IELTS Essay Questions & Answer June 2018

IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions and Model Essay June 2018

Below you will find:

  1. June IELTS essay question with model answer
  2. List of more June essay questions for you to practise at home
  3. List of March April essay questions
  4. Tips for Writing Task 2 Preparation

Take your time to read through this page and make the most of the tips and links.

Please note: these are past essay questions which have been used this month. They are not predictions. To prepare for IELTS writing task 2, you should prepare ideas for recent questions and common questions. See below for recent questions and here is a link to common essay questions: 100 IELTS Essay Questions

IELTS Essay Question June 2018

Some people think that the teenagers should concentrate on all subjects at school. Others believe that teenagers should focus on the subject they are best at or they are most interested in. To what extent do you agree?

Model IELTS Essay June 2018

While it is thought that adolescents ought to focus on a broad range of school subjects, others feel it would be better for them to concentrate only on chosen subjects. I believe the number of subjects they study should depend on their age.

One reason adolescents from around the age of 13 to 17 ought to focus on learning as many different subjects as possible is that they are too immature to make serious decisions that will affect their future. By studying various subjects, they will develop a clearer understanding of their skills and interests, which often change as a child ages. Secondly, teenagers need to vary what they learn to help them develop into well rounded adults. For example, they need sport to encourage health, they need maths to be able to perform simple arithmetic in life, and they need languages to help them learn communication. At a young age they are not mature enough to be responsible for their own development.

However, by the age of 18, adolescents know not only what subjects they most enjoy or excel at, but also which subjects are most useful for their future prospects in life. For this reason, the majority of university applicants are 18 years old, and they are eager to engage more deeply in specific subject matter. Furthermore, their ability to concentrate on one specific subject and study in depth is fully established at that age, unlike when they were younger. Lastly, older adolescents have the ability to manage their own schedule and can take responsibility for continuing art or sport as hobbies.

To conclude, younger teenagers are not ready to specialise and require a broad framework of subjects to help them develop, but at the age of 18, this is no longer the case.

More IELTS Essay Questions June 2018

  1. Nowadays, people move from one country to another for work. Some people think children of these families suffer because of this, while others think it is helpful for them. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  2. Adults do less exercise these days. Some people think that showing sports events on the television such as the Olympics and international tournaments is the best way to encourage adults to do exercise. Others believe there are more effective ways to do so. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  3. Some parents, specially mothers, stay at home instead working, and some people think that they should receive monetary compensation from the government. Do you agree or disagree?
  4. Some people use technology to take advice for their medical problems rather than seeing a doctor. Why this is so? It is positive or negative development according to you?
  5. Although more and more people are reading the news on the internet, most people still prefer reading the news in a newspaper. What are your views?

Click here for: March & April Essay Questions

How to Prepare for IELTS Writing Task 2

  1. Prepare ideas for topics. You can do this by googling online. Here is a list of common essay questions and topics for IELTS writing task 2: 100 Essay Questions
  2. Make sure you have learned your list of linking words which must be used flexibly: Linking Words for IELTS WT2
  3. Learn about essay length and paragraphing:
    1. essay length
    2. structure and importance of conclusions
  4. Learn how to add examples to your essay: Adding Examples Language

All the best



  1. while some people think that adolescents should focus on a broad range of subject ,others believe that they must emphasis to what they are better for them and more enjoyable to studying it .
    one of principal reasons for studying adolescents for all subjects is that they gain a great deal of knowledge which they need in their life such as Math ,Art and foreign languages which are organised by pedagogical experts which means weakness and strong point will be proven by official examinations and continuous assessment thus they can take their decision what subject they are professional that help them to choice right selections based on their school academic achievements .
    However,concentrating studying what they are good at or desire it due to the fact is that any students who admire studying something will be creative persons .For example,when they enjoy studying computer science ,many sources will be searched by students leading to broaden their horizons which means variety of discovering innovative such as report which benefits society and individuals .
    In conclusions ,those are thought adolescents should focus on all subjects in school curriculums or they believe that what they are better for them must be concentrated .
    Personally , I am with opinion that they should emphasis whole the subjects in their school in additions we should give them a chance for extra education to practice and to study their interested.

