Writing Task 2 sample/model answer (Cambridge IELTS 7 Test 1)

Posted by Grant Richardson, 27nd July, 2017

Here is a sample answer I wrote today to Cambridge IELTS 7 Test 1 writing task 2.

Writing Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task

Write about the following topic:

It is generally believed that some people are born with certain talents, for instance for sport or music, and others are not. However, it is sometimes claimed that any child can be taught to become a good sports person or musician.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Sample answer by Grant:

Most people hold the view that some people are born talented in at least one pursuit (such as art, sports, or mathematics) and that others do not possess any such gifts and therefore are destined for a life of mediocrity. Some people, on the other hand, claim that anyone can be trained from an early age to excel in a given area regardless of their innate capabilities. Granted that some people do naturally perform better than most others in a given activity due to their physical characteristics or disposition, it is

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Comments 2

  • That’s a very good essay. Thank you for the sharing.

    I have one question –
    Can the bracket ( ) to be removed in first paragraph and only write the sentence ….. such as art, sport, or mathematics…..? Kindly advice. Thanks

    • Hi Grace,

      Thank you for your feedback and question!

      Yes, commas can be used instead of brackets (also called parentheses):

      … talented in at least one pursuit, such as art, sports, or mathematics, …

      Admittedly, it is not as common to find parenthesis used instead of commas with nonrestrictive “such as” clauses, but they do exist (see below).

      I often opt for parentheses because, to me, they more clearly show that the bracketed information is non-essential information than commas do because commas can serve many other functions than this (separating list items, separating subordinate or coordinate clauses, ending a connective device, etc), and therefore, may require slightly more time for the reader to parse. I prefer to facilitate reader comprehension as much as possible, even though this has been shown to have no correlation on grades awarded for undergraduate university student essays (see study here).

      These pages contain sentences where parentheses are used with “such as” clauses:
      https://www.e-education.psu.edu/styleforstudents/c2_p8.html
      http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com/parentheses.html

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