Recent IELTS Essay Writing Topics

We often get emails from our students regarding the latest IELTS Essays. Some of them send us essay topics they were given in their IELTS exams, and some others request to get these new topics.

In this post, we have composed several recent IELTS Essay topics to satisfy candidates who want to have a look at those topics. In fact, having an idea about the recent IELTS Essays has a competitive advantage as it gives someone an idea about the type of essays he may expect in his exam on the one hand, and enhance his preparation on the other hand.

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1. These days, in many countries, fewer and fewer people want to become teachers, particularly in secondary schools. What are the reasons for this, and how could the problem be solved?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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2. One of the major problems facing the world today is the growing number of refugees. The developed nations in the world should tackle this problem by taking more refugees.

To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

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3. City planners’ new designs include setting up schools, markets and commercial places (like office) in different areas of the city. Do you think it will help the city dwellers?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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4. During last twenty years, the assessment of students has undergone a major transformation. Many educational institutions have shifted their focus from traditional examination towards a variety of innovative assessment techniques, as they believe traditional examination results are not often true to student’s ability.

To what extent do you agree with this?

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5. Some people believe that allowing children to make their own choices on everyday matters (such as food, clothes and entertainment) is likely to result in a society of individuals who only think about their own wishes. Other people believe that it is important for children to make decisions about matters that affect them.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

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6. Countries are becoming more and more similar because people are able to buy the same products anywhere in the world.

Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

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7. Families who send their children to private schools should not be required to pay taxes that support the state education system.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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8. At the present time, the population of some countries includes a relatively large number of young adults, compared with the number of older people. Do the advantages of this situation outweigh the disadvantages?

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

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9. Over-fishing has become a very common practice in many countries. What do you think are the effects of over-fishing?

Use your own knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence.

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10. Today’s food travels thousands of miles before it reaches customers. Why is this? Is this a positive or negative trend?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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11. In many countries nowadays, young single people no longer stay with their parents until they are married, but leave to study or work somewhere else. Do you think this trend has more advantages or disadvantages?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.

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12. In some countries nowadays people prefer variety of food. Which are not grown in their local area. So these foods are imported from other regions.

Do you think the advantages will outweigh the disadvantage?

13. Employers nowadays put more emphasis on social skills. Some people believe that social skills are important in addition to good qualifications for job success.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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14. Nowadays some secondary schools give children general education in a range of traditional disciplines, while others claim to be more specialized and pay attention to some particular classes, excluding some general ones.

Which of two school types is better for children and why?

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15. Developments in technology have caused environmental problems. Some say this can be solved by living a simple life, others think that technology can solve these problems.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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16. Some countries invest in specialized training centers for top athletes rather than in public sports facilities.

Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?

17. Many developing countries have welcomed foreign companies, while others think that local businesses should be protected and supported instead.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

18. Even though people read the news using the internet nowadays, newspapers still are an important source of information for the general public.

Do you agree or disagree with that statement?

19. Some people think that to have a successful life you have to have university education, while others think it’s not that important.

Discuss both views and give your opinion based on personal experience and knowledge.

20. Nowadays Young people increasingly admire media persons and sports stars even though they don’t set a good example.

Is it a positive or negative development?

21. Some people claim that not enough of the waste from homes is recycled. They say that the only way to increase recycling is for governments to make it a legal requirement.

To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste?

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22. Differences between countries become less evident each year. Nowadays, all over the world, people share the same fashions, advertising, brands, eating habits and TV channels.

Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of this?

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23. Nowadays, more and more people decide to have children later in their life. What do you think are the reasons for this? Do advantages of this trend outweigh disadvantages?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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24. Some people fear that technology is gradually taking over control of our lives, while others think that it has led to many positive developments in all aspects of their lives.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

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25. Large businesses have big budgets for marketing and promotion and, as a result, people gravitate towards buying their products.

What problems does this cause? What could be done to encourage people to buy local products?

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26. All over the world, the rich are becoming richer and the poor are becoming poorer. What problems does this cause? How can we overcome the problems of poverty?

Use specific reason and example to explain to your answers.

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27. Some people think paying taxes is a big enough contribution to their society, while others think people have more responsibilities as members of society than only paying taxes.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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28. Governments should spend money on railways rather than roads.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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29. Psychologists have known for many years that colour can affect how people feel. For this reason, attention should be given to colour schemes when decorating places such as offices and hospitals.

How true this statement? How far colour influence people’s health and capacity for work?

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30. In some countries, governments are encouraging industries and businesses to move to regional areas outside the big cities.

Do the advantages of this trend outweigh the disadvantages?

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38 thoughts on “Recent IELTS Essay Writing Topics

  1. Hi, I am from Pakistan and studying for IELTS. I need some writing tips, so please help me, guys. ☹

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  3. Answer 2
    Owing to the globalisation, it is indeed easy for all the countries to import goods from other nations. Hence, importing food from other countries is a very popular and common trade practice. It seems that as a whole, imported food may have higher drawbacks than benefits.

    First, let us have a look at the benefits. Imported food can certainly offer a great range of variety in the receiving country. It is true that many varieties, for example, grains or dry fruits or spices, do not grow in all countries. However, they are common ingredients for exotic food recipes. Thus, in such cases, the food has to be brought from another country. Moreover, some healthy and economic food variants can certainly help the denizens a lot. Also, healthy and nutritious food options actually fall into the category of essential and have to be imported.

