have appeared regularly in the IELTS exam in recent years.
  3. 3. IELTS Essay Topics Crime Health Education Celebrities Environment Technology Employment Globalisation Government Spending Development Public Transport Society
  4. 4. Crime Some people that there should be fixed punishments for each type of crime. Others, however, argue that the circumstances of an individual crime, and the motivation for committing it, should always be taken into account when deciding on the punishment. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  5. 5. Crime Some people believe that capital punishment should never be used. Others, however, argue that it should be allowed for the most serious crimes. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  6. 6. Crime Some people believe the purpose of prison is to punish, while other would argue that rehabilitation is its primary role. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  7. 7. Crime Some people feel unsafe when they are in public and at home. What are the possible causes for this and what are some possible solutions?
  8. 8. Crime Some people say that excessive noise should be a criminal offence, while others say they should be free to make noise without limitation. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  9. 9. Crime Nowadays many young people deliberately damage public places. What are the causes and solutions?
  10. 10. Crime Some people believe that a person’s criminal record should be removed when they reach the age of 18. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  11. 11. Crime More and more young people are using drugs and alcohol and as a result, breaking the law. What are the causes of this problem? What are some possible solutions?
  12. 12. Crime Children should never be put in prison with adults no matter how serious their crime. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  13. 13. Health Some people say that the best way to improve public health is by increasing the number of sports facilities. Others, however, say that this would have little effect on public health and that other measures are required. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  14. 14. Health In some countries levels of health and fitness are decreasing and average weights are increasing. What do you think are the causes of these problems and what are some possible solutions?
  15. 15. Health Research indicates that the characteristic we are born with have much more influence on our personality and development than any other experiences we may have in our life. Which do you consider to be the major influence?
  16. 16. Health Schools should do more to teach students about their health and wellbeing. Do you agree or disagree?
  17. 17. Health More and more schools allow fast food restaurant to sell their products to their students. Is it a positive or a negative development?
  18. 18. Education University students must pay all tuition fees, because it benefits mostly them individually, rather than the society as a whole. Do you agree or disagree?
  19. 19. Education Some say that music, art and drama are as important as other school subjects, especially at the primary level. Do you agree or disagree?
  20. 20. Education Some people believe that studying history is very important and we must study the past to understand the present. Others say that it is useless and should not be studied at all. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  21. 21. Education Some teachers tend to reward students who achieve high academic results. Others, however, support and reward students that show the most improvement. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  22. 22. Education Giving lectures in halls to large numbers of people is an outdated method of teaching. With the technology available today there is no justification for it, and everything should be done online. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  23. 23. Education In most universities students focus on specialised subjects, however some people believe that universities should encourage students to study a wider variety of subjects. To want extent you agree or disagree?
  24. 24. Education It is generally believed that some people are born with certain talents, for instance for sport or music, and other are not. However, it is sometimes claimed that any child can be taught to become a good sports person or musician. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  25. 25. Education Some people think that universities should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. Others think that the true function of a university should be to give access to knowledge for its own sake, regardless of whether the course is useful to an employer. What, in your opinion, should be the main function of a university?
  26. 26. Education Some parents think that childcare centres provide the best services for children of pre- school age. Other working parents think that family members such as grandparents will be better carers for their kids. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  27. 27. Education Governments should spend more money on education than on recreation and sports. Do you agree or disagree?
  28. 28. Education Some people believe that unpaid community service should be a compulsory part of high school programmes (for example working for a charity, improving the neighborhood or teaching sports to younger children). To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  29. 29. Education Some people think that it is better to educate girls and boys in separate schools. Others, however, believe that boys and girls benefit more from attending mixed schools. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  30. 30. Education 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 these views and give your own opinion.
  31. 31. Education Universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  32. 32. Education In some countries young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
  33. 33. Education Some people think that a sense of competition in children should be encouraged. Others believe that children who are taught to co-operate rather than compete become more useful adults. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  34. 34. Education Some people believe that children are given too much free time. They feel that this time should be used to do more academic work. How do you think children should spend their free time?
  35. 35. Education In many countries schools have severe problems with students behaviour. What do you think are the causes of this? What solutions can you suggest?
  36. 36. Education University students should pay in full for their own education instead of the society funding their studies. The reason is that individuals tend to benefit after graduation more than the society. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion.
  37. 37. Education Some people believe that students should be allowed to evaluate and criticise their teachers to improve the quality of education. Others think this is disrespectful to teachers. Discuss both views, give your opinion and include relevant examples.
  38. 38. Celebrities Being a celebrity- such as a movie star or professional athlete- brings problems as a well as benefits. Do you think that being a celebrity brings has more benefits or drawbacks?
  39. 39. Celebrities Some people feel that entertainers (e.g. film stars, pop musicians or sports stars) are paid too much money. Do you agree or disagree? Which other types of job should be highly paid?
  40. 40. Celebrities Successful sports professionals can earn a much more money than people in other important jobs. Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  41. 41. The Environment There is a growing demand for fresh water nowadays and this is becoming a global problem. What are the causes and solutions?
  42. 42. The Environment Many people think that too much attention and resources are given to protection of wild animals and birds. Do you agree or disagree?
  43. 43. The Environment Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to solve growing traffic and pollution problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree? What other measures do you think might be effective?
  44. 44. The Environment Nowadays we are producing more and more waste. What are the causes of this? What can be done to help reduce the amount of waste?
