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IELTS Essay Questions Jan & Feb 2019

Below is a list of IELTS essay questions reported 2019 (Jan & Feb). These essay questions are not prediction. They are essay questions that IELTS candidates reported in their tests. Topics are often repeated with essay questions reworded and with a different focus.

You should use these essay questions to prepare ideas for topics. Your aim is NOT to memorise an essay. You cannot use memorised sentences or paragraphs in your essay.

IELTS Essay Questions Jan & Feb 2019

  1. People sleep less than before in many countries. Why do people sleep less? What effect does it have on an individually and  on society?
  2. Some people think that government is wasting money on the arts, and that this money could be spent elsewhere. To what extent do you agree with this view?
  3. Many people try to look younger than their age. What are the reasons people do this. Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing?
  4. Some countries spend a lot of money to make bicycle usage easier. Why is this? Is this the best solution to traffic congestion?
  5. Plastic shopping bags contribute to the pollution of land and sea. Some people think they should be banned. Do you agree or disagree?
  6. Some people think that watching sport is a waste of leisure time. Do you agree or disagree?
  7. If a product is sold and people buy it, then advertising is not necessary and can be considered a kind of entertainment. Do you agree or disagree with this?
  8. Economic growth is the only way to end world poverty. However, some people says it leads to environment damage and should be stopped. To what extent do you agree?
  9. Eating too much sugar is harmful for our health. Some people think that it is government responsibility to limit people’s sugar consumption, while others think that it is an individual’s responsibility to limit the amount of sugar they eat. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  10. Nowadays, many people spend less and less time at home.
    What are the causes of this? What are the effects of this on individuals and on society.
  11. Some people believe that children should be given lessons on how to manage money in the school. Do you agree or disagree?
  12. Some people think that a good diet and exercise are not necessary for a health and long life. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  13. Some people say that schools do not do enough to teach young people about health. Do you agree or disagree?

  14. Some people believe that in order for a hobby to be enjoyable, it needs to be difficult in some way. Do you agree or disagree?
  15. Some people say that holding sport competitions can cause problems for the host country. Others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  16. Some people think that public libraries are no longer important, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  17. The government should make people take responsibility for their actions to the environment. To what extent do you agree?
  18. Some people think watching movies is a waste of time. Do you agree or disagree?
  19. Recently, it is common for people not to know their neighbours. What is the cause of this problem?  What can be done to solve this problem?
  20. Some people believe that the museums and historic sites should be open for free for children under 18. Do you agree or disagree?
  21. Some parents think that advertisements are misleading for children, while advertisers claim that they provide knowledge. Give your opinion.
  22. Films and games can be accessed at any time from mobile devices, like smartphones, tablets and laptop computers. Do the advantages of such developments outweigh the disadvantages?
  23. The gap between rich and poor is increasing. What problems does it cause? What solutions can you suggest?
  24. Some people prefer to buy local products, while others prefer international products. What is your opinion of this?
  25. Many people are choosing to find information online rather than in books. Is this development positive or negative?
  26. Some people say that children given pocket money every week will have fewer money problems when they become adults. Do you agree or disagree?
  27. Some people say that family is the most powerful influence in a child’s development. Other’s say that other factors such as ( television friends music etc. ) play a greater role today. Discuss both views and give your opinion
  28. Most people prefer ready to eat ready meals rather than homemade food these days. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
  29. For many people, the reason they work hard is to earn money. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  30. Many people believe that advertising can have negative effects on customers. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  31. Some young people are leaving the countryside to live in cities and towns, leaving only old people in countryside? What problems does this cause? What can be done to solve this problem?
  32. Some people think high-end technology can prevent and cut down the rate of committing crime. Do you agree or disagree?
  33. People should be responsible for the pollution problems caused by transportation, while others think the government should be held accountable. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  34. People doing different jobs enjoy different amount of holiday time. Should people have the same amount of holiday time? Give your opinion.
  35. Some people say students of different age groups in school should be put in same class.What is your opinion?
  36. Some people feel that teacher training courses can make anyone a teacher, while others feel an excellent teacher cannot be made by pursuing a course. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  37. Money should be spent on creating new public buildings, such as museums and town halls, rather than renovating existing ones. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
  38. Some people think the money spent in developing technology for space exploration is not justified. There are more beneficial ways to spend this money. To what extend do yo agree or disagree?
  39. Some people think that the best way to learn is from a newspaper. Others think that the best way to learn is through media.
    Discuss each views and your opinion.
  40. Some people said that with the help of parenting and child development courses parents can improve the life of children.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  41. Today people are living longer so they should have to work longer. Do you agree or disagree?
  42. Many people think that we have to focus on the extinction of certain animal species, while others think that we should pay attention to the problem of human beings. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  43. Some people think that a high salary is important when choosing a company to work for, while others think that a good working atmosphere is more important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  44. Lots of people are throwing away food. What are the reasons for this and how can food wastage be reduced?
  45. Sometimes people think that young people should be encouraged to leave their family at certain age, while others think that it’s better for them to remain with their families. What is your view?
  46. Employers should focus on personal qualities over qualifications and experience when choosing someone for a job. To what extent do you agree with this?
  47. An increasing number of people are buying what they need online. What are the advantages and disadvantages.

Topics Review

Below you will find the list of topics relating to the questions above. You can see that some topics appear more than once in the IELTS writing task 2 test. This means topics can be repeated, but the essay question is phrased differently. 

