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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 011

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 11

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Teenagers are spending an increasing amount of time on the Internet, and this is having a negative effect on their social skills.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 11It is not uncommon these days for younger people to spend an hour or more a day online, and although this does detract from time spent taking to family members, it is not necessarily affecting their social development as will now be discussed.

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The primary reason to disagree with the statement is that a considerable amount of time that youngsters are on the internet is actually spent on social networking sites such as Facebook. As these sites are specifically designed for social purposes, the argument that social skills are declining would appear to be invalid. It is only when the time online is spent playing single player games or generally surfing for entertainment without interacting with others online that this could be considered unsociable.

In addition, an increasing dependence on the internet for a broad range of tasks from completing homework and studies to checking bank balances and searching for employment means that being online is often simply an alternative manner of working or completing necessary chores, and should not be considered related to social skills at all.

Admittedly, if too much time is spent online playing games or looking at websites, then there is the potential for surfers to become less able to interact with people directly. However, this can be negated by ensuring that time online is limited to a reasonable amount, and can even be controlled by using technology that actively records the amount of time online.

To sum up, it is not that the internet is causing us to become less sociable, it is simply that the nature of social interaction is changing.

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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 009

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 9

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 9You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The line graph shows the average temperature during the hottest part of the day in Australia in 2007.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

The line graph shows changes in median highest temperatures in 5 cities in Australia in different seasons in 2007.

Throughout the graph, Darwin was always the hottest place, with an average temperature of 34 degrees Celsius in summer. Darwin was also notable in that the fall in temperature between summer and autumn was the smallest decrease between seasons of any of the cities that year, sinking to only about 33 degrees.

Cairns and Perth were the next warmest cities shown, although Perth was markedly cooler than Perth in autumn and winter, falling to approximately 19 degrees in the coolest season.

Sydney and Adelaide had similar temperatures in summer and autumn, with only a degree between them, but in winter, Adelaide fell below Sydney to become the coldest place illustrated. Sydney, Adelaide and Perth all had comparable temperatures in spring.

Overall, it can be seen that in 2007, temperatures in these cities in Australia ranged from approximately 34 degrees to 15 degrees at their average hottest point.

(166 words)

 

 

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 010

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 10

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

In some countries, people who are unemployed receive a sum of money each week in the form of a benefit. While some support this, other people believe that this money should not be given.

Discuss both points of view and give your own point of view.

 

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 10The payment of a benefit for those who are out of work is a sensitive issue with strong opinions for and against. This essay will now examine both sides of the argument and present a final conclusion.

Those in favour of this financial support argue that in some cases, it is not the fault of the unemployed person, and that the assistance is needed for them to survive while they continue to look for work. Without this, there is the potential concern that crime would increase due to a lack of alternatives. To illustrate, if a parent with dependent children could not find work and had no other help, they would have little option but to resort to theft to prevent their children from going hungry.

On the other hand, there are those that argue that paying someone who does not work simply encourages people to remain unemployed, especially when the alternative could be a relatively low paid job. There are situations where people are simply not interested in finding a position of employment as it offers very little additional money compared to doing nothing at home and receiving free handouts. This situation could escalate as people who are on a low income may resent paying a portion of their tax payments to support those who make little or no effort to find employment.

Considering both points of view, it seems that a compromise may be the best solution. Payment of the unemployment benefit should be limited to a short period of time, after which the amount received should be progressively reduced. This would encourage those receiving the benefit to be more proactive when looking for work.

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Writing a conclusion to a Task 2 essay

Writing a conclusion to a Task 2 essay

In Task II, your concluding sentence should summarise your argument as presented in the essay, but ideally should also end with either a speculation or a recommendation.

A speculation is when you estimate what may happen in the future. For example:

Unless more job opportunities are provided, the rate of unemployment will continue to rise.

A recommendation is something you think should happen. For example:

It would perhaps be better to enforce an early retirement age so that younger people have more job opportunities.

Here are two possible endings to the Task II essay that follows:

Writing a conclusion to a Task 2 essayFor many people, the main purpose of education is to provide the necessary knowledge and training to obtain a job, yet there are also people who hold that any further education can be said to have potential in the job market. Agreeing with this latter view, this opinion will now be supported.

   Primarily, there is the difficulty in knowing exactly which course of study would have clear employment possibilities. For those students opting to study arts subjects such as English literature, there is no direct path; potential opportunities could include becoming a librarian, author or teacher, but none of these can be said to be direct. Yet there is undeniable value in studying these subjects, as they allow for a more open-minded view of the world, an attitude which would later be useful in a business setting.

   Another point to consider is the job market itself. With many industries in a constant state of evolution, studying for a particular path of employment may be redundant as the industry could well have changed direction by the time of graduation, as can be seen by looking at the information technology industry. Moreover, at the time of entering university, the majority of people do not have a clear career path laid out and thus study courses which appeal to them rather than offer a clear future.

