Sample IELTS Task 2 essay for agree or disagree

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I had written out an outline for this Task 2 question:

Many children these days have an unhealthy lifestyle. Both schools and parents are equally responsible for solving this problem.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

See my outline of ideas here

Here is my sample essay based on that outline.

In the media we often hear or read about the rising trend of children leading unhealthy lifestyles. While many believe both schools and parents share equal responsibility for solving this problem, I disagree and feel that parents are fully responsible for changing the unhealthy lifestyles of their children.

As the main caregiver and educator, parents spend the most time with their children and therefore are the biggest influence on the way their child eats and acts. The best way to solve this is to be a role model for their child, by making healthy choices on what to eat and how much activity or sports they take part in. If a child sees their parent eating vegetables or goes for a walk with them after dinner, their habits will change for the better. Besides, with parents in control of providing the child’s day-to-day food and organizing their child’s free time activities, they are the most effective ones to tackle this problem.

Because the primary purpose of school is to focus on academics and learning development, schools should not be responsible for solving the problem of children’s unhealthy lifestyles. Moreover, with 20 students or more in a classroom, teachers already have a relatively small amount of time with each child to actually influence their decisions on what to eat and what to do. In short, schools would be the least effective because they have no control or means over what each child eats or how they spend their free time.

To sum up, I believe that only parents, rather than parents and schools equally, are responsible for changing children’s unhealthy lifestyles. As primary caregivers and role-models, parents, rather than schools, are closest and most influential to each child.

( 287 words)


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8 comments on “Sample IELTS Task 2 essay for agree or disagree
  1. kram97 says:

    I am just wondering, how would you score for the above sample?

    • Pearl says:

      Hi Kram97, This would be a 9. It’s organized, clear, has supporting details, sentence variety, and topical vocabulary. Good luck with your studies!

  2. Ditte says:


    The question type “to what extent do you agree or disagree” seems rather confusing to me. On the Road To IELTS website, they always present both points of views but is it just as good only to agree or disagree as you have done here?

    Thank you!

    Best wishes,

    • Pearl says:

      I think it’s best to go with what you feel comfortable with and find the easiest to write. If you can come up with two main points to support a complete agree or complete disagree, then do that. If you feel that you have one strong main support for agree and one strong main support for presenting both, then do that. Just make sure that you state in the introduction that you have a balanced view.

      Good luck with your studies!
      Cheers, Pearl

  3. Anish says:

    Hi Pearl,

    I am wondering if it is a good idea to use the “personalization”, words like “I”, “we”, “us” etc. My IELTS teacher suggested me to not use this kind of personal words as it only helps to reduce the band score. In his view, an essay is not confined to a person, it should always target a wide variety of people, hence it is better to avoid to gain more band scores…

    whats you suggestion..please reply


  4. Maxjm Malla says:

    It would be appreciated if you present how to approach introduction of balanced argument of essay. I am really confused that we can use same as you write in this essay or not. You have written while…… I disagree and feel. Is it also suitable for balanced argument?

  5. Rahat says:

    Hi Pearl, can you give a score based on my answer below? Thanks in advance.

    More children at present are having an unhealthy lifestyle than ever before. It’s a common belief that both schools and parents should be equally responsible for improving the situation. In my opinion, while it is true that both parents and schools should work hand in hand to tackle the problem, their responsibilities are not “equal” in any sense.

    First of all, children spend most of their time at home with their parents. It is therefore easier for the parents to monitor their activities and provide guidance as necessary. Furthermore, parents control what the children eat and drink so it should be their responsibility to provide their children with the required nutrition.

    Teachers at schools on the other hand have a relatively large number of children in a typical classroom to look after. Consequently, it is not as easy for them to focus on individual students. Their primary goal is to provide academic knowledge and it is unreasonable to expect them to spend a considerable proportion of their time to improve their pupils’ health without impairing the quality of that primary objective. Teachers also cannot control what the children do when they are not in school. Their efforts therefore are likely to be less effective than those of the parents.

    This, however, does not mean that schools are entirely free from their responsibilities. The teachers would normally possess more expertise on various health issues than the parents. They should keep a passive eye on the lifestyles of their students and give advice to both the students and their parents as they feel necessary. They should consult with the parents from time to time to ensure everything is in order.

    To sum up, I believe that although schools have some responsibilities with regards to improving their pupils’ lifestyle, they are far from being equal to those of the parents.

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