ALL Official IELTS Task 2 Writing Questions

Official IELTS Task 2 Writing Questions

Here are all Official IELTS Task 2 Writing Questions EVER printed!

On this page, there are two groups of questions:

(1) the Official Cambridge IELTS Preparation Course, and
(2) ALL the Official Cambridge IELTS Practice Tests 1 -12

I will keep updating this page with more questions as they are printed. And, every time I write sample answer for one of the questions, I will add a link to that question.

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS IELTS Task 2 Writing Questions
Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - Test 1

Some people work for the same organisation all of their life. Others think it is better to work for different organisations.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - Test 2

One of the consequences of improved medical care is that people are living longer and life expectancy is increasing.

Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - Test 3

Car ownership has increased so rapidly over the past thirty years that many cities in the world are now “one big traffic jam”

How true do you think this statement is?

What measures can governments take to discourage people from using their cars?

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - Test 4

In some countries and increasing number of people are suffering from health problems as a result of eating too much fast food. It is therefore necessary for governments to impose a higher tax on this kind of food.

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

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - Test 5

Nowadays technology is being used to monitor what people are saying and doing (for example, through cellphone tracking and security cameras). In many cases, the people being monitored are unaware that this is happening.

Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - Test 6

In the past, when students did a university degree, they tended to study in their own country. Nowadays, they have more opportunity to study abroad.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this development?

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - Test 7

The continued rise in the world’s population is the greatest problem faced by humanity at the present time.

What are the causes of this continued rise?

Do you agree that it is the greatest problem facing humanity?

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - General Training

It is sometimes said that people should be encouraged to get married before they are 30, as this is best for the individual and for society.

Do you agree or disagree?

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - Test 8

Some people get into debt by buying things they don’t need and can’t afford. What are the reasons for this behaviour?

What actions can be taken to prevent people from having this problem?

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - General Training

Many people like to wear fashionable clothes. Why do you think this is the case?

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Official IELTS Practice Test Task 2 Writing Questions. Cambridge English IELTS Books 1 - 12.
IELTS 12 - Test 5

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.

See sample answer

IELTS 12 - Test 6

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

Do the advantages of this situation outweigh the disadvantages?

See sample answer

IELTS 12 - Test 7

In a number of countries, some people think it is necessary to to spend large sums of money on constructing railway lines for very fast trains between cities. Others believe the money should be spent on improving existing public transport.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

See sample answer

IELTS 12 - Test 8

Some people believe that allowing children to make their own choices on everyday matters (such as food 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 these views and give your own opinion.

See sample answer

IELTS 11 - Test 1

Governments should spend money on railways rather than roads.

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

IELTS 11 - Test 2

Some people claim that not enough of the waste from homes is recycled. They say that the only way to make people recycle more is to make it a legal requirement.

To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste?

IELTS 11 - Test 3

Some people say that the only reason for learning a foreign language is in order to travel to or work in a foreign country. Others say these are not the only reasons why someone should learn a foreign language.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 11 - Test 4

Many governments think that economic progress is their most important goal. Some people, however, think that other sorts of progress are equally important for a country. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 10 - Test 1

It is important for children to learn the difference between right and wrong at an early age. Punishment is necessary to help them learn this distinction.

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

What sort of punishment should teachers and parents be allowed to use to teach good behavior to children?

IELTS 10 - Test 2

Some people think that all university students should be allowed to study whatever they like. Others believe that they should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to science and technology. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 10 - Test 3

Countries are becoming more and more similar because people are able to buy the same products anywhere in the world.

Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?

IELTS 10 - Test 4

Many museums charge for admission while others are free.

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

IELTS 9 - Test 1

Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school.

Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

IELTS 9 - Test 2

Some people believe that unpaid community service should be a compulsory part of high school programmes (for example working for a charity, improving the neighbourhood or teaching sports to young children).

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS 9 - Test 3

Some people say the best way to improve public health is by increasing the number of sports facilities. Others, however say that this would have little effect on public health and that other measures are required.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 9 - Test 4

Every year several languages die out. Some people think that this is not important because life will be easier if there are fewer languages in the world.

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

IELTS 8 - Test 1

Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of society. Others, however, believe that school is the best place to learn this.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 8 - Test 2

Nowadays, the way people interact with each other has changed because of technology. In what ways has technology affected the types of relationships people make?

Has this become a positive or negative development?

IELTS 8 - Test 3

Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to solve growing traffic and pollution problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

What other measures might be effective?

