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Past IELTS Essay Questions

An effective way to improve your IELTS writing skills is to practice past IELTS essay questions along with the recommended tips and strategies from our Magoosh IELTS Writing Blog. Today’s blog is going to list some past IELTS essay questions for IELTS Academic writing task 2 for you to get prepared! Also, check out our IELTS writing topics to find out more questions for other tasks!

There are four common types of questions in the IELTS Academic writing task 2. Below are some questions for each type.

Discuss Views and Give Opinion

This kind of question asks you to discuss two opinions in the question and give your own ideas.

  1. Some people think healthcare should be made free for all people, while others believe that people should pay for healthcare by themselves. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  2. Some people prefer to provide help and support directly to those in their local community who need it. Others prefer to give money to national and international charitable organizations. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  3. Some people believe countries have moral obligation to help each other, others worry about the aid money can not get to the poor of this world. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.


Advantages vs Disadvantages

This kind of question has a statement expressing a phenomenon and asks you to discuss the pros/cons of it.

  1. In some countries, more and more adults are continuing to live with their parents even after they have completed education and found jobs. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
  2. Some students take one year off between finishing school and going to university, in order to travel or to work. Do you think the advantage outweigh disadvantage?
  3. As the transportation and accommodation problem increases in big cities, some governments are encouraging business move from the city to the rural area. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?



There is a statement expressing an idea in this type of question. You will be asked to show your own attitude and opinion.

  1. In many countries, women are able to join the armed forces now on the equal basis of men. However, some people think only men should be members of the army, navy and air force. Do you agree or disagree?
  2. People’s shopping habits depend more on the age group they belong to than any other factor. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
  3. Some people argue that too much attention and too many resources are given to the protection of wild animals and birds. To what extend do you agree or disagree?


Problems/Reasons and Solutions

You need to analyze the reasons or problems of a certain phenomenon in the question and offer your own solutions.

  1. 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?
  2. Nowadays, older people who need employment have to compete with younger people. What problems do this cause? And what are the solutions?
  3. In some countries, people believe that international tourism is a bad thing for their country. What are the reasons for this? How to change their views?


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