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Sept & Oct 2018 IELTS Essay Questions

Below is a list of IELTS essay questions for September and October 2018. These topics have been reported by IELTS candidates in their writing task 2 test – they are NOT predictions.

IELTS sometimes repeat topics, but they often change the essay question. Reviewing recent questions is a good way to see what topics are trending at present. However, your preparation should always be based on common topics for writing task 2 which you can find on this page: 100 IELTS Essay Questions

IELTS Essay Questions September & October 2018

IELTS do not release exam questions except in the IELTS Cambridge test books. These questions have been reported by students and written as well as they can remember.

  1. Many parents believe that when their children read books for entertainment, they are wasting their time, and that they should read only serious, educational books. What is you opinion about this?
  2. In countries where unemployment is high,  education should only be obligatory up to primary school and not secondary school. To what extend do you agree or disagree.
  3. Employers should give longer holidays to employees to encourage them to do their job well. Do you agree?
  4. Some people think money is the best gift to give youngsters, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  5. Human activity has had a negative effect on plants and animal all over the world. Some people think that it is too late to do something about it. Others think that there is still time to take effective action. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  6. The international community must act immediately to ensure all nations reduce the consumption of fossil fuel (gas and oil). To what extent do you agree or disagree.
  7. Nowadays, many medical research projects are funded by private companies.In your opinion, do you think that research should be carried by private companies, individuals or government?
  8. Some say that the most important thing about being rich is that one has the opportunity to help others. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  9. The restoration of old buildings in major cities throughout the world involves enormous expenditure. This money would bring more benefits if it was used to provide new housing and road development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  10. As a country develops, people tend to buy more cars. Do the advantages for the individual outweigh the disadvantages for the environment?
  11. Some people think that advertising on TV is useful for viewers, while others disagree. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  12. Some people think that activities done in a person’s free time should be planned, while others disagree. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  13. Some students tend to play computer games rather than do sports. Why is this? What can be done to tackle the problem?
  14. Individuals should improve the environment or is it the government and large companies that should take action?
  15. Many museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists, but not local people. Why this is the case? What can be done to attract more local people to visit these places?
  16. Today, many people want to get married and have children in their thirties rather than when they are younger. Is it a positive or negative development ?
  17. Some people say that all students should study history as a major subject, while others feels that other subjects are important for children in today’s society. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  18. People who read for pleasure have better imagination and language skills than those who prefer watching TV. To what extent do you agree?
  19. A growing population is a big problem in many countries. Should the government provide new homes in the cities or countryside?
  20. Local people do not go very often to museums or historical sites. Why is that? What can be done to change the situation?
  21. Stores should sell local food products and not the imported food products. Do you agree or disagree?
  22. Some people say the Olympic Games are not relevant in the 21st century. Do you agree or disagree?
  23. Tourism is encouraged in many countries. Does tourism brings more advantages or disadvantages to a country?
  24. Some people think that the media (newspapers) have the right to publish details of people’s private life, while other’s think it should be controlled ? Discuss both views

More useful links:

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics September – December 2018: Recent Speaking Part 2 Topics

IELTS Writing Task 2 Advanced Lessons to Purchase: Essay Training with Liz

All the best




  1. Hi Liz.
    Can you share writing topics for November? I really need them 😔

  2. Hi Liz!
    I am from Brazil and I did my general IELTS test this last weekend in Brazilia.
    So, My task 1 was about: the company that you work changed the uniform and you need to write for your boss that you liked but it has a point that you didn’t like.
    Task 2: in some countries young people (18 years old) are allowed to drive, to get married and drinking alcohol drinks and others countries are diferentes. Give your opinion if you agree or desagree.

  3. Hi Liz!
    I’ve got my test (academic module) on 20th October. I am from Russia.

    So, in writing task 1 needed to compare the percentage of people who ate only vegetables and fruits among 3 different groups (men,woman and children) during 8 or 9 (I’m not sure) years.
    Essay topic sounded like: The famous sports players are advertise sports products. Do you think that advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

    Speaking module:
    Description a sport you enjoy watching and would you like to try. You should say :
    What is it
    How you would learn it
    What equipment you need to play this sport
    Explain why you want to learn this sport

    What do old people in your country do to keep fit?
    What kind of sport are popular in your country?
    What else people do to keep fit apart from sports?
    What can parents do to make their children like sport?

  4. My exam was on 27th oct 2018…General training…

    Letter topic :
    Write a letter to the newspaper editor about an article you read about your friend you have not seen since childhood and want to contact your friend.

    Describe the article
    Reason why you want to contact him now
    What you expect him to do.

    Essay question:
    Some people think it is important to spend lots of money on the wedding celebration while other disagree.
    Discuss both views and give your opinion

  5. Dear Liz,
    Your website is immensely helpful to me and my husband as we are trying to crunch time preparing for our GT IELTS on the 9th of November. Your content is easy to follow and understand thus, greatly helps us in how we are going to manage our time to review. Also, having examiners sharing their feedback about the exam is wonderful and surely we will do the same.
    I saw in one of the comments that you are not well. We will be praying and hoping for your quick recovery.
    Many thanks.

