2017 IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions

Here are a list of IELTS writing task 2 questions for 2017 so far this year. The questions have been reported in the IELTS writing task 2 test by students. If your test is in February, prepare ideas for these topics as topics can be repeated but the questions will be changed.

You can download a pdf copy of the essay questions at the bottom of this page. Read the essay questions carefully before downloading.

At the bottom of the page, you will find links for:

  • All Recent IELTS Topics for 2017
  • IELTS Speaking Questions for Jan 2017
  • Model Essays & Tips for Writing task 2

IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions 2017

The questions below are divided into different essay types for IELTS writing task 2. All essay questions are from this year unless stated otherwise.

Opinion Essay 2017

Schools are spending more time teaching traditional subjects such as history. Some people think they should rather spend more time in teaching skills that can help students find a job. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

It is necessary for parents to attend parenting training course to bring their children up. Do you agree or disagree?

Some people say International sports events help in world peace. Do you agree or disagree?

Young people spend their free time in shopping malls. This has negative effects on young people and society. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Discussion Essay Questions 2017

Some people say it is OK to use animals for our benefit, others say it is not good to exploit them. Discuss both points of view and give your opinion.

Some people think Governments should take measures regarding the healthy lifestyle of individuals. Others think it must be managed by individuals. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Most countries allow 18 year olds to start driving a car. Some say it is good to allow it at this age, while others think that the age to start driving should be at least 25. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

Some people think that the best way to reduce crimes is to apply longer prison sentences, other people think that there are better methods of doing so. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Advantages and Disadvantages Essay Questions 2017

Today, more and more students are deciding to move to a different country for higher studies. Do you think that the benefits of this outweigh the problems?

Consumer goods have become the most important part of people’s lives. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Many people go abroad for higher studies.Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

In some countries, a foreign language is taught at primary schools. Do the advantages of learning a new language outweigh the disadvantages?

The advantages provided by English as a ‘global language’ will continue to outweigh the disadvantages. To what extent do you agree with the statement?

Direct Questions 2017

100 years ago people thought that the human race was steadily making progress in all areas of life. Nowadays, there is less certainty that it is so. In what areas do you think the most important progress has been made so far? In what areas are more things needed to be done?

In some schools and universities, girls tend to choose arts subjects (e.g. literature), and boys tend to choose science subjects (e.g. physics). Why do you think this is so? Should this tendency be changed?

Some universities offers online courses for students. Do you think this is a positive or negative development for students?

Children in some parts of the world have less responsibility compared to children in the past. Some people think this as a positive change, however others think of it as as negative change. What do you think? (from Dec 2016)

Cause / Problem / Solution Essays 2017

The gap between rich and poor is growing. What problems does this create? What can be done to tackle them?

More and more people prefer to read ebooks rather than paper books. What are the reasons for this? What problems can this cause for libraries?

IELTS Essay Questions by Topic

See my 100 IELTS Writing Task 2 Essay Questions divided into common topics – essential preparation!!!

PDF Download of the above essay questions: IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions 2017

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IELTS Speaking Topics 2017

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Common Part 1 Topics 

Common Part 2 Topics

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Click on the following link to see All Recent IELTS Questions in 2017 reported by IELTS students

Model Essays and Tips for Writing Task 2

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  1. Hi Liz,

    Thank you very much for so many useful tips and lessons. I have been following all the details on your blog from past one month and I think I have improved a lot.

    I have one question regarding the writing task 2 that is an essay. If we get a topic which says “To what extent do you agree”, can we disagree with the statement as well? For example this topic “With the increase global demand in oil and gas, undiscovered areas of the world should be opened up to access more resources. To what extent do you agree” if I want to write against using any new natural resources further.


  2. Hello Ma’am,
    In the above page you have put “is it a Positive development or Negative development” under direct type question.
    My Question – 1. So as it ask for our opinion, shouldn’t it be under opinion essay type?
    2. And also how should this type of question be answered? Same as one sided opinion approach?
    Since i have purchased your advanced essay lessons, i am wondering the way to answer it correctly for a good band score. Your reply in this regards will be highly appreciated.

    • May essays ask for your Opinion, such as “Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages”, however I teach each type separately because they use different techniques and language.

      • Yes exactly.. so can you please let us know how to answer the positive – negative development question? Should it be answered the same way you taught in your advanced opinion lesson when we choose one sided opinion way..

        • You can choose positive, negative or a combination based on a specific view point (never attempt the last option unless you have been trained).

          • Thank you ma’am for your reply. I am training myself watching your advanced Essay videos and practising the same 🙂

  3. After reading your blog i get overall 7 bands in Ielts. Thank you Liz

  4. Good day!

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for your very helpful tips. I have watched your videos and read through your website, and they are quite easy to understand. Secondly, I was wondering if you could give me a feedback on my essay about the 4th topic for Opinion Essay 2017.

    Thank you very much in advance!

    Task Description: Young people spend their free time in shopping malls. This has negative effects on young people and society. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Shopping centers have become very popular among youngster in recent years. Proponents are concerned that spending a lot of time in such entertainment places has bad repercussions not only on the younger generation, but also on society as a whole. I completely agree with this notion because such habit promotes procrastination and considering the fact that children are the world’s future, this would also result to irresponsible citizens in the years to come.
    Strolling or hanging out with friends in malls on a regular basis makes young adults unproductive. Instead of doing their homework or studying for an exam, students devote most their hours on leisure activities. Some pupils even skip classes just to be with their peers and their usual place of rendezvous is the nearest shopping mall. For instance, it’s very common to see people in their school uniforms at the malls nowadays, even during school hours.
    Since these young people would eventually grow into adults, what they would become would significantly affect what the population would be ten years from now. If children get used to prioritizing their wants over their needs, they would never mature as they become older. A population full of immature adults would lead to a country’s instability, especially if a particular childish person would be in the position of power. The current president of the United States is a perfect example, who has already made numerous political gaffes as of late.
    To conclude. I absolutely agree that shopping malls have quite a negative influence on youngsters and the community. Aside from teaching kids to become complacent, spending most of the day at the mall would also make emotionally incompetent adults in the future.

