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Essay Topics For Ielts Academic Reading

Below are sample IELTS essay questions and topics reported by IELTS students in writing task 2. The 100 essay questions have been reworded and are organised under common topics which frequently come in IELTS writing task 2.

At the bottom of the page, I’ve put some essay questions for you to practice each type of essay: opinion, discussion etc. These are practice essay questions to prepare ideas, not for full exam practice.

IELTS often use the similar topics for their essays but change the essay question. In order to prepare well for writing task 2, you should prepare ideas for common topics and then practice applying them to the tasks given (to the essay questions). Also see model essays and tips for writing task 2.

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Common IELTS Essay Questions

IELTS practice essay questions divided by topic. These topics have been reported by IELTS students in their tests. Essay questions have been recreated as accurately as possible.

IELTS Essay Questions by Essay Type

There are 5 main types of essay questions in IELTS writing task 2 (opinion essays, discussion essay, advantage/disadvantage essays, solution essay and direct question essays). Click on the links below to see some sample essay questions for each type.

2018 IELTS Essay Questions

You can see recent essay questions reported by students in Jan 2018, here: Jan 2018 Essay Questions. For 2017, see these links: IELTS Essay Questions 2017. Essay questions for December 2017.

Recent Exam Questions

A page of recent questions in all sections of the IELTS test reported by students. Although the words in the essay questions can be changed, the issues and topics often remain the same.

Main IELTS Pages

Develop your IELTS skills with tips, model answers lessons, videos and more.

Took the test today, sao paulo – general training

Task 1
Questions about meal time, if I ever changed my diet, if I like to eat out and whth whom…
Part II
Talk about a place in your country that is not popular with tourist, say where is the place, why it is not popular and why you think it ahould be popular
Part III
Some questions about turism, popular places in your country, why they are popular, what makes a place popular with tourists and so on.

Ps. All of those questiona were already on this forum!!! Great help to go trough all of the comments!

1 – write a letter to your manager explaining why you were late for work for several days
– say you are sorry
– explain the situation with transportation
– give suggestions of how you intend to fix it

2 – Some people thinks that dangerous sports should be banned. Do you agree of desagree with this statement?

Listening – there was a part with a strong australian accent, if you are not used it could be hard. Another part it was a discussion of 2 students talking about the classes they are planning on enrolling next semester – listen to the whole audio before answering, most questions were tricky. One of the guys sad one thing at fist (some might think this is the answer) than the other corrected! This happened many times during the listening test.

Reading – pretty easy! 4 texts
1 about 5 different houses than you had to match each house with a description, all the descriptions were synonyms and paraphrasing from the fist text
2 an airline instruction form, explaining the lenguage test their employees need to take, true of false questions. Ps. there was one tricky question, on the text it said you needed a private tutor, on the question it sad private tuition, which makes it false, Many people got this one wrong bc they didnt pay attention at this detail.
3 one very long text about procrastination (2 pages) match each paragraph with the main topic give, and many other questions about this text, again all of them using a lot os synonyms.
4 simple text about australian visa and questions of what the text sad, like which visa needed payment, who didnt need visa, how long one could work with a visa… again all synonyms and paraphrasing so it is not that obvious!

Hope this helps someone, the comments people left here for sure helped me on the speaking, since I had already listened and studied all of the questions they made!
Thank you Liz and all the other students!