October 2016 IELTS Writing Task 2 Exam Questions

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We have compiled some October 2016 IELTS writing task 2 topics for your to practice with. Which do you think is the hardest to answer?

October 2016 IELTS Writing Task 2 Essay Questions

  1. The advantages of English spreading as a global language will continue to outweigh the disadvantages. To what extent do you agree or disagree.
  2. The range and quality of food we can buy has changed due to technological and scientific advances. Some people believe the range and quality of food has improved while others consider it may be harmful. Discuss both points of view and give your opinion.
  3. Do you think the care for elderly relatives should be with family or professional care?. Give your opinion.
  4. Some people think university education is important for success while others disagree.Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  5. Nowadays people research their family history, some people say this is useless and we should instead focus on present and future generations. Share your opinion.
  6. Major countries nowadays face traffic problems. Describe the situation in your country and discuss possible ways to overcome it. (General test)
  7. In many countries, people are not taking care of their elderly relatives but seeking help of professionals to look after them. Do you think this is a positive or a negative development ? (General test)
  8. It is generally discussed among the public that extreme sports such as sky diving and rock-climbing should be banned. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Let us know anytime if you have any questions with them!

Latest IELTS Exam questions August 2016


IELTS Writing questions

Task 2: Many countries spend high amount of money on internet access. Explain why this is happening. Do you think it is a good way to use the government’s money?

Task 2: Some cities are gradually changing from driving a car to riding a bicycle, but some people in other cities still prefer driving than cycling. Explain the reasons for the development and suggest which is better.

Task 2: Schools should only be used for academics study and all the other things like cookery woodwork should be learned at home or via friends. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

Task 2: Why are people buying more and more manufactured product for use and own? What is the effect on individual and society? Do they have negative or positive aspects?

IELTS Speaking questions

Part 2
Describe your favorite movie. Please tell us:
Where & when did you see it?
Why you like it?
What is the movie about?




Recent IELTS writing exam questions July 2016

Hi everyone! please find below some recent IELTS writing exam questions. Feel free to practice them & do let us know if you have any questions! Have fun!

IELTS Writing Task 2

1. Many people regard films as a less important form of art than literature and painting. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2. Studies have shown that children are spending more time watching television and less time doing active or creative activities. Explain why this is the case. Suggest possible measures that can encourage children to participate in active or creative activities.

3. The responsibility to prevent and reduce global environmental damage is for politicians rather than individuals. How far do you agree or disagree?

4. Some believe children should have activities organised for them during their free time, whereas others think children ought to plan their own free time. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Writing Task 1

1. A table giving information about the number of students in 6 departments (Maths, English History, Modern Languages, Chemistry and Physics) in an Australian University in 2009.

2. A line graph showing the difference in incomes between men and women from 1978 to 2008.

3. A table giving information about the weekly expenses of retired single people and couples in terms of housing transportation, clothing, food etc.

4. A line graph and table: a line graph about the min and max temperature over a year, and a table about the amount of rainfall (cm) and sunshine (h/day) in every month. Both relate to Glasgow.

How long should the introduction paragraph be for IELTS Writing?

Many students ask us how long their introduction paragraph should be for IELTS writing task 2. While the majority of the students write two sentences (about 50 words), a significant number of students also write three or four sentences (about 70 words).

So we have compiled our recommendations to some of your frequently asked questions. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions!

How long should my introduction be?

We would recommend you having two statements for your introduction. You should have a background statement which introduces the essay question and a thesis statement which introduces your position or main points. This means you will write about two sentences. Of course, a sentence that provides coherence into the next paragraph does not hurt.

Can I write a longer introduction?

Honestly speaking, we see no reason to write a longer introduction. The only reason for the introduction is to introduce the essay topic and your position, any other information is unnecessary. Unnecessary information is a waste of time and shows a lack of focus for a short, concise essay.

The key to a good score for your IELTS essay is to write strong body paragraphs which each contain a clear, relevant main point that is extended and developed. So, don’t waste more time adding more to your introduction. You will be marked down if your essay includes unnecessary information or lacks focus.

What about a hook?

The problem we see with many essays is that, they have a very general sentence at the start of the introduction to get the readers interest. For example “In the modern world, technology is playing an increasingly important role“. This is not needed in IELTS. You just need to introduction the essay question and then introduction your position or ideas. You must use your time wisely and spend more time planning your ideas and writing your body paragraphs.

Responses to question: In some countries, the government is encouraging businesses and industries to move outside city centers and relocate to regional areas. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

This has been a frequently tested question recently. So we have decided to discuss about it in this post. You can find below some ideas for questions and essays related to relocating businesses outside city centers to regional areas. This could be tested in both writing and speaking components of IELTS.