  5. hello. mam
    can i use some idioms and pharse in task 2

  6. Hello Liz,
    The task2 question that asked for general writing in Nov 2017 confused every one .The question is “everything in life that are essential for free ,that can not get with money”.Literally i cried in the examination hall because i did not have a clue what it means at that time;not only that, i was running out of time .After the exam i realized what it meant, but it was too late obviously.I would be much obliged to you if you can give a sample answer to this.Please provide more such sort of questions if possible in your blog.No words in the dictionary can ever describe the depth of my gratitude to you for your great work.God bless you.

    • One of the problems with providing model answers to exam questions is that IELTS does not release the questions. This means I rely on students to remember the exact essay question. Unfortunately, the exact wording is essential. Just one word different and the essay will be different. With this essay, students kept telling me different words. I put up ideas for the topic but I couldn’t write a model answer because of this.

    • yes we can get more essential things in our life for free such as oxygen, light from sun and water from rain like everything is free its enough to survive.
      By this topic we can proceed.

    • Dass David says

      Can you kindly share with us some of the ideas and what is your understanding from the topic… Appreciated.
      Thank you

  7. Good morning Liz. I’m from Tunisia
    First of all thank you very much for your useful website. I learn a lot from you.
    I passed the exam 2 December. My problem was how to manage my time,unfortunately, I did not complete the Task 1.
    Anyway the Academic Task 2 talk about ( I don’t remember exactly but it is kind of this) paying taxes: some people think that it is enough for the country the other believe it is your responsibility Discuss both views and give your opinion. The Task 1 it was two bar graph of the CO2 emission per person and per country.

  8. Hi Liz, i’ve just come from my ielts exam. Thank you for all your support! It helped me so much. My writing task 2 was: success in the adult life depends on the bringing up by parents in childhood. Do you agree or disagree? The topic was easy, but i was too nervous and haven’t written all the words (about 235 only). Hope next time i win.

  9. Hi Liz,

    I am Shalini. Thanks for helping out candidates appearing for IELTS test. I am planning to sit the test on 16 Dec 2017 and I am just curious to know whether General Training writing task 1 also get table or pie chart explanations or simply other request or complaint letters?

  10. Rustam Avezov says

    The date of my exam was 25.11.2017. Task 2 topic was ‘Some people agree with the advantages of factory farming and want to create new types of vegetables and fruits. Others oppose this opinion. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.’ I wanted to share information

  11. Mohamed Gouda Mohamed says

    Hello Liz
    regarding this question
    the advantages provided by English as a global language will continue to outweigh the the disadvantages to out extent do you agree to this statement?
    is not this considered an opinion essay ? or it still considered an advantage outweigh disadvantage question and should be written in that format?

  12. Dear Liz,

    Thanks a lot for your great work!
    I have just received my results, my band score is 8!
    The materials you provide are extremely helpful!

    But I wonder if 8 is C2 or C1 level? The certificate says that C1, however, there is information on the website cambridgeenglish.org that 8 is C2. I am a bit confused… and this is important for my CV

    Once again, thank you so much!

  13. Dear Liz,
    Considering the first question.
    Schools are spending more time teaching traditional subjects such as history. Some people think that they should rather spend more time in teaching skills that can help students find a job. To what extent do you agree or disagree ?

    In the first body paragraph I want to talk why learning history is advantageous for students.

    Can I just talk about history , or I have to talk about the other traditional subjects that are taught at schools ?

    Thank you very much for helping us 💕

    • Don’t ever ignore part of the question. The question offers you two opinions: more time teaching history, less on skills OR more time teaching skills, less on history. You decide your opinion.

  14. Rabindra Bhus says

    Hello Liz….I have my IELTS exam on Nov11…can you provide other essay samples…..I feel difficulty in writing those essays…plz

  15. Hello guys,

    From Nigeria. Thank you Liz for your support and advise. I’m a first time test taker and happy to announce that I score 8.5 overall (L 8.5, R 9.0, W 7.5, S 8.0)
    I found your tips very helpful.
    Keep up the good work!
    God bless you

  16. HI, liz
    I had a problem with the question in “food and diet” topic in writing task 2 ielts academic
    the questions is that “With a growing population, many people believe that we should focus on GM foods” do you agree or disagree……..
    problem is that why they do not mention that what GM stands for?
    Is in real test they use such sorts of abbreviations.
    please help me

  17. Bee Bautista says

    Hi ms. Liz,

    How true yhat they are using a different format for test 2. They say its not full block format, that indentions are already needed…?

    • It is best to leave one line empty between paragraphs – it is easier for the examiner to see the paragraphs than indenting.

  18. Question Oct 2017 (GT)
    Can’t remember the exact word. here is the summary of it.
    Traffic Jam is a problem in many towns and cities. Some people think is wider roads are the solution for it.
    Do you agree or disagree

  19. Hi, Liz

    I don’t know where I am looking for the PDF, but it happens twice now, that I can not find it. Below there are links, but no one tells me where is the PDF. I am accustomed to use computers and websites, but it seams impossible for me to see it.

    Can you tell me what symbol do you use?

    Thank you so much for everything you are doing.


    • There is a list of essay questions on the page above. DIRECTLY below the essay questions is says “IELTS Essay Questions by Topic”. You will find the download link there.

      • Hi, Liz

        I was looking for the word PDF. Instead, you use download. After I wrote you, I found it, but I wanted to confirm it.


  20. Ruhi Masarrath says

    Hello Liz,

    Please help me with the below essay. Need you help in getting it reviewed.

    Some people believe that allowing children to make their own choices on everyday matters( food, clothes and entertain) 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 effect them.

    Model answer:

    Giving freedom to children is indeed controversial. People who are against giving freedom to children believe that giving freedom to children in daily matters will engender in a society of selfish individuals while others think that it is important to encourage the creativity and create self dependent individuals. I strongly believe that parents should always strike a balance when it comes to giving freedom to their children.

