IELTS Direct Question Essay Sample 3 - Economics

In this post, we will look at a direct question essay example from the IELTS writing task 2 test. Students often ask if the questions are repeated year after year and the answer is no, but the topics are. There are so many questions written each year, you may find your practice answering various questions on different topics. For example, you could write essays to answer questions about education or the environment, which benefits you because you learn vocabulary associated with those topics and develop ideas that can help you in your writing test.

Practising writing IELTS task 2 essays on a range of topics is a great way to learn new vocabulary for those topics, but also to practice your essay structures. You begin to develop your ideas around those topics, thinking of examples and giving your opinions.

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Take a look at the IELTS essay example below >>

Riches and possessions are frequently viewed as the gauge for the achievements of an individual. Firstly, this essay will discuss how having a lot of money can be a benchmark for achievement and secondly, discuss how a person can be seen as accomplished.

On the one hand, when a person has accrued a vast amount of wealth, this is often shown through their belongings or property. Owning a large property or many properties, the latest cars and other material possessions can show the world that you are successful. Being able to show your achievements through your good fortune, can propel you into a different class and do things that not everyone is able to do. For example, Virgin CEO Richard Branson's success was documented by Forbes magazine in 2017, as he was able to purchase more than one private island in the Carribean that year. In my opinion, I believe that success through business can easily be gauged by the amount of wealth one has.

On the other hand, in my view, accomplishments can be also seen in different forms. It is true that money can gauge success, although there are also other factors to consider. Successful people are generally positive, motivated, enthusiastic and problem solvers. They take risks because they know that to further themselves, reaching goals and realising aspirations takes hard work, determination and not being scared of failure. For instance, The Economist in 2017 reported that 80% of successful business leaders had positive outlooks and saw themselves as risk takers. 

In conclusion, it is a fact that having a large amount of money can measure one's achievements, however, in order to get to that stage in life, people also need to realise the determining factors that makes a person become a success. 

(Word count - 293 / Band score 8)


  • Task Achievement - The essay provides an answer to the question asked, supported by relevant examples.
  • Coherence and Cohesion - The answer has been divided into clear logical paragraphs and each main body paragraph only has one main idea. There are cohesive links between the main body paragraphs.
  • Lexical Resource - There is evidence of a wide range of vocabulary, with no errors in the text.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy - The answer has no grammatical errors. The sentences have a wide range of structures. 

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