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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 005

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 5

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

In schools, most courses finish with a final exam to assess a students ability. However, some people do not do well in exams. Therefore academic success should not be measured by exam performance but by an overall grade based on the whole period of study.
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 5Formal testing has often relied on an end of year assessment of a candidate’s knowledge, but in many respects this is perhaps unfair, as will now be explained.

The principle argument against using exams is that some students, although competent, simply do not respond well to formal testing. Exam nerves are common, and in extreme cases can cause a form of mental paralysis in which the student is unable perform at all. In an average class of 20 or so students, there is statistically at least one or two students who do not manage the pressure of exams well, and fail to produce results that are a reflection of their true abilities.
Another strong argument is that some areas of study do not lend themselves to traditional exams. A clear example of this can be seen in certain trade based courses, where a long written examination is not an accurate method of assessment, and a more practical approach would be preferred. Carpentry, for example, would be best assessed by what the trainee has made over the course of study, not what they can write about in a two or three hour exam at the end of the year.

Granted, there are some fields of study that are perhaps best tested in the traditional style. For example, science or medicine based courses require a level of academic knowledge that can be evaluated through a formal assessment.

In conclusion, although certain subjects may be assessed in the traditional manner, it would perhaps be more balanced to assess a student’s ability based on work they have completed over the whole period of study rather than a single written exam.

(276 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 046

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 46

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Nowadays we are producing more and more rubbish.

Why do you think this is happening? What can the government do to help reduce the amount of rubbish produced?

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 46There is no doubt that modern society creates more refuse per person than previously. This essay will first consider some of the influences that have caused this, then suggest some ways that the authorities can promote a reduction in this increase.

The main cause for the increased amount of waste produced is largely the result of excess packaging that is common in society today. A simple fast food meal has bags, wrappers and containers that are in use for just a few minutes before being discarded. There is also a rising trend towards disposable items which are designed to have a short life before being consigned to the dustbin. Common examples include razors, bottles and plastic bags.

Another major cause for the rise in refuse can also be linked to technology. Computers, tablet devices, mobile phones and more are considered old and obsolete, often within only a few years of use. These devices are often not recycled but are simply abandoned to lie in landfills.

It is perhaps with this second point that the government can be the most proactive. By encouraging recycling, either by better programmes of education or more available facilities, more of the material that would otherwise be dumped could be recycled and put back into use. There is also the possibility for local councils to charge more for refuse collection services, thus making adding a financial incentive for people to recycle more assiduously. Admittedly, this could lead to more illegal dumping as people attempt to avoid paying additional costs.

In summary, there are varied reasons as to why the amount of waste produced is increasing, but there are also avenues the government could consider in order to reduce this.

 

(283 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 045

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 45

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Attitude is as important as knowledge in a test situation.

To what extent do you agree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Students react in different ways to different pressures, but for many people examinations and tests are a time of nervousness and panic. It is here that it could be argued that these are not a true test of a subject but of the candidate’s character, a point of view which will now be considered.

Candidates taking a test with no understanding of the subject are unlikely to do very well. Without understanding what they are being asked to respond to, they are forced to rely only on common sense, presenting an answer that may be correct. In comparison with studious and prepared candidates, it is obvious that the latter would perform better.

However, a counterargument can be made by considering nervous candidates who have little confidence. Such people could find themselves unable to organise of their thoughts, finding that the time allotted for the test has gone before having time to write more than a few lines. Now compare the candidates who have written fluently and at length with candidates who have managed only a few lines, and it becomes considerably more difficult to assess whether attitude is superior to knowledge.

Candidates with a confident attitude consequently have the possibility of attaining a similar grade to those less confident but with knowledge of the subject being tested. Overall, therefore, what is needed in a test situation is a balance between the two, in which the information gleaned from studying is balanced with a positive and organised approach to the test. (263 words)

(250 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 044

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 44

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Drug addiction is becoming an increasing problem. In order to reduce this problem, caught using drugs should be automatically sentenced to time in prison.

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.


When considering what punishments should be delivered for certain crimes, there are a number of factors that need to be considered, such as the extent of an individual’s involvement in drugs, as will now be explained.

Drug addiction can begin for a number of reasons, and although drug abuse is illegal, the factors which cause the addiction need to be considered. Young people may find themselves pressured by their peers into experimenting with drugs, or some may even seek the narcotic value of the substance as an escape from a particularly harsh reality.

