IELTS Writing Task 2 essay with model answer

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

Some people say that all levels of education of education invested too much time is spent on learning facts and not enough on learning practical skills. 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:

Education is always evolving through time and it varies from one country to another. While some individuals feel that there is a disproportionate focus on academic instead of useful skills, others disagree. I would be inclined to agree with the former view. I think there is an excessive amount of time spent on the memorisation of factual information. In this essay I will outline my view supported by examples.

Some careers require the analysis of a large amount of information. For these jobs it is important that time is spent memorising facts. An example of one such profession is medicine. Doctors must be able to memorise important information vital statistics, medicine dosages and vital structures. As a result, they must demonstrate during the education process that they are competent to do this. If I were sick I would not want a clinician who could not memorise his important information.

However, it is not important for all people to spent countless hours rote learning information they will not use again. My personal experience of this is a good example. During secondary school my class was required to memorise many elements of the periodic table and specific chemical formulas. I have never since used this information. As a result, it was an utter waste of time.

Not all people want to follow an academic pathway. For those who want to do carpentry for example, memorising information on formulas is not productive. It would be better for those individuals to do a hands-on course in their field of choice.

To summarise, there are a variety of career paths which conventional school topics do not cater for. It is important that people invest their time in subjects that will help them in their practical interests.


Total Words: 370

Task Achievement: 7

Coherence & Cohesion: 7

Lexical resources: 7

Grammar: 7

Overall Score: Band 7

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  1. Navdeep kaur 3 years ago

    Education plays important role in our life. Without learning people are not surviving this life respectfully. In our country, there are a lot of schools private as well as government. The culture of both school not similar to each other. Even there is big different in fees structure also. But learning skills both have same.
    Nowadays, all schools and colleges have taught only bookish languages. They have not done any practical activities. Just only compete to his worksheet and practical notebooks. In universities or schools, they have made time period of student and have included all the lecture else computer practical class.
    If the student has only learning skills, they got only marks in the exam even top in the school but not got job easily. During interview time practical knowledge is must. The interviewer will not have checked your marks. It better, in school time teacher will teach develop student personality and focus on practical part.
    I agree with that because when I was a student. I also learned the book written words and had same wording written in exam. This is not helpful for me. I am facing issue when I have an interview on 2017. The interview asked me write coding on this topic. I knew all the steps but didn’t do. The reason is that in my school time I have on worked practically on computer language. So, my advice to all school and universities, please focus on practical skills rather than learning skill and student learn rapidly practical skills.

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