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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.

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2020-08-01: Task 2
Rich countries often give financial aid to poor countries, but it does not solve poverty. So rich countries should give other types of help to poor countries rather than financial aid. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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2020-07-30: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
Today, more and more full time university students focus on other activies rather than spend a lot of time studying. Some people think it is essential for university students to be involved in other activities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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2020-07-24: Task 1
A table presents the survey of the satisfaction of the theater audience.

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2020-07-24: Task 2
Some people think the government should not spend on international aid because there are disadvantaged people in their country, such as the unemployed and homeless. Do you agree or disagree?

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2020-07-24: Task 2
Fast food is becoming one part of life everywhere; this has bad effects on our lifestyles and diet. Do you agree or disagree?

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2020-07-17: Task 2   Vocabulary for Environment
Some people think it is one of the best ways to solve environmental problems by increasing the cost of fuels for cars and other vehicles. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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2020-07-11: Task 2
Some people think sports games are important for society, while others believe they should be taken as leisure activities. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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2020-07-01: Task 1
A bar chart and a table show the amount of time spent on household activities and on leisure activities.

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2020-07-01: Task 2
Some people believe that too many resources and attention are devoted to the protection of wild animals and birds. To what extend do you agree or disagree?

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2020-06-28: Task 1
A bar diagram shows the amount of energy generated by wind in four distinct years in four different countries (US, Germany, India, and Denmark).

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2020-06-28: Task 2
Most people these days prefer getting news online to reading newspapers or watching TV. Do you think it is a positive development?

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Questions and samples related to topic "NEWS":
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2020-06-24: Task 1
A table gives information about the employment rates and the average annual salaries of new graduates in an Australian University in 2009.

Questions and samples related to topic "UNIVERSITY":
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2020-06-19: Task 1
Two pie charts and a table show the percentage of people shopping online via overseas websites, local websites, and both overseas and local websites from 2009 to 2012.

Questions and samples related to topic "SHOP":
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2020-06-19: Task 2   Vocabulary for Transport
The most effective way to solve traffic and transport problems in the cities is to encourage people from the suburbs or the countryside to live in the cities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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2020-06-17: Task 1
A pie chart and a table show the source and the total value of fish imported to the U.S in 1998, 2002 and 2007.

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2020-06-17: Task 2
Some people believe that mobile phone conversations should be banned in crowded and social places. Others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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2020-06-14: Task 1   Vocabulary for Education
A chart shows nursing students of 2002 in the United Kingdom.

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2020-06-14: Task 2   Vocabulary for Transport
Car drivers and cyclists share the same roads, and this can cause problems for both of them. Why is this case? What measures can be taken to solve these problems?

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2020-06-13: Task 1
The bar chart shows the percentages of film release and ticket sales in 1996 and 2006 (romance, drama, comedy, fantasy).

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2020-06-13: Task 2
If individual acts in an anti-social way, such as committing the crime, then the society should blame such behavior. What are the causes behind such behavior? Who should be responsible for this?

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2020-06-10: Task 1
The graphs show the development of the cutting tools made by stone, one was made 1.4 million years ago, and the other was made 800 thousand years ago, viewing from the back view, front view, and side view. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

2020-06-10: Task 2
Young people are often influenced by their peers. This is called peer group pressure. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

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2020-06-09: Task 1   Vocabulary for Transport
A bar chart shows four different transport vehicles used by tourists in New Zealand.

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2020-06-09: Task 2
Countries should produce the food that their population eats, and import as little as possible. To what extend do you agree or disagree? Give reasons, examples to your answer.

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2020-06-06: Task 1
The table presents the weight of men and women (underweight, normal, overweight) of men and women in a country in 3 years.

Questions and samples related to topic "HEALTH":
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2020-06-06: Task 2
Some people suggest that international news should study as a subject in secondary school. However, others say that it will be a waste of valuable school time. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "NEWS":
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2020-06-01: Task 1
Two bar charts: one was about the percentage of men and women having motorbike licenses in one country in the EU from 1992 to 2012, another was the percentage of men and women aged 17-20 having motorbike license in 1992 and 2012.

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2020-06-01: Task 2
In the future, we may have to live in other planets. For this reason, some people think it is best to spend on research about other planets such as Mars. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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2020-06-01: Task 2
Research is into new types of treatments and medicine to improve health and deal with the disease. Who do you think should funding from, government, private company, or individual?

