July 2018 IELTS Essay Questions

Below is a list of IELTS Essay Questions July 2018 reported in writing task 2.

Will these questions be repeated?

  • IELTS often repeat topics but change the questions and instructions.
  • To prepare for IELTS writing task 2, you should prepare ideas for the topics below and common topics which you will find on this page: 100 IELTS Essay Questions.
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IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions July 2018

The questions below have been reported by IELTS candidates and may not be accurately remembered.

  1. Some people think that modern technology is making people more sociable, while others think it is making them less sociable. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  2. Online, people write product reviews and opinions about services. Is it a good thing or bad thing?
  3. Some people argue that formal education should start for children as early as possible, while others think that it should not start until 7 years of age. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
  4. Some people believe that teachers have a important role to play in the educational success, while others think it is the students’ attitude that matters. Discuss both views and share your opinion.
  5. Some physiologists recommend that it is important to overcome stresses by spending time do nothing. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  6. The education of young people is the main priority in countries around the world. Some people believe that educating adults who cannot read or write is essential for the society and more funding should be made available for it. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  7. The only way to solve the increasing crime rate of young offenders is to teach parents better parenting skills. To what extent do you agree?
  8. Scientist have been warning for many years about the importance of protecting the environment and that we must limit the use of energy in our daily lives. Despite warnings, many people do not do this. What are the reasons for that and how people can be encouraged to take an interest in protecting the environment?
  9. Some people believe that a great difference in age between parents and children is more beneficial. Do you think the advantages of a greater difference in age between them outweigh the disadvantages?
  10. Some people think the government should be responsible for solving the pollution problems which result from heavy traffic. To what extent do you agree?
  11. Some people believe that universities should only offer places to students with high marks, while others believe that people of all ages should be allowed even if they don’t do well in school. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  12. People are less fit and active nowadays than in the past. What are the reasons for this? What measures can be taken to fix this?
  13. The world of work is changing rapidly. Working conditions today are not the same as before and people no longer rely on taking one job for life. Discuss the possible causes for these changes and give your suggestions for how people should prepare for work in the future.
  14. Some people find it beneficial to sent young children to nursery school before they go to primary school, while others think it is good to keep children at home with their family. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  15. Some people think that to reduce traffic and pollution, the government should increase tax on petrol (gasoline).  Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
  16. It is believed that young people are more interested in international pop singers and movie stars than in history and historical people. Why is this? (June)
  17. Nowadays, culture is more or less the same around the world compared to in the past. Is this a positive trend or negative trend? (June)



  1. Hi Liz! Firts of all I love your page! It is really great! I have a doubt. In writing task 2 when it says “to what extent do you agree or disagree” I am not sure if I have to choose only one option (for example if a agree I write both body paragraphs saying why I agree with that) or if in one body paragraph I have to agree and the other disagree.
    Thanks in advance!

  2. Velaythuam says


    27th Oct 2018 – IELTS, Find the task 2 question is below,

    The large wedding is necessary for someone, some say this money can be useful for other purposes.

    However I can’t remember exactly wordings, but the concept of the question is the same.

  3. July 28 writing IDP Philippines
    Task 2
    Some people think that economic grow is the key to end poverty and hunger, while some believes that progress in a economy can harm the environment. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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  5. JASWANT KAUR says

    hello mam
    My name is Jaswant Kaur.i have appeared the exam thrice but could not get 7 bands in writing even in reading as well. I am appearing for general ielts. Mam please can i write one essay and send u so that according to that i would be able know where i am lacking even i want some classes from u for reading and writing.Please let me know,where i can send my written essay and how i can get classes.

  6. Hi Liz

    Thanks for such a useful website. I am first-time test taker,can you pls guide me listening format of Paper-based test, as they have mentioned that headphones for Listening will be provided during test.


  7. Samita sharma says

    Thanks Liz you are very helpful

  8. Hi Liz,
    I am, like you, an ESOL and IELTS Teacher. I was just wondering – the topics you have just published – are they Academic or GT?
    Thank you in advance,

  9. No.14 / On 7- July – 2018

  10. Hi
    First and foremost, thanks a lot Liz. Your site gave me a lot of useful tips. Thanks for all the good work you are doing for all of us.
    I wrote my IELTS Academic on July 28th.
    My topic for task 2 was “Should students stay in their home town for university education or should they go away. Which is better ?”
    This was the main idea of the question, I am pretty sure it was worded differently.
    For speaking the main topic was shopping. First there were general questions about my work. The part where we are supposed to speak for 2 mins, my questions were “ Describe your experience at a street market. What did you buy? Will you go again? Why or why not?” . Then there were more questions related to shopping. For example, the difference between shopping at small shops and high end stores, what are the markets like in my country? The benefits of shopping with a group and shopping alone ( I couldn’t think of any benefit of shopping alone) . Then the examiner all of a sudden she asked me if I liked my job on the first day. That was an abrupt change of topic, but went well.
    Overall I think the test went well. I found the reading section most difficult. Two of the three passages were really difficult to comprehend.
    I’ll post the results and if I get a good band on writing, I’ll also post what I wrote. ( back in college, my essays used to be the best according to my teachers, let’s see what IELTS people think of them ).

  11. Thank you very much, Liz,for sharing all this information with us.It is so helpful!

  12. Thanks mam u r the best teacher in the world

  13. Thank you

  14. Hamidur Rahman says

    thanks a lot

  15. Hello! Thanks for sharing. The structure for the question “to what extent do you agree or disagree” is the same for the question “to what extent do you agree”? Or they are different? Thanks.

  16. Thanks ma’m for guiding .

  17. Dear Medam,

    Thank you for your teaching. I confuse something. Could you please tell me, do we need use pen or pencil for IELTS Exam? In IELTS Exam’s sheet I saw that it is a lines paper. When I write in this paper, do I need to keep one line gap?

  18. Thanks Liz

  19. Thank you so much for your sharing 🙂

  20. Number 3 was repeated on the 28th of July.it is possible for questions to be repeated.But I think understanding the basics of how to write each type of essay is what is fundamental. I was privileged to purchase three of Liz’s subsidised essays and I improved tremendously.

  21. A friend of mine also reported: Some say economic growth is the only way to solve hunger and poverty in the world. However, others say economic growth harms the environment and must be stopped now. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  22. Thanks liz tomrrow my exam so i think these topos are benificial for me

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