In the IELTS writing exam, there are many possible questions you may be asked and it is worthless trying to predict them. However, you should definitely seek out old questions in order to understand 2 things:

  1. Common IELTS topics
  2. The style of IELTS questions

Unfortunately, the internet is awash with terrible, fake IELTS questions! That’s because so many people want to make money from IELTS that they write stupid questions and post them online to attract you to their website.

This may not seem like a big problem because even a fake IELTS question can be useful for practice. However, many of them are not in the IELTS style or include some bad grammar in the question. By studying from these fake questions, you can actually develop some bad habits of your own.

I have put together a list of IELTS writing questions below. I encourage students who participate in my writing correction service to choose questions from this list before writing an essay for me to correct. These questions are a mix of genuine IELTS questions and ones that are very similar to the real IELTS questions.

I have divided these into three categories:

  1. Task 1 [General]
  2. Task 1 [Academic]
  3. Task 2

Task 1 [General]

Question 1

A friend you made while you were studying abroad has written to ask you for help in finding a job in your country. You have heard about a job in a local company that might be suitable for him/her.

Write a letter to this friend. In your letter

  • Tell your friend about the job and what sort of work it involves
  • Say why you think the job would be suitable for him/her
  • Explain how to apply for the job

Question 2

Your local council is considering closing a sports and leisure center that it runs, in order to save money.

Write a letter to the local council. In your letter

  • Give details of how you and your friends or family use the center.
  • Explain why the sports and leisure center is important for the local community.
  • Describe the possible effects on local people if the center closes.

Question 3

You work at home and have problem with a piece of equipment that you use for your job.

Write a letter to the shop or company which supplied the equipment. In your letter

  • Describe the problem with the equipment
  • Explain how this problem is affecting your work
  • Say what you want the shop or company to do

Question 4

You work for an international company. You have seen an advertisement for a training course which will be useful for your job.

Write a letter to your manager. In your letter

  • describe the training course you want to do
  • explain what the company could do to help you
  • say how the course will be useful for your job

Question 5

You and some friends ate a meal at a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, and you were very pleased with the food and service. Write a letter to the restaurant manager. In your letter

  • give details of your visit to the restaurant
  • explain the reason for the celebration
  • say what was good about the food and the service

Question 6

There have been several complaints about the reception area where visitors to your company arrive. Your manager has asked you to suggest how the reception area could be improved.

Write a letter to your manager. In your letter

  • describe the complaints that have been made
  • say why the reception area is important
  • suggest how the reception area could be improved

Question 7

You are working for a company. You need to take some time off work and want to ask your manager about this.

Write a letter to your manager. In your letter

  • explain why you want to take time off work
  • give details of the amount of time you need
  • suggest how your work could be covered while you are away

Question 8

Your local public library wants to make improvements to their services and facilities. In order to get ideas from the public, they have asked library users to send them suggestions in writing.

Write a letter to the librarian. In your letter

  • Describe what you like about the library
  • Say what you don’t like
  • Make suggestions for improvements

Task 1 [Academic]

Question 1

newport crime rate line graph - IELTS Writing Questions

Question 2

The graph below shows usual water usage (in millions of cubic meters) by industries in a country in a year.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

water use bar chart - IELTS Writing Questions

Question 3

The first graph below shows the weight (in tonnes) of fruit produced by a farm during each month in 2013, and also the amount (in tonnes) of fertiliser used. The second graph shows the volume of rainfall in each month (in millimetres.) Write a report summarising the information. Select and describe the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

line fruit fruit production - IELTS Writing Questions
bar chart rainfall - IELTS Writing Questions

Question 4

The graph below gives information from a 2008 report about consumption of energy in the USA since 1980 with projections until 2030.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

us energy consumption line graph - IELTS Writing Questions

Question 5

online retail sector pie charts - IELTS Writing Questions

Question 6

The diagram illustrates the volume of electricity produced and consumed in ten countries in 2014.

electricity use bar chart - IELTS Writing Questions

Question 7

The following bar chart shows the different modes of transport used to travel to and from work in one European city in 1960, 1980 and 2000.

