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Common IELTS Writing Topics for Writing Task 2

Once you understand the different types of writing tasks in the Writing Task 2 test, it is vital for you to understand the kinds of topics you may be asked to write about.

Below is a list of topics that have appeared in IELTS tests around the world in 2019.

You may be asked to write about any one of these or a related topic. Therefore, you are strongly advised to practice writing about a range of these issues ahead of the exam.

Social Issues

  • Luxury brands
  • Housing
  • Spending money
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Happiness
  • Prison
  • Eating in/out
  • Social class
  • Voluntary work
  • Migration
  • Shopping
  • Computer games
  • Money
  • Crime
  • Obesity
  • Technological advances
  • Violence in videos/computer games
    Wealth gap
  • Media and communication
  • Retirement age
  • Work conditions

Environment

  • Environmental issues
  • Carbon footprint (people and food)
  • Environmental responsibility
  • “Throwaway society”
  • Packaging of products
  • Pollution
  • Traffic
  • City planning
  • Energy use
  • Waste

Cultural Issues

  • Museums and historical sites
  • Weddings
  • Gender issues
  • Public holidays
  • Gift giving

International Issues

  • Food demand
  • Tourism
  • Population age
  • Migration

Education

  • School start age
  • Wealth and education
  • Academic vs practical skills

Family

  • Parental restrictions
  • Parental responsibility
  • Teenagers
  • Parenting
  • Nature vs nurture
  • Importance of family

Business

  • Online training
  • Skills vs knowledge
  • Online communication tools
  • Working from home

Science

  • Forms of energy
  • Natural world
  • Health

Sports

  • Sponsorship
  • Exercise
  • Skills and ability
  • Physical vs mental strength
  • Men’s vs women’s sport
  • Olympic games

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