  1. People x 3
  2. Art
  3. Transport
  4. Buildings 
  5. Environment x 3
  6. Sport x 2
  7. Advertising x 2
  8. World Issues & Society x 3
  9. Food x 3
  10. Society x 3
  11. Health x 2
  12. Money & Business x 3
  13. Leisure Time x 2
  14. Reading & Books
  15. Media x 3
  16. Tourism 
  17. Technology x 2
  18. Work x 5
  19. Crime
  20. Education x 2
  21. Space 
  22. Family x 2
  23. Animals

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  1. Hi Liz,
    Your website is wonderful and helped me alot. Just wanted to check what would be my score if I speak fluently but rate of speech is high.

    Thanks in advance

    • http://Liz says

      Do you mean you speak fast? There are no rules about the speed you should speak at. If you speak so slow that the examiner struggles to understand what you mean, it will result in a low score for fluency. If you speak so fast that the examiner can’t understand, it will also result in a low score for fluency. It is about being understood. Make sure that the person you are speaking to is able to follow what you say.

      • As per what I see , examiner was able to comprehend what ever I say. I was a little nervous during the test but still managed to speak fluently with few natural fillers. Hope to get good grades then.

        Another question, I heard lot of people complaint that idp do not let you pass in first attempt. How far do you agree?
        Thanks in advance

        • http://Liz says

          I recommend you never listen to gossip. The examiner has no idea about your past test results when they grade. It is complete nonsense.

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  3. http://Nizam says

    Mam when will we get E-book, hopefully this month.
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  4. http://Chi says

    Many thanks Ms Liz.
    Writing task 2 is my biggest fear.
    Gob bless you.

  5. http://TonyM says

    Thank you so much Liz. They are going to be extremely useful, because I’m planning to take the IELTS test very soon, and I’m pretty sure that I will be able to get the band score that I’m looking for. Thanks for this important information. God bless you!

  6. http://Monalisa%20Chifamba says

    Thanks a lot Liz

  7. http://loveth%20ogonna says

    This questions are indeed helpful as i prepare to write my exams in April

  8. http://Greatman says

    Hi liz,you are God sent from above. Thank you for essay questions month of Jan & feb2019. I pray the Lord continue granting you more wisdom to continue your work.

  9. http://Youness says

    Thank you so much teacher Liz . I am so lucky to come across your Youtube channel. Your way of explaining the lessons is attractive and helpful. You have a heart of GOLD.
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  10. http://Ngong%20jude says

    Question 10 says “nowadays people spend less and less time at home” the causes and effects on individuals and society. Just wish to understand something here at the level of “spend less” and “less time” are these two things to tackle or it’s one

    • “less and less” = less. It is repeated in order to stress “less”. We use the same “more and more” = more.

  11. http://Ramim%20Bin%20Quraishi says

    Many thanks Liz. Pretty much appreciated!!

  12. http://navpreet%20kaur says

    Thanks mam to share these latest topics

  13. http://Danushika%20Sewwandi says

    I’am learning IELTS from your website.It’s really helpful lessons to me .I am sittingfor my IELTS exam in the next june . thank you very much for helping me………

  14. http://peace says

    Goodmorning Ma’am, thank for uploading this topics. I have been following you for long now. i will be testing next month. Wish me luck

  15. http://Sharmeen says

    Thanks a lot LIZ…

  16. Took test on 23rd February
    Speaking part 2 question was on any party you attended
    Fav movie star and related questions were also there.
    Writing section : lack of sleep is a major issue these days .explain the reasons for it and it’s impact on society

  17. http://Théoneste says

    Thank you so much Liz, I really appreciate what you have done

  18. Thank you for uploading as the speaking questions you put up was very useful. I went through them and my part 2 question today was no.31 on your list.
    I will try to practise these ones as well.
    Thank you for the good work.

  19. http://Nabila says

    Thank you Liz for compiling the questions.

  20. Here an essay that appeared in january 2019

    Some people think that animal testing should be done on drugs meant for human consumption, and others think it should not be. Discu
    ss both views and give your opinion.

  21. I’m learning IELTS from your website … It’s really helpful to me . Your advanced writing is perfect. Thanks a lot … I’m going to sit the exam on May … wish me …

  22. Some people think that government is wasting money on art that could be spent elsewhere. To what extent do you agree with this view?
    What does art mean here?thanks Liz

    • In this case, it means “the arts”. The arts refers to all forms of artistic work: painters, dancers, singers, galleries etc.

  23. Thanks a lot, for being such a nice person.

  24. http://Amarilda says

    Thank you Liz for your help!

    I am taking Ielts this Saturday,please wish me luck,as i really need it🙏

    All the best! 🙂

  25. Hello Mam ! Is this list for general training applicants or only for academic ?

  26. http://Jiyun%20kim says

    Thank you for helping us. These questions will be my next peacticing topics to know better current trends.

  27. http://Rania says

    Thank you so much Liz for your effort. Your website is really beneficial.

  28. Thanks for the update Liz

  29. http://Najeebullah says

    Dear Ms. Liz,
    Thanks a lot from your efforts and we will never forget it.

  30. http://Meenakshi says

    I understand this is the consolidated list for the months of Jan and Feb. Is there any trend new questions will be released for the month of March? What is the probability?

    • You cannot predict writing task 2 questions or topics. You can only prepare recent trends and common topics – that is the most you can do to prepare.

  31. http://Sameer says

    Thanks Liz for your help , I wish you best of luck in all your life endeavors

  32. http://Samir says

    Thank you Liz for your help , I appreciate this and I wish you best of luck in all your life endeavors . Am sitting for my IELTS in the next two months wish me well pls

  33. http://Raima says

    Thank you so much for ur kindness

  34. http://Paulina says

    Thanks Liz! Much appreciated!

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