If the only intention was to remove anyone guilty of a crime from society, then this could be considered effective. Yet in cases where there are extenuating circumstances, prison is unlikely to offer a true solution to the problem. and can often be a regressive step as the cause of the drug abuse is not addressed. The solution is more likely to lie in education and support, not prison.

However, for those who have been offered rehabilitation but continue to abuse drugs, a jail term needs to be considered, not only as they are breaking the law but also to act as a deterrent for future potential addicts.If the abuser is also engaged in supplying drugs to others, then a prison sentence should be required.

In conclusion, if it can be be ascertained that the person caught using drugs has a reasonable chance of being rehabilitated without resorting to prison, then this is the route that should be taken.

(253 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 043

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 43

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Traffic congestion in major cities is an increasing problem, yet there is an environmental impact to be considered when building new roads.

What can be done about this problem?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


It is a well-known fact that of all the animal species on earth, humans are the most environmentally damaging. Traffic pollution is getting worse, yet simply creating more roads (while technically possible) has even more of a negative effect on the land, therefore other possibilities need to be considered.

One of the more obvious solutions to the problem would be to improve public transport and raise the expense of driving personal vehicles. Either by control or by funding, local governments could ensure that public transport becomes the most economical method of commuting to work. In one European country, local governments have pursued this scheme and the results have been so successful that they have actually reduced the number of roads into the city.

Another potential solution is to encourage working from home. The technology is readily available for most of people to do so, and is likely to be popular with a high percentage of employees. The introduction of more flexible working hours is also a possibility that, although not actually leading to fewer cars on the road, would help congestion problems. In many countries, local transport authorities have erected signs that provide information about road conditions, giving drivers the opportunity to find less congested routes to their destination. This system could be improved by more advanced technology in cars themselves.

Regardless of the final solution, it is becoming increasingly clear that traffic pollution is not simply a local issue but a global one, and unless alternative strategies are put into soon the damage may be irreversible.

(257 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 042

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 42

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:


Children watch too much television. As a result they are losing important social skills What can be done about this?

To what extent do you agree with the above?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


For many working parents, a quick and simple solution to keeping their child occupied involves simply sitting them in front of the television, and many people have pointed out the potential loss of other skills that excessive television viewing can cause. However, this argument is flawed in a number of respects, as will now be explained.

Learning how to behave within society is first acquired by copying the actions of those around us. Traditionally, this was generally from parents or siblings, but as single-parent families and one-child families have become more common, it is inevitable that other sources are needed, and for this the television has a constructive purpose.  Television offers children exposure to other races, nationalities and perspectives which they might otherwise not have had

The argument that children become less creative through watching television is also inaccurate as children have been able to learn from what they watch. Children’s television shows, for example, can teach children to make toys and games by recycling items found in the home. Added to this, programmes watched can give children a common topic of conversation.

Admittedly, there is a risk of a negative impact from television if children are allowed to watch whatever programmes they wish, where the content may not be suitable and images may be disturbing to younger viewers. However, this can be tempered by a parent or guardian allowing only suitable programming.

In conclusion, there is a definite case to be built against the assumption that television has a negative influence on children’s social abilities. Yet there is also some justification for concern in situations where parents allow children to view programmes which unintended and unsuitable for them. What is needed is careful monitoring of what children watch.

(289 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 041

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 41

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Journalists often claim that people have the right to know everything. Are there any situations in which the freedom of the press should be limited?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Freedom of information is considered to be an indication of an open and democratic country, yet this claim is often abused by those in the media as a way of exploiting people or situations. There are many cases in which journalistic freedoms are taken too far and some clear cases in which this should be limited.

Primarily, security must be considered. If an elected government is appointed the task of governing the country, there are likely to be times when information must be considered secret for the good of the nation. This could be in military, technological or innovative fields.

In addition, there is also the personal aspect to consider. Journalists, especially those working for the tabloid papers, are not concerned about the mental and emotional anguish they might cause with certain stories. For example, people who have suffered a personal tragedy or loss are followed, questioned and photographed at a time when they are emotionally vulnerable. It is for the protection of such individuals or families that freedom of the press should face limitations.

However, there are occasions when misdemeanours or crimes have only come to light through investigative journalism. It is unlikely that any government would publicly acknowledge an error if it was felt it would otherwise not become common knowledge.

