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IELTS Writing Task 2 essay with model answer

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

Present a written argument or case to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic.

In the modern world, the image (photograph or film) is becoming a more powerful way of communicating than the written word.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:

In today’s era, the use of images has replaced most forms of verbal communication. I agree with the notion that photos and films are a more expressive and powerful means of communication than written material.



To begin with, in today’s fast-paced life people have very little time to sit down and put their thoughts and experiences on a piece of paper. Writing diaries and letters have become a thing of the past. Moreover, a person might not be capable enough to eloquently describe a cherished moment. A good illustration of this could be a piece of writing describing the beautiful mountains of Nanga Parbat. The writer might not be able to do justice to such a picturesque place by merely writing about it;, in contrast, a single picture would say much more. Thus, it is clear that writing is not a strong method of communication.

Meanwhile, photos have proved to have a lasting and powerful impact in today’s communication. Considerable advancements in technology have made available numerous devices to take photos and make videos in high quality. Capturing memories are now just a click away. Most importantly, taking photos consumes only a few seconds, making it a popular choice among millennials. A good illustration of this can be found in the photos showing the aftermath of the war in Syria. No words can describe the ordeal the people of Syria are going through; truly a picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore, it is easy to see why photographs are being considered a more effective mode of communication.

After having discussed the most pertinent points of this issue, I feel the only logical conclusion is that indeed photos and videos are a preferred method of communicating in the modern world.

Total Words: 288

Task Achievement: 9

Coherence & Cohesion: 9

Lexical resources: 9

Grammar: 9

Overall Score: Band 9

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3 Comments
  1. Bhawana Basnet 1 year ago

    It is good for practice

  2. Anonymous 5 months ago

    In the third paragraph, there is a line “A good illustration of this, are the photos showing the aftermath of the war in Syria.”
    I think this sentence is not grammatically accurate.
    The correct form would be “A good illustration of this is the photos showing the aftermath of the war in Syria.”

    • IELTS Online Practice 5 months ago

      Thanks for pointing it out. I’m not entirely sure if are should be replaced with is here. However, for simplicity, I have updated the sentence to make it say “A good illustration of this can be found in the photos showing the aftermath of the war in Syria”

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