Writing task 2

IELTS practice essay questions divided by topic. These topics have been reported by IELTS students in their tests. Essay questions have been recreated as accurately as possible.

ART ESSAY QUESTIONS FOR IELTS

Some people think that the government is wasting money on the arts and that this money could be better spent elsewhere.

To what extent do you agree with this view?

         IArt is considered an essential part of all cultures throughout the world. However, these days fewer and fewer people appreciate art and turn their focus to science, technology and business.

Why do you think that is?

What could be done to encourage more people to take interest in the arts?

Some people think that art is an essential subject for children at school while others think it is a waste of time.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

 

Artists need a certain amount of freedom to develop their creativity. Some people think that artists should have total freedom to express any thoughts and ideas.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

Most artists earn low salaries and should therefore receive funding from the government in order for them to continue with their work.

To what extent do you agree?

BUSINESS & MONEY ESSAY TITLES

IELTS practice essay questions for the topic of business and money.

In some countries, a few people earn extremely high salaries. Some people think that this is good for a country, while others believe that the government should control salaries and limit the amount people can earn.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

Due to the development and rapid expansion of supermarkets in some countries, many small, local business are unable to compete. Some people think that the closure of local business will bring about the death of local communities.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

Companies should provide sports and social facilities for local communities.

To what extent do you agree? 

 

Large businesses have big budgets for marketing and promotion and as a result, people gravitate towards buying their products.

What problems does this cause?

What could be done to encourage people to buy local products?

 

An increasing number of people are buying what they need online.

What are the advantages and disadvantages for both individuals and companies to shopping online?

 

Marketing and promotion is the key to a successful business.

To what extent do you agree?

 

The performance of staff can have a significant impact on the success of a company.

What can companies do to increase staff productivity?

 

Some companies have uniforms for their staff which must be worn at all times.

What are the advantages for a company of having a uniform?

Are there any benefits of having a uniform for the staff?

 

Some people think that the best way to run a business is within the family.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a family run business?

 

Some people think that when recruiting, companies should aim to take on people who are innovative and able to work independently while others considered  they should recruit people who are able to work in a team and follow instructions.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

Some people think that the only way to have success in business is to have a unique product.

What factors, do you think, influence the success of a company?

 

Small businesses should avoid recruiting young women who do not have their own family in order to avoid paying maternity leave later on.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

Sales companies should recruit people who are hungry for money as they will make the most dedicated workers.

Do you think money is the driving force behind hard work?

What factors should be taken into consideration when recruiting staff for sales positions?

 

The reason that most individuals are in debit is due to the overuse as well as irresponsible use of credit cards. Banks should not issue credit cards unless they are completely sure of an individual’s ability to pay back their debits.

To what extent do you agree with this?

 

Some people believe that the higher a product is priced, the more likely it is that people will want to buy it.

To what extent does price influence potential buyers?

What other factors influence people to buy a product?

 

Some people think that the only way to judge someone’s success in business is by the amount of money they make.

Is money a true indicator of the success of a business?

In what other ways could success in a business be measured?

 

It is common practice for some students to take a gap year between high school and university in order to do charitable work abroad in underdeveloped countries.

What are the advantages and disadvantages for young people of doing volunteer work?

 

Rich countries are getting richer while poor countries are getting poorer.

What is the cause of this?

What could be done to solve this problem?

 

Some people think that it is better for a country’s economy for people to spend money while others believe that it would be better for people to save money.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

COMMUNICATION & PERSONALITY ESSAY TITLES

Some people fail in school, but end up being successful in life.

Why do you think that is the case?

What is the most important thing to succeed in life?

 

Nowadays celebrities are more famous for their glamour and wealth than for their achievements, and this sets a bad example to young people.

To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

 

With an increasing population communicating via the internet and text messaging, face to face communication will become a thing of the past.

To what extent do you agree?

 

More and more businesses as well as individuals are choosing to communicate either professionally or socially using technology rather than being face to face.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using technology for communicating.

 

Many young children have unsupervised access to the internet and are using the internet to socialise with others. This has can lead to a number of dangerous situations which can be threatening for children.

What problems do children face when going online without parental supervision?

How can these problems be solved?

 

Some people think that being able to communicate with others online is breaking down geographical barriers and enabling people, who would normally never have the chance to meet, to communicate.

What are the advantages of international communication online?

Are there any disadvantages to this?

 

With the development of online communication, people will never be alone and will always be able to make new friends.

To what extent do you agree?

 

Communication through text messaging and other instant forms of online communication are short and basic. Some people think this will be the death of grammar and spelling.

Do you agree or disagree?

 

Some people think that intelligence is innate while others think that we can improve our intelligence through learning.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

 

Our personalities are predetermined as a result of our genes before we are born and there is nothing that can be done to alter our character traits.

To what extent do you agree?

 

Many management interviews are based around assessing not only a person’s level of experience and knowledge but also their personality.

Is leadership an innate skill?

What other characteristics do companies look for in a manager?

 

Some people think that women are generally more peaceful than men as their characters are naturally more nurturing than aggressive.

To what extent do you agree with this?

 

Reported essay questions are from students who have taken their IELTS test. These questions may vary slightly in wording from the original question.