    On one hand, freedom of choices enables them to be aware of surrounding environment and also make them self-reliant individual. Permitting children to make their own choice can have detrimental effect on them as this can inculcate self composed or self centered attitude during their growing years. Hence, parents should guide their progeny and deter them from doing anything or harmful.

    On the other hand, children who are restricted from everything can become more fragile and lack confidence. They become dependent on their families or friends for all their needs. Also, this behavioral trend can have adverse impact on their ability to be more creative.

    To conclude, creative and selfless people can build a stronger society and parents play a vital role in by allowing certain freedom to their children but there should be a demarcation to this liberty.


    Please suggest if the necessary corrections where ever needed. Thanks

    • first of all, hi, and secondly u r doing best and continue like this, but from my point of view ur introduction is so big, work on this, and u give some provements and details on intro, intro should be just entering and not so big. it is just my opinion.

  21. Discussion Essay question 2017:
    Some people think that the best way to reduce crime is to apply longer prison sentences,other people think there are other methods of doing so. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
    I disagree with the first part of the question, then how should I discuss this side?
    Kindly elaborate. Thank you once again in advance.

  22. Mam,could you plz send us the ielts sample answers of high band score ?

  23. Appearing again says

    Hi Liz,

    First of all thank u very much for all the tips and tricks.. My score of Aug 17 in LRSW is 7.5 9 8 6.5… I just want to ask what is the why 90 percent ppl score 6.5 on writing.. I remember applying all techniques in writing and still scored only 6.5.. How can everyone get 6.5.. Is it biased? If not.. What is the secret to getting a band score 7 in ielts. I am appearing again next month and would be humbled by your advice for writing… 🙁

  24. hi everyone.this is ajay took my ielts in academic on 26/8/2017,india
    task-1- bar graph of two years comparing the number of visits to a website,
    task-2 do school children should learn local history or world history to what extent do u agree?
    hope this piece of information helps some one

  25. Hello Mam…
    Can u please guide me from where do i get sample answers for writing task 2?

  26. Hello Liz,

    Could you post a sample letter for “Task 1: write a letter to the restaurant manager beside your house about your house repairs.” on your blog. I couldn’t find the proper sample letter


  27. Archelyn M. Bustillo says

    Hi Miss Liz, thank you so much for this,,,,really help me a lot..

    God Bless

  28. Hi Liz
    Thanks for your unbelievably useful website.

    I was reviewing your 100 IELTS Essay Questions page, and I want to ask how do I know if a topic or question could not come up in the GT paper? For example, is it possible to have the space exploration topic in GT?


  29. Hi Liz and Liz Bloggers,
    I read in a particular website that we should refrain from using personal pronouns like “I”, “we” for thesis statements in writing task 2. Please what is your opinion regarding this?

    • If the instructions ask for your opinion and you fail to give it, you will get marked down severely. You can only give your opinion by using My or I. There is no other way to express your own thought.

      • Thanks a lot,
        I have always followed your lessons right from one I found your blog, and I do not intend to change now. Personally I beleive it makes logical sense to express opinion with “I strongly agree……” than saying “This essay will agree…….” the latter sounds a bit informal to me and that was why I needed clarification. Thanks for making it clear.

  30. Hi Liz,
    Please kindly check my essay on the question below and let me know the areas I can improve.
    Thank you.

    Question: Schools are spending more time teaching traditional subjects such as history. Some people think they should rather spend more time on teaching skills that can help students find a job. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Schools now focus more on native subjects like history. Some are of the opinion that they ought to concentrate more on teaching career oriented courses. In my opinion I firmly support the idea that schools should spend more time on subjects that are job oriented as this has huge benefits to the individual and the society.

    Firstly, it’s important to consider the reason why most people go to school. Almost everyone goes to school in order to be useful to themselves and become better in life. To achieve these vital goals, gainful employment is an absolute prerequisite. Therefore it is pertinent for school authorities to devote more time and resources to subjects in these areas.

    Another point to consider is the nature of the job market. The labour market is very competitive and almost saturated because there are more job seekers compared to available job slots. Therefore, to stand a better chance in this fierce sector, students must acquire all necessary skills in order to be able to make a bold statement and sell themselves more easily to employers of labour.

    Finally, we must think of the society. Skilled labour is one of the vital ingredients in the growth of any society and the school is one of the major institutions that oil this engine of progress. Consequently, for the country to thrive and stand tall in the comity of nations, it must have a wealth of skilful entrepreneurs. This goes without saying that teachers hence ought to deliver by laying more importance on subjects that will earn the students better jobs and make them useful to the society at large.

    In conclusion, it cannot be overemphasised that in order for people to achieve their goals in life and for the society to advance, schools should focus more on career oriented subjects.

  31. Hi Liz and all the good people,

    I took my IELTS test last year (October), and while I was preparing, I entirely depended on this website and Liz’s YouTube channel. I was confident and had two weeks to prepare. By the grace of Almighty, I managed to score 7.5 (L 7.5 S 7 R 8.5 W 6.5). Credit goes to you, Liz 🙂

    Now, as you can see, my score is not that much balanced. I thought I’d do better at Listening but couldn’t. I also want a Writing module score above 7.0; and a combined score of 8 or above. Hence, I’m thinking of sitting for another test coming year. Those who have taken IELTS recently and scored good in Writing as well as overall, please share your strategies with me.


  32. Dear Liz,
    I need to achieve 7 at writing, I watched your helpful videos and try to exert them in my writing, but I don’t know how to make my 6-6.5 writing 7 at last.
    Every one says since writing sheets have been sent to Australia, England or Canada to be assessed, gaining 7 is not accessible any more.

    Thanks in advance for your kind real comments.

  33. Hey Liz,
    Should the questions asking for 1.opinions 2.advantages and disadvantages 3.problem and solution 4.discussion 5.two-part question be answered in different structures ? can you please tell how to answer these question types

  34. Hello Liz,
    is it normal to write such kind of words like:in my opinion,I agree.in ielts writing task 2 academic module.

