Topics for essays

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100 IELTS Essay Questions

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.

Below essay questions are organised:

  1. Topics: the topics are listed in alphabetical order
  2. Types: the essay questions are divided into Opinion, Discussion, Adv/Disadv, Solution & Direct Questions Essays.
  3. 2018 questions
  4. Recent questions

1) 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.

  • Art (5 essay questions)
  • Business & Money (17 essay questions)
  • Communication & Personality (17 essay questions)
  • Crime & Punishment (12 essay questions)
  • Education (17 essay questions)
  • Environment (12 essay questions)
  • Family & Children (8 essay questions)
  • Food & Diet (8 essay questions)
  • Government (6 essay questions)
  • Health (9 essay questions)
  • Housing (4 essay questions)
  • Language (2 essay questions)
  • Leisure (1 essay question)
  • Media & Advertising (12 essay questions)
  • Reading (5 essay questions)
  • Society (10 essay questions)
  • Space Exploration (3 questions)
  • Sport & Exercise (6 essay questions)
  • Technology (6 essay questions)
  • Tourism (6 essay questions)
  • Transport (7 essay questions)
  • Work (16 essay questions)

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2) 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.

3) 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.

4) 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.

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Environment Essay Titles

Below are examples of IELTS Environmental writing task 2 questions.

Human activity has had a negative impact on plants and animals around the world. Some people think that this cannot be changed, while others believe actions can be taken to bring about a change.

Discuss both and give your opinion. (Reported 2017, Academic Test)

It is often said that governments spend too much money on projects to protect wildlife, while there are other problems that are more important?

Do you agree or disagree? (Reported 2017, GT Test)

Some people think the best way to solve global environmental problems is to increase the cost of fuel.

To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Reported 2017, Academic Test)

Some people think an international car-free day is an effective way to reduce air pollution. Others think there are more effective ways do to this.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion. (Reported 2017, Academic Test)

While some people consider global warming to be the most pressing environmental problem which we have at the moment, others believe that deforestation has a more devastating impact on our world.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

The government should reduce the amount of money spent on local environmental problems and instead increase funding into urgent and more threatening issues such as global warming.

To what extent do you agree?

With increasing populations and ever growing urban centers, many countries are losing their natural beauty spots.

What benefits are there to protecting places of natural beauty?

How can this be solved?

Although many people value their public parks, this space could be better used for other purposes such as residential areas for the ever growing population or to develop business and boost economies.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this?

With deforestation, urban development and illegal hunting, many animal species are becoming endangered as they lose their habitat and some are even threatened to the point of extinction.

Do you think it is important to protect animals?

What measures can be taken to deal with this problem?

Global warming is one of the biggest threats to our environment.

What causes global warming?

What solutions are there to this problem?

Both governments and individuals are spending vast amounts of money protecting animals and their habitat. This money could be better spent dealing with fundamental issues in society such as poverty and health care.

To what extent do you agree?

As a result of growth in some urban centers, the environment in those cities is deteriorating.

How could this issue be tackled by both the government and individuals?

Some people think that current environmental issues are global problems and should therefore be dealt with by the government while others believe that these problems can only be tackled by individuals.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Global environmental issues are the responsibility of rich nations not of poorer nations.

Do you agree with this opinion?

Many people believe that global environmental problems should be dealt with internationally rather than domestically.

What is your opinion?

Many animals are being hunted to the brink of extinction in order to fulfil the demand and greed of mankind for decorative purposes as well as for other reasons, such as traditional medicine.

How can this issue be tackled?

Restricting air travel is the only way to prevent air pollution.

Reported essay questions are from students who have taken their IELTS test. These questions may vary slightly in wording from the original question.