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Past Questions for IELTS essays

There are three types of questions that get asked in the IELTS writing exam part two, essay writing. On this page you can see sample questions as well as some model answers (written by IELTS examiners or teachers) and some sample answers from students who have had their essays corrected through this site.

Opinion (Argument) Essay:

Many people believe that alcohol causes many problems and there have been frequent calls for the government to ban it. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

model answer 1 totally agree

model answer 2 somewhat agree

 

Both Sides and Opinion Essay

Some people believe 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.

model answer

student answer

Two Question Essay

The use of illegal drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, are becoming more and more common in many countries.

What are some of the problems associated with drug abuse, and what are some of the possible solutions?

model answer

 

Past IELTS Essay Questions

Some people think that the education system should prepare students for employment, while others believe it has other functions.
Discuss both sides and then give your own opinion.

Some people believe that sports people and entertainers are paid too much money.
What is your opinion?

Some museums and art galleries charge admission fees, while others have free entry.
Do you think the advantages of free admission outweigh the disadvantages?

The range of technology available for individuals will increase the gap between the rich and poor. Others think it is having an opposite effect.
What is your opinion?

Some people think that elderly people should be forced to retire at a certain age, such as 65. Others say that people should be allowed to work for as long as they are able and want to.
Discuss both sides of this argument and then give your own opinion.

Nowadays, people in some countries can choose to live and work anywhere they want, because of the improvement of the communication technology and transport.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this and then give your own opinion.

In some countries the elderly are put into nursing homes rather than being taken care of by their family.
Do you see this as a positive or a negative development?

In some countries students who do not behave are asked to leave the school permanently. In other countries they can return to their school after a suspension period.

Discuss both options and give your opinion.

Today more and more young children have electronic gadgets such as computers and mobile phones. Some people say that this is a positive development.
Do you agree or disagree?

Some people believe that environmental problems are too big for individuals to deal with, and that action is needed from the government while others think that individuals should take some action.
Discuss both sides of the argument and then give your opinion.

Some people believe that the fast pace and stress of modern life is having a negative effect on families.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some people think music plays an important role in society. Others think it is it is simply a form of entertainment.
Discuss both sides of this argument and give your own opinion

Some people believe that it is the government’s responsibility to take care of every citizen who is disadvantaged.
What is your opinion?

Nowadays people live in a society where consumer goods are relatively cheaper to buy.
Do you think the advantages far outweigh its disadvantages?

When visiting foreign countries, visitors should take full advantage of learning the culture and traditions of that country.
Why are some people not interested in learning about the culture and traditions of a country?
What are some ways to learn about the culture and traditions of the country?

Some people claim that students should focus on the subjects that they are interested or in best at, while others believe that should learn all school subjects.
Discuss both sides of this argument and give your own opinion.

Oil and coal are the main sources of energy in many countries. However, in some countries the use of renewable sources of energy, such as solar or wind energy are encouraged.
Is it a positive or negative development?

As cities get bigger, many people do not know their neighbours and the sense of community is being lost
What problems does this cause?
What are some potential solutions?

Some think that in the 21st. Lots of changes will occur that will improve our society.
Do you agree or disagree?
What kind of changes will be occur?

Obesity is an increasing problem in today’s society. Some people say that the government should put our tax on fast foods in order to solve this problem.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this and then give your own opinion.

Some people argue that teachers should make the choice about the subjects and lesson contents for their classes. Others think this should be decided by the government..
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

In countries all over the world the volume of road traffic is increasing at are faster rate than new roads can be built.

What are the causes of this problem?
What are some potential solutions?

Some people think that young people should go to university, while other people say that they should skip university and go straight to work.
To what extent do you agree?

People in the past would always repair damaged products. However, nowadays, people like to throw out and purchase new products.
What are the reasons for this?
What problems might this cause?

Many people these days believe that young people should travel abroad for a year after finishing high school. But others think, it is a waste of time and money
What is your opinion?

In some countries, some school leavers choose to work or travel for a year between finishing secondary school and attending university.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this and then give your opinion.

 

Some people believe cities should try to preserve its old, historical building, but others think we should destroy them and replace them with modern buildings.

Discuss both points of view on this issue and then give your own opinion.

 

Some people think advertising is discouraging us from being different individuals and makes everyone to be the same.

To what extent do you agree or disagree.

 

Human activities in many countries have negative effects on plant and animal species.

What do you think are the negative effects?

What are some potential solutions?

 

Some people think that the education system should prepare students for employment, while others believe it has other functions.

Discuss both sides of the argument and then give your own opinion.

 

In some countries the elderly are put into nursing homes rather than being taken care of by their family.

Do you see this as a positive or a negative development?

 

Today more and more young children have electronic gadgets such as computers and mobile phones. Some people say that this is a positive development.

Do you agree or disagree?

 

Some people believe that the fast pace and stress of modern life is having a negative effect on families.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

In countries all over the world the volume of road traffic is increasing at a faster rate than new roads can be built.

What are the causes of this problem? What are some potential solutions?

 

People in the past would always repair damaged products. However, nowadays, people like to throw out and purchase new products.

What are the reasons for this? What problems might this cause?

 

In some countries, some school leavers choose to work or travel for a year between finishing secondary school and attending university.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this and then give your opinion about it.