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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, Communication, 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!

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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/Culture

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

Some believe that tourism does more to create tension between between countries rather than helping individuals better understand other cultures.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Tourism and Culture

Many museums charge for admission while others are free.

Do you think the advantages of charging people for admission to museums outweigh the disadvantages?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Museum Entrance Fees

 

 

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

As well as making money, businesses also have a responsibilty towards society.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Businesses Social Responsibility

 

 

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

Too much money is wasted on repairing old buildings that should be used to knock them down and build new ones.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Old Buildings

The roads in major cities today are often difficult to travel on.

What are the causes of this?

What are some possible solutions?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer General Training: Roads in Major Cities

 

 

Communication

The use of social media is replacing face-to-face interaction among many people in society.

Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Face to Face Interaction

Many people believe that social networking sites (such as Facebook) have a huge negative impact on both individuals and society.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Social Networking Sites

 

 

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)

The crime rate nowadays is decreasing compared to the past due to advances in technology.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Crime & Technology

The most common solution for criminal behaviour is prison but many believe education is a better method.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Education and Crime

 

 

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

Plagiarism in academics has become a pressing problem in many countries today.

What are the causes of this problem?

What are some possible solutions?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay

Many people feel that students should learn from online materials while others feel that it is better to use printed materials.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Online Materials

Some people think that children should begin their formal education at a very early age. Some think they should begin at least 7 years old. Discuss both views give opinions.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Children Starting School

Students should be primarily taught academic subjects so that they can pass exams, and practical skills such as cooking should not be taught.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Academic/Practical Knowledge

Some people believe that education is the key to tackling hunger worldwide while others feel that the answer is in food aid.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Hunger

Compared to the past, more people are now studying abroad because it is more convenient and cheaper than before.

Do you think this is beneficial to the foreign student’s home country?

Will this trend change much in the future?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer by Dave: Studying Abroad

 

 

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

Developing the economy will always damage the environment.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: The Economy & the Environment

Many believe that individuals can do little to improve the environment. Only governments and large companies can make a real difference.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

The Most Difficult IELTS Writing Topic: January 2020

Most agree that we should be training children to recycle waste to preserve the Earth’s natural resources.

However, some believe that it is parents who should teach their children to recycle waste while others feels schools are more responsible.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Recycling

 

 

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)

Nowadays children watch much more television than they did in the past and spend less time being active or creative.

What is the reason for this?

What measures should be taken to encourage children to be more active?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Television

Some people believe that allowing children to make their own choices on everyday matters (such as food, clothes and entertainment) is likely to result in a society of individuals who only think about their own wishes.

Other people believe that it is important for children to make decisions about matters that affect them.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Examiner Sample Answer from Cambridge 12: Children & Choice

 

 

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

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)

Some think that governments should tax unhealthy foods to encourage people to eat healthier.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Unhealthy Foods (Real Past IELTS Tests/Exams)

More and more people today are drinking sugar-based drinks.

What are the reasons for this?

What are the solutions?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Sugary Drinks

Many think that in today’s world it is very difficult for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Others, however, feel that it is easy for people to be healthy and fit if they want to be.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Healthy Lifestyle

Some people say that it is acceptable to test medicine intended for people on animals. Others, however, believe that it is not right to use animals in this research.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Medical Testing

Many feel that going to the gym is the best way to stay fit. Others think there are more effective methods.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Gym/Exercise

 

 

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)

Some people think that the news media has become much more influential in people’s lives today and it is a negative development.

Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: News Media Influence

 

 

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)

These days people spend more and more time at work and less time at home.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay General Training: Working too Much

 

 

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

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Leadership Essay 2

Many pschologists recommend that the best way to relieve stress is to do nothing at all for a period of time during the day.

Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Stress

 

 

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)

Many believe that the best way to ensure a happier society is to reduce the difference in income earnings between the rich and poor.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Income Inequality

People have historically attempted to achieve a perfect society. However, it is difficult to decide what a perfect society would be like.

What would be the most important element of an ideal society?

What can normal people do to make society more perfect?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: The Ideal/Perfect Society

 

 

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

Extreme sports such as sky diving and skiing are very dangerous and should be banned.

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

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Extreme Sports

 

 

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)

Nowadays more tasks at home and work are being performed by robots.

Is this a negative or positive development?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Robots at Home

People today often use the internet to learn about the culture of other countries. This means that it is not that important to travel to those countries.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: The Internet & Travel

 

 

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)

More and more people in developing countries are purchasing cars for the first time.

What problems does this cause?

What do you think are the possible solutions?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Problems with Purchasing Cars

 

 

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)

Nowadays, entertainers get paid more than politicians.

What are the reasons for this?

Is this a negative or positive development?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Entertainers & Politicians

The job market today is very competitive and it is best to choose a career or field of study early in order to get a good job later in life.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Changing Jobs

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