Ielts academic writing task 2 sample topics
May 5, 2018
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IELTS Writing Task 2 questions in 2015 have often been on the topic of school or university education
As you probably know, in IELTS Writing Task 2 (Academic and General Training), you have to write an essay of at least 250 words on a particular topic.
From what IELTS candidates have reported about their IELTS tests in 2015, two of the most common IELTS Writing Task 2 topics have been school and university education.
If you’re planning to take an IELTS test in 2015, it would be a good idea to look at the following examples of writing tasks on this topic, decide what ideas you would write about for each task, and focus on some vocabulary you may need to use in your writing.
Examples of IELTS Writing Task 2 questions from 2015
Here are some examples of IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 questions (reported by candidates in Australia, Bangladesh, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar and the UAE in 2015) that focus on what children should be taught at school.
Some people say that science lessons should be mandatory in schools, while others argue that they are unnecessary. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Schools do not do enough to teach students about their health. Do you agree or disagree?
Some practical skills such as money management should be taught at high school. Do you agree or disagree?
Many people believe that cooking is an essential life skill and should be taught to boys and girls in schools. Others disagree and believe it is a waste of school time. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Here are some examples of IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 topics (reported by candidates in Australia and Malaysia in 2015) that focus on how students should be treated at school.
Some people believe that students should be allowed to evaluate and criticise their teachers to improve the quality of education. Others, however, think this is disrespectful to teachers. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Some teachers tend to reward students who get high academic results. Others, however, support and reward students who improve their grades the most. Discuss both these approaches and give your own opinion on which approach is best.
Here are some examples of IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 topics (reported by candidates in Australia, India, Iran, the UK and Uzbekistan in 2015) that focus on different aspects of university education.
Some people believe that universities should focus on providing academic skills, while others think that universities should prepare students for their real future careers. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
In most universities students focus on specialised subjects. However some people believe that universities should encourage students to study a wide range of subjects. To what extent you agree or disagree?
Giving lectures in auditoriums to large numbers of students is an old way of teaching. With the technology available today there is no justification for it, and everything should be done online. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
For more IELTS Writing Task 2 questions, have a look at the posts in the ‘IELTS Writing topics‘ category of my blog.
Vocabulary for common IELTS Writing Task 2 topics in 2015
As you could get a similar IELTS Writing Task 2 topic to one of the examples above, it would pay to improve your vocabulary related to these topics before your test.
To get started, check you understand the following vocabulary. (You can click on the vocabulary for a dictionary definition).
Adjectives to describe school subjects:
The quality of education:
Adjectives to describe skills:
- practical, technical, academic, transferable, basic (e.g. the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic)
Adjectives to describe qualifications:
Types of university study:
If you get (or got) one of the common IELTS Writing Task 2 topics above in your test, let me know in the comments section below.
Good luck to those of you planning to take an IELTS test in 2015.
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Sample Environmental Writing Topics for Task 2
Environmental issues have always been an international problem because governments are not imposing harsh punishments against offenders. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Support your answer with specific reasons and examples.
Managing global environmental issues should be handled by one organization on a global scale. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
Many agricultural lands are being converted into commercial centres. How does this affect the environment and the people’s life style? Discuss this situation and provide suggestions to address these issues. Support your answer with specific reasons and examples.
Many efforts have been made by countries to address challenges concerning the environment but the situation has not improved. What are the possible reasons for environmental degradation? Are there any solutions to combat this problem? Support your answer with specific reasons and examples.
Nowadays, it is possible to move ocean creatures from their natural habitat at sea and have them relocated to marine parks for the purpose of education and entertainment. Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages? Explain your reasons and support them with specific examples.
The government should close companies that produce toxic waste materials without their own waste treatment facility in order to protect the environment. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.
Many believe that companies behind oil and gas production promote new boundless opportunities while others fear the results from their intrusion in nature. Discuss possible reasons, results and solutions.
Why do we need to prevent the extinction of some animals like dinosaurs and dodos if it is caused by natural processes? What is your opinion about this?
People produce more garbage than in the past. Explain how it is affecting us and the measures that could be taken to address the situation. Provide specific examples and explanation to support your answer.
In modern times, some species of animals are slowly disappearing. Do you think that it is acceptable l for species to become extinct? What are the possible reasons and consequences of this extinction? Provide reasons and examples to explain your opinion.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Protecting the Environment is the responsibility of the government. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
Do you agree or disagree that the world was a better place decades ago that it is today? Why do you think so? Give specific details and examples to support your answer.
For an introduction on how to start IELTS Writing Task 2 click here:
IELTS Writing Task 2 (also known as IELTS Essay Writing) is the second task of your IELTS Writing test. Here, you will be presented with an essay topic and you will be scored based on your ability to respond to the topic.
You need to write at least 250 words and justify your opinion with arguments, discussion, examples, problem outlining, proposing possible solutions and supporting your position. You will have approximately 40 minutes to finish your Essay Writing. IELTS Writing Task 2 carries more weights than Writing Task 1.