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. This is my response to the question, *parents think that children reading entertainment books are waste of time and they should read serious educational books instead. *to what extent do you agree?

    There is no doubt that books play a vital role in young people’s development. It is thought by some people that kis should read academic books instead of story books. I strongly believe that a bit of the two views when properly scheduled would help children to improve on their analytical skills, feel relaxed and improve on their social skills.

    Firstly, one of the best ways to relax is by reading novels. These novels come in different versions such as poems, prose and plays. Most times kids prefer to read these books because they are interesting and intriguing, which makes them feel at ease and gain concentration. For example, comic books make children laugh. Laughter reduces stress level and relaxes body muscles, as a result they are healthy and agile.

    I’m addition, story books teach young people about salient aspects of life like love, respect and honesty. These social values are important in order to maintain good interpersonal relationship with people around. It is impossible to learn such skills from academic books which contains mostly theories and scientific principles.

    Furthermore, educational books expose children to different career options early in life. It is easier for kids to make career choices based on interest and this can only be achieved by early exposure to books that would prepare them for the future. For example, medicine requires a good understanding of biology. For a child to pursue a career in it, he must be exposed to subjects such as elementary science, anatomy and physiology while growing up. As a result z his mind is fully prepared and equipped to forge ahead to become a doctor.

    I’m conclusion, although academic books are important for young people to become professionals, storybooks are equally essential for leisure and for teaching social etiquettes. One needs to find a balance in order to get value from the two.

  2. Hi liz, I took the exam feb. 14 and this was the task 2 of our writing.

    Some people claim that public museums and art galleries will not be needed because people can see historical objects and works of art by using a computer. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

  3. Hi, Liz!

    I would just like to thank you for this amazing blog, which I used as the main source for preparation, as well as for your advanced lessons.

    I took my exam on 2 February and got 7.5 overall band score with L:7.5 R:8 W:7 S:7.

    It’s more than I needed and more than I could expect even though I performed much worse in listening (stably scored 8.5 practicing official preparation materials) and my essay turned out to be extremely long (340 words! though the number of sentences was usual) and I only had time to look through it once at the end, so I may have missed some typos. But thanks to you I knew in detail how to treat every type of essay and diagram and I have no doubt it worked.

    And a couple of leaks:

    Speaking task 2:
    Describe an intelligent person you know.

    Writing task 2:
    Many people find it difficult to evenly distribute time between their work and other parts of life.
    Why is this happening? What solutions can you suggest to deal with the problem?

  4. Hi liz, if you have an extra time can you please check my writing?

    Reading is an essential part of learning, through it people gain knowledge about various things, and with that, I believe that children would benefit from it, regardless of the content.

    More parents are in the opinion that, when it comes to reading, their children should prioritise the books that are taught in school in this way, they are confident that their child is knowledgeable enough about their lessons in the school, which maybe lead them to think that other books not related are just a waste of time. Undoubtly, educational books provides children the basic knowledge that they should be aware of, such as, they need to read an English book in order for them to know the fundamentals of English language, same as they should read the book about science to be familiar of the things around them.

    However, allowing them to read non-academic books, is beneficial for their growth also, because it could also trigger their imaginations about other stuff that are not taught inside the four walls of their classroom. These are the things, that develops, other ideas and skills that they can possess in the future. Consequently , children are just adding more information to their brain and definitely not wasting their time.

    More importantly, the presence of the parents should always be available, this is in order for them to guide their offspring, with whatever they read, and make them understand the things that their mind cannot process. Although, it might be difficult, but definitely a must thing to do.

    In conclusion, reading is important. It is one way that people, including the children, learns the things that they need in life.

  5. Can you please post some questions for February 2019? Tomorrow is my test. I want to have a look on probable questions in advance.

  6. Abdul Hamid says

    Q8. some say that the most important thing about being rich is that one has the opportunity to help others. Agree or disagree?

    An opportunity to helps others is the essential thing a rich person has, according to some. I completely disagree that it is the most important thing because complying with regulations and paying taxes are of utmost importance for a rich person.

    BP-1 An important for a rich person is to comply with regulations.
    BP-2 Paying taxes is more important than just helping others
    Conclusion, complying and paying taxes are more crucial than the opportunity to help others.

    IN Task achievement.
    Does this addresses all parts of the question fully to reach band 9 in TA?
    I think finding and addressing to nuances (in the statements by ielts) along with the direct question plays more important role in achieving high band score.

    Could you please make a video or blog on understanding and finding nuances in questions.

    • Your opinion is that you don’t agree. This disagreement forms part of your opinion. Where is it in the body paragraphs? You can’t ignore part of your opinion. You conclusion that paying taxes and complying with rules is more important than helping people – how did your essay prove this? You didn’t explain why helping people isn’t equally as important.

  7. Dec 22 Writing
    Part 1 : You just had some repair work at home, but you are not happy with it. Write a letter to the manager

    Part 2 : Our traditional customs are getting lost. What are the reasons? How school and parent can help in this matter?

  8. Hello, Liz! Firstly, I would like to say Thank you! All your tips and advice really helped me!
    Yesterday, I took my IELTS exam and there was a topic in Task 2 about Business training and meetings across online.

  9. Hi and and I beg your pardon, but where is my topic which I wrote the 27th October ? I not sure but my post was deleted, I’ve got no idea why.

  10. Hi Liz, thank you for the advanced essay writing sessions…I have the writing tommorrow Dec 1st. Sorry that I have posted this question on a wrong page earlier. Qn is
    Topic – some ppl say that all levels of education, too much time is spent on learning facts and not enough on practical skills.
    Do you agree disagree?

    If we write the essay agreeing to the topic, then should it only explain the points in favour of “not having enough practical time” Or should it also include the benefits of having practical skills..

    • This has two issues rather than one. It is about 1) learning facts 2) practical experience. When you give your opinion, it must cover both. A one sided opinion would be that you agree too much time is spent learning facts and not enough time is spent on practical experience.
      Also check how the question is written. Check it is about how much time is being spent (a current situation) or about how much time should be spent (recommendation).

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Very good

  20. I got question number 16 in last October

  21. 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.’

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

  23. Adedeji A. R. says

    Appreciate these liz…wishing u the veey best.

  24. 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.

  25. Mam,
    U really 110% deserve respect.

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

  27. 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,

  28. 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? the influence of friends and family has a great impact on youngdter? 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?

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

  30. 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

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

  32. 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

  33. 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 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.

  34. Gaurang Patel says

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this very useful information.

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. Hi Liz,

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

    Lots of love

  39. Thanks liz,,, love from India 💐

  40. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  41. 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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