IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions January 2018

Below are some IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions used in January 2018 so far. These topics are not predictions. No one can predict your topic. These questions have been reported by IELTS students in their test.

To prepare for IELTS writing task 2, you need to prepare both trending topics (below) and also common essay questions: see my 100 essay questions.

January 2018 IELTS Essay Questions

IELTS writing task 2 questions reported so far this month. I will continue to add topics when students report them.

  1. The tendency of human beings to copy one another is shown in the popularity of fashion clothes and consumer goods. To what extent do you agree?
  2. Some countries encourage teenagers to have part-time job and see it as a good thing, while others disagree. Give your opinion and explain both views.
  3. Some people think it is more beneficial to play sports that are played in teams, e.g. football. However, some people think it is more beneficial to play individual sports, e.g. tennis and swimming. Discuss about both views and give your own opinion.
  4. In many cities today, most people live in large apartment blocks. Does this kind of accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages?
  5. Some people consider price as most important thing to consider when buying a product (such as a cell phone) or a service (e.g. medical treatment). Do you agree or disagree?
  6. Some people think it is a good thing for senior management positions to have very high salaries compared to other workers of the same company or organisation. To what extent do you agree?
  7. Many people prefer to spend money and not save it. What are the reasons? Is this a positive or negative development?
  8. Companies use a variety of methods to improve the sales of their products. What are those methods? Which is the most effective method?
  9. Nowadays, people living in large cities face many problems in their daily lives. What are these problems? Do you think the government should encourage people to move to smaller towns?
  10.  Science tells us about the activities which are good for our health and others which are bad. Millions of people all over the world knows this and still do unhealthy activities. Why do you think this is and what can be done to change it?
  11. Maintaining public libraries is a waste of money since computer technology is now replacing their functions. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
  12. Some people become famous at young age. Is it good thing or bad thing ?

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  1. I had LWR ON 20th jan . Ahmedabad Gujarat India
    Task 1 = review on new theater by general customer and club members
    Task 2 = some people think government should not spend money on international aid because its led unemployment and homeless in our own country . Give your opinion . Agree or disagree.

  2. Manraj Singh says:

    Hey liz! I have my IELTS exam tomorrow and I have one question can I use “To recapitulate” instead of using “to conclude or in conclusion”?
    Is it better to use this word rather than using common words ?
    and can you please give me some tips and suggestions for my IELTS exam I am very nervous. If you can that would be very helpful.
    Thank you!

  3. Preet kaur says:

    Hlo mam i take my speaking 18 jan my tipic is stay healthy activity ,,.mt examiner was very frankly nd keep smiling on her face too much that ia good or not😩

  4. Preet kaur says:

    My cue card is stay healthy activity

  5. part 1 presents and gifts
    part 3 customer services

  6. describe a time when u get good service from shopy or company

  7. Hi! y-y I had a speaking exam. 17th January, 2018.
    Part 1: hometown, names, meals
    Part 2: describe a national product that are made in your country
    Part 3: questions about national products
    By the way, I’m from Uzbekistan. Good luck!

  8. Ravi Kumar says:

    Hi Liz,
    my query is for question n. 8.
    it has asked
    1- methods of improving sales.
    2- which is most effective.
    so BP1 will discuss advertisement
    BP2 will discuss regarding discount
    and BP3 will talk about customers feedback which is the most effective method in my opinion
    Is this the right way to structure my paras for this essay type.
    please reply asap, i have myLRW on 20th Jan.

    • There is actually no right or wrong way. One way is to have all the possible methods in one paragraph and then have another paragraph which explains why the one you choose is the best. Another way is the way you have described above. The examiner does not give a better score for one or the other. The examiner is testing logical organisation and both are organised and logical.

  9. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for being so helpful for us
    I planned to give my exam next month enshaallah, so I wold like to ask about the the question when asks about explain the both ideas and give your opinion is that mean to explain the both ideas equally ? Thanks a lot

  10. Hi Liz, for somebody planning to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry Federal Skilled Workers programme,what band score should I be aiming for in IELTS? Please reply,thank you so much.