  35. Hello Liz, just writing to say GOD BLESS YOU for the immense fruitful work you keep doing for the IELTS fraternity. I have learnt a lot from you.

  36. Sinem Demirkan says

    Hello Liz,
    I’m so grateful to have found you the day before my IELTS exam. The material you have provided was really helpful, thank you for all! I have a question concerning writing task 2. Our teacher told us to compare both points of view in all of our essays. However I realized that you have used different methods for each of the essay proposals. (Opinion, discussion etc.) I think that our teacher want us to write the section 2 according to discussion format but I’m not sure what to do if I encounter an opinion essay proposal tomorrow. Could you please help me, I’m so confused..:(

    • An opinion requires your opinion only. But make sure your opinion does cover all issues in the task.

  37. rouzbeh raissian says

    I just drop this to thank u for all you are doing for ielts takers and us teachers.god bless u.

  38. Gemini123 says

    Hello Liz,
    Thanks for providing these useful lessons and tips . I have a question . We get 2 answer sheets in writing task . If I interchange the answers I.e by mistake if I write the task 1 response on a task 2 paper will I get a zero ? Just wondering if there is a zero score in ielts

    • If you do that, then make sure you write very clearly at the top of the paper which one is task 1 and which is task 2. As long as you make it clear to the examiner, it will be fine.

    Academic Test:
    Writig Task 1: Bar chart on government spending on roads and transport by 4 countries (Portugal, UK, USA and *forgot last country!).

    Writing Task 2: People should look after their health for the benefit of society, rather than for their personal benefit.
    To what extent do you agree with this?

  40. hi Liz
    Thanks for all the practice lessons. please could you clarify this confusing question for me:
    1. do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
    2. do you think that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages?
    my problem is that i don’t know how to go about with the answers again (too much reading. L.O.L.).
    Am i to write only the advantages in the essay or to write both the advantages/benefits and the disadvantages in different paragraphs as usual?
    I know how to structure the advantage and disadvantage question, but the OUTWEIGH is now an issue.

    • Your task is to answer the question. Do you think the advs are more important than the disads? If you agree then you must explain why the ads are more important than the disads. Always just answer the question and follow instructions.

  41. mustafa al-hafdh says

    hi Liz iam going to apply for a scholarship and iam planning to take an IELTS exm soon is there any problem if i take the IELTS UKVI academic module ?

    • You need to check the requires of the scholarship you are applying for to see what they accept.

  42. Hi Liz,

    I’ve been going through your website for quite sometime now and it has been very helpful in my preparation for IELTS. I’m planning to appear in June 2017. I was going through the latest topics for Writing Task 2 under GT. One of the topic is mentioned below on which I have tried to write. Is there a way I could share it with you? I would like to understand If I’m on the right track and what additional could I do to target a score of 8.5 in Writing task 2. Any further suggestions would be helpful.

    Topic: People nowadays think that Government is spending too much on wildlife. Instead of spending so much, that money should be used in the development of something else. Do you agree or disagree? Explain your answer with the reason and try to give an example

    • I’ve emailed you an answer to the email address you used on my site. Take a look 🙂

    • Hello there, could you please share your results and experience with me. Im passing in 10 days and my target overall score is 8.

  43. anne fernando says

    hi liz,could you please give me the writing task on 22th of april 2017.i want to know about the essay.please help me.

  44. i have my ielts exam on 25th of may . i will be attending acadmic module . suggest me writing topics . task 1 and take 2 both.

    • You should prepare all common topics and recent topics for writing task 2. For writing task 1, just practise the main 6 types of charts.

  45. Fatemeh Roostaei says

    Evening Liz
    How can I boost writing band score from 5 to 6.5 or above during 3 months? Please give me a practical solution.

    Many thanks

  46. Fatemeh Roostaei says

    Hi Liz

    writing task 2 topic in IRAN on 04.march.2017 was: Some people believe foreign tourists must be charged more than local visitors for visiting historical places.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree?

  47. Hi, Liz

    Thanks for all your help. I would like to find the PDF download? Where is it?


  48. Hi liz,
    I want to ask why my result need to be investigated by ielts team? I did not cheat?!
    What happend is that in my task 2 i had a similar one on you site and i wrote your ideas?! I think i dud my best on it while orher part not that much!!

  49. Hi Liz,
    hopefully, you will be enjoying good health. Your blog is nothing less than a wikipedia for IELTS test takers. Liz I cannot focus at one thing for long time even 20 to 40 minutes, as a result, I take longer time than usual for every task to complete. I am seriously suffering from not-being-able to finish essay task-1, 2 in the specified time. And my test is around the corner. What should I do?

    • In writing task 1, the introduction should take 1 min. It’s basic and easy. The overview takes time to decide upon and is the most important paragraph. Then you add detail in two body paragraphs. Aim for no more than 180 words. In task 2, you should spend time planning – at least 5 mins. This means you have a clear idea of almost all sentences before you start writing – this makes writing faster. Good luck!

  50. Adnan Shamsi says

    Yesterday, I gave written test in Karachi, Pakistan..

    GT Writing Task 1 ::

    You have to translate a document in foreign language, ask your friend to do it.
    – Tell about the document
    – Why you want to translate it
    – How to send you after translation

    GT Writing Topic 2 ::

    Many Children these days are not fit and healthy as used to be in the past.
    – What are the causes?
    – Whats the solution?

    Note:: Writing Task 1 have different sheet with orange border on it and task 2 have black border on it… You can ask for extra sheet if you want.

    Listening Section 4 was on Photic Sneezing.
    GT Reading have 5 paragraphs

  51. Sidra Nasim says

    Hi Liz,

    Your website is so helpful. Thank you for such adorable work.

    I want to ask that what is the maximum word count for letter?


    • There is no upper limit for any IELTS writing task. But try to aim for between 160 and 180 words in task 1.

  52. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for this lovely website.

