IELTS Current Essay Question Jan 2015

Below is a an essay question that came in the exam this week.

Directors and managers of organizations are often older people. Some people say that it is better for younger people to be leaders. To what extend do you agree or disagree?

This is an opinion essay which means you must give a clear opinion in the introduction and then support it and explain it in the body paragraphs. Let me give you some ideas for this topic. If you have more ideas of your own, please post them in the comments box below.

Reasons why young people should be leaders

  • young people are usually more up-to-date and in touch with the modern world
  • they are often more dynamic and forward thinking which means they are more open to new ideas
  • young leaders are stronger and healthier than their old counterparts and therefore more able to cope with the demands of leadership

Reasons why older people should be leaders

  • with age comes experience and this is critical for any leader
  • older people have more authority which is needed to lead and manage others
  • a sense of responsibility is needed to lead effectively which is found in older people and often lacking in the young

If you recently did your exam, please post your full essay question in the comments box below so we can all benefit from it.



  1. Academic curreiculum should invest on Art , agree / Diasagree.
    Art is considered to be essential partof our culture througout the world.Art is said to be trememdously beautiful way of expression.Art is a weapon for one who cannot express him self and his views verbally. Art idiom can be limitless, u cannot deny to say sky as your limits.
    However fewer and fewer people consider art as one of the passion compared to science,maths & tecchnology. Some believe art can be essential subject looking ahead for bright future while some consider it as waste of time. Handful of people will also agree to provide an artist freedom of thought & views.
    Several people assume government is wasting its funds in arts rather than switching it to some productive use. An artist hardly makes any income at the end of the day, so it would be great ideabto assist them with little funds which can eventually lead to thier upliftment. Such small investment may create hopes for artist empowerment in the society. To conclude an Art if taken care whole heartly will contribute for remarkable recognization in this compititive world. An art is superior levelof expressions.

  2. Hi Liz,
    I’ve given the exam on 2nd June and my question for writing task 2 is ‘Nowadays for work reasons people move to other countries. Some consider it beneficial for children. Some says that children get harmed because of it.’
    Discuss both the views and give your own opinion.

    • Some of the benefits of moving to a new location could be new language,different culture and new good friends while disadvantages lack of good educational facilities or facilities that support the interests and talent of the child. My opinion would be that, whether it is harmful or advantageous to the child depends on the age of the child. I hope this makes sense.

  3. – young leaders have fresher perspectives, whereas, older leaders are more credible.

  4. Directors and managers of organisation are often older people. Some oeople say that it is better for young people to be leaders. TO what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Dear Liz

    Iam at stuck at one point and I need your help and advise.
    IF such agree/disagree essay comes in writing part, can I just write in my opinion that I agree that young people should be leaders and start giving reasons in body paragraphs?

    Is it mandatory that I should write the reasons I disagree with older people as leaders?

    Please advice. I really need your help.


    • In this case, you can’t ignore that this is younger people vs older people. So, if you agree then you believe leaders should be young, not old – you need to explain all of that and why.

      • Dear liz
        Thank you so much for your reply.
        Have a great day 🙂


        • Could you please go through my essay and guide me if iam correct. I wrote it following your comments. Thanks !!

          In many organisations, the directors and managers temd to be older people because of their wisdom and experience. It is often thought by some that young leaders are considered to be better leaders. In my opinion, I agree that young leaders can be an asset to the organisation.

          One of the most important reason that young leaders are better is that they welcome change. in other words, they are more receptive to make changes in the ild techniques as tume changes. as a result of lack of experience, they tend to be more optimistic to embrace change. TAke as an illustration, Facebook helps everyone to be connected virtually which is possible by its young leader, Mark Zuckerberg , who is just 32 years and is CEO and charmain of Facebook.

          Secondly, young leaders are always in need of extensive feedback on their performanc. THis helps to make any necessary changes to be dine in their actions. Moreover, young leaders are more healthy and strong as compared to their old counterparts which helps them to accept challenges that leadership demands. Furthermore, tgese young leaders inspire otger people at work which helps organisation achieve its goals and objectives.

