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IELTS 2018 Academic Writing Questions

At this web page we collect 60 recent IELTS academic writing questions from contributions of our visitors who just take tests, as well as other public resources. It includes writing questions of both Task 1 and Task 2. What we do is to merge duplicated ones and revise obvious errors. They aren't exactly real questions in any tests, just help candidates understand test scenario deeper.

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2018-12-08: Task 1 (Iran)
A table shows the changes about the weight of men and women in 1999, 2004 and 2009.

Questions and samples related to topic "HEALTH":
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2018-12-08: Task 1
2 line graphs illustrate people from French and America visit UK for the reasons of Holiday and Business in different season of one year. Give information and make a relevant comparison.

Questions and samples related to topic "TRAVEL":
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2018-12-08: Task 2 (Iran)
Today people are living in a “throwaway society” that they use things for a short time and then throw it away.

What are the causes? And what problems can it lead to?

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2018-12-08: Task 2
In many countries the shops open long hours every day of week. Discuss the positive or negative effect to the shopper and local community.

Questions and samples related to topic "BUSINESS":
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2018-12-01: Task 1 (Nigeria; Scotland; Bulgaria)
A diagram explaining the process that how sand dunes are formed. There were 3 illustrations with sand particles moving due to the wind from the dry ground to the wet sand.

2018-12-01: Task 1 (Canada; Brazil)
A table comparing numbers of motor vehicles per 1000 inhabitants in eight different countries in 1900 and 2000.

Questions and samples related to topic "CAR":
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2018-12-01: Task 1 (Australia)
A bar chart shows the percentages about 4 types of recycle materials in 1992, 1997, 2002. There are plastic, glass, rubber, metals.

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2018-12-01: Task 2 (Nigeria; Scotland; Bulgaria)
Films and computer games with violence are popular. Some people say it is the negative effect on the society and should be banned. Others see it has recreation and entertainment. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "VIOLENCE,SOCIETY":
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2018-12-01: Task 2 (Canada; Brazil)
Some people believe that all students have to study history. Others think they should learn other subjects instead. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2018-12-01: Task 2 (Australia)
Some people think that high school students should be kept in group to study. Support and explain your views with example.

Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2018-11-17: Task 1 (Philippines)
A line Graph shows information on number of subscribers for fixed telephone and mobile/cell phone networks in Africa from 1994 to 2004.

Questions and samples related to topic "PHONE":
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2018-11-17: Task 1 (Qatar; Pakistan)
A bar chart shows the percentages of men and women in different occupations in a town.

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2018-11-17: Task 1 (India)
Two vertical bar graphs show the percentages of the participation for boys and girls in cultural and sport activity in a university in Australia in 2003.

Questions and samples related to topic "UNIVERSITY":
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2018-11-17: Task 2 (Philippines)
The tendency of news reports in the media is to focus more on problems and emergencies rather than on positive of developments to individual and to the society as a whole. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic "MEDIA":
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2018-11-17: Task 2 (Qatar; Pakistan)
Some people believe family has the highest influence on a child, others believe TV, friends, music have the most influence on them. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2018-11-17: Task 2 (India)
Today food travels many miles from farms to reach consumers. Some people believe that people should eat food from local farmers. It is good for environment and economy. Does the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Questions and samples related to topic "FOOD":
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2018-11-10: Task 1 (Australia)
2 pie charts for the percentage of forests over the world and the wood production in 2010.

2018-11-10: Task 1 (India)
The table below shows the ratio of male population over the female in six different countries in 1950 and 2005.

Questions and samples related to topic "POPULATION":
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2018-11-10: Task 1
A clear diagram illustrates the process of converting coal to electricity.

Questions and samples related to topic "COAL,ELECTRICITY":
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2018-11-10: Task 1 (India)
A pie chart based on workers working in Australia for three groups of people which are born in ESC ( English-speaking countries), NES ( Non- English- speaking countries) and Australia. ESC 14%, NES 10%and Australia 76%. A line graph shows downward trend for all the same categories and were unemployed.