european modes of transport bar chart - IELTS Writing Questions

Question 8

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Question 9

The charts below show the percentage of water used for different purposes in six areas of the world.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

pie chart water use - IELTS Writing Questions

Question 10

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information in the graph below.

line graph smoking - IELTS Writing Questions

Question 11

The graph below shows labor force employment in the USA between 1930 and 2010.

ielts line graph employment - IELTS Writing Questions

Task 2

Question 1

A person’s worth nowadays seems to be judged according to social status and material possessions. Old-fashioned values, such as honour, kindness and trust, no longer seem important.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Question 2

All cars that burn fossil fuels should be banned and electric cars should replace them.

Do you agree or disagree?

Question 3

Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Question 4

Despite the growing number of gyms and fitness centres, more and more people are leading a sedentary lifestyle in the modern society.

What problems are associated with this? What solutions can you suggest?

Question 5

Some people think that environmental problems should be solved on a global scale while others believe it is better to deal with them nationally.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Question 6

Scientists and technology experts seem to be more valued by modern society then musicians and artists.

To what extent do you agree?

Question 7

The prevention of health problems and illness is more important than treatment and medicine. Government funding should reflect this.

To what extent do you agree?

Question 8

In recent years, many small local shops have closed because customers travel to large shopping centers or malls to do their shopping. Is this a positive or a negative development?

Question 9

Using a computer every day can have more negative than positive effects on young children. Do you agree or disagree?

Question 10

Some people believe that children should not be given homework every day, while others believe that they must get homework every day in order to be successful at school.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Question 11

Some people think that women should not be allowed to work in the police force.

Do you agree or disagree?

Question 12

Some parents buy their children a large number of toys to play with. What are the advantages and disadvantages for the child of having a large number of toys?

Question 13

In some countries, more and more adults are continuing to live with their parents even after they have completed education and found jobs. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Question 14

Shopping is becoming more and more popular as a leisure activity. However, some people feel that this has both positive and negative effects.

Why is shopping so popular?

What effects does its increase in popularity have on individuals and on society?

Question 15

With a fast pace of modern life more and more people are turning towards fast food for their main meals.

Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Question 16

Some people say that parents should encourage their children to take part in organized group activities in their free time. Others say that it is important for children to learn how to occupy themselves on their own. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Question 17

Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal more money than people in other important professions. Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Question 18

In many countries, people can eat a wide variety of food today. As a result, they eat food from other regions instead of local food.

Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Question 19

Some people say that the increasing business and cultural contact between countries brings many positive effects. Others say that it causes the loss of national identities. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.

Question 20

Many businesses think that the new employees who have just graduated from schools lack interpersonal skills, such as working with colleagues as a team. What has caused this and what are the solutions to this problem?

Question 21

Nowadays, technology is increasingly being used to monitor what people are saying and doing (for example, through cell phone tracking and security cameras). In many cases, the people being monitored are unaware that this is happening.

Do you think that the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Question 22

Some people get into debt by buying things they don’t need and can’t afford.

What are the reasons for this behaviour?

What action can be taken to prevent people from having this problem?

Question 23

In some countries, even though the rates of serious crimes are decreasing, people feel less safe than ever before.

What do you think are the causes of this problem and what measures could be taken to solve it?

Question 24

Some people claim that not enough of the waste from homes is recycled. They say that the only way to make people recycle more is to make it a legal requirement.

To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste?

Question 25

Should governments spend money on art when they have so many other important issues and concerns?

Question 26

An increasing number of schools provide tablets and laptop computers for students to use in schools, replacing books and other printed materials like exams and assignments.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

Question 27

Economic progress is one way to measure the success of one country, while some people think there are other factors. What other factors should be considered? Within these factors, do you think anyone is more important than the others?

Question 28

Many people believe that spending a lot of money on weddings is fine, while others completely disagree.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion and examples.

Question 29

People sleep less than before in many countries.

Why do people sleep less?

What effects does it have on the individuals and on society?

Question 30

It is becoming increasingly popular to have a year off between finishing school and joining universities.

What are the advantages or disadvantages?