  2. Education plays pivotal role n adolescents . A little individuals opponing that teens have concenterated on all subjects whileothers arguing that intresting subject only needed to concentrate .I agree this statement partialy. As a considered teenage period is good steps to future Studying all subject help them in many ways.Firstly it give opportunity to experience the tastes of various levells of knowledge and possibilities .Actually it opens the many windows for various options to select beautiful future according with their caliber. Besides that all subject related to one another in case of problems solving and solutions .For instance if try to solveproblems in physics lessons Should have basic knowledge in maths .Hence to have basic nowledge is paraamount . Furthet more perod of adolescent is a era of changing growth in physically and mentally.By studying subject they are capable of accommodate this changes on the contrary focusing the intersting subject youngsters are more enhusiastic and more active on it.They get more freedom and tension free atmosphere ,which help them to bringout all potential and concentration to particular subject that facilitate their academic growth lead him to easily accomplish their dream . To conclude by studying all subject help teenagers to build up overall development.Hence subjects related to one onther basic knowledge is inevitale especially this decade.


    HI LIZ
    Is it compulsory to have examples in all types of essays??

  4. Hi Liz,

    I just saw the question “what are your views?”. How should candidates answer this type of question?

    • That is the same as “What is your opinion?” or “Do you agree or disagree?” or “To what extent do you agree?”

  5. Hi Liz,

    I am Mennie Castro, from the Philippines, and I am taking IELTS exam this coming August 1. I would like to know if the question says “to what extent do you agree” does it mean you cannot write anything that implies you disagree?

    I know it might sound like a stupid question, but it’s really important for me.

    Warm regards,

    • It is a completely normal question to ask (and an important one too). Those instructions indicate you must present your personal opinion. Your opinion can be anything you want – agree / disagree / partial agreement. They are the same instructions as “Do you agree?” or “Do you agree or disagree?” or “To what extent do you agree or disagree?” or “What is your opinion?” – they are all the same instructions paraphrased. They are Opinion Essays.

  6. Noman Jabbar says

    Kindly, please answer a query:

    Like in the 2nd sample essay above, you started para 1 saying one reason and then added “Secondly”. Is it fine to add multiple ideas in a single paragraph on one aspect of the topic by using words: one reason, another point to consider, besides this, in addition, etc
    Will this reduce marks for proper paragraphing?
    Will marks will be penalized for not using a proper topic sentence? because in the topic sentence all the issues in the paragraph will not be mentioned. However, the topic sentence will make clear what this topic is about.

    • The examiner will mark you on each paragraph having a central topic – which means one paragraph containing all the advantages or all the solutions. The signposting is appropriate.

      • Noman Jabbar says

        Thanks a lot for your kind and genrous and timely reply. Please clarify one more thing.
        As you mentioned that using multiple signpostings within each body paragraphs is fine (regardless of essay question type) unless the focus is on central topic. Don’t you think that using multiple signposts (each having new reason for the topic) will impede to fufill this requirement of IELTS:
        “presents a well-developed response to the question with relevant, extended and supported ideas”
        Since each idea can just be expanded in one or two sentences. (As you did in the 2nd body paragraph in the above essay).

        Kindly plzzzzz reply me back.

        • If that was the case, I would not have taught this. Having done the IELTS examiner training, I am aware of the marking criteria and how extending ideas is marked – it isn’t something I can explain in a short message. IELTS would consider a paragraph with two advantages in to be sufficiently developed if it is about 95 words which is the average length for a body paragraph if the essay have only two body paragraphs. If IELTS ask for advantages (plural) and disadvantages (plural), and the essay is only about 280 words in length, I’m sure you can work it out. Use your logic and you will get there.

          Every single essay and tip I have written on this site are based on my knowledge of IELTS. It’s really up to you if you follow this or not. I can’t justify and explain every single page. The pages have been written to teach you – you choose to learn from them or not. I teach through these pages – not through comments because I get too many comments and it is too hard to teach in a message. So, use these pages to learn for yourself.

          • Noman Jabbar says

            Dear Liz,

            Thanks a Lot for all your efforts which you’re doing for this website. I completely understand your point behind your reply and now I am more confident with your logic. My exam is on 11th May and I hope that I will sure secure my desired band score because along with this website material, I also have purchased all of your paid lectures which are really helpful, and trust me anyone aiming band 7 or above should buy them.

            If you get some time, please answer to one more question:
            In task 1 General Letter to a “friend”. Will I be penalized, if I do not use contradictions (It’s, can’t etc) or its complely fine if contradictions are not used.

