Common IELTS Essay and Report Questions

A collection of practice IELTS essay and report questions for writing task 1 + 2. These questions are to help students develop skills and prepare for IELTS tests. They have been written based on the official materials.



































1. There are many extinct animal species in the world. Some people think we should protect animals from dying out, while others believe we should spend more time on the problems of human beings.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.


2. There are many problems caused by mobile phones.

What are the advantages of mobile phones? What are the disadvantages?


3. To become financially responsible adults, children should learn to handle their money from a young age.



4. Today, the quality of life in large cities is decreasing.

Discuss the causes and solutions.


5. Some people think that visitors to other countries should obey local customs and behaviours, while other people disagree and think that the host country should welcome cultural differences.

Discuss both these views and give your opinion.


6. In some developed countries young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year at the end of high school and before starting university.

What are the pros and cons for young people who choose to do this?


7. Some people believe that using animals to test the safety of human medicines is cruel and unwarranted, whereas others feel it is a medical necessity.

Discuss both views and state your own opinion.


8. The rote learning of information by memorisation plays the most crucial role in educating people.

Do you agree with this opinion?


9. Global warming is one of the biggest threats humans face in the 21st Century and sea levels are continuing to rise at alarming rates.

What problems are associated with this and what are some possible solutions?


10. In developing countries, some people believe that governments should give people access to new technology in order to improve their lives, while others think governments should offer free education.

Discuss both ideas and give your own opinion.


11. Some people think art such as sculpture and music cannot improve the quality of people's lives so the government should not spend money on them but on health and defence

What is your opinion?


12. What are the advantages and disadvantages of public transport?


13. In many countries the number of visitors to art galleries has been steadily declining.

What are the reasons for this? What could be done to improve the situation? 


14. More people want to work at home instead of at the office.

What are the advantages and disadvantages?


15. Many of the world’s cities face a serious housing shortage.

What are some reasons for this shortage and what solutions can you suggest?


16. Universities should enrol equal numbers of male and female students in all subjects.

Do you agree or disagree?


17. Many people work long hours, leaving very little time for leisure activities.

Does this situation have more advantages or more disadvantages?


18. Fossil fuels are essential for producing electricity, powering industry and fueling transportation. However, one day we will reach a point when all the world’s fossil fuels have been depleted.

How can we conserve these resources?

What are some alternatives to fossil fuels?


Source: IELTS materials