    Please I’d like to know if these sample task questions are for General or Academic to enable me prepare properly.

  53. Hi,Liz!
    I have a question related to one of these question essays.One of these says “More and more people prefer to read e-books rather than paper books.What are the REASONS for this? What PROBLEMS can this cause for libraries?” What is the structure for this essay? Thanks for your time.

  54. Maneeha Rahman says

    Hello. Can the questions be repeated for April 2017 in task 2 writing?

  55. Hello
    Thanks liz … your material was of great help.. now waiting for the result .. hope it will be good.
    I have given ielts on 18 th march (A) India
    Reading was easy
    Listening was quite tough
    Task 1 – A graph illustrating higher qualifications for men and women
    Task 2 – it become difficult for many people to manage time between their work and other parts of lives . What can be the causes and solutions.
    Speaking – part1 work or study ,celebrity and other simple topics
    Part 2 .. expalin a situation when a wild animal tried to harm you.
    Prt 3 was related questions to it.

  56. Hi liz,
    i’m sitting my exam next Saturday , wish me luck 🙂
    i’m just quite confused about the question the advantages of global English still outweigh the disadvantages. to what extent do u agrre? if i agree, should i mention two advantages ? or i should mention both advantages and disadvantages , each in a paragraph, regardless my opinion?

  57. Hi, Liz.
    My name is Kate. I am from Ukraine.
    Thank you very much for all your lessons. They were hugely helpful for me.
    I passed IELTS (Academic) last Saturday (18.03).
    My Task2 question:

    “Professional workers such as doctors, nurses and teachers must be paid by government more than people participated in sports and entertaiment.
    To what extent do you agree or desagree?”

  58. Hi liz,

    This is my Task2 question in HK on 18/3/17.

    Some people think the government should ban dangerous sport, while others think people should have freedon to choose the sporty activities they like.
    Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

  59. Abdul Jalil says

    I have just finished my IELTS exam in Saudi Arabia and I wanted to share with you guys the questions we got in 18-3-2017 paper
    Task 1 was a line graph about production of electricity from Nuclear fuel, coal , oil and natural gas from 1996 to 2006 and the place was in Britain
    Task 2 ” Doctors , nurses and teachers make great contribution to the society and should be paid more than sports or entertainment industries.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree ”
    Hope it helps you out in your preparation. For now I am famished and want to eat wholeheartedly. 😄

  60. Swathi
    March 4th academic in India
    writing task I
    – Two bar charts
    -First bar chart, % of boys and girls participated in organized cultural activities in 2003, in Australia
    – Second, % of boys and girls participated in sports activities

    Task 2
    Some people say that, government should plant more trees in the public open spaces in towns and cities, others say it is better to use open spaces for more housing.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree?

  61. Tiana TRUONG says

    Thanks for your guidance, which is very helpful to me..

  62. Hi Liz,
    I want to ask about the type of this question.Where do I need to put my opinion? In introduction or in conclusion?

    “Today, more and more students are deciding to move to a different country for higher students. Do you think that the benefits of this outweigh the problems?”

    Thank you so much?

    • Your answer to the question is introduced in the introduction, explained in the body and summarised in the conclusion.

  63. the issue whether _________or not is a never ending debate and people are divided in both favor and against this debate

    can i use this template for intro of opinion and discussion essay

    • Never learn sentences to use. Use your own English, not templates. It’s a test. The examiner will not accept memorised language.

  64. Is it possible to ask ask for change of speaking question in case it seems too challenging

  65. Hi Liz,

    My name is Vinayak Mane and I am from India. I appeared for IELTS exam on 4th March. We got below topic for Writing Task 2.

    Population is growing in all over the world. Is it better to build new homes in already existing homes, Or to build new homes in the countryside?

  66. Thxs mam for such information which me a lot

  67. Hello mam plz send the pdf file of essay and speaking my exam on 25th march

  68. Hi Liz,

    I’m from the Philippines.
    Your IELTS tips are really helpful. Thank you very much.
    I have a request, can you please check my Writing Task 2.
    I spent approximately 45 minutes writing it. Thank you again.
    Hoping for your reply.

    Nowadays, more and more older people who need employment compete with the younger people for the same jobs. What problems this causes? What are solutions?

    Job competition among youth and older people has arisen in many countries around the world these days. Albeit serious problems have emerged as a result of this, some initiatives could be taken to mitigate such predicament.

    First, a major consequence would be the increasing rate of unemployment junior workers could experience because of the large number of people vying for the same work. Hence, the joblessness could often lead teenagers committing delinquencies. To illustrate, in some countries, such as the Philippines, young people resort to petty crimes such as robbing, drug dealing and prostitution for the sake of earning money to support themselves or their family. Second, the abundance of mature aged employees, whilst highly experienced, could be ineffective and unproductive owing to their health deterioration. For example, eye problems like cataract, which is most common in elderly workers, could impede their job performance, and attendance at some point.

    Nevertheless, the government and companies could play an essential role in combating these problems. To start with, companies could implement early retirement incentive programs for elderly laborers. Special healthcare and other social welfare payments would help them ensure that they could live healthily for the rest of their life. Consequently, this could create job openings for a younger generation of workers. Additionally, government employers could generate numerous job opportunities for the youth. This could be done and supported by, for instance, a fast- track scheme, a system for rapid training and job promotion of talented young staff. In this way, many of them can be hired and develop their potential to the fullest and make a significant contributions to the company they are working for.

    In general, it is apparent that the problems caused by older and younger people prospecting similar job are varied. Notwithstanding this, solutions are available for the government and companies to lessen the ramifications.

    • Did you learn this phrase from a book or website?: “Albeit serious problems have emerged as a result of this, some initiatives could be taken to mitigate such predicament.” The examiner will not accept learned phrases.

  69. Thnks a lot dear liz mam,,,for pdf files of great essay questions,,😊😊

  70. Hello Liz,
    I have a query I hope I ll get answer this time, haven’t got answers of my previous emails.
    With reference to your open plan office essay , you mentioned positive and negative aspects in billets , van this be done in writing test 2 exam? Or we shouldn’t use bullets .

