Task 2 Discussion Essay Sample (Student Rewards)

This question came up last weekend in Vietnam. Below is a sample answer. What band score would you give it?


Remember that the examiner will give you marks for four different areas:

  • Task Achievement
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

For more information on how IELTS task 2 is marked, take a look at our article that explains the difference between band 5 and band 8. 

I will provide the band score and the examiner’s report in a few days.

Some people think that students who achieve the best academic results should be rewarded. Others believe it is more important to reward students who show improvement.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

It is often argued that pupils with the highest grades should be honoured, while others feel those who improve the most should be commended. This essay will discuss both points of view and argue that those who attain the highest marks should get the rewards, followed by a reasoned conclusion.

Many support the view that only the top students should get recognition in the form of rewards. They think that this is only fair and that excellence and hard work should be recognised. This essay agrees with this view because it incentivises learners to strive to be the best and fosters healthy competition. For example, in the United Kingdom’s top universities, like Oxford and Cambridge, many professors publish exam results publicly to increase motivation.

Alternatively, others advocate commending those who develop the most over a term or school year. They believe that this encourages those who are closer to the bottom of the class to get better and takes into account that not everyone can be top of the class. This essay disagrees with this view because it encourages mediocrity and is unfair to those students who have worked hard to achieve academic distinction.

In summary, although there are strong arguments to recognise students for improving, it is more important to give the high achievers the accolades in the interests of fairness and the spirit of excellence.

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  1. Romeo says

    I think that there is one mistake when it comes to criteria. It should be ” Task Response” as opposed to ” Task Achievement” for writing task 2. Am I right? Otherwise, it is the same or not.


  2. farhana says

    This essay contains all the essence of a band 9 essay but it does not fulfil the mimimum word limit hence band score will suffer for task achievement.Other than that excellent essay!

  3. quark909 says

    Hi Chris,

    If you have the luxury of time, can you comment on this? and what band score would you give? Thanks in advance.

    It is often argued whether students who gain excellent marks on academics should be more deserving of rewards rather than those who exemplify improvements. It is agreed that both type of students are deserving of such recognition. This essay will discuss both points of view followed by a reasoned conclusion.

    Success in studies does not happen overnight, and it requires perseverance and passion for excellence. For a student to reach high marks at school, means it is a product of consistent hardwork and love for ones’ dreams and ambition to be on top. That is to say, most students who have been included in the honors society have sacrificed a lot, to be deserving of such accolades. For example, a friend of mine who graduated on top of her class, never fails to spend at least two hours of daily library research, in addition to extra studying hours up to half past midnight on weekends.

    On the other hand, there are students who are not consistent achievers at first, but because of perseverance as well, have worked their way through and have displayed better performance. That is to say, although they did not land on the honors section, they refuse to give up, until they have improved. For instance, my nephew on the first grading period gets a grade of 76 in Vocabulary. She is not satisfied and have started a study plan to read every night for 1 hour. As a result, her grades increases to 86 after four months.

    In conclusion, academic rewards are deserved by those students who has the passion, patience and ability not to give up despite the difficulties of studying. These characteristics are possessed by these two type of students, which makes them earned equal rights to be highly recognized by their institution.

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