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Speculation:

To sum up, if any course of education which has no clear path to employment is to be abandoned, it would first need to be decided which courses had a definite purpose. This would almost certainly lead to argument, and would undeniably have a detrimental effect on the culture of a country that opted to drop its arts related subjects.

Recommendation:

To sum up, perhaps the best solution would be to adopt a more developed system of apprenticeship and work training, so that students can be moulded alongside changes in the industry, while those students with unfocussed or general employment plans can continue with the current system.

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 009

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 9

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Compared to previous generations, an increasing number of people are traveling overseas for holidays.
Why is this? Is this a positive or negative trend?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 9There are a number of factors which explain the rising tendency for people to take trips overseas for pleasure, and this has both advantages and disadvantages as will now be discussed.

Innovations in technology have made overseas travel not only faster, but also more accessible for those on a limited budget, meaning that in some cases a family can holiday in a different country with less inconvenience and a better price than staying in their home country. A flight from the UK to Spain, for example, can be accomplished in less time than it takes to get from one side of England to the other.

One of the clearest advantages here is that it gives people the opportunity to experience different cultures and customs, giving a broader perspective of the world. By visiting other countries, people become more understanding and tolerant of other cultures, and can learn to appreciate the cultural differences that exist. There are also benefits for the holiday itself, as many people tend to holiday in destinations that have better weather.

However, there are disadvantages for the country, as citizens are spending their money overseas rather than in the domestic market. However, this is negated by the fact that although people leave their own country for a holiday, other people visit their country for the same reason. In New Zealand, for example, money spent overseas by people leaving the country is replaced by those who visit the country for their holiday.

To conclude, advances in technology have given the consumer more choice in overseas holidays, and this has both positive and negative ramifications.

(266 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 008

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 8

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Driving a car is a valuable skill and should therefore be taught in schools.
Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 8There are many important life skills such as the ability to operate a vehicle that are developed both through childhood and early adulthood, but teaching these should not necessarily be left to education departments, as will now be argued.

The principal provider of knowledge to a child should be the parent, and although more academic subjects such as science and languages should be left to professionals, abilities like driving and swimming are best taught by parents, at least initially. If the parent feels they are not suited to the task, or the law in that country does not allow parents to teach their children to drive, then a driving instructor should be sought, not a school.

In addition, it could be argued that although operating a car is a useful skill, it is not essential and should be something that each individual decides rather than being a compulsory part of their education. Other subjects which provide a more rounded education should be emphasised, as this will allow the student to be able to find a position of employment more easily once they graduate from school or further studies.

However, an argument could be made that the ability to drive could be required in an emergency situation, and therefore should be taught. Yet situations where this would actually be required would be rare, and less valuable than other skills such as first aid.

To conclude, it would be better for schools to focus on academic topics, leaving the parents or the student to decide when and how to learn other skills like driving.

(261 words)

Punctuation exercises for IELTS

Punctuation exercises for IELTS

Punctuation exercises for IELTSHave you read the information page on punctuation? Click here to read it before you try the punctuation exercises.

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Complete the punctuation exercises below to test your knowledge of punctuation.

Do the sentences below have correct punctuation? If not, what corrections need to be made?

1. My best friend comes from the south of Italy

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Needs a FULL STOP – My best friend comes from the south of Italy.

 

2. Did you have time to go to the post office?

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This is correct

 

3. “Get out of my house and never come back.”

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Should have an EXCLAMATION MARK – “Get out of my house and never come back!

 

4. They wont be here until later.

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APOSTROPHE – They won’t be here until later.

 

5. There are two main problems that need resolution: unemployment and crime.

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This sentence is correct.

 

6. This recipe requires flour, eggs, milk, sugar and water.

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This sentence is correct

 

7. The internet developed over 30 years ago is used in almost every household.

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COMMAS to create a clause – The internet, developed over 30 years ago, is used in almost every household.

 

8. The project was supposed to cost $12 million; it ended up costing $25 million.

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This sentence is correct

 

9. Twelve people started the game; but now there are only four people left.

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SEMI COLON (CHANGE TO COMMA) 12 people started the game, but now there are only 4 people left.

 

10. Go shopping for: bread, butter, milk and sugar.

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Remove COLON – Go shopping for bread, butter, milk and sugar.

 

11. “What colour is your car?” “Its blue.”

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APOSTROPHE – “What colour is your car?” “It’s blue.”

 

12. If the government invested more money into education, there would be lower levels of unemployment.

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This sentence is correct.

 

 

Analysing IELTS Task 2 writing questions

Analysing IELTS Task 2 writing questions

Analysing IELTS Task 2 writing questionsBefore you can being preparing your answer to a Task 2 topic, you need to be sure you have fully understood what you are being asked to write about.

