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Latest IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions (2021)

18 May 2021

The adverse effect of sugar on health is well known to the public now. Some believe that the government should control the amount of sugar people consume. Others think that it is the responsibility of an individual to monitor their sugar intake. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people think that food is one of the most fundamental economic products and should be mostly produced by each country for its own consumption, with only minimal export of products to other countries. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion and relevant examples.

Nowadays young people mostly learn by reading books or watching movies and TV shows, rather than personal experience. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your knowledge and experience.

26 May 2021

Nowadays more and more tasks at home and at work are being performed by robots. Why do you think this is happening? Is it a negative or positive development?

Everybody today should pay a small amount from their income in order to help people who are homeless and/or suffering great poverty.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

Some people think that it is more important to spend public money on promoting a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent illnesses, rather than funding the treatment for people who are already ill. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

1 June 2021

In recent times, economic growth has helped many become richer, both in developed and developing countries. However, those in developed countries are not as happy as they were in the past. Why is this? What can be learned from this?

In some countries, boys and girls are educated separately after the age of about ten years old. Discuss this view and give your opinion. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

Some people say that punishment is the best way to teach children to behave well, while others disagree and point out that rewarding and praising them is better. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

8 June 2021

Nowadays foreign visitors show more interest in the museums of a country than its local residents do. Why is this happening? What can be done to attract more local residents to the museums of their country?

Some people say that with the new technology there is no need to develop handwriting skills anymore. Others believe that it is still necessary to teach handwriting. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

When asked to choose between a life without work and working most of the time, people would always choose not to work. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your opinion.

15 June 2021

Some people think that new houses should be built in the same style as older houses. Others believe that the local council should allow people to choose different designs for their houses. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

A few people earn extremely high salaries. Some people think that this is good for a country, while others believe that the government should control salaries and limit the amount people can earn. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people think it’s better to choose friends who always have the same opinions as them. Others believe it’s good to have friends who sometimes disagree with them. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

22 June 2021

Some people think that children should follow their parents’ advice, however, others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Many people believe that eighteen years old is the appropriate age to finish school. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Many people believe that individuals over 65 should not be allowed to continue working. Others think that people should be allowed to work for as long as they choose. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

29 June 2021

Some parents think that helping their children with homework is a good idea. Others believe children should do their homework on their own. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people think that children should follow their parents’ advice, however, others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Some people think that sports play an important role in society. Others think they are nothing more than a leisure activity.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.

6 July 2021

Some people think that the government should spend money exploring life on other planets, while others believe it is a waste of public money when there are so many problems on Earth. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

In many countries, as people are earning more these days they are also spending money, buying more and more things. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

In many countries, crimes rates amongst younger people have been rising. Discuss the causes and solutions for this problem.

13 July 2021

Nowadays many people read the news online instead of reading newspapers or watching TV. Discuss the positive and negative effects of this trend.

The differences between countries are becoming less and less evident, as people all over the world wear the same fashions, use the same brands, have similar eating habits and watch the same TV channels. Do the advantages of this trend outweigh its disadvantages?

Some people say that the more a product is advertised, the more people will buy it. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

20 July 2021

Nowadays many people with families leave their country to work abroad. Do you think the benefits of this trend outweigh the disadvantages for the families? Give your opinion and include any relevant examples.

Schools should stop using books for teaching and instead use films, TV, and computers. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Large companies use sports events to promote their products. Some people think this has a negative impact on sports. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

27 July 2021

These days many people do little or no exercise at all, and they have health problems as a result. Why don’t many people get enough exercise? What can be done about it?

Nowadays most information is available online, whereas in the past knowledge used to be stored in books and on paper. Do you think the advantages of this situation outweigh its disadvantages?

Some people think that individuals today are more dependent on each other. Others believe people have become more independent. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

3rd August 2021

Nowadays fast food is a trend in many places and countries. Many believe that it is affecting our lifestyle and diet too much. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Many pieces of research show that overeating can have negative effects and people believe that advertising of certain foods should be banned, in the same way, that some countries banned advertising of cigarettes. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

In some countries, it is illegal to refuse people applying for jobs because of their age. Is it a positive or negative development, in your opinion?

10 August 

Many companies sponsor sports by advertising themselves. Some people think that this is very good for the world’s sports, while others think that there are disadvantages. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people think that criminal behavior can have genetic reasons, while others believe that only circumstances can lead some people to crime. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people think that children should be taught at school how to become good parents. Do you agree or disagree?

17 August 

Some people say that the educational success of a student is the result of the work of a good teacher. Others say it depends on the character of the student. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Big companies should provide sports and social facilities for local communities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some people think that because children find subjects such as mathematics and philosophy difficult, they ought to be optional instead of compulsory. To what extent do you agree?

24 August 

These days people are using the Internet for shopping, work and to communicate with others without the need for face-to-face meetings. Do the advantages of this development outweigh its disadvantages?

Some people say that to benefit the development of a child, the mother and father should take parenting classes. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Some people think that governments should give financial support to creative artists such as painters and musicians. Others believe that artists should be funded by alternative sources. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

31 August 

An increasing number of people choose to have cosmetic surgery in order to improve their appearance. Why do people want to change the way they look? Is it a positive or negative development?

There are many wild birds and animals living in the cities, and some people believe that these animals should be killed, while others think that they should be saved and protected. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

In many situations, people who break the law should be warned instead of punished. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

7 September 2021

Nowadays many people have an unhealthy diet and do not exercise regularly. What are the reasons behind this trend? How can we encourage these people to live healthy lifestyles?

Many adults nowadays prefer spending their free time playing computer games. Why do they do this? Is this a positive or negative development?

Some countries are considering imposing curfews in which teenagers will not be allowed outdoors at night unless they are accompanied by an adult. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this policy?

14 September 2021

Intelligence is the most important quality of a leader. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Many people leave their home country and go to other countries to live and work. Why do you think it is happening? Do the advantages of this trend outweigh its disadvantages?

In many countries, people now wear western-style dress such as suits and jeans rather than traditional clothing.
Why is this? Is this a positive or negative development?

21 September 2021

In many countries, people do not recycle waste materials, such as paper, glass, and cans. What are the reasons for this? What could be done to solve this problem?

Many schoolchildren today take part in work experience sessions for short periods of time instead of attending school. Is this a positive or negative development?

In most countries, people are allowed to start driving at the age of 18. Some say that that the legal driving age should be increased to 21. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

28 September 2021

Computer games are becoming very popular among children of all ages and nationalities. Parents say they are concerned because these games have little educational value and many harmful effects. Do you agree or disagree?

Young people are often influenced in their behaviours and attitudes by others in the same age group, this phenomenon is called “peer pressure”. Do the disadvantages of peer pressure outweigh its advantages?

Students leave high school without learning about how to manage their money. What are the reasons for this? What can be improved in students’ understanding of how to manage their finances?

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