IELTS Writing Task 2 essay with model answer

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

Some people think that the news media nowadays have influenced people’s lives in negative ways. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:

Certain individuals believe that these days newspapers and television channels that broadcast current affairs have a bad influence on society. I completely disagree with the given statement. In the following paragraphs, I would put forth the arguments in favour of my views.

News channels have influenced society in many positive ways. To begin with, the usefulness of media, which provides news almost instantaneously, is undeniable. This gives us a feeling that we belong to a small global village. Secondly, it acts as a bridge between the government and the people. Most of us would never meet a prime minister or president in our lives but anyone who is regularly watching news or reading newspapers would certainly know about them. Furthermore, media plays an important role in spreading different cultures and lifestyles to the modern world. Today, the popularity of Indian culture and tradition across the globe is the best possible example of media’s enormous impact. Finally, news channels also help in providing justice to common man when his rights are being denied.  

As every rose has thorns, media too has its downside. The paparazzi could invade the privacy of celebrities. Sometimes violence and vulgarity are shown, and at times, it can shape us in negative ways. For that my counter-argument is that once a person becomes famous then his personal life becomes public, and he has no right to complain about paparazzi. Also, people can choose what they want to see and technology has provided options to block the channels that they do not want to see.  

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that the influence of media on our lives is largely positive.

Total Words: 272

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 8

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8

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  1. jamie 5 years ago

    This is not a band 9 essay.

  2. Sapna 4 years ago

    Yes. I get 4 band in writting .. i should improve my writing skills ..what I don’t know how to doimprove my writing skills .during write a essay I have no became idea related to my statement

  3. Tejroop 4 years ago

    Thanks so much for this …sir I score 5.5 in writing please help me to get 7.5 please sir????

    • IELTS Online Practice 4 years ago

      Dear Tejroop,

      Don’t lose hope. Set some time aside everyday to work on your grammar and vocabulary.

      Go over all the free tutorials and model answers on my website. If you want feedback on your writing or speaking tasks, feel free to submit a couple of tasks each week so that you know if you are making progress.

      Good luck!


  4. Alan 2 years ago

    That task 2 is definitely NOT a BAND 8..I have been an IELTS Examiner for many years and find it sad that IELTS students, eager to pass their exam, would follow the
    strategies illustrated by that author. Sorry

  5. Tushar Patel 1 year ago

    Hello sir, my previous writing score was 6.5; nevertheless I got just 4.5 in reading (GT). So, I am preparing IELTS myself. May you evaluate my writing essays and letter in your convenience? What is the charge for 2 to 3 essays and letters in a week?
    Also I want to improve my reading score, any suggestions for MCQs, paragragraph contains information, matching types of questions, which are non-sequencial. What is the fundamental key for non-sequencial questions?
    I am waiting for your prompt reply.
    Thank you.

    • Anonymous 1 year ago


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