Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Here’s an example IELTS Writing Task 2 question:

Society’s idea of social status seems to be changing these days.

How far do you agree or disagree?

Remember- if the question says ‘agree or disagree’, write an argument essay!

That’s the only way to address all parts of the question, which you must do to score highly in Task Response.



  • The Introduction should introduce the topic, introduce both sides, and give a thesis statement.
  • Then, in the first Body paragraph, you can say something like this:
    • There will always be those who consider flashy and expensive items a reflection of their self-worth. After all, designers such as Gucci and Chanel are obviously not going out of business. This can be seen in the Pearl District of Portland, where extremely put-together women in yoga pants are also sporting overtly ostentatious wealth through jewelry and cars. In fact, just one of their vehicles costs more than most people’s annual salaries.

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  • In paragraph 3, you could say:
    • However, I do feel that society’s perspective of status is evolving. According to one PSU study, over 90% of those aged 16 to 35 now feel that status is based on action, not materialism. For instance, there has been a significant growth in the number of volunteers in our local homeless shelters in the last 5 years. Citizens are now donating more and more time and money than before, and, here at least, are more likely to buy a bicycle than and outrageous SUV.
  • Finally, in the Conclusion, reiterate your opinion and provide your opinion on the future of this issue.


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