In some countries, the government is encouraging businesses and industries to move outside city centers and relocate to regional areas.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

Advantages of businesses being outside urban areas

  • Land prices are cheaper and more abundant¬†in rural areas which is beneficial to businesses. Many overhead costs will be substantially cheaper.
  • Workers/employees in regional areas can be hired for a lower salary. Attractive to firms.
  • Industry and business can often produce pollution so locating them away from residential areas is sensible. This would help make cities less polluted.
  • Raw materials are located in rural areas so it makes sense for many businesses to be situated nearer their required resources. Various savings such as transportation cost, reduction in pollution.
  • Local communities usually support the arrival of new businesses as they bring jobs. This local support can be beneficial for businesses.

Disadvantages of relocating businesses

  • The infrastructure is sometimes less developed in rural areas which can be a problem for businesses.
  • Internet connection may not be reliable and this can adversely affect companies.
  • Workers in rural areas may be plentiful but they might not be as skilled as those in urban centers. A lack of skilled, experienced workers can be a problem for some companies.
  • For many companies, their customers are in city centers so moving away from their customer base is not beneficial.

IELTS Speaking part 2: What to do during the 1 minutes preparation time

During part 2 of the IELTS speaking component, as soon as students see the cue card questions, they should be doing the following:

  1. Topic Selection (you should select the right things to talk about as you would want to produce a good quality part 2 response). Choose something to talk about that is easy to talk about. Easy topics should have the below:
    1. Lots of features (there should be a variety of things to talk about)
    2. Be expandable (you can keep on adding points to it)
    3. Be able to include some ‚Äėinvented‚Äô aspects. Remember, examiner will not penalise you for lying to him/her. It is OK to make up story or lie to them!
  2. Vocabulary ‚Äď write down some uncommon vocabulary that are related to the topic. (can this word be used for many other topics?)
  3. Grammar point
    1. Decide the Tense (present, past or conditional tense). You do not want to lose hard-earned points over simple grammatical mistakes like tenses right??

Remember to use  plenty of lead-in phrase, linking phrase in every sentence (so the sentence can contain complex linking structures, redundant language, and complex grammar).

Recent IELTS Speaking exam questions (January – February 2016)

Here are some recent IELTS Speaking exam questions (January РFebruary 2016) we have gathered for you. Please do revise them and ask us any questions. 

Part 1 speaking:

  • Answer a set of questions on color, letters, handwriting and emails (i.e. which are more important etc)
  • Do you work or study?
  • Do you like your work?
  • Are you a morning person?
  • Do you study or Work?
  • Why you choose these subjects?
  • What will you do after completing education?
  • How has your work environment changed from past?
  • Have you ever made any handicraft?
  • Is it important for children to know handicrafts?
  • What handicrafts are famous in your country?
  • What new handicraft would you like to learn and why?
  • How do you usually communicate?
  • What do you prefer to message or send a card?
  • When did you get your 1st mobile and why?

Part 2 speaking: What would you like to do if you get a day off from your work or college. You should outline:

  • Where would you go
  • What would you do
  • Why are you thinking of doing this
  • Would you recommend this to your friends

Part 2 speaking: Describe something you forgot during a recent event. You should include:

  • what it was
  • where you forgot it
  • what you did when you realized you have forgotten it


Part 2 IELTS speaking exam question: Describe a day when bad weather affected your plans. You should include:

  • where were you going?
  • what were you going for?
  • what did you do instead during¬†that time?

Part 3 IELTS speaking questions:

  • Questions around past work patterns, present scenario and future possibilities. Such as¬†how to balance work and social life, reasons that are making people busier these days etc.
  • Do people have more choices with jobs in future?
  • are you good at decision making?
  • Do you like to write or type on computer?
  • Is good handwriting important to you?
  • Can you write if there is a need to?
  • In future, will people prefer to use computers for writing?
  • Why do you think people forget things?
  • What should they do to memorize things?
  • How can technology help people memorize things?
  • How is the weather in your country?
  • What do people in your country do in different weather?
  • How is the climate change affecting the world?
  • How is your country planning on¬†overcoming this climate change?
  • Is the individual role important in climate change?


Recent IELTS writing exam questions

Task 1 writing question: You would like to invite your foreign friend to come and attend an event in your city. You should tell him what special things are going to happen and what you plan to do with him.

Task 2 writing question: Job interview is an important way to select a candidate for a job. What are other ways to select a candidate for a job apart from interview. Do you think job interview is the best way when hiring someone?

Task 2 writing questions:¬†Some people think that it is teachers‚Äô responsibility to teach children healthy lifestyle and healthy diet. Others argue that it is parents’¬†duty to provide the required knowledge and skills. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.