IELTS Essay Questions

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Essay prompt 1

Some people believe that education should make individuals useful to the society. Others argue that the purpose of education is to fulfill the personal ambitions of the individual.

Discuss both sides of the argument and also state your own opinion.

Essay prompt 2

A large number of people now change jobs several times. Is this a positive or a negative development? Discuss.

Essay prompt 3

Some people prefer to travel alone. Others are more interested in going with someone. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Essay prompt 4

Some people are worried that children spend too much time on computers. Others, however, argue that this time is good preparation for children who will have to work several hours on computers throughout their working lives.

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

Essay prompt 5

The sole purpose of advertising is to increase sales. But advertising also encourages people to buy things they don’t really need.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this?

Essay prompt 6

Today food travels thousands of miles before it reaches consumers. Why is this so? Is this a positive or a negative development?

Essay prompt 7

In some countries people pay different rates of tax depending on their salary. In other countries everyone pays the same rate. Which do you believe is the best system?

Essay prompt 8

The main purpose of music is to relax. Do you agree or disagree?

Essay prompt 9

Several filmmakers make films based on historical events and personalities. Some people believe that the writer or the director must not change historical facts. Do you agree or disagree?

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