2013 IELTS Academic Writing Task 2

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Here is a collation of IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 Questions of the year 2013 by my co-worker.

Agree/Disagree

Some people spend more time reading books, while others prefer to watch TV. The former group is more likely to develop creative imaginations and have a much better grasp of language skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/01/05]

It is said that work is the most important thing in people's life. Without the success of career, life will become meaningless. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the opinion? [2013/01/10]

Caring for children is probably the most important thing of the society. It is suggested that all mothers and fathers should be required to take the childcare training courses. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement? [2013/01/19]

It is more important for a building to serve a purpose than to look beautiful. Architects should not worry about producing buildings as a work of art. Do you agree or disagree? [2013/03/14]

Technological progress in the past century has its negative effect, despite its remarkable contribution. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/03/23]

Advertising, which can be seen everywhere in daily life, influences what people think is important, and has negative effects on people’s lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/05/16]

Some people think government should not spend money on supporting artists and money should be spent on more important things. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/05/25]

Saving money is a good habit for an individual after retirement. Do you agree or disagree? [2013/06/06]

The tendency of human beings to copy one another is shown in the popularity of fashion in clothes and consumer goods. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/07/13]

The restoration of old buildings in major cities in the world costs enormous government’s expenditure. This money should be used in new housing and road development. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/07/27]

Some scientists believe that soon computers will become more intelligent than human beings. Some people think the development has a positive impact, and others think it is negative. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/08/29]

Nuclear energy is the best source of power in meeting ever-increasing energy needs. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/09/07]

Some countries have a long working day, which is helpful for them to become economically successful, but it also causes some negative social problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/9/12]

Some people think giving aid to poorer countries had more negative effects than positive effects. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/10/10]

Young people who commit serious crimes should be punished in the same way as adults. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/11/09]

As part of education, students should spend a period of time studying and living in a different county to learn language and culture. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/11/21]

It is important to preserve both the culture and environment of the places you visit, but some people think it is impossible to be a responsible tourist. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/12/07]

Discuss

Some people say watching television is bad for Children in all ways, while others say it is good for children to get knowledge. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. [2013/02/02]

Some people think young people should be free to choose his or her job, but other people think young people should be realistic and think more about their future. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. [2013/02/14]

Some people think lawbreakers should be sent to prison, while others think there are some alternatives (e.g. make them do work which also benefits the local community) for those crimes are minor. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. [2013/02/16]

Some people believe that studying in a college or university is the best way for students to prepare for their future career. Others think students should leave school as soon as possible to develop their career through work experience. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. [2013/03/09]

Some people think 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 own opinion. [2013/04/18]

Some people think that older schoolchildren should learn wider range of subjects and develop knowledge, while other people think that they should only learn a small number of subjects in details. Discuss both views and give your opinion. [2013/04/27]

Some people believe that all children should learn history in school. Others think learning subjects that are more relevant to life is important. Discuss both views and give your opinion. [2013/05/18]

Nowadays some countries encourage people to buy more and more products, while others believe it is bad for the society. Discuss both views and give your opinion. [2013/06/08]

Some people think that parents have a great influence on their children. Others believe that the media has a bigger influence. Discuss both views and give your opinion. [2013/06/15]

It is believed that secondary school children should study international news as one of their school subjects. Others think that this is a waste of valuable school time. Discuss both views and give your opinions. [2013/06/25]

Some people think that in this modern world people are getting dependent of each other. Others think the modern world gets people more independent of each other. Discuss both views and give your own opinions. [2013/08/24]

Some people think they have rights to use as much fresh water as they want, and others otherwise believe governments should strictly control the use of fresh water as it is limited resource. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. [2013/09/28]

Advantages/Disadvantages

In some countries parents expect their children to spend long time studying in school and after school. What are the positive or negative effects on children and society they live in? [2013/01/12]

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? [2013/03/02]

Space travel has been possible for some time and some people think the space tourism could be developed in the future. Do you think it's a positive or negative development? [2013/07/06]

In modern society, it is possible to go shopping, work and communicate via the Internet without face-to-face contact with one another. Is this a positive or negative development? [2013/07/18]

In many countries today people in cities either live alone or in small family units rather than in large extended family groups. Is this a positive or negative trend? [2013/08/03]

In some countries, students pay their college or university fees, while in some other countries, government pays for students. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? [2013/08/17]

Some parents go to work in other countries, taking their families with them. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? [2013/10/19]

Across the recent world, a few languages are increasing in use and the uses of many other languages are declined. Do you think this is a positive or negative development? [2013/11/16]

Some people can buy more households such as TV, microwave oven, and rice cooker than ever before. Is that a positive or negative development? [2013/12/12]

Problem + analysis + solution

Not enough students choose science subjects in university in many countries. What are the reasons for this problem? What are the effects on the society? [2013/02/23]

As countries develop, their populations tend to live individually or in small family units. In your opinion, what is the cause of this and what are the effects on society? [2013/04/13]

The quality of life in large cities is decreasing. What are the causes and solutions? [2013/05/11]

A rise in the standard of living in a country seems to only benefit cities rather than rural areas. What problems might this difference cause? How might the problems be reduced? [2013/10/26]

Scientists advise people to live with a healthy lifestyle, but most people continue with unhealthy activities. Why do you think this is the case and what can do with it? [2013/12/21]

Combination

100 years ago, human race believed we would make continue progress in all areas of life. Today some people feel less certain about this. What areas of progress human race has made? What other areas we have not developed? [2013/04/06]

Throughout the history, people have dreamed of living in a perfect society, but people have not agreed on what an ideal society would be like. What do you think is the most important element of a perfect society? How can people work towards achieving an ideal society? [2013/09/21]

Some people think economic progress is one way to measure a country’s success while other factors are also important. What are the other factors? Which factor is the most important one? [2013/10/12]

More and more people want to buy famous brands with clothes, cars and other items. What are the reasons? Do you think it is a positive or negative development? [2013/11/30]

Young people are leaving their homes from rural areas to study or work in the cities. What are the reasons? Do advantages of this development outweigh its disadvantages? [2013/12/14]

 

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