  71. hi Liz
    Can u suggest books IELTS academic writing to score 7.

  72. dear Liz

    hope you are well, I am too much worried I have to plan General IELTS test in May.
    but my writing power is to week. can you please guide me what I do step by step.
    how can I improve?
    looking forward to your positive response.

  73. Hello Liz!

    First of all, I would like to thank you for all that great and enormously userful material you’ve been postiong here!

    I had my Academic IELTS yesterday’s morning in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) and my Writing topic 2 was just the same as Tomas’ (about the open-space design).

    In Writing 1 I had to describe a linear graph about number of books bought in bookstores, supermarkets and in the Internet. The tricky thing was that it illustrated the data from 2000 to 2020, so I needed to write about some projections too.

    I had to stop in the midddle of the sentence in writing 1 as I’ ve spent too much time on the essay (about 46-74 minutes). I wrote more than 150 words though.
    That makes me really nervous about my results -____-.

    Oh yes, and the last thing. They have changed design of answersheets for writing task 1. Now there are 16 lines on the first page (instead of 10).


    • Thanks so much for sharing, Mariia. It’s not easy writing about graphs which span from the past into the future. Here’s a sample sentence: “The number of books sold over the internet rose from 1 million in 2000 and is predicted to reach 25 million in 2020.” As long as you write over 150 words you are safe fro penalties and as long as you wrote a clear overview, that will also help. Task 1 is only worth about 33% of your marks. So, fingers crossed you do well. I’ll put a notice up next week about difference writing paper – but I doubt it’s available online.

  74. Hi Liz.
    I just had my IELTS exam today on 18th if February.
    Today’s writing task 2 topic was:
    Nowadays, some buildings such as offices and schools have open-space design instead of separate rooms. Why is it so? Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

    I found it kinda tough, mostly because I’ve focused on the recent topics, but managed to write it. I would like to take this opporunity to say big THANKS to You!


    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 It’s a tough topic. Open space is supposed to be better because it promotes interaction between staff, reduces barriers between the levels of staff, is usually better for natural lighting and it is a cost effective use of space. The downside is lack of privacy, spread of illness due to close staff work space and distractions to staff which lowers work performance. I’m glad you found my website useful 🙂

  75. Dalila Nelli says

    Hi, I was wondering how it’s possible to write something whit a sense in only 40 min. Any advice?

    Liz you are helping me a lot!


  76. Hey,

    My exam is tomorrow fella’s & if I get 7 in academic writing !! free beer for y’all !!.

    p.s Thank’s alot liz for all the hard work you put into this website for people like us.

    • Good luck tomorrow. See this page of my last minute tips: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-exam-tips-on-the-day/. Thanks for the offer of free beer for all – there are about 400,000 people per month on my site – it might be a big bill!! 🙂 🙂

      • Hahaha! I can’t help but laugh so loud with your comment Liz. You are truly a person full of wits and humor. All the people visiting your website and I are all indebted to u.

        • Funny 🙂 I didn’t think anyone would notice that comment. Sometimes I can’t help having a bit of fun while I’m working 🙂 Thanks for appreciating my website, Anne, and good luck with your test !! 🙂

          • So , turns out i messed up with writing again :/. The other modules were pretty simple, should be easy 8 on those.
            Gonna give pte a try next, apparently aus government allows it for immigration.

            Liz, holy that’s alot of ppl, cough cough. Brb, gonna go sell a kidney or two.

            • I’m so sorry to hear things didn’t go well for you. Writing is such a tricky one! I’ve sent you an email to the email you are using for this comment. So, check it as I’ve sent you a free “something”.
              Yeah, it’s a lot of people but your thoughts of a beer are deeply appreciated 🙂 Take care and good luck with what you choose to do 🙂

          • I may not be so brilliant when it comes to writing, but I’m good in spotting tiny details 😘 I really enjoyed reading this trail of conversation that instead of reviewing, I find myself just having good vibes because of this little chat.
            I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that nobody is a suitable candidate yet to be flash’s kidney recipient 😂🤣😀😜
            Liz, keep up the good work and sincerest thank you to u. May u fully recover from the chronic illness that u are suffering from. I’ll pray for your complete healing.

  77. Killol patel says

    hey liz,

    yesterday I’ve appeared in speaking test (13/2/17,India)

    cue card: two people from the same family.

    i didn’t ans. 1 que. but my over all speaking was good.
    so howmuch bands 1 ans. can decrease? half or full or one n half????

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 The cue card does not contain any questions at all, only a few prompts which you use or not – as you want.

      • In speaking I found.. speaker wrote on performance sheet… in task 1 he wrote 450 and in task 2 he wrote 550. Could it be my band?

        • No, it is more likely to be timing. Don’t pay any attention to notes the examiner makes. They do not decide the band score until the end of the test.

  78. Hi Liz,

    I couldn’t find video or text about Direct essay / Cause Solution essay. Where to find?
    My exam date is 16 Feb.


  79. Mohamed Ali says

    Hello Liz
    Thank you so much for your help.
    If the question was as “Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?”
    Then, can I deal with this question as ” ….. outweigh …” and I have to give my opinion?

    • You give your opinion – is it positive or is it negative?

      • Hi Liz,
        In such a question would it be ok to outline the positive and negative side and then in your conclusion you make your stand whether it is positive or negative. Is that allowed?


        • Your essay must follow the instructions. If the instructions are: “is this a positive or negative development” then your WHOLE essay answers that. If you only answer this in the final sentence, you will get a lower score.

  80. Today i have finishe my writing on 11 feb 2017

    Writing essay 2 for gt

    People from fewer countries buy new things while some second hand
    Negative or positive this trend?

    What would be the answer.

    I wrote because of standard of living and job

    Is this my right reply?

    • To be honest, the essay question you have written isn’t correct. It contains errors which make it difficult for me to understand. Is this the question:

      Fewer people are buying new things and instead prefer to buy things second hand. Is this a positive or negative trend?

