Writing Task 2 from actual IELTS test of September and October 2018
1 Many parents believe that when their children read books for entertainment, they are wasting their time, and that they should read only serious, educational books. What is your opinion about this?
2 In countries where unemployment is high, education should only be obligatory up to primary school and not secondary school. To what extend do you agree or disagree.
3 Employers should give longer holidays to employees to encourage them to do their job well. Do you agree?
4 Some people think money is the best gift to give youngsters, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
5 Human activity has had a negative effect on plants and animal all over the world. Some people think that it is too late to do something about it. Others think that there is still time to take effective action. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
6 The international community must act immediately to ensure all nations reduce the consumption of fossil fuel (gas and oil). To what extent do you agree or disagree.
7 Nowadays, many medical research projects are funded by private companies. In your opinion, do you think that research should be carried by private companies, individuals or government?
8 Some say that the most important thing about being rich is that one has the opportunity to help others. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
9 The restoration of old buildings in major cities throughout the world involves enormous expenditure. This money would bring more benefits if it was used to provide new housing and road development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
10 As a country develops, people tend to buy more cars. Do the advantages for the individual outweigh the disadvantages for the environment?
11 Some people think that advertising on TV is useful for viewers, while others disagree. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
12 Some people think that activities done in a person’s free time should be planned, while others disagree. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
13 Some students tend to play computer games rather than do sports. Why is this? What can be done to tackle the problem?
14 Individuals should improve the environment or is it the government and large companies that should take action?
15 Many museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists, but not local people. Why this is the case? What can be done to attract more local people to visit these places?
16 Today, many people want to get married and have children in their thirties rather than when they are younger. Is it a positive or negative development?
17 Some people say that all students should study history as a major subject, while others feels that other subjects are important for children in today’s society. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
18 People who read for pleasure have better imagination and language skills than those who prefer watching TV. To what extent do you agree?
19 A growing population is a big problem in many countries. Should the government provide new homes in the cities or countryside?
20 Local people do not go very often to museums or historical sites. Why is that? What can be done to change the situation?
21 Stores should sell local food products and not the imported food products. Do you agree or disagree?
22 Some people say the Olympic Games are not relevant in the 21st century. Do you agree or disagree?
23 Tourism is encouraged in many countries. Does tourism brings more advantages or disadvantages to a country?
24 Some people think that the media (newspapers) have the right to publish details of people’s private life, while others think it should be controlled? Discuss both views.