IELTS Writing Task 2 Actual Test Questions

The best way to hope your IELTS writing skill is to practice with actual exam questions. Considering this, we have selected a set of questions from past exams. Make sure you practice these, following the tips and strategies that we have given throughout this website. 

 

Question 1: Nations should spend more money on skills and vocational training for practical work, rather than on university education. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

Question 2: Some say that parents should encourage their children to take part in organised group activities in their spare time. Others say that it is important for children to learn how to occupy themselves on their own. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

 

Question 3: The internet has transformed the way information is shared and consumed, but it has also created problems that did not exist before.

What are the most serious problems associated with the internet and what solutions can you suggest?

 

Question 4: Some people believe that art, such as painting and music, does not improve people’s lives, so the government should not spend money on it.

To what extent do you agree with this statement?

 

Question 5: Some people say that history is one of the most important 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.

 

Question 6: Consumers are facing increasing number of advertisements from competing companies. To what extent do you think consumers are influenced by advertisements? What measures can be taken to protect them?

 

Question 7: Some people are born to be leaders, while others believe leadership can be learnt. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

Question 8: In recent years, the family structure has changed, as well as family roles. What are the changes occurring? Do you think these changes are positive or negative?

 

Question 9: People should look after their health for personal benefits, rather than a duty for a society. What extent do you agree or disagree? 

 

Question 10: Some people say that the increasing business and cultural contact between countries is positive development, while others think that many countries will lose their national identities as a result. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

Question 11: The range of technology available to people is increasing the gap between the rich and the poor. Others think it has an opposite effect.

Discuss both views and give your opinions.

 

Question 12: In many places, people’s lifestyles are changing rapidly, and this affects family relationships. Do you think advantages of such developments outweigh the disadvantages?

 

Question 13: Competitiveness is a positive quality for people in most societies. How does competitiveness affect individuals? Is it a positive or a negative trend?

 

Question 14: Most of the world’s problems are caused by overpopulation. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Question 15: Reading books keeps a person’s mind active, whereas watching films and television is passive and does not require a person to use their imagination. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Question 16: The animal species are becoming extinct due to human activities on land and in sea. What are the reasons and solutions?

 

Question 17: Some people say that what children watch on TV influences their behavior, while others say the amount of time children spend watching TV influences their behavior. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

Question 18: Individuals can do nothing to improve the environment; only governments and large companies can make a difference. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Question 19: Education for young people is important in many countries. However, some people think that the government should spend more money on education in adult populations who cannot read and write. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

Question 20: Many people are opting to buy second handed products instead of new ones. What are the reasons? Is it a positive or negative development?

 

Question 21: Some people think that young children should be allowed to do paid work, while others think that it should be illegal. Discuss both points of view and give your opinion.

 

Question 22: It often said that governments spend too much money to protect wildlife, while there are other problems that are more important. Do you agree or disagree?

 

Question 23: A growing number of people work by telecommunication, that is, the employee work from home, using a computer and Internet to connect with the office. What are the advantages and disadvantages of working this way?

 

Question 24: Alcohol abuse is becoming more and more common in many countries. What are the reasons of the problems it causes? What are some of the possible solutions?

 

Question 25: In many countries, plastic containers have become more common than ever before, and are used by many food and drink companies. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

 

Question 26: Immigration has a major impact on the society. What are the main reasons of immigration? To what consequences can it lead?

 

Question 27: Nowadays more and more people want to get things done instantly. Why is it? Do you think it is a positive or negative development?

 

Question 28: Prevention is better than cure. Researching and treating diseases is too costly, it would be better to develop preventative measures. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement.

Question 29: Some people do not go directly to college but travel or work for a short time. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Question 30Nowadays many people choose to be self-employed, rather than to work for a company or organization. Why might this be the case? What could be the disadvantages of being self-employed?