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IELTS 2020 Academic Writing Questions

At this web page, we collect 60 recent IELTS academic writing questions from contributions of our visitors who took the tests just before, as well as other public resources. What we do is to merge duplicated ones and revise apparent errors.

The page includes writing questions of both Task 1 and Task 2. They aren't exactly real questions in any tests, only help candidates understand test scenario deeper.

These questions are excellent samples to mock IELTS academic writing test. We link similar topics together and offer answers for part of the problems. So this page also gives you valuable clues and ideas to prepare popular topics.

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2020-02-13: Task 1
A table shows the cost of coffee in six cities of Australia.

Questions and samples related to topic "CONSUME":
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2020-02-13: Task 2
People believe that some individuals are born with leadership skills, while others think that leadership skills can be made. Discuss both views and give your idea.

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2020-02-08: Task 1
Two maps show the blueprints of the natural history museum in 2010 and 2013.

Questions and samples related to topic "MUSEUM":
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2020-02-08: Task 2
As well as making money, businesses also have social responsibilities. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

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Questions and samples related to topic "BUSINESS":
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2020-02-01: Task 1
A bar chart shows the sales of different types of magazine in 1975, 1995 and 2015.

Questions and samples related to topic "SALE":
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2020-02-01: Task 1
A table describes the total of health spending in 5 different countries in 2002.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPENDING":
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2020-02-01: Task 2
Too much money is spending on repairing old buildings instead of knocking down them and building new ones. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Questions and samples related to topic "BUILDING":
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2020-02-01: Task 2
Some people think that children should not watch television as it has negative effects, while others believe that they should watch television as it helps them in their future. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2020-01-23: Task 1
Two pie charts show the energy forms used in Australia in 2008 and 2030.

Questions and samples related to topic "ENERGY":
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2020-01-23: Task 1
A table shows a survey result of people’s top 7 sports in three periods.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2020-01-23: Task 2
In some countries, criminal trials are shown on television for the public. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

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Questions and samples related to topic "CRIME":
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2020-01-23: Task 2
Some people think that to produce a happier society is to ensure that there is only a small difference on the earnings of the richest and the poorest members. To what extent to do you agree or disagree?

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Questions and samples related to topic "SOCIETY":
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2020-01-21: Task 1
Two maps show the change of a particular village in UK in 2000 and now.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHANGE":
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2020-01-21: Task 2
Some students found some subjects such as mathematics,Philosophy are difficult, so these subjects should be optional instead of compulsory. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Questions and samples related to topic "SUBJECT":
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2020-01-18: Task 1
A line graph shows the percentage of four types of electronic devices owned by household in UK in 1995 to 2015.

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFE STYLE":
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2020-01-18: Task 1
A survey chart shows the percentages of people's favourite sports in UK.

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2020-01-18: Task 2
Some people think nowadays children have too much freedom. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2020-01-18: Task 2
In some countries, celebrities earn higher salaries than senior politicians. What are the reasons? Is it a negative or positive development?

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Questions and samples related to topic "CELEBRITY":
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2020-01-18: Task 2
Some experts suggest that if a country already rich, additional economic wealth can't makes it citizens happier. Do you agree or disagree?

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Questions and samples related to topic "HAPPINESS":
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2020-01-18: Task 2
In many countries, the government likes to spend more money on the arts. Some people agree with this. However, others think government should spend more on health and education. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "GOVERNMENT,MONEY":
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2020-01-16: Task 1
A bar chart is comparing the marriage rates by age in 1998 and 2008.

Questions and samples related to topic "MARRIAGE":
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2020-01-16: Task 1
The charts illustrate information about children under 18 learning musical instruments in a city of the UK in 1996 and 2016.

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2020-01-16: Task 2
With growing population in cities, more and more people live in a home with small or no outdoor areas. Is it a positive or negative development?

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Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2020-01-16: Task 2   Vocabulary for Technology
Nowadays, films are no longer made by big companies only. Digital technology enables everybody to produce films. Do you think it is positive or negative development?

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Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2020-01-16: Task 2
Scientific research should be funded by governments rather than commercial organisations. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Questions and samples related to topic "SCIENCE":
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2020-01-14: Task 1
A table shows the percentage of women in parliament and managers in five countries in 2000.

Questions and samples related to topic "GENDER":
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2020-01-14: Task 1
A table consists of number of cinemas in different locations in 2006 and 2009.

Questions and samples related to topic "CINEMA":
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2020-01-14: Task 1
A table shows the percentages of male and female jobs in four different fields over three decades.

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2020-01-14: Task 2
Some people believe that charity organisations should help people wherever they live, others think they should attend their countries only. Discuss both and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "CHARITY":
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2020-01-14: Task 2
People often do not interact with their neighbours and this is harming community building. What are the possible causes and solutions?

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Questions and samples related to topic "SOCIETY":
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2020-01-14: Task 2
Since most information about culture and history can be found on the internet, museums are not needed anymore. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNET,MUSEUM":
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2020-01-11: Task 1
A diagram shows the stages in process of smoking fish or bacon.

