IELTS Writing

 

IELTS TO SUCCESS, Hawthorn

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Present a written argument or case to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic.

Many people believe that women make better parents than men and that this is why they have the greater role in raising children in most societies. Others claim that men are just as good as women at parenting.

Write an essay expressing your point of view. You should write at least 250 words. You should use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence.

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The mass media, including television, radio and newspapers, have great influence in shaping people’s ideas.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer.

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‘Telecommuting’ refers to workers doing their jobs from home for part of each week and communicating with their office using computer technology. Telecommuting is growing in many countries and is expected to be common for most office workers in the coming decades.

How do you think society will be affected by the growth of telecommuting?

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The rising levels of congestion and air pollution found in most of the world’s cities can be attributed directly to the rapidly increasing number of private cars in use. In order to reverse this decline in the quality of life in cities, attempts must be made to encourage people to use their cars less and public transport more.

Discuss possible ways to encourage the use of public transport.

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In some countries the average worker is obliged to retire at the age of 50, while in others people can work until they are 65 or 70. Meanwhile, we see some politicians enjoying power well into their eighties. Clearly, there is little agreement on an appropriate retirement age. Until what age do you think people should be encouraged to remain in paid employment?

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Going overseas for university study is an exciting prospect for many people. But while it may offer some advantages, it is probably better to stay home because of the difficulties a student inevitably encounters living and studying in a different culture.

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‘In the last 20 years, the assessment of students has undergone major transformation. Many educational institutions no longer use formal examinations as a means of assessment as they believe formal examination results are an unfair indication of a student’s ability.’

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer.

 
BARRON’S IELTS

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Most schools offer some type of physical education program to their students. Why is physical education important? Should physical education classes be required or optional? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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More and more fathers are taking a break from their careers so that they can stay home and take care of their children while their wives work. This is better for the family than having both parents work full-time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Many people think that there is too much violence on television and that there should be laws to control the amount and type of violence shown on television programs. Are laws controlling the content of television programs necessary? How much control should there be?

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More and more families have computers in their homes. What advantages and disadvantages do home computers have for children? Should parents restrict the amount of time their children spend using the computer?

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More and more people are relying on the Internet as their major source of news and information. What advantages does the Internet have for the average person? What disadvantages could it have now or in the future? (GENERAL TRAINING)

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Art museums should support themselves mainly by charging admission and by receiving donations from private individuals who are interested in art. that is, museums should receive most of their support from the people who are interested in using them, and not from public funds. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? 

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As the world becomes technologically advanced, computers are replacing more and more jobs. Describe some job positions that may be lost because of computers, and discuss at least one problem that may result. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevatn examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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Families who do not send their children to government-financed schoos should not be required to pay taxes that support universal education. 

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More and more people are relying on the private car as their major means of transportation. Describe some of the problems overreliance on cars can cause, and suggest at least one possible solution.

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By punishing murderers with the death penalty, society is also guilty of committing murder. Therefore, life in prison is a better punishment for murderers. 

IELTS PRACTICE TESTS PLUS, Vanessa Jakeman, Clare McDowell    

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University lecturers are now able to put their lectures on the Internet for students to read and so the importance of attending face to face lectures has been reduced. Do you believe the use of the Internet in formal education is a good idea? What future effects will the Internet have on academic study?

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Under British and Australian laws a jury in a criminal case has no access to information about the defendant’s past criminal record. This protects the person who is being accused of the crime. Some lawyers have suggested that this practice should be changed and that a jury should be given all the past facts before they reach their decision about the case.

Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer.

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Some employers reward members of staff for their exceptional contribution to the company by giving them extra money. This practice can act as an incentive for some but may also have a negative impact on others.

To what extent is this style of management effective?

Are there better ways of encouraging employees to work hard?

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In the past, sporting champions used to be motivated primarily by the desire to win a match or to break world records. These days, they are more likely to be motivated by prize money and the opportunity to be famous.

What message does this send to young people and how does this attitude to sport affect the sports themselves?