            • You should use contractions, but don’t over use them. It is normal to write “it’s” and “don’t”, for example in an informal letter. It isn’t usual to write “it is not” in an informal letter.
              About your task 2, remember technique is only one part of your essay. You still need to practise analysing essay questions to identify the issue or issues. You need to ensure your ideas are presented clearly and the supporting points all connect back to the first sentence and the issue. You also need to avoid language errors in grammar and vocab – this means be careful with over paraphrasing and avoid sentences that are too long. Aim for accuracy, don’t aim to impress.
              Good luck!

        • Thank you so much Mam,you are the best teacher I always follow you.My test will be on 27 April.

  7. Hello Liz,
    when they ask us in task 2 writing ” to what extent do you agree”? should I take a side and discuss it or state my opinion and discuss both sides?
    Thank You

  8. Although, it is argued that teenagers should pay more attention to all subjects they are being taught in school,while some people believe that concentrating on chosen subjects is better of. In my own opinion, teenagers should focus on their subjects of interest.

    To start with, teenagers often find learning a variety of subjects overwhelming, confusing and frustrating and this can pose a negative impact all other aspects of their life such as social, emotional and psychological. In fact, taking different kinds of lessons puts the child in a confused state as per how to efficiently manage the reading and understanding of these subjects, thus resulting in low academic performance. In view of this, I think it is quite important for school to let them have specific career oriented classes based on their interest and capability instead of just making them pass through the rigor of attending all classes. In other words, a child who is good at science subjects should be in science class, a child who is passionate about art work and drawings should be in Art class etc. This way, they are motivated to maximize their potentials.

    In contrast, taking a wide range of subjects in school could help broaden the teenagers knowledge and provide for them an array of career choices to choose from, but if they are not still well guided about their choices they may end up in the wrong path as their too many available choices to consider.

    In conclusion, reducing the academic workload on teenagers in school does not only enhance a better academic performance, it also helps them achieve a purposeful living.

    I started preparing for IELTS few days ago. The essay above is my first practice essay. I’m aiming for band 7 overall and in all modules. I am open to corrections and suggestions. God bless.

    • Okeke Emmanuela says

      I think you did well.

    • Abdullah Hussaini says

      Hi Bolade,
      You have indeed done well.

      However, as a suggestion, I would like to mention that your 2nd body paragraph is very short when compared to 1st body paragraph. Your both body paragraphs should always be of almost similar length.
      I suggest to add some more points and its always recommended to have one example in each body paragraph.

      Best of luck for your exams

  9. Muhammad Uzair says

    Hi Liz,

    I am trying to copy some contents from your website, but I can’t. How I can do it
    and Thank you for developing such a wonderful website

  10. Julio Pérez says

    Hi Liz,

    I hope you are well, and I wish you a Happy New Year.

    Thank you for your all posts, they are very useful and invaluable. I am preparing for the IELTS exam. I will take the exam in 6 months.

    Are there a templates essay ? do you recommend them?

    In an essay When should I defend both sides? does essay have always introduction, body, and conclusion?

    Julio Pérez

    • Click on the RED BAR at the top of this site to see the main page for writing task 2 which has model essays and other tips.

  11. Dear Liz,

    Don’t you think it is riskful to take partial view on this kind of agree or disagree essay for me, with limited knowledge of language?
    let me know your thoughts on it.

  12. Thanks you lot ma’m, for all your good deeds.
    Please I’m a bit confused here. For opinion essays, are we allowed to introduce a third view when the question gives two opposing views? I always felt we should agree on one of the views. I ask because this format is similar to the discussion/opinion essay.

    • There are NO rules stating you can’t present your own specific view point. You do NOT have to agree or disagree. You have to present a view and you can have any view you want. The examiner does not mark which view you have, the examiner only marks if it is relevant and extended.

  13. Hi
    Is it good to start essay with “It has been sparked of controversy over whether ………..”

    • Each sentence must be unique to yourself and created in the test room. No, it is not good to memorise phrases and sentences.

  14. Maria Manuela Dominguez says

    Hi Liz, I wanted to know if I should write the scope of the essay in the introduction. Phrases like “I will support this view with arguments in the following paragraphs”..
    Thank you!!

    • The examiner knows you will do this – everyone will do this. Don’t waste time with useless sentences. Each sentence should be 100% unique to yourself, created in the test by yourself and should relate 100% to the topic and issues in the question.