  11. Hello Liz,

    I am one of the many people that have benefited from your excellent tutorials and I just want to say thank you. I only wish I had known of your site earlier as I only realized how rich your tutorials are few days to my test. Regardless of that, it made a huge difference in my test score as I had an overall band of 7. If I had started my preparations with your site I’m sure that I would have done better. This was first attempt and I had 7, that’s good enough for me at this stage. Thanks and God bless you richly for your good work.

  12. The 8th question was in my Ielts in the 13th of january. I’m from Kazakhstan

  13. Madelyn Manicat says:

    Hi Liz,
    It’s my first time to undergo reviews and if will
    be ready by April this year, also my first time to take Acad IELTS. Your teachings and advices really help a lot during my reviews.
    Question, is it advisable to memorize some prepositions and vocabularies?

    Thanks Liz. 😊

    • It is advisable to review your English vocabulary and review your grammar – it is an English language test. Learning tips and techniques is not enough – also review your English.

  14. Hi Liz!
    Can we add famous quotes as in “….” in our academic writing task 2?

  15. i am new to this exam and i really need help especially listening, speaking and writing for 9 band

  16. Hi Liz, my writing was about COMPETITIVENESS. Some people see it as a positive thing while others think it is negative. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of competitiveness and how having it have applied/affected on your practical experience.

  17. Hi exam on 18 Jan so please give me some speaking tips for 8 band

  18. Hi Liz,
    In this kind of question “scientists say that in the future humanity will speak the same language. Do you think this is a positive or negative social development?”, is it required to give an opinion or discuss one side or both sides? I’m asking because of the “or”.
    Thank you.

    • It is asking you to choose “positive OR negative” – it’s your opinion. If you see “give advs AND disadvs” you know to list both. Yes, you are right 🙂

  19. blessing c says:

    Hi Liz;

    Please proof read my write up

    question 6

    Position occupied in a company , determines the level of salary received. Even though some people disagree in amount of salary paid to workers of different levels, i agreed that management staff should received higher salaries than other staff of lower categories due
    to their office occupied with the experience acquired and qualification.

    every organisation has a payment polices for each category.such payment details are stated in human resources policy. it is the duty of this department to a portion what salary to received from the company to each office which are always based on the level of experience acquired such as the post of operational manager, office of the managing director, the financial controller and office of the management .Note that each of these offices has a required working experience attached to the office; which means that their salaries are higher than the another based on their hierarchy. Put differently, category of office in an organisation received different salaries as compared to ordinary workers.

    Qualification is one of the yardstick that determined the salary received from the employer. workers who acquired different certification generally ,A qualified accountant received different payment as compared with ordinary accountant or bookkeeper or cashier; their payment is obviously different from each other
    the salary of First degree holder is not same with ordinary National Diploma [ OND]
    likes the office of the Managing director is far as compare to operational managing. therefore attract different payment from same company.

    In Summary ,i strongly agrees that senior management received higher payment than others .this is as result of importance the company attached to the office and experience recevied

  20. Mohab M. Elnaggar says:

    Hi Liz,
    Firstly, thank you so much for being helpful. I really appreciate your efforts.

    I have a question regarding question 4 about large apartment blocks. Do I have to give my opinion?
    I’m confused because a teacher told me that this type of essay questions requires giving my opinion although the question isn’t asking for it.

  21. blessing c says:

    Thanks a lot, Liz

    please edit my write up. i have exams on 20th jan.

    question 7
    Spending is a habit that are that are developed over time.Some people choose to spend rather saving it depends on the habit built up .In my view, spending is inevitable especially when it is within the budgeted list such as basic personal needs and social needs.
    Despite the unnecessary spending of personal wants, some needs are inevitable in individual lives, such as clothing, food and shelter. In the society today, covering of once nakedness is paramount without it the public will see you as once who is insane .More over, providing food and shelter is necessary due health implication and security reasons.
    I spent money on food, clothing and pay for my house rent which is vital in life , if not done whom do i expect to take care me? Therefore ,I strongly agrees that spend should be within basic needs in order to live a healthy life.

    lives in the society varies , some are of high ,medium and low class, as each person will like live within its social class. Living in a particular social class attract some cost such as spending moderately or immoderately . The son of the President will lives like billionaire as compare to the son of a public servant or farmer .the President son’s is most likely to spend more than its Senator’s Son, and far above the son of public servant of farmer as case may be.To their class such spending is vital in order to maintain that social level.