  6. Thanku very much mam.Really u deserve appreciation n respect.ur lessons are truly helpful.

  7. Hello Liz. First of all, I would like to thank you for all of your efforts. I could achieve overall band score 8 (L8, R8.5, W7.5, S7) thanks to your tips, especially in writing and speaking. Your website is extremely useful and I would recommend to everyone who wants to face IELTS.

    TEST october 13, 2018.
    My writing task 2 was something like this:
    It is often thought that recreational reading brings to the development of intelligence and imagination rather than watching TV. In what extent do you agree?

    Thanks again, It’s wonderful to think that there are still person like you who share their knowledge for free.

  8. Hi Liz!

    Yesterday i gave my ielts test. LRW

    writing task 2 :
    Some parents give their children what they ask for ?
    Is it good for children ?
    what are the consequences a child may face when they grow up?

    Writing task 1:
    A bar chart of 4 European countries which shows the percentage of survey response of youngsters how to minimise global warming on parameters lifestyle changes, government , technology and non of these .

    Reading passages 3 i felt it was difficult because i wasn’t able to find answers. It took time to understand.

    Listening was good.

    Today i have speaking test at 16:20 hope will do well.

    Thanks for all your lectures and practice materials. They are very helpful.

  9. Very good

  10. I got question number 16 in last October

  11. The 11th essay question was actually , ‘Some viewers think that advertising on tv has a useful function while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.’

  12. Thank you so much liz.. your website is an awesome..it is really helpful me to prepare for IELTS. I appreciate your way of teaching.. 😊

  13. Adedeji A. R. says:

    Appreciate these liz…wishing u the veey best.

  14. Hello Liz,

    It is so noble of you to stay active in teaching us, IELTS takers, while you are not in a good condition. We do appreciate you so much for helping us in taking this step.

    I know that anyone who is in this site has its own reasons but one goal, that is, to following our dream (may it be for higher education or migration). So the least we can do is to pray for your health and recovery.

    One again, thank you so much. You’re a blessing to us.

  15. Mam,
    U really 110% deserve respect.

  16. Thanks Liz my exam date is 1st Nov so it’s very help me

  17. Dear Liz,

    Hope your health is getting better. I believe you are the only hope and sunshine for millions of IELTS takers like me!

    Will you suggest any time frame when your e-book will be available? Eagerly waiting for the book.
    You are always in my prayer for your better health.

    Warmest regards,

  18. Kirandeep kaur says:

    Toady a gave mu speaking test in amritsar..
    Speaking part one
    1. Are you working or studying.??
    2. What type of work you do.??
    3. Is you found your 1st day on job was boring?
    4. Have you ever planned you holiday.?
    5. What things important while planning a holiday?
    6.which is your memorable holiday?
    7. You would like to plan a holiday in your future or not?
    Cue card- talk about a interesting thing that your friend did and you also want to do it in future??
    Following question
    1. Do you think todays youngster always try to do new things than the past?
    2 what kind of things youngster like to do?
    3.is the influence of friends and family has a great impact on youngdter?
    4.is the influence of friend same like the parents or not?
    5. Who play a important role friends or family.??
    6. Why family play a important rol?

  19. You are so brilliant teacher ,thank you so much.

  20. Good morning Liz, thanks alot for d training am so happy to be with u for awhile both ur listening, speaking, writing n essay. Thanks once again. You

  21. Thank you Liz😊
    You are such a brilliant and beautiful teacher..
    All your efforts in helping ielts candidates are greatly appreciated.

  22. Rajveer Kaur says:

    I gave test in Australia on 13th oct but my writing topic is not there as you explained ?
    Topic :is media (newspaper)have authority to publish people’s private life or should control over it ? Discuss both views

  23. Rajveerkaur says:

    Hi Liz your website is really helpful . Actually I have a question about test that is ielts ( reading ,listening,writing )test comes same All over the world or in every county have different?

    • On any one day, there are a number of tests used around the world.

      • Rajveerkaur says:

        My concern was that such as 13th oct test is same reading , listening and writing in Australia,india or other countries or just moving around different.as it is a international test and should be same question all over as dates are same everwhere.

        • As I said, on one day there will be different tests used. This is the only way to prevent cheating due to differences in time.

  24. Gaurang Patel says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this very useful information.

  25. Thank you so much Liz. May God bless you for your kind deeds.
    Yes, they sometimes repeat the topics but change the question.
    No.7 medical researches. My cousin got similar topic in her IELTS exam last year.

  26. Shenara De Silva says:

    Hi Liz

    The essay I got for my writing task 2 in general training was as follows
    Some argue that shops should not sell imported products to local people. Agree or disagree

    Test done on 23rd Oct 2018

  27. mary jean says:

    Thank you for everything, the knowledge you’ve imparted to us are amazing, esp. me first time taker this coming nov….God blessed you a million times

  28. Hi Liz,

    How’s your health now. We pray for full recovery.

    Lots of love

  29. Thanks liz,,, love from India 💐

  30. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  31. Kapil Gupta says:

    Hi Liz,
    I had speaking exam today but i flunked in part-2 due to some nervousness.
    What weightage does it have on over all score ?

    • The speaking test is marked for each part, it is marked as an overall performance.

      • Kapil Gupta says:

        Thanks for quick reply but i would like to assure everyone that your suggestions and guidance is awesome.
        I got the part -2 from the tentative list you provide for this season.

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