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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