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2018-11-10: Task 1 (Canada)
line graph shows the difference of visitor number entering a museum between summer and winter in 2003.

Questions and samples related to topic "MUSEUM":
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2018-11-10: Task 1 (Italy; England)
A diagram about making jam from fruits. (washing, smashing, stiring, boiling, cooling, serving...).

Questions and samples related to topic "FOOD":
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2018-11-10: Task 2 (Australia)
People believe government should spend money for fast transportation, while other believe that important concerns as cost and environment should be considered. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "TRANSPORT":
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2018-11-10: Task 2 (India)
Some people thinks that government should makes education free for all levels (Primary, Secondary, Higher), while others think government should charge them.Discuss both sides and give an example.

Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2018-11-10: Task 2
Nowadays many personal information is stored in computers which are ran by companies and authorities. Does the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Questions and samples related to topic "PERSONAL":
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2018-11-10: Task 2 (India)
The quality of life in large cities is becoming worse. Explain the causes for this and suggest some measures in this context.

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2018-11-10: Task 2 (Canada)
It is important for children to act independently and make decisions by themselves. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your opinion and your own experiences and knowledge.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2018-11-10: Task 2 (Italy; England)
Nowadays young adults seem to prefer to spend their leisure on shopping, Why? Is it positive or negative in the development?

2018-11-03: Task 1 (UAE)
A line graph about the percentage of tourist who used different types of transportation in a particular country. There were five transportation that we should contrast and compare.

Questions and samples related to topic "TOURIST,TRANSPORT":
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2018-11-03: Task 1 (Myanmar)
Line Chart shows the past and the future about the populations by age group in a particular county from 1960 to 2040.

Questions and samples related to topic "POPULATION":
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2018-11-03: Task 1 (Philippines)
Table about manufacturing cars in Thailand, Australia and Argentina in 2003, 2006 and 2009.

Questions and samples related to topic "CAR":
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2018-11-03: Task 2 (UAE)
Some people argue that the fittest, strongest individuals and teams can achieve the greatest success in sports. But other people think that success is much related to the mental attitude. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2018-11-03: Task 2 (Myanmar)
All over the world, adults can work directly from home, meanwhile students can learn from home as the computer technologies become more advanced and cheaper. Is it positive or negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY,COMPUTER":
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2018-11-03: Task 2 (Philippines)
Some people think it is better to give a larger wage to teachers and doctors. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2018-11-01: Task 1 (Saudi Arabia)
Two tables show the average salary for graduates and non graduates in the UK from 2000 to 2010.

Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2018-11-01: Task 1
The bar charts below shows the distribution of employment among agriculture, technology, services in 3 countries in 1980 and projected distribution of employment in 2020.

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2018-11-01: Task 2 (Saudi Arabia)
Some people say supermarkets should have the responsibility to reduce the amount of packages for products they sell. others say it is responsibility of consumers by avoiding such products. Discuss both views and provide examples.

2018-11-01: Task 2
There are more cars an less bicycles now. Why people use bicycle less? What ways can encourage people to use bicycles?

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2018-10-27: Task 1 (Ireland; Pakistan)
The chart below shows the percentage of people ( men, women and children) who consumed five portions of fruit and vegetable per day in the UK from 2001 to 2008.

Questions and samples related to topic "CONSUME":
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2018-10-27: Task 2
Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to control growing numbers of car on the road.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "PETROL,TRAFFIC":
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2018-10-27: Task 2 (Ireland; Pakistan)
Many famous sports players advertise sports products. Do the advantages of this trend outweigh disadvantage?

Questions and samples related to topic "AD,SPORT":
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2018-10-20: Task 1 (Azərbaycan Respublikası; Pakistan)
The diagram shows how an Australian town is treating rain water to utilize it for drinking purposes.

Questions and samples related to topic "WATER":
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2018-10-20: Task 1 (Brazil)
Two graphics with the prices of low-fat and full-fat milk in two supermarkets between 5 years.

