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 all university students should study whatever they like. Others believe that they should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to science and technology.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.


Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:

A section of society believes that students pursuing tertiary education should choose a field of study that they are passionate about. While others opine that students should choose subjects that are fruitful in future. I strongly believe that university education should be driven by passion and over the course of this essay will discuss both viewpoints.

There are various reasons why people believe that in case of tertiary education, mind over heart is important. Primary reason is future employability. It is statistically proven that subjects pertaining to science and technology are in high demand and companies pay top dollars to tap students equipped with these skills. For example, in U.S.A it is estimated that by the year 2020, there will be a shortage of manpower to fill in more than 2 million high tech jobs. Therefore, it is important for students to choose subjects that are of economic value. After all, money makes the world spin.

On the other hand, passion is important to succeed in life. Therefore, it is important to choose subjects that invigorate interest. For instance, in U.S.A students who are passionate about sports, pursue it as a discipline in university. Consequently, universities across USA produce world class athletes and sportsmen. It is not a mere coincidence that USA is always at the top of medals tally in Olympics, and all the athletes are from universities. Therefore, it is important to pursue education with enthusiasm; success will eventually follow.

Having considered a range of arguments, I have concluded that, tertiary education should be driven by interest and not economic value. After all, Knowledge is wealth and is always golden in nature.


Total Words: 274

Task Achievement: 9.0

Coherence & Cohesion: 9.0

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8.5

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