Below are sample IELTS essay questions to help you prepare for writing task 2. 100 questions are organised under common topics which frequently come in writing task 2 and other questions are organised by the type of IELTS essay. The questions are similar to those that appear in the IELTS test.
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.
Common IELTS Essay Questions
IELTS essay questions divided by topic.
- 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)
- 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)
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.
- Opinion Essay Questions
- Discussion Essay Questions
- Solution Essay Questions
- Direct Questions Essay Titles
- Advantage / Disadvantage Essay Questions
2017 IELTS Essay Questions
You can see past exam questions this year (2017) for IELTS writing task 2 on this page: IELTS Essay Questions 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
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