CRIME & PUNISHMENT ESSAY TITLES

Below is a collection of IELTS essay questions for the topic of crime and punishment. These questions have been written based on common issues in IELTS and some have been reported by students in their test.

Some people think certain prisoners should be made to do unpaid community work instead of being put behind bars.

To what extent do you agree? 

 

The crime rate nowadays is decreasing compared to the past due to advance technology which can prevent and solve crime.

Do you agree or disagree?

 

Many criminals commit further crimes as soon as they released from prison.

What do you think are the causes of this?

What possible solutions can you suggest? 

 

It is often thought that the increase in juvenile crime can be attributed to violence in the media.

Do you agree that this is the main cause of juvenile crime?

What solutions can you offer to deal with this situation?

 

In some societies, the number of crimes committed by teenagers is growing. Some people think that regardless of age, teenagers who commit major crimes should receive adult punishment.

To what extent do you agree?

 

Some countries are struggling with an increase in the rate of crime. Many people think that having more police on the streets is the only way to reduce crime.

To what extent do you agree?

 

Some people think that women should not be allowed to work in the police force.

Do you agree or disagree?

 

Many crimes are often related to the consumption of alcohol. Some people think that the best way to reduce the crime rate is to ban alcohol.

Do you think this is an effective measure against crime?

What other solutions can you suggest?

 

Many people believe that having a fixed punishment for all crimes is more efficient.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a fixed punishment?

 

Some people think that the government should be responsible for crime prevention, while others believe that it is the responsibility of the individual to protect themselves.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

 

The death penalty is the best way to control and reduce serious crime.

To what extent do you agree?

 

While it is sometimes thought that prison is the best place for criminals, others believe that there are better ways to deal with them.

What is your opinion?

 

Crime rate, in most countries, is often higher in urban areas than in rural areas.

Why do you think that is?

What can be done to reduce the crime rate?

 

Some people think that poverty is the reason behind most crimes.

Do you agree or disagree?

 

Internet crime is increasing rapidly as more and more people are using the internet to make financial transactions.

What can be done to tackle this problem ?

EDUCATION ESSAY TITLES

 

The IELTS practice essay questions below are for the topic of education.

For centuries, important parts of education have remained such as reading, writing and maths. With the advent of computers, some people think that computer skill be made as a fourth skill to be added to the list.
To what extent do you agree? 

 

The government should allocate more funding to teaching sciences rather than other subjects in order for a country to develop and progress.

To what extent do you agree? 

 

Discipline is an ever increasing problem in modern schools. Some people think that discipline should be the responsibility of teachers, while others think that this is the role of parents.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

 

Some people believe that children should not be given homework everyday, while others believe that they must get homework everyday in order to be successful at school.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

 

Some children receive almost no encouragement from their parents regarding their performance at school, while other children receive too much pressure from their over enthusiastic parents which can have a negative impact on the child.

Why do you think some parents put too much pressure on their children to perform well at school?

What do you think the role of a parent should be in their child’s education?

 

The role of education is to prepare children for the modern world. Schools should cut art and music out of the curriculum so that children can focus on useful subjects such as information technology.

To what extent do you agree?

 

Some parents believe that their children should do educational activities during their free time. Others say that in this way children are under pressure.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

 Some people think that teachers should be able to ask disruptive children to leave the class.

Do you think it is the best way to deal with a disruptive child in the classroom?

What other solutions are there?

 

Education should be accessible to people of all economic backgrounds. All levels of education, from primary school to tertiary education, should be free.

To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

 

The current trend in education is to move away from traditional exams and instead have continuous assessment over the school year.

What do you think of this trend?

 

Some people think that educated people are more valuable than people who have learned skills through experience.

Do you think that educated people are the most valuable for society?

What kinds of skills can people learn through experience that can benefit society?

 

Being able to speak a foreign language is an advantage these days. Some people think that children should start learning a foreign language at primary school, while others think children should begin in secondary school.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

 

The gap between education in richer countries and education in poorer countries is a growing concern.

What solutions can you suggest to deal with this situation?

 

Some schools are very strict about their school uniforms and the appearance of their pupils, while other schools have a very relaxed dress code.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of children of having a school uniform?

 

In some high schools, part of the curriculum requires students to participate in community work such as helping the elderly or disabled.

In what way do children benefit from this?

Do you think it should be part of the curriculum?

 

The best way to help underachieving pupils is to have compulsory after school activities which they must attend. This way they will become more involved in school and their grades will improve.

To what extent do you agree?

 

Some people think that parents have the greatest influence on their child’s academic development, while others think that a child’s teacher has more influence.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

 

 In some countries, girls and boys are educated in different schools rather than in the same school.

What are the advantages and disadvantage of this?

 

In nearly all science courses at university, there are significantly more male students than female students.

What is the reason for this?

What could be done to balance out the numbers?

 

Some people think that it is beneficial for old people to learn something new while others believe that once a person is past 65 years of age it is too late to learn.

What is your opinion?

 

It is thought by some that a school teacher’s role is to motivate and inspire students. However, other people believe that a teacher’s primary role is to pass on knowledge.

What do you think is the role of a teacher?

 

Fewer schools are requiring children to learn and improve their hand writing skills.

Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of this trend?

 

Reported essay questions are from students who have taken their IELTS test. These questions may vary slightly in wording from the original question.