  15. great job

  16. Princy wilson says

    Can we start the essay by using the opening sentence such as”Having said that “

  17. Thanks a lot Liz for your tips

  18. Sirojiddin says

    Greats Liz, many thanks for all hints and tips!
    Just wanna ask. Today i took my speaking exam and during the exam i was asked whether international food was popular in my country. I answered positively and tried to illustrate my claim with mcdonald(it is not sooo popular there but anyway it exists at least one or two branches).Would it affect my band score? The examiner showed a big surprise and reasked “is it popular”
    My sincere gratitudes for your time and respond and favour in advance!

    • Popular means it is enjoyed by many people. To be popular in a country, means many people in your country enjoy it. How can McDonalds be popular by many people in your country, if there are few restaurants? I think the examiner was checking your understanding of the word “popular”.

  19. Khislatjon says

    Dear Liz,I want to ask you a question.
    Is an introduction should be the same for 5 main topics which were above.By the same i mean all of them should contain only background statement and thesis.

  20. Some people use technology to take advise for their medical problems rather than seeing a doctor.Why is this so? is this a positive or negative development according to you? mam how to solve this sort of essay…can you please help ??

  21. Asma Khan says

    Dear Liz,
    First of all, Thanks a ton for doing a wonderful job here. You are doing a great job 👍🏻😊
    I have a question for task two.
    Topic – Some govts spend a lot of public money training up individuals to be successful in international sporting events. Some people believe that this money should be spent on things that will benefit the general public instead. To what extent do you agree ?

    In the above essay, I agree with the notion that the govt should spend money on other more imp issues. Hence, in the essay I will provide my supporting ideas (may be 2) to state why its imp for the govt to spend money on other issues. So my question is, do I have to give a disadvantage also for why the govt should not spend on the sporting events ? Or it will be okay for not providing this disadvantage ? Or if not addressed, will I loose marks for it ?
    Please help me, I am confused.
    Thank you in advance. Tc.

  22. Hi Liz….
    Thanks for your great efforts….

  23. Hi Liz,
    I have a question about the format of discussion format essays.
    Generally, I have seen you format your discussion essays as:
    intro, side 1, side 2, my opinion, conclusion
    Is it proper to also format the essay as: intro, side 1, side 2 and show that this is the side I agree with, conclusion ?

    • Yes, that;s also fine. There are no fixed rules for IELTS essay structures – just logical. Sounds like you have good logical.

  24. Hello …. please help me …. tomorrow is my LRW exam … M so worried …. I want to ask you a ques … you mentioned only 6 eassy topics of June … is that enough ???… I don’t have that much time … Please reply …!! I need your help …!!!!

    • Did you read this page fully? No, you didn’t. There is a notice above the list of topics about preparing ideas for writing task 2. Read it!! Good luck tomorrow!

  25. Hii Liz..Will you please help me to verify whether my writing style meets all band
    descriptives ??
    Qn. Nowadays ,people move from one country to another for work.Some people believe children of these families suffer because of this .While others think it is helpful for them. Discus both views and give your opinion.
    Due to vast job opportunities in overseas countries,especially developed ones, tendency of educated folks to shift completely to other countries is burgeoning day by day.After evaluating such a trend,certain people argue that , such a migration have many detrimental effects on the children who are forced to move along with their family.But,some advocate that it can bring many boons in their future.In my view point,even though the children feel some difficulties at the initial days,later on they will get adjusted with the foreign country’s culture .
    In the former view, observers consider the difficulties faced by newly migrated children and assert that, such newly re-rooted pupils face considerable mental stress owing to new culture,language and schooling atmosphere.They had been leading a comfortable life in their home country with their intimate friends and relatives.When they shifted completely to new place ,they cannot adjust with the new culture and lifestyle of the locals.In addition ,their new school,teachers and classmates will make them feel that they are in a different world.This mental strain in turn has huge ramifications on the education of the child,most probably most of them discontinue an academic year due to all these factors.

    On the other hand , the opposite group highlight the long term advantages it can generate in the life and career of a migrated child.They say that,children can quickly adjust with the change in culture and lifestyle compared to adults.Moreover,when they get exposed to such risks,they will gain mental strength and become able to manage any risks in future.Early age job culture of foreign countries will make them able to attain a job of their wish with a considerable pay scale.Hence, migration is useful for the children in all ways.
    To conclude,comparison of above given arguments of both the groups prove that short term aftermaths can be eclipsed by lifelong merits of migration on children.So,I firmly believe that ,prejudice about foreign country is the main reason for all the difficulties that newly shifted children are facing in a new nation.But , migrated country can bring them umpteen number of benefits such as exposure to new languages,high quality education from reputed universities,earnings from part time jobs even at early ages of adolescents and so on.If we weigh up these advantages with menaces like cultural shock and extreme climatic situations , benefits will definitely over weigh short term difficulties.

