IELTS Writing Task 2 essay with model answer

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic

Many things that used to be done in the home by hands are now being done by machines. Does this development bring more advantages or disadvantages?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:

Humans invented machines to accomplish any work quickly; as a result, the tasks at home which were done manually earlier are now being done by machines. In this essay, I am going to shed some light on the pros and cons of using machines at home.

It is evident that humans are benefited in many ways by using machines. Time-saving can be seen as the major benefit. To exemplify, by using electronic devices, like washing machine, vacuum cleaner, dish washer at home, individuals can save their precious time; thus, they can spend quality time with their children. It is also possible to say that machine can help in doing the work precisely. For example, because machines work more accurately than humans, more work can be accomplished using home equipments like the mixer grinder and juice maker.

However, every coin has two sides and despite all the advantages of using a machine at home, there are some disadvantages too. Firstly, people have become dependent on the machines. For example, once my vacuum cleaner had stopped working due to some fault; however, instead of cleaning the house by hand, I preferred to wait for the appliance to be repaired. Secondly, nowadays, people are in bad shape and face health issues owing to the utmost use of these automatic machines. For instance, earlier people were fit as a fiddle as they used to do all work at home manually, but, at present reduction in those routine exercises has led to an increase in obesity problem around the globe.

To sum up, even though people are more reliable on machines now and are having health related problems, people have gained more from machines in terms of saving time and doing work sharply.

Total Words: 296

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 8

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8.0

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  1. Elaheh 3 years ago

    why would you presuppose that women are at home doing the chores? also, household tasks are SOME productive work as well. god. I’m so annoyed and offended by your essay.

    • IELTS Online Practice 3 years ago

      Dear Elaheh,

      Thanks for your comments. After reading the essay I too felt it was a bit sexist. I have removed the reference to women and have replaced it with a more gender neutral term. Thanks for bringing it to my notice.

      Most of these essays have been written by our students for IELTS practice. They do not represent their real world views. As you know IELTS is an English test and not a test of your knowledge or ideas. It does not matter if your beliefs go against the mainstream. As long as your ideas are on topic, expressed coherently and show a range of grammar and vocabulary, you will score well in IELTS.

      Good luck with your exam!


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