Questions and samples related to topic "FOOD":
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2020-01-11: Task 1
Three pie charts show the percentages of cars sales trends for 3 years in a certain company.

Questions and samples related to topic "SALE":
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2020-01-11: Task 1
A line chart shows the percentage of New Zealand population by four group ages from 1950-2050.

Questions and samples related to topic "POPULATION":
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2020-01-11: Task 2   Vocabulary for Environment
Some people think that climate change could have a negative effect on business. Other people think that climate change could create more business opportunities. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2020-01-11: Task 2
Some people think spoken communication is more powerful than written communication. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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2020-01-11: Task 2
Many people think that happiness relies on the responsibility of individuals, others think that is affected by other factors. Discuss both views and state your opinion by using examples from your personal experience.

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Questions and samples related to topic "HAPPINESS":
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2020-01-04: Task 1   Vocabulary for Education
A table shows the percentage of workers with college education in five European countries.

Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2020-01-04: Task 2
In some countries, criminal trials are shown on television so that the general public can watch theme. Do you think advantages outweigh disadvantages?​​​​

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Questions and samples related to topic "MEDIA":
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2020-01-04: Task 2
Today, TV channels focus more on men's sport than on women's sport. Why has this happened? Should TV channels give equal time to women's sports and men's sports?

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Questions and samples related to topic "GENDER":
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2019-12-21: Task 1
A table shows the percentages of "very good" on the course.

Questions and samples related to topic "SCHOOL":
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2019-12-21: Task 1   Vocabulary for Environment
A map shows how the volcano eruptions by two stages affects on a town on an island.

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2019-12-21: Task 2
Today many people spend less and less time in their homes. What are the reasons for it? What are the effects of this trend on individuals and society? ​​​​

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Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2019-12-21: Task 2
Some people think that paying tax is their only duty, while others believe that we have more responsibilities towards our society. Discuss both views and give your opinion. ​​​​

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Questions and samples related to topic "SOCIETY":
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2019-12-14: Task 1
The bar chart shows the percentages of leisure activities (watching TV, reading, cycling)at three different age groups in Australia in 2012.

Questions and samples related to topic "ACTIVITY":
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2019-12-14: Task 1
A table shows the productions of oil in four African countries.

Questions and samples related to topic "OIL":
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2019-12-14: Task 1
A pie chart shows the usage of social media by men and women in Australia in 2011 and 2014.

Questions and samples related to topic "SOCIAL MEDIA":
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2019-12-14: Task 1
The flow chart shows the process of obtaining a driving licence in the USA.

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2019-12-14: Task 1   Vocabulary for Travel
A line graph about the number of commuters travelling by car, bicycle and train from 1970 to 2010.

Questions and samples related to topic "TRAVEL":
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2019-12-14: Task 2
In many countries, today people are living in a ‘throwaway society’, where things are used in a short time and then thrown away. What are its causes? What are its problems?

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Questions and samples related to topic "WASTING":
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2019-12-14: Task 2
Some people think children should begin formal learning at school as young as possible. However, others feel children should not study at school until at least seven years old. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN EDUCATION":
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2019-12-14: Task 2   Vocabulary for Environment
Although the environmental concerns are raised by scientists, people are not changing their life style, why so? What should be done to encourage the people in order to save environment?

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2019-12-14: Task 2
Some people think that interviews are not the best way to check if someone should work for a company, but there are other better methods to do it.

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2019-12-14: Task 2
Many people today prefer to try anther country food instead of local food. Do the advantages of this trend outweigh disadvantages for the environment and economy?

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2019-12-14: Task 2
Some people believe that teenagers should concentrate on all school subjects. But others believe that teenagers should focus on the subject that they are good at or that they find the most interest.

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Questions and samples related to topic "SUBJECT":
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2019-12-12: Task 1   Vocabulary for Environment
The flow chart shows the stages in the process of can recycling.

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2019-12-12: Task 1   Vocabulary for Environment
The flow chart shows the stages in the process of water recycling.

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2019-12-12: Task 2
Many young people change their jobs or careers every few years. What are the reasons for this? Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

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2019-12-12: Task 2
A few languages are increasingly spoken in different countries, while the usage of others is rapidly declining. Is this a positive or a negative development?

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2019-12-07: Task 1
The bar chart shows the percentage of total world population in four countries (India, China, USA, Japan) in 1950 and 2002,and the projections for 2050.

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2019-12-07: Task 1
A line graph shows the number of international conferences in three capital cities between 1980 and 2010.

2019-12-07: Task 1
A table showed the percentages of movie goers to cinema in Australia in a period, and the line graph depicted the different age groups visiting cinema during the same period.

Questions and samples related to topic "CINEMA":
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2019-12-07: Task 2
Nowadays here is a growing amount of advertising aimed at children. Some people think this has negative effects on children and should be banned. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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2019-12-07: Task 2
Nowadays, some older people choose to live in the retirement communities with other people, rather than living with their adult children. Is it a positive or negative development?

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