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ACADEMIC WRITING REAL ESSAY 2013 – IELTS QUESTIONS
Some people believe that people who read books can develop more imagination and language
skills than those who prefer to watch TV. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people think that work is the most important thing of people’s life. Without the success of
career, life will become meaningless. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In some countries, parents expect their children to spend long time studying both in and after
school and have less free time. What are the positive and negative effects on children and society
they live in?
Caring for children is important in any society. All parents should be required to take childcare
courses. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people think watching TV is bad for children, while others think that watching TV has
more beneficial effects on children. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
Some people think young people should be free to choose his or her job，but other people think
they should be realistic and think more about their future. Discuss both views and give your own
Some people think all lawbreakers should be put into prison, while others believe that there are
better alternatives. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Not enough students choose science subjects in universities in many countries. What are the
reasons and what are the effects to the society?
Universities and colleges are now offering qualifications through distance learning from the
Internet rather than teachers in the classroom. Do you think the advantages of this development
outweigh the disadvantages?
Some people believe that studying in a college or university is the best way for students to
prepare for their future career. Others think they should leave school as soon as possible to
develop their career through work experience. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people believe that when designing a building, the most important thing to be considered is
the function rather than the outward appearance. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Human society has made great technological progress in the last hundred years. Some people
think this also has negative effects on our life. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
One hundred years ago, some people believed that human race would make continuous progress
in all areas of life. Today, people feel less certain about this.
In what areas do you think the most important progress has been made? In what areas does more
need to be done?
As countries develop, their populations tend to live individually or in small family units. What
are the causes of this trend and what are the effects on society?
Some people claim that it is acceptable to use animals in medical research for the benefit of
human beings, while other people argue that it is wrong. Discuss both views and give your
Some people think that older school children should learn a wide range of subjects to acquire
more knowledge, while other people believe they should learn a small number of subjects in
details. Discuss both views and give your opinions.
In many countries, the quality of life in large cities is becoming worse. What are the causes for
this problem? What measures do you think should be taken to tackle this problem?
People are surrounded by all kinds of advertising. Some people believe that advertising has a
negative effect on people’s lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree？
Some people think it is important for all children to learn history in school. Others believe that
other subjects are more relevant to children’s lives today. Discuss both views and give your own
Some people believe that government money should be spent on important things rather than arts
such as painting and music. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people think that the government should offer financial support and care to old people,
while others think that people should save money for their future life. Discuss both these views
and give your own opinion.
Nowadays some countries encourage people to buy more and more products, while others
believe it has negative effects on the society. To what extent do you agree or disagree？
Some people think family has the most powerful influence on children’s development. Others，
however, believe that other things have greater effects. Discuss both views and give your own
Some people think secondary school students should learn international news as one of their
subjects, while others believe that this is a waste of valuable time. Discuss both views and give
your own opinion.
Some people think that children should be taught history at school. Others refute this by
suggesting that schools should teach children subjects that are relevant to their latter life. Discuss
both views and give your opinion.
Some people think that the governments spent money on artists would be better than on more
important things. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people think that families have the most powerful influence on a child’s development,
while others think other factors such as television, friend, music, etc have biggest effects.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Tourism is excellent way to the development of a country but it might harm. In what way
countries ensure that tourism benefits their development?
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Some people believe that robots are very important for humans’ future development. Others
argue that the invention of robots has negative effects on society. Discuss both views and give
People in big cities prefer to live alone or in small family units instead of large family groups.
Do you think this is positive or negative trend?
In some countries, students must pay tuition for university and college. In some others,
government pay it. Do the advantages of using government money for universities and colleges
outweigh the disadvantages?
Scientists believe that computers will become more intelligent than human beings. Some people
find it a positive development while others think it is negative development. Discuss both points
and give your own opinion.
Some people think that nuclear energy is better than other source of power for meeting ever-
increasing global needs. To what extent do you agree?
In many countries today, people in big cities either live alone or in small family units, rather than
in large, extended family groups. Is this a positive or a negative
Throughout history, people have dreamed about perfect society, but they have not agreed what
an ideal society is. What do you think the most important elements to have perfect society in
modern world? How people can achieve an ideal society?
Economic progress is one way to measure a country’s success. Some people believe that there are
other factors should be considered when measuring the success of a country. What are the other
factors? Do u think there is a factor that more important than the others?
A rise in the standard of living in a country often only seem to benefits cities rather than rural
areas. What problems might this differences cause? How might these problem be reduce. Or
Increase of living standards in some countries seems to have benefit cities rather than rural areas.
What are causes of this and how to reduce the gap between two areas.
Young people who commit serious crimes should be punished in the same way as adults. Do you
agree or disagree? If children commit crime, should they be punished as seriously as adults?
Few languages are increasingly spoken in different countries,while the usage of others is rapidly
declining. Is this a positive or a negative development?
As a part of education, students should spend a period of time living in another country to learn
its language and culture. Do you agree or disagree?
More and more people to own famous brands of clothes, cars or other items. What is the reason?
Do you think negative or possitive development?
In recent years, tourists have paid attention on preserving both the culture and environment of the
places they visit. However, some people think that it is impossible to be a responsible tourist. Do
you agree or disagree with this opinion?
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People nowadays are buying wider range of household things (for example television, rice
cooker) than in the past. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
In many countries, young people leave rural areas to study or work in cites. What do you think
are reasons of this ? Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Scientists tell us that some activities are good for health and others are bad. Despite knowing
that, million of people still continue doing unhealthy activities. What are the causes and what are
the sollutions for this?