    In a nutshell, i quite agree that some people spend money rather than save it due to their personal needs and social class in lives.

  22. Hi Liz,
    I am confuse in question 7. What does it mean spend of money ? Doesn’t mean excess spend? Do I consider it extreme case of spending or saving?

  23. Hi Liz,
    congratulations for your site. It looks very useful for everybody who is keen to pass the IELTS.
    D0 you have any online lessons about paraphrasing? I mean to purchase.

    Thanks a lot and good luck with the sie.

  24. Shilpa Sharma says:

    I got last topic in my writing task 2 in canada. Many people spend money not save it .

  25. Liz classes very useful for me

  26. hi liz
    thanks for your great lessons

  27. HI LIZ
    thank you for your great lessons.I would like to ask you, minimum ielts band score do i need so that i can apply to the university of UK or USA to get an admission.

    thank you

    • You need to check the admission for each individual university. On the whole, it is around band 6 for undergraduates. But make sure you check!

  28. Hey Liz,
    I had the first question in my ielts test and I agreed that people copy each other and i supported my agreement by mentioning celebrities and social networks in my outline! Now, does that satisfy my task acheivement!!

    • Task Response is not only about the main ideas you use but also how you present them to form an opinion. Furthermore, it is about how you develop those ideas. Certainly people copy each other due to media pressure as they want to follow celebrities – it is one way to support your opinion.

  29. Hi liz!

    In the essay question regarding big block apartments, by this they mean high rise building, luxury apartments, or communities which have number of buildings with high living standard..?? As in this section i wrote about the communities which have buildings and all the amenities in it… please guide!

    • A block means a building. A block of apartments means a building of apartments. A big block of flats is a high rise building.

      • Okafor Chinazor says:

        Hello Liz,

        Please this is still not clear. What was asked was on large apartment blocks. Is it that the buildings have large flats/apartments or that the buildings itself is large. Please explain.


    • Hi,
      I wrote about apartments in general and my view was that living in apartments had more advantages than disadvantages.

  30. I have also been preparing for IELTS and your effortless approach to make all things easier for me. Specially paraphrasing lessons and reading tips.

  31. Mohamed Gouda Mohamed says:

    I am a little bit confused about the first question “the tendency for human ……”. As it is an opinion essay, Should I give my opinion on whether the popularity of a fashion is a right example for the human beings tendency to copy each other or it’s not and give justifications and reasons for my opinion, and so, I will consider the tendency of human beings to copy each other as a fact and I will discus if the popularity is a prove. Or the questioned means that I should agree or disagree with the phrase the human beings tend to copy each other ?
    Another question please. The popularity for fashion and goods means that people tend to put on the same clothes and purchase the same goods.

    Thanks in advance.

    • The question: do you think humans have a tendency to copy each other? That is the question you need to answer. IELTS offer fashion and goods as examples to help you. These examples are about people buying the same clothes and goods.

      • Mohamed Gouda Mohamed says:

        Thanks a lot. You are extremely helpful. Actually what made me confused was some websites where I found them giving essay examples focusing on why designers replicate the same design and something like. Thanks for your clarification.

        • The word “popularity” refers to customer popularity. So, it’s not really about business owners, it’s about the people who buy the items. This is basically about consumerism, advertising and conformity. People follow media pressure and peer pressure. They often prefer to conform rather than stand out as individuals. It is fuelled by consumerism.

    • Anuradha Sharma says:

      First question has appeared on 6 January

  32. Hi Liz
    I want to purchase videos with 50% discount but am not able to watch the first free video. Please help.


    • This might be due to your internet connection. Try watching the free video using a strong and more reliable internet. Do not buy lessons until you are able to successfully watch the free video.

  33. Hi Liz,
    I have a question.
    I had an IELTS exam 6th of January in Melbourne, and I saw one of writing question on your blog.
    So I am wondering, is it possible to see any other question from above, which I didn’t see in Australia??
    I mean, for example, one of above question was in the UK last week, then the same question will be next week in Australia. Is it possibly happen???

  34. Thanks Liz. I write on these topics as I keep preparing for my ielts exam

  35. Hi Liz
    I have gone through from your emails that helping students.
    Kind regards

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