Overall, it would seem that limitations put on freedom of the press should be based on respect for the consequences, a situation that would be best served by limiting media access only to what will cause undue harm.

(251 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 040

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 40

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

As we move into the digital age, books and newspapers are becoming less important. Within the next 20 years, computers will have entirely replaced any other such form of media.

To what extent do you agree with the above?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


There is little doubt that computers and the Internet have had an effect on more traditional forms of media, but it is unlikely that these more contemporary forms will be the only option available within two decades.

Consider, for example, the impact television had in the mid-1900s, and the fears that this would lead to the end of more traditional pastimes like reading. Yet books remain popular across all generations. For many employees, computers have become a part of their working day, and as such they are not always so keen to use them at home as well. Packing for a holiday, sitting by the bed, in the garden on a warm summer’s day – these are all situations where books have remained, and almost certainly will remain, the media of choice. Even among the young, there has been something of a resurgence of interest in reading, as the Harry Potter phenomenon illustrated.

The future for newspapers, however, is less clear. Certainly there is something of a ritual about collecting and reading the morning paper, be it over breakfast or the way to work, but there is a clear possibility that the Internet, offering the most up-to-date news, the clearest pictures and the widest coverage, will soon replace this.

To summarise, therefore, while there have been rapid developments in the field of computing, it is unlikely that the technology of today and the media of the past are mutually exclusive. As such, it is unlikely that society will see the disappearance of traditional media, and certainly not within the next 20 years.

(261 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 039

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 39

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

A course of study that has no direct employment opportunities serves no purpose.

To what extent do you agree with the above?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


For 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 is likely to 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 could 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. Moreover, at the time of entering university, the majority of people do not have a clear career path and thus they choose those study courses that appeal to them rather than those that offer a clear future.

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

(263 words)

Previous comments:
    Silky Sharma says:

    Pls provide feedback There are various stages of life of an individual and from early years of childhood to till twenties are generally being spent by an individual in gaining education. After that, one is supposed to earn for his livelihood by joining relevant job/ business or own profession. To have a successful career one needs to be well educated with proper skills imbibed to contribute in employment. Thus a proper alignment is required in today’s job demands and the kind of education being imparted to the students. The very purpose of education or a course of study is to make the individual independent to earn his livelihood and to meet his psychological needs as per his/ her further choices. If the study course fails to serve that purpose, the career path of that individual can’t be matched properly and thus individual remains confused throughout his life until some concrete direction is given. On the contrary if an individual has got education in the area of his interest and with well-defined jobs that he can join after completion, generally tends out to be financial stable. For example, courses like C.A. leads a person to become a financial advisor, Ph.D. to become a researcher and consultant, Engineering courses for different technical jobs, MBBS to become a Medical practitioner. All such educational qualifications lead to direct employment leading individuals to meet their financial needs and live a respectable life in the society. Thus it can be concluded that for majority of people it’s very important to pursue study courses that lead to direct employment and thus choice has to be done carefully.

    250 words are not enough to convince the reade about a topic I feel

    Ieltsforfree says:

    You’re probably right – so long as it’s enough to convinence the examiner though!

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 038

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 38

All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

What factors do you think are important in promoting a higher standard of education?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Globally, there is an increasing requirement for ever-higher levels of education, with many students opting to study overseas to ensure they have the best available opportunities. This has been the result of a number of both external and internal influences as will now be presented.

Internally, there have been a number of definable factors. With the governments of most nations eager to have more educated citizens, more funding has also been allocated to education. Given this, it follows that there is the potential for increased resources, which would then inevitably allow for a higher educational level. Better teacher training, thus allowing for better teachers, has also been influential.

Externally, the job market often requires potential employees to have qualifications and certificates, often at the expense of experience, which has resulted in pressure from students to raise the educational level. With many industries and companies becoming increasingly specialised, there has also been a demand for equally specialised courses and higher education programmes. This in turn has led to a higher standard of education. In addition, the majority of people find a correlation between their expected salary and their educational achievements, and this naturally acts as a factor in promoting further education.

One final factor which can be considered is that a higher standard of education has been directly affected by abusing the government’s interest in educating its citizens, as this allows for people to remain studying for some considerable time with the only goal being to maintain a stress-free life of a student. However, the costs of student loans is now reducing this negative factor.

In conclusion, it can be observed that there are a number of both internal and external factors contributing to a higher level of education.

(288 words)