Band 8 IELTS Essays

The task 2 of writing module is always a discursive essay question. You are asked to write about a social issue. Different kinds of essay questions are asked. Some of these are:

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of something

Express your views on a given topic

Say whether you agree or disagree with a given view

Outline the reasons for a problem and suggest some solutions

Take a side in an argument

The task rubric may contain one or more questions. Your essay must answer all the points in the rubric. Your arguments should be convincing and relevant to the question. It is essential to establish a logical and grammatical connection between different parts of the essay.

The task 2 band 8 IELTS essays given below are all graded by qualified IELTS trainers.

  1. Some people think that to learn about other countries they need to travel
  2. Some people think that in order to solve traffic and transportation problems people should be encouraged to live in cities
  3. Some people think that the best way to stay fit is to join a gym
  4. Some people think that instead of preventing climate change, we need to find a way to live with it
  5. Educating young people is naturally important; however, some think governments ought to invest more in education for adults in need
  6. Some people think that it is good to be ambitious
  7. More and more students are choosing to study at colleges and universities in foreign countries
  8. Some people believe that charities should help people in need no matter where those people are in the world
  9. Some people believe that bicycles are the best mode or transport in the cities
  10. In many countries, the amount of crime is increasing
  11. As we are facing more problems which affect the whole planet, good relationships between different countries are becoming more important
  12. People nowadays tend to have children at an older age
  13. Nowadays there is an increase in social problems involving young people because parents spend more time at work
  14. Some people say music is a good way of bringing people of different cultures and ages together
  15. Some people believe that companies should manufacture products that last for a long time
  16. In many countries people tend to move overseas or move to a different part of the country after retirement
  17. Every year several languages die out
  18. The movement of people from agriculture areas to cities to work can cause serious problems in both places
  19. Although many people value public parks this space could be used for residential purposes
  20. Nowadays young people admire sports stars though they often do not set a good example
  21. Some people think that the government is responsible for crime prevention
  22. More and more newspapers and news channels are using photographs to support their news articles and stories
  23. The government should allot more funds for the teaching of science
  24. Friendships can be very meaningful and special but also very complicated
  25. Nowadays, the differences between countries are becoming less evident because people follow the same media
  26. Some children spend hours every day on their smart phones
  27. Influence of human beings on the world’s ecosystem is leading to the extinction of many species and loss of biodiversity
  28. Recent research has shown that media like the internet and TV have greater influence over people’s lives than politicians
  29. Some people think that it is better to educate boys and girls in separate schools
  30. The charts show the main reasons for study among students of different age groups
  31. Some people believe that hobbies need to be difficult to be enjoyable
  32. Some people think that is a waste of time for high school students to study literature
  33. An increasing number of people are buying what they need online
  34. As computers are being used more and more in education there will soon be no role for teachers in the classroom
  35. One way to solve problem of congestion in cities is to build sky trains which run overhead
  36. Some people think that success is the best measure of intelligence
  37. It is more important for a building to serve a purpose than to look beautiful
  38. Every country has poor people and every country has different ways of dealing with the poor
  39. Many people like to wear fashionable clothes
  40. Many people believe that living in a city offers greater advantages compared to life in the countryside
  41. Some people believe that unpaid community service should be compulsory part of high school programs
  42. In the past, most people worked for small businesses while more people now work for large businesses
  43. When new towns are planned, it is important to build more public parks
  44. It is better for children if the whole family is involved in their upbringing
  45. The main way to be happy in life is to have a lot of money
  46. The performance of staff can have a significant impact on the success of a company
  47. Doctors recommend that older people exercise regularly but many patients do not follow an exercise routine
  48. Some people feel that the effects of advertising are positive for individuals and businesses
  49. Some feel that schools should be mixed with both boys and girls attending while others feel the genders ought to be separated
  50. The percentage of overweight children in western society has increased
  51. People speak less than before. Why is this the case?
  52. Government spending on restoration of old buildings in cities should be stopped
  53. It is a common practice for some students to take a gap year between high school and university in order to do charitable work
  54. Many countries aim to improve their living standard by economic development
  55. Public libraries are no longer required because of the internet
  56. Government should spend more money on medical research and less on researching the environment
  57. Nowadays online shopping becomes more popular than in store shopping
  58. In many countries many people are choosing to live alone nowadays than in the past
  59. Many local stores are closing as they are unable to compete with large supermarkets
  60. Some people think that exercise is the key to health while others feel that having a balanced diet is more important
  61. Some people believe that money is the most important factor for achieving happiness
  62. Some people say friends are more important than family
  63. Some people think that enjoying the present is more important than planning for the future
  64. The internet has replaced traditional books as sources of information
  65. Rich countries often give financial aid to poor countries but it does not solve the poverty
  66. Some employers find that their new employees lack in basic interpersonal skills
  67. Maintaining public libraries is a waste of time since computer technology is replacing their functions
  68. Some people believe that schools should include competitive sports as a subject
  69. People nowadays send text messages more frequently than they talk on the phone
  70. Young people these days tend to be less polite and respectful
  71. A lot of places in the world rely on tourism as a main source of income
  72. In Britain when someone gets old, they often go to live in a home with other old people
  73. The rate of divorce has increased dramatically
  74. Some people feel that women should play an equal role as men in a country’s police force or military
  75. Plagiarism in academics has become a pressing problem in many countries today
  76. Physical activities should be introduced to school children on a regular basis
  77. Young people today spend more time than ever before playing video games
  78. Demand for food is increasing worldwide
  79. Research has shown that overeating is as harmful as smoking
  80. Advantages and disadvantages of owning a private car
  81. Some people give their children whatever they ask for and let do whatever they like
  82. Some people believe that instead of renovating old buildings the government should build new infrastructure
  83. Some countries have introduced laws to limit working hours for employees
  84. Some people think that current environmental issues are global problems and should be dealt with by the government
  85. Some people think that it is always an advantage to buy local products rather than those made in other countries
  86. In some cultures children are often told that they can achieve anything
  87. Some people think that the government should strictly control the supply of fresh water as it is a limited resource
  88. Cultures and traditions change from generation to generation
  89. Some people believe government should spend money on building trains and subway lines
  90. Percentage change in average house prices in five cities
  91. Many people try to look younger than their age
  92. In many western countries, there is an increasing number of couples choosing to have no children
  93. Many students take part time jobs while studying in university
  94. Art is considered an important part of a society as well as an expression of its culture
  95. Some people say the main way to be happy is to have a lot of money
  96. Over the last few decades media has created the image of young thin women as being ideal
  97. Lack of fresh water is becoming a global issue of increasing importance
  98. Housing has become a main problem in many countries
  99. Advantages of nuclear energy outweigh disadvantages
  100. Many people think that to become a successful specialist, it is better to choose career early in life
  101. Music should not be taught in schools
  102. Some people think that prison is the best place for criminals
  103. More and more people are moving from poor countries to rich countries
  104. Some working parents think children should be sent to child care centres
  105. University students often focus on one subject