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These are the most common IELTS writing topics that I have come across as an examiner and from student reports over the last year.

The most commons topics are: Age & Generations, Art, Business, Cities, Crime, Education, Environment, Family, Health, Government, Media & Newspapers, Psychology, Society, Sport, Technology & Science, Transport, and Work.

Below are some IELTS writing task 2 samples (all written by me) on the most common topics!

Comment your own essays below and I will give you some feedback!

Age & Generations

Some people say that music is a good way of bringing people of different cultures and ages together.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Music Bringing People Together (IELTS Cambridge 14)

At the present time, the population of some countries includes a relatively large number of young adults, compared with the number of older people.

Do the advantage of this situation outweigh the disadvantages?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Populations, Young People (IELTS Cambridge 14)

 

Agriculture

In spite of the advances made in agriculture, many people around the world still go hungry. Why is this the case? What can be done about this problem?

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

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Agriculture (IELTS Cambridge 13)

 

Art

Museums and art galleries should focus on works that show the history and culture of their own country rather than works of other parts of the world.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Museums

 

Business

Recent research has shown that business meetings and training are increasingly taking place online.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Business

 

Cities

When designing a building, the most important factor is the intended use of the building rather than its outward appearance.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Buildings

 

Living in large cities today poses many problems for people.

What are these problems? Should governments encourage more people to live in smaller towns?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Cities

 

Traffic and housing problems in major cities could be solved by moving companies, factories and their employees to the countryside.

Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Overpopulation

 

 

Crime

Some countries are struggling with increases in crime rates. Some believe that having more police on the streets is best way to reduce and combat crime.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer (Crime and the Police)

 

 

Education

Some people say that school children should be mainly taught about the literature (e.g fiction and poetry) of their own country because it is more important than that of other countries.

To what extent do you agree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Literature

 

Environment

Some people say that the main environmental problem of our time is the loss of particular species of plants and animals. Others say that there are more important environmental problems.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

 IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Environmental Problems Plants and Animals (IELTS Cambridge 14)

 

Climate change is a phenomenon that affects countries all over the world. Many people strongly believe that it is the responsibility of individuals, rather than corporations and governments, to deal with this problem.

To what extent do you agree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Climate Change

 

Plastic shopping bags are used widely and cause many environmental problems. Some people say they should be banned.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Plastic Bags

 

Family & Children

Many parents encourage young people to leave home when they become older, while others think they should stay at home with the family. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer (Family and the Home)

 

Health

Many people believe that every individual is responsible for his/her own healthy lifestyle. Others believe that governments should take care of it. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Health Problems Individuals/Governments (Real IELTS Exam)

 

The best way to prevent people from smoking is to impose high taxes on tobacco products. In this way, people will be less likely to develop a long-term addiction to smoking.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Smoking (Real IELTS Exam)

 

History

Some people say history is one the most important school subjects. Other people think that, in today’s world, subjects like science and technology are more important than history. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

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

IELTS Examiner Sample Answer from Cambridge 13: History (by Dave)

 

Government

The best way to prevent people from smoking is to impose high taxes on tobacco products. In this way, people will be less likely to develop a long-term addiction to smoking.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Examiner Sample Answer: Government (by Dave)

 

 

Language

Living in a country where you have to speak a foreign language can cause serious social problems, as well as practical problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Foreign Languages (Cambridge 13)

 

 

Media & Newspapers

Some people think that newspapers are the best way to learn news. However, others believe that they can learn news better through other media. Discuss both views and give your opinion

IELTS Examiner Sample Answer from Cambridge 13: Newspapers and the Media (by Dave)

 

 

Personal Life

Many people try to balance work and other parts of their life. However, this is very difficult to do. What are the problems associated with this? What is the best way to achieve a better balance?

IELTS Examiner Sample Answer: Work-Life Balance (by Dave)

 

Psychology

Some people believe that it is best to accept a bad situation, such as an unsatisfactory job or shortage of money. Others argue that it is better to try and improve such situations.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Acceptance / Unsatisfactory (IELTS Cambridge 14) by Dave

 

Some are of the opinion that people are naturally born as good leaders while others feel that leadership skills can be learned.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Leadership

 

 

Society

Some people believe that nowadays we have too many choices. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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

IELTS Examiner Sample Answer from Cambridge 13: Choice (by Dave)

 

In many countries people are living in a “throwaway society” where things are used for a short time and thrown away. 

What are the causes of this and what problems does it lead to?

IELTS Examiner Sample Answer from Cambridge 13: Society (by Dave)

 

 

Sport

Some people think that it is a waste of money for countries to host big sporting events like the world cup, and that the money would be better spent on other things. However, others think that hosting large sporting events has a clear, positive impact on a country.

Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: The World Cup and Olympics

 

Technology & Science

Some people believe that it is good to share as much information as possible in scientific research, business, and the academic world. Others believe that some information is too important or too valuable to be shared freely.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Scientific Research (IELTS Cambridge 12) by Dave

 

Transport

Some people think that governments should invest mainly in making public transportation faster while other think there are more important priorities (cost, the environment).

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Examiner Sample Answer from Cambridge 13: Transportation (by Dave)

 

Some people believe that the best way to increase the road safety is to increase the minimum legal age for driving cars.

To what extent do you agree or disagree.

 IELTS Examiner Sample Answer from Cambridge 13: Traffic and Road Safety (by Dave)

 

Work

Nowadays many people choose to be self-employed, rather than to work for a company or organisation.

Why might this be the case? What could be the disadvantages of being self-employed?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Self-Employment (IELTS Cambridge 14)


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