IELTS 8 - Test 4

In some countries the average weight of people is increasing and their levels of health and fitness are decreasing.

What do you think are the causes of these problems and what measures could be taken to solve them?

IELTS 7 - Test 1

It is generally believed that some people are born with certain talents, for instance for sport or music, and others are not. However, it is sometimes claimed that any child can be taught to be a good sports person or musician.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 7 - Test 2

Some people believe their should be fixed punishments for each type of crime. Others, however, argue that the circumstances of an individual crime, and the motivation for committing it, should always be taken into account when deciding on the punishment.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 7 - Test 3

As most people spend a major part of their life at work, job satisfaction is an important element of individual wellbeing.

What factors contribute to job satisfaction?

How realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers?

IELTS 7 - Test 4

Some people think that universities should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. Others think that the true function of a university should be to give access to knowledge for its own sake, regardless of whether the course is useful to the employer.

What, in your opinion, should be the main function of a university?

IELTS 6 - Test 1

Today the high sales of popular consumer goods reflect the power of advertising and not the real needs of the society in which they are sold.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS 6 - Test 2

Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal more money than people in other important professions. Some think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 6 - Test 3

Some people believe that visitors to other countries should follow local customs and behaviour. Others disagree and think that the host country should welcome cultural differences.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 6 - Test 4

Some people prefer to spend their whole lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 5 - Test 1

Universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students into every subject.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS 5 - Test 2

In some countries young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this.

IELTS 5 - Test 3

Some people think that a sense of competition in children should be encouraged. Others believe that children who are taught to co-operate rather than compete become more useful adults.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

IELTS 5 - Test 4

Research indicates that the characteristics we are born with have much more influence on our personality and development than any experiences we may have in our life.

Which do you consider to be the major influence?

IELTS 4 - Test 1

Compare the advantage and disadvantages of three of the following as media for communicating information.

State which you consider to be the most effective:

  • comics
  • books
  • radio
  • television
  • film
  • theatre

IELTS 4 - Test 2

Happiness is considered very important in life. Why is it difficult to define?

What factors are important in achieving happiness?

IELTS 4 - Test 3

Creative artists should always be given the freedom to express their own ideas (in words, pictures, music or film) in whichever way they wish. There should be no government restrictions on what they do.

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

IELTS 4 - Test 4

In many countries, schools have severe problems with student behaviour.

What do you think are the causes of this?

What solutions can you suggest?

IELTS 3 - Test 1

Popular events like the football World Cup and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing international tensions and releasing patriotic emotions in a safe way.

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

IELTS 3 - Test 2

When a country develops its technology, the traditional skills and ways of life die out. It is pointless to try and keep them alive.

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

IELTS 3 - Test 3

In many countries children are engaged in some kind of paid work. Some people regard this as completely wrong, while others consider it as valuable work experience, important for learning and taking responsibility.

What are your opinions on this?

IELTS 3 - Test 4

Improvements in health, education and trade are essential for the development of poorer nations. However, the governments of richer nations should take more responsibility for helping the poorer nations in such areas.

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

IELTS 2 - Test 1

Fatherhood ought to be emphasised as much as motherhood. The idea that women are solely responsible for deciding whether or not to have babies leads on to the idea that they are also responsible for bringing the children up.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS 2 - Test 2

"Prevention is better than cure."

Out of a country's health budget, a large proportion should be diverted from treatment to spending on health education and preventative measures.

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

IELTS 2 - Test 3

Without capital punishment (the death penalty) our lives are less secure and crimes of violence increase. Capital punishment in essential to control violence in society.

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

IELTS 2 - Test 4

The position of women in society has changed markedly in the last twenty years. Many of the problems young people now experience, such as juvenile delinquency, arise from the fact that many married women now work and are not at home to care for their children.

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

IELTS 1 - Test 1

There are many different types of music in the world today.

Why do we need music?

Is the traditional music of a country more important than the International music that is heard everywhere nowadays?

IELTS 1 - Test 2

Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations by providing such things as food and education?

Or is it the responsibility of the governments of poorer nations to look after their citizens themselves?

IELTS 1 - Test 3

News editors decide what to broadcast on television and what to print in newspapers.

What factors do you think influence these decisions?

Do we become used to bad news?

Would it be better if more good news was reported?

IELTS 1 - Test 4

The idea of having a single career is becoming an old fashioned one. The new fashion will be to have several careers or ways of earning money and further education will be something that continues throughout life.

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

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