  45. 45. The Environment Many people believe that companies and individuals should pay to clean up the environment in proportion to the amount of pollution they have produced. Do you agree or disagree?
  46. 46. The Environment Global warming is the biggest threat we face today. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  47. 47. Technology Children today are too dependent on computers and electronic entertainment. It would be better to encourage them to spend more time outside playing sports and games. Do you agree or disagree?
  48. 48. Technology Some people say that public libraries are an important public resource and should be free, others say that they are just a waste of public money? Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  49. 49. Technology Some people think that excessive use of smart phones badly affects teenagers’ literacy skills. Do you agree or disagree?
  50. 50. Technology The internet contains a lot of information that can help people, however, sometimes the information is inaccurate or wrong. Do you agree or disagree?
  51. 51. Technology Nowadays the way many people interact with each other has changed because of technology. In what ways has technology affected the types of relationships people make? Has this become a positive or negative development?
  52. 52. Technology Computers have made the world a better place to live. Do you agree or disagree?
  53. 53. Technology Some people believe that the use of mobile phones in public is as annoying as smoking and should be banned. Do you agree or disagree?
  54. 54. Employment Most high-level positions in companies are filled by men even though the workforce in many developed countries is more than 50 percent female. Companies should be required to allocate a certain percentage of these positions to women. Do you agree?
  55. 55. Employment Nowadays more and more people have to compete with young people for the same jobs. What problems does this cause? What are some possible solutions?
  56. 56. Employment Women and men are commonly seen as having different strengths and weaknesses. Is it right to exclude males or females from certain professions because of their gender?
  57. 57. Employment As most people spend a major part of their adult life at work, job satisfaction is an important element of individual wellbeing. What factors contribute to job satisfaction? How realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers?
  58. 58. Employment Some people think that people in senior positions alone should make decisions in a business, while others think that employees should be involved in the decision-making process too. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  59. 59. Employment Nowadays many people work part or full time from home. Some people say that working from home has many benefits while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  60. 60. Employment For some people a high salary is the most important criterion when choosing a new job while others are satisfied if the job contributes to society. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  61. 61. Globalisation In many places traditional food has been replaced by international fast food. This has adverse effects on individuals and society. Do you agree or disagree?
  62. 62. Globalisation More and more people are visiting historic site and sometimes tourists may damage these ancient sites. The number of people visiting these places should be strictly limited. Do you agree or disagree?
  63. 63. Globalisation Shopping has developed from a necessary activity to a kind of entertainment. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  64. 64. Globalisation Many small businesses are being forced to close because they are unable to compete with multinational corporations. What problems does this cause and how can those problems be solved?
  65. 65. Globalisation Multinational companies are becoming increasingly common in developing countries. What are the advantage and disadvantages of this?
  66. 66. Government Spending People prefer to watch foreign films rather than locally produced ones. Why do you think this happens? Should the government support local film makers financially?
  67. 67. Government Spending Some people think that governments should invest more in public services instead of wasting money on arts such as music and paintings. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  68. 68. Government Spending Some people believe that the government should pay for and offer housing to people who lost their homes or cannot afford them. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  69. 69. Government Spending Some people think that the government should fund music, dance and arts lessons for children. Others think that they should be funded by private businesses or by children’s families. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  70. 70. Government Spending Many people think that the government should spend money to explore outer space, while others think that it’s a waste of public money. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  71. 71. Government Spending Some people think that mothers should spend most of their time raising their family, and therefore the government should support them financially. Do you agree or disagree?
  72. 72. Development In some countries the numbers of children aged 15 and younger are increasing dramatically. What are the current and future effects of an ever increasing population?
  73. 73. Development A recent study showed people in developed countries are not as happy as they were before development. What are the causes of this and what are some possible solutions?
  74. 74. Development Sometimes celebrities get invited to international aid events. Do you think that such events deviate from their main purpose by inviting famous people?
  75. 75. Development Some people believe that richer countries should give poorer countries more financial assistance. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  76. 76. Development Some people believe that no aid should be given to developing countries that have poor human rights records. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  77. 77. Public Transport Some people think that a car is the best way to travel in cities while others believe a bicycle is a better way to commute. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  78. 78. Public Transport Many cities have serious problems with traffic congestion. What are the causes of these problems and what are some possible solutions?
  79. 79. Public Transport A growing numbers of cities are making their centres pedestrian-only zones. What are the advantages and disadvantages?
  80. 80. Public Transport Some people believe that the best way to reduce traffic congestion is to increase the price of petrol. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  81. 81. Society Every year several languages die out. Some people think that it is not important because life will be easier if there are fewer languages in the world. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
  82. 82. Society It is becoming increasingly popular for people to travel to tourist destinations during public holidays. What problems does this cause? What solutions are there to these problems?
  83. 83. Society Today, the high sales of popular consumer goods reflect the power of advertising and not the real needs of the society in which they are sold. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  84. 84. Society Some people believe that visitors to other countries should follow local customs and behaviour. Others disagree and think that the host country should welcome cultural differences. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  85. 85. Society At present the media affects people’s lives significantly. What impact does this have on society? Is it a negative or positive development?
  86. 86. Society Young people say that traveling to different countries benefits them and society. Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.
  87. 87. Society These days more fathers stay at home and take care of their children while mothers go out to work. What are the main reasons for this? Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
  88. 88. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING! For more IELTS information, tips and resources, go to GO THERE NOW IELTSCHARLIE

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