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IELTS Writing Topics

IELTS Writing Topics

Both IELTS academic test and general training test have two writing tasks assessing learners’ writing ability in different aspects. Some takers are worried about this part because of the time limit. Don’t panic! The best way to prepare for writing is to sit down and take an hour to write each day.

Let’s take a look at some past IELTS writing topics. Practice with them in a limited amount of time (20 minutes for task 1 and 40 minutes for task 2) and don’t forget to modify your writing according to how it is marked.

Academic writing task 1 topics

Academic writing task 1 requires takers to describe the information given in different forms of data representation. In this task, you don’t need to give personal opinions. Instead, you should be objective. Just describe and compare the facts you get from the charts with an introduction, several details such as the highest/lowest point and a summary.  Here are two topics.

1.Desribe the bar chart

The bar chart below shows percentage of adults of different age groups in the UK who used the internet everyday from 2003-2006. (05/2015)

IELTS academic writing task 1 bar graph-magoosh

2.Describe the line chart

The graph shows the number of overseas visitors to different areas in a European country between 1987 and 2007. (07/2015)

IELTS academic writing task 1 line graph -magoosh

Academic writing task 2

Task 2 asks takers to write an academic essay. In this task, you should give a clear personal opinion with persuasive supporting arguments and evidence. The topics are mostly about social, cultural, technology and education issues. Here are three recent topics.

1.In some countries, there has been an increase number of parents who educated their children themselves at home instead of sending them to school. Do you think the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages? (02/2016)

2.Some people think the best way to improve road safety is to increase the minimal legal age for driving cars and motorcycles. To what extend do you agree or disagree? (02/2015)

3.Many museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists, not local people. Why is this the case and what can be done to attract local people? (02/2015)

General Writing task 1

General writing task 1 is responding to a given situation, requesting information or explaining a situation with a letter. If you take general test, here are some topics you can practice with.

1.You have applied a course to a college in Australia, but you still have not received the reply. Write a letter to state:

  1. The details of the course;
  2. Why you choose the course;
  3. Why you need the reply soon.


2.You are organizing a party. Write a letter to your friend and invite him to come to your party.

  1. Explain why you hold the party.
  2. When will the party be held.
  3. Why you invite him.


General Writing Task 2

General writing task 2 is similar to academic writing task 2 as takers also need to write an essay with a personal opinion and supporting details. However, the topics of General writing task 2 are slightly easier because most topics are about social life. Practice with the following topics.

1.Many people think learning subjects they do not like is a waste of time. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (03/2015)

2.More people are getting less fit and less active nowadays than people in the past, and this may damage people’s health in a long term. What are the reasons? What can be done about it? (05/2015)

3.Nowadays in many cities most people live in great apartment blocks. Does this kind of accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages? Give your views and some examples. (08/2015)

There are just some examples to get you started. The best way to succeed is to practice writing, so let’s go to it!


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