    Now, let us assess the drawbacks of importing food items. Importing food items has certain disadvantages as well. To begin with, such imports always put pressure on the economy of the country as the valuable resources go to the supplying country. Next, such trades also make the people from the importing country be dependent on others. This can be harmful because when the price rises, people have to spend more money to buy the product they like the most. Furthermore, the people of the receiving country may develop a distance and detachment to their traditional cultural food items and this can be a serious social consequence of importing food.

    Finally, looking at the advantages and disadvantages of importing foods, I believe that except essential food ingredients, countries should avoid importing food because it seems to have more cons than pros.

  4. The answer to topic 1- please guide if there is any error:

    It is indeed true that many young people are living away from their parents when they opt out for some standard educational institutions which are located away from their hometown. This trend has emerged out some factors typical to an interconnected world where each node offers different services from the other.

    There are several benefits of the situation. To begin with, certain academic courses are not available everywhere. Thus, students have to go to other cities where they can acquire education in the field of their choice. In addition, certain cities have developed a reputation as quality education providers. This also attracts students to those universities from across the world. Furthermore, after the campus placement, students get settled in various cities which are highly developed for certain type of industries. For example, if we talk about information technology in India, it is highly developed in the Southern part of India. Thus, to get a competitive work environment and a handsome salary package a computer engineer ought to settle in that region. So, this arrangement is almost essential for students and professionals who seek vertical growth in their careers.

    On the other hand, there are certain drawbacks of staying away from home. Firstly, students who are away from home, often feel lonely. They lack the emotional support, love and care given by their parents and relatives. Secondly, youngsters have to be more responsible as there is no one who can guide them in all the important aspects of their life. Finally, their lifestyle gets disturbed as they have to eat outside and sometimes, the food is neither hygienic nor healthy.

    To conclude, I assert that working or studying away from home and living in another city offers excellent growth opportunities. Therefore, I believe that this setup has more advantages compare to its disadvantages.

    • The very starting sentence you started with ‘indeed true’. Actually, indeed in the sense ‘true’. So you shouldn’t write true again. Kindly verify such type of errors.

  5. The answer to the 3rd topic:
    (Please read and give your feedback. )

    It is indeed a fact that the world is getting smaller and smarter with the help of technology and the need of the hour is not only the adequate qualification but also the ability to present ideas in a convincing manner and maintain good relationships in workplaces. In such a situation, social skills hold supreme importance and it will become more important in the coming future. Companies are doing nothing wrong if they give equal importance to social skills and qualifications.

    There are abundant reasons why social skills are getting more and more important. Firstly, irrespective of the type of the industry, today’s corporate world is completely interdependent; that is, all workers have to rely on others in order to complete their tasks successfully. Here employees with good interpersonal skills come out as winners in most situations. Secondly, businesses today demand lots of communication amongst each other with higher management and with people connected to the company. Better group skills will enhance the functioning and will result in better efficacy of the organisation. Lastly, public skills are extremely important to establish our trusting client base and therefore there is no doubt that a person having good communicative skills performs better than other employees.

    On the other hand, some might say that academic skills are extremely important and should be given top priority while hiring someone. They believe that it is the technical knowledge and qualifications that make someone eligible for a job. They also emphasise on the fact that people with sound academic background and work experience would be able to learn the social skills easily; which I do not agree with completely.

    In conclusion, I fully agree with the notion that the current trend is shifting towards appointing people with greater social skills though the importance of educational qualification cannot be undermined. One without the other cannot deliver results.

  6. My weakness in reading. Please suggest me some tips regarding improving in IELTS reading.

  7. Recent Writing task 2 IELTS question:
    Many experts believe that in the country that is already rich, additional economic wealth will not make citizen happy.

    Do you agree or disagree?

    Anyone, please solve the question.

  8. Hi, I am going to sit for my IELTS general test on 25.03.2017. My weakest topic is in writing. Please advice. Thanks.

  9. Hi, I have my IELTS exam scheduled on 25th March. Please suggest the topics for academic IELTS.

  10. My exam will be held on 18 February in academic module. Please suggest me writing task 1 as well as task 2. I want at least 7.5 bandscore in each module.

  11. Hi, I am in Zimbabwe and I need to score at least 8 in all four components of the IELTS. Is it attainable? If so, any tips how to maximise my chances? The topics for writing you published were very helpful.

  12. My IELTS test will also be on 19th November. I also need recent writing topics for task 2. I need 7 in IELTS. Please help me.

  13. I am Khan from Pakistan. My IELTS test will be on 19/11/2016. Please, can anyone suggest me writing topics in Task 2 and Task 1?

  14. Hi, I have a question for you. I need to improve my reading skill. In fact I need 6 . Do you have any special tip? Now it’s about 5!

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  15. Hi, I’m Salsabeel from Egypt. My IELTS test will be on 29/10/2016. Please, can anyone suggest me writing topics?

  16. Hi,
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    • Hi everyone, I’m going to take a test this coming 27th July and I’m not really good at writing and speaking. Kindly help me on writing task 2 and for speaking as well. Thank you so much in advance!

  17. Hi, I am from India and am taking the exam on 22 October. I’m taking the academic module. Can anyone suggest me writing topics? It will be very helpful for me plzzzzzzzzzzz.

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