  26. Tabasum imtiaz says

    Dear Liz,
    First of all, Thank you so much for doing a wonderful job here. I have recently taken my ielts GT test on 2nd June, 2018 for immigration purpose. My target was 8 in listening and 7 in each of the rest three components. I scored 8 in listening, reading and speaking, but unfortunately, only 6 in writing, which was a big disaster for me. I had no idea before what went wrong in my writing test? ,But after visiting your blog, I understood what I need to improve. Among the topics you mentioned above from June 2018. The first topic in the list was the one which I wrote in my test.
    I followed a standard approach without focusing too much on the requirement. The question asked to discuss both views and give opinion. However, I chose one side and used two paragraphs to build a convincing case for my chosen side and then in the third paragraph, I discuss the opposite view. In final conclusion paragraph, I proved my chosen side to carry more weight.

    My question here is:
    Was this, the reason I got such a low band? What I can feel now, is that I did not follow the instructions properly which asked to discuss both sides equally.
    Awaiting your reply.

    • Your writing score is based on 4 marking criteria. Task Response is not only about fulfilling the task, it’s also about the ideas you choose, how you use them and how you develop them. It is not possible to common on the reasons you got band 6 in writing from such a brief note. I suggest you get my Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons to learn the right techniques:

  27. Kangwa Lusafya says

    This is very helpful.Thank you.

  28. Aastha Shah says

    Thank u so much Liz… A great work…Compiling all these topics seems to help really…I have just started following you…your tips seems to be really good. U have compiled essay topics for March, April n June. Where can we get the essay topics of May?

  29. Uche Chiemejonam says

    Hello Liz,
    Please, I’d like to ask a question. My test is on the 30th of June and I’m a nursing mother. Should I let the test centre know? Or, how should I go about it?
    You are doing a great work…touching lives. God bless you.
    Thank you.

  30. Neha bhardwaj says

    Hi Liz. I am from India and I appeared for my IELTS exam on 2nd of june. I am here to thank you. You’re doing a great work helping people like me prepare for their ielts exam. Your material and tips were so helpful I scored band 8 in first attempt. I followed all of your essay writing techniques as well as your tips for speaking exam. I followed your latest questions and prepared for all the topics. And I can confidently say it was the only reason I scored a 7.5 in speaking and writing and 8.5 in listening and reading . Thank you so much . And keep up the good job. God bless you

  31. Can you please explain me the question number 4 from the june essay topic list.does it require our opinion and expand on it or should we give both positive and negative sides and just write opinion in introduction and in conclusion

    • Did the instructions say “positive AND negative” is required OR is it a question asking you to choose “positive OR negative?” IELTS instructions are written clearly – just read them and follow them.

  32. Elaine Milne says

    Hi Liz

    How does one decide on a band score. English is my home and first language and therefore I have a relatively good command of the language. What would be the criteria which would guide me to chose a band for IELTS. Obviously if I go for band 7 and I am probably a band 8 will I be penalized. I presume the band determines the complexity of the test.
    Please let me know what you think. I’m not quite sure which the correct place to
    post this question is. Thanks so much. Kind regards. Elaine

    • I am a bit confused about your question. What do you mean? What band to go for? You take the IELTS test and then IELTS give you a band score as a result. The band score is the result, not the test. See this page: The result you will get reflect your level of English and your exam skills. A band score 6 is a reasonable result, a band 7 is a better result. They are scores. Sorry, I don’t really understand your question.

  33. Thanks so much for such a well-thought-of and well-written essay.

  34. Dear Liz.
    I Hope you are well.
    I got alot of help from you when pripearing for my speaking and listening exam and I passed.Thank you very much.
    From Nairobi Kenya.

  35. How can we elaborate the question no:-4.
    1)Is it asking our opinion and expanding on it?
    2)Should we write one positive and one negative development then conclude the question “why so”?
    3)if we include the opinion in introduction (for example:-we took the positive sides of using technology and finding problems of a health issue online) then should we stick on to it in 2 body paragraphs?
    4)is it a regular positive negative development essay or an opinion essay?

  36. Thank you very much Liz, you are really a mum, let God bless you again for your best relationship. I’m running out of words on how to explain my feeling . . . So mum I’m writing my IELTS test on the 30th of June, and want to be concentrated on these topics of task 2 essay; I really need your advice mum.

  37. Thank you very much my best teacher

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