For this post, we will analyse a Task 2 essay that is asking you to challenge a point of view.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic.

Crime is increasing in many countries and prisons are becoming increasingly crowded. We should therefore return to the use of capital punishment.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include and relevant examples or evidence from your own knowledge and experience. You should write at least 250 words.

As the instructions are always the same for Task II, we can ignore those and focus directly on the question. However, before you can begin to plan an answer, you need to be clear on exactly what you are being asked to write about.

Many Task II questions can be divided into three parts, and this can sometimes make it more difficult to identify what your focus should be.

Part 1: Crime is increasing in many countries and prisons are becoming increasingly crowded.

The first part is the general topic, which introduces the main question. This is commonly accepted as being true, so therefore your essay should not spend too much time on this aspect of the question.

Part 2: We should therefore return to the use of capital punishment.

The second part of the question is the specific topic. This is the section of the question that you need to focus on in your answer.

Part 3: Do you agree or disagree?

The final part of Task II are the task words, telling you what you should do. In this case, you are being asked whether you agree or disagree, which tells you that this is the first type of essay question (challenge a point of view). To find out more about the four types of essay question, take a look here.

However, it is important to remember that not all Task II questions have three parts. Sometimes you are only given a specific topic and task words. In the examples below, we can see that there is no general topic. The questions have only 2 parts – the specific topic and the task words.

  • People who do dangerous sports for pleasure should not be entitled to healthcare. Do you agree?
  • Fewer people are reading books these days. Suggest possible reasons why.

Now practice by looking at the essay titles below and decide what the main focus of your answer should be.

Analysing Task 2 questions

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Types of Task 2 essay

The four types of IELTS Task 2 essay

The four types of IELTS Task 2 essay

The four types of IELTS Task 2 essayThere are four IELTS Task 2 types in the writing test (Academic Module and General Training), and it is important to understand exactly which of the four types you are answering as this affect the organisation and structure of your work.

  • Give an opinion / challenge a point of view
  • Give solutions to a problem
  • Compare points of view
  • Discuss a given situation

The key to deciding which of the four types of essay you are writing about is given in the Task words (the words that tell you what you are required to do). Here are some examples:

Give an opinion / challenge a point of view

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Do you think that…?
  • To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  • Is this positive or negative?
  • Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Give solutions to a problem

  • What measures should be taken…?
  • What should be done about…?
  • What is the solution to this?
  • In your opinion, what are the solutions?

Compare points of view

  • Discuss both views and give you opinion
  • Consider both sides and give your view
  • Argue both views and give your opinion
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages

Discuss a given situation

  • What problem does this cause?
  • What benefits does this bring?
  • What factors contribute to?
  • What is the main cause of this?

In some situations, there are only minor differences between the task words that make the question slightly different.

Compare:

Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? (asking you to give an opinion or challenge a point of view)

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages (asking you to compare points of view)

In the first question, your answer could be structured with only a short reference to the advantages or disadvantages. However, in the second question, you are asked to divide your essay into equal parts of discussing both the advantages and disadvantages – a passing reference to one side of the argument here would be considered a poor structure.

Previous comments:
    Ozgur Coplu says:

    would give at least one example for ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree?’. How can we make a good assey when we face with ti?

    Irma Naj says:

    Can you please further elaborate on do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages type… as i think that 1st para will be introduction of background with my opinion that i agree that there are more advantages rather than disadvantages.. in 2nd and 3rd para there will be my point of view/thesis with examples and explanation in support of advantages… lime 1 para for 1 advantage .. in last para conclusion with restatement of my thesis.. so its more look like argument essay.. do you agree or disagree typee…. please reply

    Hi Irma – the recommendations we make are not the ONLY way to write a Task 2 essay, and your construction also sounds good. However, I would be careful about putting too much background in the first paragraph (assuming you mean the first body paragraph) as this is something that should be very briefly covered in the introduction if at all. Hope that helps! The team at http://www.IELTStestONLINE.com

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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 007

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 7

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 7You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table shows the percentage of people with mobile phones who use various features on their phone.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

The table illustrates the various functions available on mobile phones, showing the percent of users that take advantage of these capabilities over three different years.

The most striking point is that with the exception of a slight fall in 2010, all owners use their mobile phone to telephone people. The second most common use is for text messaging, which steadily increased from just under three quarter of all users in 2006 to nearly four fifths of users in 2010.

Using the phone as a camera increased by 5 percent each year, rising to a peak of 76% in 2010. Playing games on the phone increased dramatically between 2006 and 2008, but then fell slightly in 2010 to end at 41%.

The largest increase in the table is between 2008 and 2010 for those browsing the internet, but no data is given for 2006. Video and music use also increased, with video overtaking music in 2010.

In total, the functions used on mobiles all increased over the years with the exception of games and making calls.

(175 words)