IELTS Discussion Essay Sample 1 - Education

In this post, we will look at a discussion 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 >>

Many individuals believe that the government must finance free education for all while others consider that people should pay for their college education. I believe that if possible the government authorities ought to support the education of its people. Firstly, this essay will discuss the benefits of a government paid education and secondly the main advantage of paying for your own university diploma.

On the one hand, the cost of education is very expensive and for most students, this means that they cannot finish their higher education. This is true for most third world countries because most of its citizens cannot even provide for their own family nevermind their education. Being able to have your diploma provided by the government without any cost can help a family to survive the demanding world, as this can lead to a professional job that can benefit the economic status of a country. For instance, a study from The University of The Philippines in 2016 reported that 96% of its student scholars had landed a professional job that helped provide for their families.

On the other hand, paying for your own college education can be very motivating. This can help you realize that you are able to reach your goals by yourself, thus this can boost your confidence and so that you recognize you can overcome all difficulties that life may give you. In addition, you can also be an inspiration not only to your family but also to your community because of your achievement. For example, ABS-CBN in 2016 reported that 90 % of working college students are more productive and have a more positive outlook on life versus unemployed college students.

In my opinion, I agree that the government should give free education at all levels. This can help decrease the growing number of unemployed workers because a college degree is an asset to land the job of your dreams in order to help you provide for your family.  For instance, the Government of The Philippines reported in 2016 that 98% of their scholarship students had finished their college degree as opposed to 60% of students with regular tuition fees.

In conclusion, students need all the help they can get in order to survive in the job market and obtaining a college degree is one way of attaining the career, whether it is free or not people should be given some motivation to work hard for their goals. 

(Word count - 406 / 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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