IELTS Essay Questions April-June

Below are 44 essay questions that recently appeared in IELTS writing task 2. Its is a very good idea to become familiar with recent exam questions and spend time learning more about the topic in order to improve your vocabulary, and develop your ideas and opinions.

The topics in Task 2 essay questions appear repeatedly, although the questions wording itself may change.

  1. Both the poor and the rich find accessibility into university difficult. Do you agree or disagree?
  2. Some young
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Speaking Practice – Sport

Below are some definitions on the common topic of sport, followed by a full speaking test:

Definitions

  • an athletics meeting: an event where various athletics sports are held
  • an athletics track: a running track
  • an away game: a football match played in the opposing teams stadium
  • a brisk walk: a fast walk
  • to do judo: (not go or play)
  • a football fan: someone who likes football
  • a fitness programme: a schedule of activities
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How to improve your confidence in speaking English

Around the world, non-native speakers now outnumber native speakers by three to one. In Asia, an estimated 350 million people speak English. English has become the language of globalization and of international business, so why is it so many students are reluctant to speak English in class? There could be many reasons, but frequently they lack confidence, do not want to make mistakes and sometimes cannot find the words to express the ideas the teacher wants them to. Here is Read more

Developing Ideas and Opinions for Task 2 writing

One of the key problems facing many students in Task 2 Essay writing is a lack of ideas and opinions with which to answer the question. There are some simple steps, however, that students can take to overcome this problem: learning vocabulary for the most common IELTS exam topics, and developing your personal opinion on a wide range of questions.

Topic-based vocabulary

Students who are familiar with the IELTS reading and writing tests will know that there are common topics … Read more

Topic-based vocabulary – Cities

Cities and city life are very common topics in IELTS essays and the speaking test, so it is useful to have a range of vocabulary and ideas with which to answer questions on this subject. Here are some common themes, definitions and questions to practice:

Reasons for Urbanization

• People move to cities in search of job opportunities
• Cities offer greater employment possibilities and a higher standard of living
• People migrate to cities from the countryside
• Traditional … Read more

Buildings and Structures

Here is some vocabulary and P1-3 questions on the subject of buildings and structures. Places are very common questions in Part 1 and 2, so being prepared to describe some buildings would go a long way to help your vocabulary score 🙂

Vocabulary

Materials:
reinforced concrete; brick; steel and glass; stone; timber; a prefabricated building

Structures:
an apartment building; a sky scraper; a high-rise apartment building; a flat; a tower; a bungalow; a cabin a studio; a slum dwelling; a … Read more

Topic-based Vocabulary – Relationships

Here are some part 1, 2 and 3 questions on the subject of relationships. It is important to use topic-based vocabulary to maximize your score in the speaking test, so below are some common expressions:

• to break up: to end a romantic relationship
• to drift apart: to become less close to someone
• to enjoy someone’s company: to like spending time with someone
• to fall for: to fall in love
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Developing Ideas and Opinions – Crime

Crime is a fairly common topic in the IELTS exam, and may come up in task 2 writing or part 3 speaking. Developing an awareness of social issues and the links to other IELTS related topics, such as drug abuse, is definitely worth doing.

Police and Crime Prevention

• The job of the polices is to catch criminals
• They must also prevent crime and make communities safer
• There should be an increase in the number of police officers … Read more

Topic-based Vocabulary – Education

Here is the second post on education with some definitions, useful vocabulary and speaking part 1, 2 and 3 questions.

Definitions

• to attend classes: to go to classes
• bachelors degree: an undergraduate course which usually lasts 3-4 years
• boarding school: a school where pupils live during term time
• distance learning: a way of studying where tuition is carried out over the Internet or by post
• face-to-face classes: as opposed to distance learning the traditional way … Read more

Topic-based Vocabulary – The Environment

Here are some definitions for students to develop their vocabulary on the environment:

• air quality: the cleanliness of the air we breathe
• to become extinct: to no longer exist
• to be under threat: to be in danger of becoming extinct
• biodiversity: the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat, a high level of which is usually considered to be important and desirable.
• carbon dioxide: the burning of fossil … Read more