      This is asking you to decide if this is positive or negative. You MUST state which in your introduction. Your whole essay will explain why. It is not the aim to explain why this is happening.

      • Hi Liz

        This is Rohan. I wanted to mention the other questions as well.

        Task 1: Write a letter to the head teacher of the school saying that your child would like to take a day off from the school to attend an important family celebration. In the letter you should mention:

        1) what is the celebration?
        2) why is it important for your child to attend it?
        3) mention how will he make up the missed classes?

        Speaking Test Questions (Whatever I can recollect..)

        Date: 9th Feb
        Location: Sharjah, UAE

        Part- I
        1) What is your full nme?
        2) Do you study or work?
        3) Why did you choose the kind of work?
        4) Do you like holidays?
        5) What do you prefer – bigger or shorter holidays and why?
        6) Do you like chocoloates?
        7) How often do you eat them?
        8) In your childhood did you like them?

        Part -II

        Tell about a small business that you will start in the near future.
        1) why are you starting this?
        2)what do you need?
        3) where will you start this?
        4) what do you think will be the benefits?

        Part III

        1) Which are the small businesses in your area?
        2) Differences between small businesses and MNCs?
        3) How can govt help small businesses?
        4)What do you think will be beneficial to the local community – MNC/Small business?


      • Yesterday topic
        In some countries less people buy new things and more buy secnd hand things.
        What are the reasons
        Is it apositive or nagative

        • Hi Liz,

          This is the exact question given on 11 Feb 2017 for GT Task 2. What reasons can you give with regards to the statement given other than high price in brand new items?
          Do you have any sample answers written for this question?


          • buying second hand: the main reason is cost. With a downturn in world economy, people in many countries can’t afford to buy new things and instead buy cheaper, second hand products. Another reason is that people are becoming more environmentally aware and understand about recycling items.

      • I had the same question, and it was a direct question- People now a days buy new things instead of repairing a broken thing like in the old days. What is the reason behind this?
        What are the effects of this?

        I wrote my opinion in the end, was it the right thing to do with a question like this? And i have 1 para intro , 2 para to the first question , one para to the last question and one para to the conclusion. I have another paper on 16th so please advice.

        • Sounds fine. You can give your opinion in the conclusion for this as a final statement or miss it all together – your choice as the instructions don’t ask for your opinion.

      • Hi Liz, I just took the IELTS exam in the same day as Sam, in Geneva.
        The Task 1 was the following:
        You want your child to have a day off school for a family celebration.
        Say why is it important for you that your child attends to it and say how will you “make up” for the missed lessons.

        Task 2 asked:
        In some countries, instead of buying new things, some people prefer to buy second-hand things (funny they use the word things).
        What do you think are the reasons for that.
        Is this a positive or a negative trend?

        Just wanted to let you know how awesome your site is, thanks for it, and I just love the way you speak 🙂


        • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’m really pleased you are benefiting from my website 🙂

          • Hey

            I took the exam on 11th as well -Academic.
            The question in task 2 was same as Ana described but the second part of question was different. It was something like – What are the effects of this?.

            I wanted to ask you whether Essays like these require conclusion or not?
            And also i wrote 1 para for into, then 2 para for first question, 1 para for the second question and then the conclusion Para.

            Please tell if this was a right approach.


            • All essays in IELTS require a conclusion. See this page: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2-last-5-mins/

              • I had the same question on 11th Feb test.

                1. Introduction (40 words)
                2. Paragraph 1 (reason 1 => due to low average income) 80 words
                3. Paragraph 2 (reason 2 => to be updated with latest models of phones, cars and gadgets they sell and buy used things frequently) 60 words
                4. Paragraph 3 (My opinion => i think this is positive in two sense ; first it improves cashflow in country thus boosting economy and secondly low income people can have more things in less budget) 50 Words
                5. Conclusion (50 words)

              • How is that !!?????

                But teacher you did say that in task1 conclusion is not important!!????
                We just should write

                I did this way on my task1

                Am i right or false!?????????


                • Task 1 is NOT an essay. Writing Task 1 is a report which contains an overview. Don’t confuse task 1 and task 2. Task 2 = essay, Task 1 = report.

              • Hi Liz,

                is it okay to write 3 paragraph plus one introduction and one conclusion in the writing task essay 2?


        • Hey anna

          I had the same writing question in writing test .

          I had the same wrinting task 1 n 2 as you.

          In task 2 i have written answer ( coz of standard of living n job ) .

          Is this correct ?

          What was ur answer for writing task 2 ?


  81. Hi Liz, thank You very much ! This is really the gift for me! You are kind! Writing Task 2 is one of the most complicated challenge for me! I hope your help really me pass exam successfully. Thanks You very much!

  82. hi mam,
    what does the term human race refer to, can u please just tell me the very basic meaning.i browsed it in various ways but i couldn’t understand the exact meaning . iam taking my ielts lrw exam tommorrow i.e; feb 11 so, it would be great if u could help in this.
    thanks in advance

  83. Hey mam, tomorrow is my speaking test .. i m bit affraid of it cuz m having hesitation nd pauses while speaking and it keeps my fluency slow please help what should i do now??

  84. This is so helpful Liz, thank you so much.

  85. hi Liz
    I really appreciate your work.
    my ielts test is on 16 feb/2017.
    attach on my below email address

  86. Thank u madam for your valuable guidance…….God bless..😊😊

  87. Thanks, mam……
    If you will provide in pdf form, it will more useful for me.

  88. Hi Liz,
    Your site is great! Really instructive and well-organized. Thanks for keeping us up-dated! The pdf would be of great help!
    Thanks 🙂

    • The pdf file is now available – look again at the bottom of this article and you’ll find a link to download the questions.

