Below are two essay questions with model answers that were reported in IELTS writing task 2 in January.
Model IELTS Essays Jan 2018
Essay Question 1: Some people consider price as most important thing to think about when buying product (such as cell phone) or service (e.g. medical treatment). Do you agree or disagree?
It is thought by some people that the price of a product or service is essential to consider before deciding to purchase something. While I agree that people need to consider carefully before spending large amounts of money in order to avoid debt, the necessity of the purchase must play a role in the decision to buy.
It is essential that people take time to reflect on how much money they should spend on an item or service, and whether or not they can actually afford it within their available budget. Over the last few decades, the rise in personal debt has escalated as people are tempted to buy goods and services due to pressure from advertising and the increasingly easy access of credit cards. For this reason, any purchase that is costly and is bought using credit ought to be well thought through, particularly when the item is a luxury item that is not actually essential.
On the other hand, there are circumstances when the cost of a service or item becomes an irrelevant consideration. A typical example of this would be when someone’s life depends on a product or service, such as a new treatment for a disease not offered through normal channels. In such a case, a person’s budget becomes redundant and the expense should not deter someone from proceeding with the purchase. However, these situations are rare and in most circumstances price ought to be considered so that excessive spending is planned and budgeted to avoid serious debt problems.
In conclusion, people should deliberate carefully before spending large sums of money on goods and services, except in cases of dire necessity.
- Words 275
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Essay Question 2: In many cities, many people are living in large apartment blocks. Does this accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages.
An increasing number of people are choosing to live in high rise apartment blocks. In my opinion, although these blocks of flats are often cheaper, they offer cramped living space and can present serious fire risks.
One obvious advantage to living in a multi-story apartment block is that it offers people affordable accommodation in urban areas. With the growth of urban populations, land is becoming increasingly expensive and, as a result, many people are no longer able to afford to their own house. Large apartment blocks require a small area of land but can provide a lot of flats which enable people on low incomes to continue living near city centers and near their jobs.
However, high rise apartment blocks usually offer small apartments with no outdoor areas. For families, this can be a problem as each individual member of the family has little personal space which can result a build up of tension as relationships can become strained. Another problem is that such restricted living quarters offer no space for exercise which is a vital requirement for healthy living.
Finally, one of the worst problems of living in a high rise block of flats is the fire risk that it presents. If a fire should break out in one of the flats, the number of floors in the building means that people can become easily trapped on the top floors, unable to escape the fire. This was unfortunately illustrated by the Grenfell Tower block fire that claimed 71 lives in London in 2017. The speed with which the fire spread through the 24 floors, made it impossible for everyone to escape.
In conclusion, large blocks of flats may be offer a cheaper living option, but they also offer people lower quality accommodation with serious fire risks.
analyse each task properly and spend some time making notes
highlight or underline key words in the tasks to make sure that you focus on what you have to do
plan your answers
use paragraphs clearly; put one idea in each paragraph
do not repeat ideas using different words
do not copy whole sentences from the question – you will receive no marks for this
keep to the topic; do not write about unrelated subjects
manage your time; remember, Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1
spend approximately 20 minutes on Task 1 and approximately 40 minutes on Task 2
pay attention to the number of words required for each task; you will lose marks if you do not write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2
learn to recognise how long 150 and 250 words look in your handwriting; you will not have time to count during the test
you must write your answers in full; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks
pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes
avoid informal language
do not memorise model answers; examiners are trained to recognise them and your test will be invalid
spend several minutes re-reading and correcting your answers