2018-10-20: Task 1 (Philippines)
A pie chart shows a percentage of total music sales among different music industries in the years 1997, 2002 and 2007.

Questions and samples related to topic "MUSIC,SALE":
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2018-10-20: Task 2 (Azərbaycan Respublikası; Pakistan)
Why does society pay less attention to women’s sports as compared to men’s sports? Is this a negative or a positive trend?

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2018-10-20: Task 2 (Brazil)
Tourism is encouraged in many countries. Does tourism brings more advantages or disadvantages to a country?

Questions and samples related to topic "TOURISM":
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2018-10-20: Task 2 (Philippines)
In many countries, people decide to have a child in later age than in the past. Why is this? Do the advantage of development outweigh the disadvantages?

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2018-09-15: Task 1 (India; Turkey)
Two graphs. One described average daily hours of sunshine from January to December in two cities of Australia. Second described average temperatures of those two cities during from January to December.

Questions and samples related to topic "CLIMATE,ENVIRONMENT":
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2018-09-15: Task 1 (USA; Brazil)
4 bar graphs showing the performance of male and female students, one city and the national average, about 5 skills (math, arts...).

Questions and samples related to topic "STUDENT,EDUCATION":
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2018-09-15: Task 2 (India; Turkey)
Some people think restoration of old buildings takes huge amount of government expenditure. It would be more beneficial to use this money for development of new buildings and roads. To what extent do you agree or disagree with given statement?

Questions and samples related to topic "GOVERNMENT,MONEY":
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2018-09-15: Task 2 (USA; Brazil)
People in developed countries tend to buy more and more cars. Do the advantages for the individual outweigh the disadvantages for the environment?

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT,CAR":
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2018-09-13: Task 1 (India)
There were two diagrams of a building with present day map and future plans for development: office building in present condition; proposed changes in office. layout.

Questions and samples related to topic "BUILDING,DEVELOPMENT":
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2018-09-13: Task 1 (Philippines)
Bar graph that shows the car trips with 5 purposes by men and women.

Questions and samples related to topic "TRIP":
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2018-09-13: Task 2 (India)
Nowadays, medical research projects are funded in order to improve medicine and treatment. To help producing effective medication in order to improve health and tackle with various diseases.

In your opinion, do you think that research should be carried by private companies, individuals or government?

Questions and samples related to topic "HEALTH,FUND":
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2018-09-13: Task 2 (Philippines)
Some say that the most important thing about being rich is that one has the opportunities to help others. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2018-09-08: Task 1 (Indonesia)
The first task was a chart that shows the information about comparing with two tunnels in Australia.

Questions and samples related to topic "TRANSPORT":
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2018-09-08: Task 1 (Argentina)
A bar chart comparing undergraduate students in the UK in three different years, studying full or part time (male/female).

Questions and samples related to topic "STUDENT,EDUCATION":
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2018-09-08: Task 1 (India)
The graph shows the number of people in UK asking about how they use internet at 4 different places namely house, workplace,college and library between 1998 to 2004.

Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNET":
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2018-09-08: Task 1 (Sri Lanka)
The first task was a line graph that shows the information about population of four different countries.

Questions and samples related to topic "POPULATION":
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2018-09-08: Task 2 (Indonesia)
In countries where are a huge number of unemployment pupils, only need primary education; no need offering secondary education. To what extend do you agree or disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT,EDUCATION":
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2018-09-08: Task 2 (Argentina)
Human activity has had a negative effect on plants and animal all over the world. Some people think that is too late to do something about it. Others think that there is still time to take effective actions. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "PEOPLE,ENVIRONMENT":
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2018-09-08: Task 2 (India)
The international community must act immediately to insure all nations to reduce the consumption of fossil fuel ( gas and oil ). To what extent do you agree or disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNATIONAL,ENVIRONMENT":
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2018-09-08: Task 2 (Sri Lanka)
Employers should give holidays to employees to do their job well.

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2018-08-25: Task 1 (India; Kazakhstan)
It was a table that shows number of people of different age groups completed marathon in a country Between 2008 and 2012.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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