  89. Many thanks for your help. Pdf format could be more useful for me.

  90. Tiba hikmat says

    Hi liz,
    I just want to ask you if you do private tuition lessons??or can you recommend someone for me please…thank you very much

  91. Please send me PDF file of writing task 2 my exam is on 16 Feb it this PDF file will be helpful for me

  92. Dear Liz,

    Please send me your pdf file.

    Thank you and God bless!

    Respectfully yours,

    May Pancho

  93. Hello Liz

    I’ve got a problem relating to one of these topics above. What are consumer goods?

    Kind regards

  94. hi liz ,
    my name is abdul i have an exam on 16th feb could you attach files for writing task 2 and reading for general practise.

  95. satbir singh says

    thanks lisa,i want to get answers for above questions can you upload a pdf file ?

  96. Hi liz , my test is on 25th Feb .can you send me pdf file .I’ll be thank full to you .

  97. Julius Mothupi says

    Hi Liz!My name is Julius Mothupi from Gaborone, Botswana. I am writing my IELTS test on the 16/02/16, in Gaborone, Botswana. Please send me the PDF file.

    Thank you.

  98. Hi Liz,
    My name is vedha. I have exam on feb 11.
    Could u plz send PDF file
    Your site is very helpful to me and learning soo many new things.
    Thank u so much for your time & dedication

  99. Hi Liz
    Need pdf file
    thanku soo much ……….amazing work you are doing …keep it up and god bless u 🙂

  100. Hai ma’am your site is really helpful. Thanks a lot

  101. Hello mem
    Are you doing great job
    I have one question in my mind is what is exact difference between the “to what extend do you agree or disagree” and”do you agree or disagree “???
    Please give me brief idea about it and how how’s both are differentiate?

    • As you can see, these instructions (to what extent do you agree/ do you agree or disagree etc) are all grouped under the Opinion Essay. They are the same essay but with paraphrased instructions.

  102. Hi Liz,
    thank you so very much your post have being helpful.pls can i have the down load for task 1 and 2 writing.

  103. Thnx Liz for sending me essay topics. I’ve done lots of practice through your site. u r amazing. my LRW test will be on 11feb. I’ve sent my speaking topic to u. plz. reply me for my question. I am from a very small town of India even though I’ve got lots of through u. thnx again Liz.

  104. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaxn

  105. All tips and model essays are on this following link for writing task 2: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/

  106. Tintumon Xavier says

    Thank you very much for your concern. God bless you more and more for your service to those who wish to perform well in the test.

  107. PRATAP SAHA says

    Thanks Mam.
    Would be helpful if I get pdf file
    Thanks again

  108. Thank you for the Good job you have been doing.
    Please i will need a pdf file

  109. Balakrishna Dongala says

    Hi, Liz. Hope you are doing fine, can we expect the same topic in march or any guessing topics would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

  110. kindly share for task one as well

  111. Also Liz, I find a lot of student who took exams with me reported being asked similar questions during the speaking test, viz
    The idea of Internet as a means of communication nowadays.
    Is it beneficial and do you believe it promotes or hinders interpersonal relations
    What are the pros and cons of the Internet. Etc

  112. Your articles are very helpful and easy to follow. Please upload the PDF.

  113. Hi Liz,

    It would be greatly appreciated if you provide a PDF. 🙂

  114. Hi Liz
    Thank you very much.
    Pdf would be very helpful.

  115. Amandeep Parmar says

    Need pdf file
    thanku soo much ……….amazing work you are doing …keep it up and god bless u 🙂

  116. mostaruhi sultana says

    Thanks mam..your video listen are very useful..i am very fond of you..plz post it as a pdf file..

  117. Mahfuzur Rahman says

    Thanks a lot Mam..your youtube videos are very very heplful and informative. I have learnt a lot through your lectures and website.

    it would be kind if you upload the pdf.
    Again, Thank you 🙂

  118. Pdf would be wonderful

  119. Thank you very much Liz. A pdf of this topics is appreciated by all students.

  120. Hi Liz, thanks always for your amazing help, I would like the pdf document because I can printed and study it. Thanks

  121. Liz,
    This is very helpful stuff. Really good. I look forward to seeing more of such eye openers.

    Thank you many times.

  122. Thanku madam…
    If possible please send me a pdf file.

  123. Hi Liz,

    It would be a great help for us students if you send us sample exams thru pdf so that we have an idea on the current exam trend. Thanks in advance.

  124. Arjun Patel says

    Thanks mam …. For your help in improving my skill as well as put that on the right direction…… #Tysm

  125. Thank you Liz, You’ve helped me a lot 🌹 May you upload the PDF file ?

  126. Prashant Patel says

    Thanks ma’m.I hope, this tips will help me a lot in my exam.My exam will be on 11th February, so I need your PDF file,please send me.

  127. Siddique Khan says

    Dear Liz
    It would be really great if you kindly arrange PDF for us. I am planning to sit for exam in the end of march.

    thank you so much


  128. Wilson kiyingi says

    Thank you Liz, this is so helpful and a download version will be fantastic.

  129. Thanks a lot. I have the test in two days, i hope to find some of these topics.

  130. Thank you for these. Can we have the pdf file for download as suggested above. My exams is in March


  131. Jyothi Mathew says

    Hi Liz,

    Your website is my boost of my daily motivation to keep practicing. I want pdf of ielts writing question 2017, which has so far appeared.
    Thanking you

  132. Agnella Mhungu says

    Thanks so much for the question Liz, but where can i get more model answers for these questions.

  133. Sameer Manoj Shah says

    Hello Mam,
    Ur suggestion is great ..Plz post the download link so that it will be helpful to me as my exams is on 25th Feb…

  134. Would like to have a pdf file

  135. Could you be please send me a PDF?

  136. Hello
    Nice to prepare
    But how i will konw if ut true

    If possible ,,please send it as pdf .

    I will have have exam on 11/2

    Thanks alot

  137. Hi Liz,
    It would be amazing has this page available for download in PDF.

    Thank you,

  138. Need pdf file.

  139. Thanks mam…
    .ur blog is very informational one for me..
    Ur teaching is as per student’s need
    Thank u so much..

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