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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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2020-10-17: Task 1   Vocabulary for Education
The line graph and bar graph show the employment ratio of graduates from college students from 1997 to 2002.

The first chart shows the UK graduate's number and the second shows the choice of the first occupation (professional, sales, managerial, secretarial, and others).

Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2020-10-17: Task 2
Some people think that it's good for a country's culture to show imported foreign film and TV programs. Others think that country should develop its own film and TV programs instead. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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2020-10-15: Task 2   Vocabulary for Science
Some scientists believe that intelligent life forms may exist on other planets and some want to send messages to contact them. Others think it is a bad idea because these life forms may be too dangerous. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "SCIENCE":
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2020-10-10: Task 1   Vocabulary for Change
A bar chart shows the changes in the water storage capacity in six cities in Australia from Oct 2009 to Oct 2010.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHANGE,WATER":
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2020-10-10: Task 2   Vocabulary for Science
Today, more and more people use robots to do tasks at home and at work. Do you think it is a positive or negative development?

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2020-09-27: Task 2
Nowadays, people change their appearance by dying hair, buying fashionable clothes, wearing make-ups, and even undergoing plastic surgery. What are the reasons? Do you think it is a positive or negative development?

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Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2020-09-26: Task 2   Vocabulary for Technology
Mobile phones have made life easier: anyone can use a mobile phone to answer/make calls or home calls at any place 7 days a week. Do you think this development has more positive effects or negative effects on individuals and society?

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2020-09-20: Task 2
American film actor John Wayne said: “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.” How is it important for individuals and countries to think about the future rather than the present? What’s your opinion?

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2020-09-16: Task 2
People rely on cars to commute to work. If the use of cars is unlimited, what problems does it cause? In order to reduce the problems, should we discourage people from using cars?

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Questions and samples related to topic "POLLUTION,TRAFFIC":
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2020-09-11: Task 1   Vocabulary for Change
Two maps show the change of a coastal town, called Pentland, from 1950 to 2007.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHANGE":
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2020-09-11: Task 2   Vocabulary for Technology
Today, advanced science and technology have made great changes to people’s lives, but artists such as musicians, painters, and writers are still highly valued. What can the arts tell us about life that science and technology cannot?

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2020-09-05: Task 1
A line graph shows the number of participants in the four sports.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2020-09-05: Task 2
Many people believe that today there is a general increase in anti-social behavior and a lack of respect for others. What might have caused this situation? How to improve it?

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2020-09-03: Task 2
Consumers often face an overwhelming amount of advertising from competing companies. To what extent does advertising make influences on consumers? How to protect them from such influences?

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Questions and samples related to topic "AD":
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2020-08-29: Task 1
Two charts (a pie and a graph) show residential water consumption and residential water price in 5 countries.

Questions and samples related to topic "WATER":
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2020-08-29: Task 2
Some people think it is more beneficial to take part in sports which are played in teams, like football, while other people think that taking part in individual sports is better like tennis and swimming. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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2020-08-22: Task 1   Vocabulary for Education
Two pie charts show a comparison of the proportion of people with different degrees (first degree, master) and professions (Arts, science) who worked in an engineering company in 1980 and 2008.

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2020-08-22: Task 2   Vocabulary for Environment
The key to solving the environmental problem is simple:the present generation is willing to accept a less comfortable life for the sake of the future generation. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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2020-08-20: Task 2
The demand for food is increasing worldwide. Why has it happened? What measures could the international community take to improve the situation?

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2020-08-16: Task 1
The line chart shows the retailing price of black and white TV, the retailing price of Colour TV, and the average monthly salary of retailers in the Japanese market from 1953 to 1973, respectively. (30 words)

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2020-08-16: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
It is believed that secondary school children should study international news as one of their school subjects. Others think that this is a waste of valuable school time. Discuss both views and give your opinions.

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2020-08-15: Task 1
A table shows a comparison of the food intake of Europeans to seven kinds of food in 3 years.

Questions and samples related to topic "FOOD":
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2020-08-15: Task 2
Many scientists believe that now we can study the behavior of a three-year-old child to see whether they will grow up to be criminals. To what extent do you think crime is determined by human nature? Is it possible to stop children from growing up to be criminals?

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2020-08-08: Task 2   Vocabulary for Environment
Human activities have negative effects on plant and animal species. Some people think it is too late to do anything about this problem. Others believe that effective measures can be taken to improve this situation. Discuss both views and give your opinion.​

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2020-08-06: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
In some countries, young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this.

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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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Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNATIONAL":
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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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2020-07-25: Task 1
The tables below show the questionnaire about the opinions of club members and the general public for the new theater in one town in 2012.

Questions and samples related to topic "THEATER":
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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 1
The table below shows oil production in several African countries (barrels per day) between 2000 and 2004.

Questions and samples related to topic "PRODUCTION":
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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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Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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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.

Questions and samples related to topic "ACTIVITY":
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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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Questions and samples related to topic "ANIMAL":
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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).

Questions and samples related to topic "ENERGY":
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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.

Questions and samples related to topic "ECONOMY":
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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).

Questions and samples related to topic "SALE":
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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.

Questions and samples related to topic "GENDER":
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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   Vocabulary for Building
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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