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Two of the most common IELTS Writing Task 2 topics in 2015

IELTS Writing Task 2 questions in 2015 have often been on the topic of school or university education

IELTS Writing Task 2 answer sheetAs you probably know, in IELTS Writing Task 2 (Academic and General Training), you have to write an essay of at least 250 words on a particular topic.

From what IELTS candidates have reported about their IELTS tests in 2015, two of the most common IELTS Writing Task 2 topics have been school and university education.

If you’re planning to take an IELTS test in 2015, it would be a good idea to look at the following examples of writing tasks on this topic, decide what ideas you would write about for each task, and focus on some vocabulary you may need to use in your writing.

Examples of IELTS Writing Task 2 questions from 2015

Here are some examples of IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 questions (reported by candidates in Australia, Bangladesh, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar and the UAE in 2015) that focus on what children should be taught at school.

Some people say that science lessons should be mandatory in schools, while others argue that they are unnecessary. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Schools do not do enough to teach students about their health. Do you agree or disagree?

Some practical skills such as money management should be taught at high school. Do you agree or disagree?

Many people believe that cooking is an essential life skill and should be taught to boys and girls in schools. Others disagree and believe it is a waste of school time. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Here are some examples of IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 topics (reported by candidates in Australia and Malaysia in 2015) that focus on how students should be treated at school.

Some people believe that students should be allowed to evaluate and criticise their teachers to improve the quality of education. Others, however, think this is disrespectful to teachers. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Some teachers tend to reward students who get high academic results. Others, however, support and reward students who improve their grades the most. Discuss both these approaches and give your own opinion on which approach is best.

Here are some examples of IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 topics (reported by candidates in Australia, India, Iran, the UK and Uzbekistan in 2015) that focus on different aspects of university education.

Some people believe that universities should focus on providing academic skills, while others think that universities should prepare students for their real future careers. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

In most universities students focus on specialised subjects. However some people believe that universities should encourage students to study a wide range of subjects. To what extent you agree or disagree?

Giving lectures in auditoriums to large numbers of students is an old way of teaching. With the technology available today there is no justification for it, and everything should be done online. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

For more IELTS Writing Task 2 questions, have a look at the posts in the ‘IELTS Writing topics‘ category of my blog.

Vocabulary for common IELTS Writing Task 2 topics in 2015

Vocabulary for common IELTS Writing Task 2 topics 2015As you could get a similar IELTS Writing Task 2 topic to one of the examples above, it would pay to improve your vocabulary related to these topics before your test.

To get started, check you understand the following vocabulary. (You can click on the vocabulary for a dictionary definition).

School subjects:

Adjectives to describe school subjects:

The quality of education:

Student achievement:

Adjectives to describe skills:

Adjectives to describe qualifications:

Types of university study:

If you get (or got) one of the common IELTS Writing Task 2 topics above in your test, let me know in the comments section below.

Good luck to those of you planning to take an IELTS test in 2015.

Pete

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