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To be labeled a ‘Work of Art’, a painting, sculpture or other art form should display certain qualities that are unique. However, over the past century there has been a decline in the quality of prize-winning artwork and it is now possible for quite ordinary pieces of art to be labeled ‘masterpieces’ whilst true works of art pass unnoticed.

Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer.

CAMBRIDGE PRACTICE TEST FOR IELTS 1

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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?

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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?

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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?

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

CAMBRIDGE PRACTICE TEST FOR IELTS 3

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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 extend do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

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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?

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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?

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Some people believe that children’s leisure activities must be educational, otherwise they are a complete waste of time.

Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your experience.

CAMBRIDGE PRACTICE TEST FOR IELTS 4

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Write about the following topic:

Compare the advantages 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

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Happiness is considered very important in life.

Why is it difficult to define?

What factors are important in achieving happiness?

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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?

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In many countries schools have severe problems with student behaviour.

What do you think are the causes of this?

what solutions can you suggest?

CAMBRIDGE PRACTICE TEST FOR IELTS 6 

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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?

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Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal more money than people in other important professions. some people think this is fully justified while otehrs think it is unfair. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 

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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.

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Some people prefer to spend their 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 PRACTICE NOW Carol Gibson, Wanda Rusek and Anne Swan

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Human beings do not need to eat meat in order to maintain good health because they can get all their food needs from meatless products and meatless substitutes. A vegetarian diet is as healthy as a diet containing meat. Argue for or against the opinion above.

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The best way to reduce the number of traffic accidents is to make all young drivers complete a safe driving education course before being licensed to drive.

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Forests are the lungs of the earth. Destruction of the world’s forests amounts to death of the world we currently know. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Many lives are in danger when hastily erected buildings collapse because safety standards have been sacrificed to hopes of a quick profit. To prevent disasters of this kind, governments should play a greater role in setting and enforcing safety standards for building construction.

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Children learn best by observing the behaviour of adults and copying it. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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Zoos are sometimes seen as necessary but poor alternatives to a natural environment. Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against keeping animals in zoos.

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Education is recognised as vital to the future of any society in today’s world. Governments throughout the world should make education compulsory for all children between the ages of 5 and 15.

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Tourism is becoming increasingly important as a source of revenue to many countries but its disadvantages should not be overlooked.

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Technology is making communication easier in today’s world, but at the expense of personal contact as many people choose to work at home in front of a computer screen. What dangers are there for a society which depends on computer screens rather than face-to-face contact for its main means of communication?

IELTS EXPRESS UPPER-INTERMEDIATE Richard Hallows, Martin Lisboa, Mark Unwin
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School do not teach the skills that students require once they leave scchool to establish a career. Only subjects applicable to the workplace should be taught at school. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
 

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The problems caused by work-related stress, such as a loss of productivity) have become a concern for both employers and workers. what do you think are the main causes of work-related stress and how can they be avoided?

 

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Most high-level positions in companies are filled by men even though the workforce in many developed countries is more than 50 per cent female. Companies should be required to allocate a certain percentage of these positions to women. To what extend do you agree?

 

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The problem with society today is that it is essentially unbalanced, with some people being paid huge salaries to work very long hours, whilst others do not have a job and have too much time on their hands. There is no middle ground. Do you agree or disagree?

 

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The generation gap between older and younger people in most countries in the world is simply too wide to be bridged. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people view teenage conflict with their parents as a necessary part of growing up, whilst others view it as something ngegative which shuold be avoided. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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Parents with undisciplined children should be made to follow compulsory ‘parenting skills’ classes where they can learn from professional teachers how to be good parents. Do the advantages of htis approach outweigh the disadvantages?

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Research into ways to bridge the generation gap has focused on having parents and their children living each other’s lives for a day. This has involved exchanging daily routines inside and outside the home for 24 hours. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach?

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Although modern life has brought with it improvements in people’s standard of living, people are  not generally happy with their lives. Do you agree or disagree?

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