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.
In IELTS Writing Task 2 you will be given 40 minutes to write 250 words or more in response to a given essay prompt. The Task 2 essay is worth two thirds of the points for your writing score the IELTS, so it’s a very important piece of the exam.
Here at Magoosh we highly recommend that students take practice tests to prepare for the real thing. But we also understand how tough it can be to score your own essays — after all, there isn’t a straightforward answer key when it comes to writing!
With this in mind, we’re offering you the opportunity to submit an Task 2 Essay you have written, and we will give one lucky student a detailed analysis of their essay, and feedback on how specifically they can improve!
And keep scrolling down for a full video transcript. 🙂
Hi, I’m Elliot, the IELTS expert from Magoosh and I’ve got an exciting opportunity for you with this video because here at Magoosh we are offering you an opportunity to write a sample task two essay or submit one that you’ve already written before and we will offer one lucky winner feedback.
So we’ll choose one out of the responses we get and give you a full set of feedback letting you know how well you did, what kind of score you could expect, and what kind of things you could do to improve on your essay, okay?
So here’s the idea.
Go ahead and search through if you have been preparing for the IELTS for a while, it’s possible, it’s probable you have some essays written already.
Choose your best one or choose one that you would like to possibly get some feedback on, and all you need to do is copy and paste it in the comments below this video and you’re entered.
That’s all you need to do.
If you don’t have an essay, or if you’d like to write a new one, you can go if you look at the link at the bottom in the text box there, and you can click on that link and go to a sample question that you can write about.
You can use that as your question.
Write a new essay and take that, copy and paste it into the comments section below this video, and then you are entered if you choose to go that route.
So good luck and I can’t wait to read the winning essay.
Looking for more IELTS Writing Task 2 practice? Check out our free Complete Guide to IELTS Task 2! And don’t forget to comment. 🙂