          FInally, young leaders make continuous improvement to keep up with new ways of doing work and learning new technologies which helps team to achieve difficult tasks. As an illustration, a young leader , Nishan Rao, MD LinkedIn, India, who has stretched the goals of the company to make online work profiles of people across the globe.

          In conclusion, young leaders are better as they are usually up to date and in touch with the modern world.

        • Hi Richa !
          I think you read my mind for answering this essay , as I have the same problem of if I agree , do I need to specify one body paragraph for why I disagree with older leader .
          I know Liz reply your answer but still haven’t got it .
          Thanks .

          • You can’t ignore part of the issue. If you agree with young leaders, it also means you disagree with older leaders. Always write down exactly what you agree with and what you disagree with in note form before you start writing your essay. That way, you will be sure to include all information.

  5. Recent essay : Free education to children below 5 years will help to reduce powerty in thirdworld countries.

  6. Ok cool

  7. chirag acharya says

    Hi, Liz

    How are you,

    ok I need some help from you, I need to give general IELTS, and I need 6 bands in GENERAL IELTS, but my problem is Iam not fluent in english because i had not studied in english medium, i will start my coaching for IELTS,
    need your help that how will I achieve my GOAL.

    thanking you

  8. hi Liz,

    I took my 1st ielts last April and I am planning to retake the exam this Nov. my previous score for ielts is L=6 w=6 R=5 S=7 total average is 6, and I need to get 6.5 to have my visa screening cert. My question is about combining score? How does it work? what grade should I get to have 6.5 average if I combine my prev score. Thank you.

  9. Hi Liz , my IELTS results just came and I would like to tell you are a Rockstar , thank you for every article/video you shared with us, but unfortunately the Speaking section’s score was a bit low 6.5 , the others , listening-8 , reading-8.5 , writing-7 , I was thinking of remarking the speaking section , what do you think ? please advise .

    • In your situation with just 0.5 to gain, you could try for a remark. However, only do so if you finished both task 1 and task 2 and you wrote over the word count in both tasks. Good luck and let us know if you succeed in gaining the extra 0.5.
      All the best

      • he got 6.5 in speaking not writing ..
        I think many Egyptians have problems in speaking coz our education system focus on writing more

  10. Hi Liz, I have appeared in ielts 4 Times in acedamic version and I scored below 7 overall each time.This time I need to clear general test and need 6.5 in three module and 7.0 in listening and I got 7.5 in listening last time so I am not much worried about listening part but this I need you to help me in writing part by giving me some tips so that I can score at least 6.5 this time.Thanks in advance.

  11. Hi Liz,I found your site very helpful.

  12. Hi, I have give Ielts twice in this year on both time i got overall band of 6.5. My listening score is 8/7.5 reading 6.5/7, speaking 6.5/6.5. However, on both occasion my writing score was 5.5/5.5. I need to score at least 6 to apply for PR. Please suggest me how i can improve that score. Further, also suggest if I apply for remarking what will be probability of mark up gradation as I believe my writing is not as bad as my scores are. please suggest.

    • It might be possible to get 0.5 more in writing with a remark if you are sure you wrote over 150 words in task 1 and 250 words in task 2. If you wrote under, it is not worth getting a remark. Also you need to be sure you wrote a conclusion for task 2 and an overview for task 1. If you did these things, it might be worth considering a remark. To improve your score, you need to be sure that you are producing accurate language in writing and avoiding errors. If you are aiming to impress the examiner – that might be a reason for too many errors. Also you need to learn about the structure and content of writing task 1 and task 2.
      All the best

    • nitish gupta says

      Hello Uday

      I am also looking facing the same problem. As I am looking for PR, I need to score & in all.
      Can you share your number or email me at

  13. Hi Liz,
    I just have a question. If i agree with both the ideas of the question and i don’t want to agree any of them then can i describe about both the ideas? I mean to say irrespective of the age any potential person can be a leader. Is it ok if i explain in such a way.

    • This is called presenting a balanced view. You need to be careful about doing so. You can’t agree with both sides at all. A balanced view is not about saying any person can be a leader at any age, it’s about presenting an alternative perspective. You need to say rather than looking at age, leaders should be chosen based on personality. You must give a clear position.
      I hope that helps.

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