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2020-05-26: Task 2
Modern lifestyles make hard for people to lead active and healthy lives. Why is this the case? What governments and large companies should do to help people do excise?

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2020-05-17: Task 2
Even though doctors recommend older people to take more exercise, they do not exercise enough. What can be the reasons for older people not exercising enough? What will be your suggestions on that?

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2020-05-16: Task 1
Two line graphs: one line graph shows the demand for the metal used for production and exports in a country, another shows the number of people employed in the metal industry.

Questions and samples related to topic "PRODUCTION":
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2020-05-16: Task 2
Some parents spend a little free time with their children today. Why is this? Who do you think this affects more, parents or children?

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2020-03-30: Task 1   Vocabulary for Education
The chart shows the average hours done by teachers in different schools ( primary, lower secondary, upper secondary) in Japan, Iceland, Spain, and the USA in 2001.

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2020-03-30: Task 2
Some people say it wastes time to plan for the future; it is more important to focus on the present. Do you agree or disagree?

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2020-03-21: Task 2
It is better to go out for a live performance (a show or concert) than stay at home watching TV or using the computer. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

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2020-03-20: Task 1
A chart shows the new house construction in different regions from 1999 to 2002.

Questions and samples related to topic "BUILDING":
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2020-03-20: Task 1   Vocabulary for Technology
A table shows the percentage of electronic goods used in the household in New Zealand in 1995 and 2002.

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2020-03-20: Task 2
People buy a product if it fulfill their needs; there is no need for advertisement. To what extent do you agree or disagree with it?

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2020-03-20: Task 2   Vocabulary for Home
The shortage in housing has severe social consequences in many cities. Only the government can solve the problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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2020-03-18: Task 1
A diagram shows the comparison of a classroom in the year 2010 and the present.

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2020-03-18: Task 2
Many people consider that film as a form of art is less important than paintings and literature, do you agree or disagree?

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2020-03-14: Task 1   Vocabulary for Environment
A table chart presents carbon dioxide emissions in 2005 and 2006 in five countries.

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2020-03-14: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
Some people believe that school should no longer be necessary because children can obtain information from the Internet. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

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2020-03-13: Task 1
A table describes the cinema locations in European countries in 2008 and 2009.

Questions and samples related to topic "ENTERTAINMENT":
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2020-03-13: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
Does everyone need to study until eighteen? Give your opinion and describe it.

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2020-03-07: Task 1
A diagram shows the process of olive oil production. Summarise the above diagram, highlighting the important trends and making comparisons where necessary.

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2020-03-07: Task 1
Two bar charts illustrate the percentage of men and women who were employed in Australia in 1984, 2001 and 2014.

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2020-03-07: Task 2
Some people think the news has no connection to people's lives, so then it is a waste of time to read the news in the newspaper and watch television news programs. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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2020-03-07: Task 2   Vocabulary for History
Some people think history has nothing or little to tell us, but others think that studying past history can help us better understand the present. Discuss both views and give your opinion, citing examples from your experience.

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2020-03-07: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
It has been observed that most of the students at University do not choose science to study. Why does it happen? What are the effects on the society?

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2020-03-05: Task 1
A diagram shows the process of cheese production. Summarise the above diagram, highlighting the important trends and making comparisons where necessary.

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2020-03-05: Task 2   Vocabulary for Work
Some people think job satisfaction is more important than job security, while others think it is important to find a permanent job. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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2020-03-05: Task 2
Some people think that music plays an important role in society. Others think it is simply a form of entertainment. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

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2020-02-22: Task 1   Vocabulary for Education
Two pie charts show the reasons that students in 2 years choose different universities in the UK.

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2020-02-22: Task 2   Vocabulary for Science
In the future, it seems more difficult to live on earth. More money should be spent on researching other planets to live, such as Mars. Do you agree or disagree?

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

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2020-02-13: Task 1   Vocabulary for Education
A table shows the information of students enrolled in six departments in an Australian university in 2011.

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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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2020-02-13: Task 2
People believe that the government should financially support retired people, others believe that retired people should care for themselves. Discuss both viewpoints and give your opinion.

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

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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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2020-02-01: Task 1
A bar chart shows the sales of different types of the magazine in 1975, 1995 and 2015.

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2020-02-01: Task 1
A table describes the total of health spending in 5 different countries in 2002.

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