IELTS Discussion Essay Sample 7 - Government

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 >>

There are numbers of men and women who insist for the administration to allocate funds for space exploration while some believe that there are more important projects that need to be addressed.  Firstly this essay will discuss the reasons for space voyaging and secondly, the detrimental effects of allocating funds for this exploration.

On the one hand, space is a mysterious place, that requires large amounts of money to explore. The government and many people all over the world think that there are other kinds of species that dwell in the far galaxy. They believe that providing funds for space exploration is needed and vital in developing the future of our own planet. For instance, a report from NASA in 2016 revealed that there is a government funded scheme that allocates more than 30% of taxpayers money to further space exploration programmes.

On the other hand, building a spacecraft that can travel through space needs millions of dollars. This can dissolve the budget set aside for more important projects that could help the world to improve its condition. The time that they spend on space exploration is no joke, as many astronauts often stay 10 years or more to study the galaxy and since that’s unfamiliar territory the chances of experiencing malfunctions or encountering danger are far greater. For example, an article by the Space Explorer in 2016 revealed that only 3 out of 10 of Russia’s space explorations missions are successful.

In my opinion, I believe that although it is interesting to know if there are other forms of life living on the other planets, we should give our time and invest our money into more important problems that our world is experiencing now. Problems like famine, climate change and population explosion are the ones that we need to address in order to heal the earth. For instance, a study by the World Wildlife Fund in 2017 discovered that by the year 2030 more and more species of animals will be extinct if people do not change their lifestyle and habits.

In conclusion, space exploration can wait. We should first take care and heal the only planet that we are living in for this is the only place that we are sure can sustain our race.

(Word count - 377 / 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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