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IELTS Academic Writing is considered by many to be the most difficult part. With 2 modules Task 1 and Task 2, you are supposed to finish your essays in 60 minutes. Some believe Task 1 Academic is very challenging because a graph/chart will be given to you. However, regardless of which module (academic or general), writing task 2 is always given more marks.

IELTS Academic Writing 1

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The first graph gives the number of passengers travelling by train in Sydney. The second graph provides information on the percentage of trains running on time. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant ...

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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: The use of personal cars has increased more than ever before but this use of cars causes many problems. What are those problems? In order to reduce these problems, should we discourage people to use cars ...
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IELTS Academic Writing 2

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph below shows the average monthly use of health club in Miami and Florida by all full-time members in 2017. The pie charts show the age profile of male and female members of this health club. Summarise the information by ...

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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Some people believe that it is important for young children to go to school as soon as possible. Others, however, believe that children should be allowed to stay at home and play until they are six ...
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IELTS Academic Writing 3

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart below shows the percentage of total US population aged 65 and over between 1900 and 2000. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. You should write at least 150 words.

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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Fossil fuel, such as coal, oil and natural gas, is extensively used in many countries which cause harms to the environment. The use of alternative sources of energy, including wind and solar power, however, is being ...
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IELTS Academic Writing 4

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The charts A and B show the share of the UK and Australian cinema market in 2001 and cinema admission in the UK and Australia from 1976 to 2006. Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below ...

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Task 2 Academic:

The main purpose of public libraries is to provide books, and they should not waste their limited resources and space on providing expensive hi-tech media such as computer software, videos and DVDs. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
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IELTS Academic Writing 5

Task 1 Academic:

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?
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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Nowadays plastic money replacements such as credit and debit cards are extremely popular, even more than banknotes and coins. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this.
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IELTS Academic Writing 6

Task 1 Academic:

The first chart below shows how energy is used in an average Australian household. The second chart shows the percentage of greenhouse gas emissions which result from this energy use. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Nowadays plastic money replacements such as credit and debit cards are extremely popular, even more than banknotes and coins. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples ...
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IELTS Academic Writing 7

Task 1 Academic:

The pie charts below show the average household expenditures in a country in 1950 and 2010. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

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Task 2 Academic:

When choosing a job, the salary is the most important consideration for many. Others, however, prefer different other aspects of a job over the salary they earn. In your opinion what are the most important aspects of a job?
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IELTS Academic Writing 8

Task 1 Academic:

The graph below shows usual water usage (in millions of cubic meters) by industries in some countries in a year. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: People generally know that the environment is important. However, most individuals still don't take responsibilities to protect the environment. Why is this? What should be done to encourage people to protect the environment? Give reasons ...
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IELTS Academic Writing 9

Task 1 Academic:

The graph shows population distribution in the Northwest Region for 1900-2050. Summarize and make comparisons

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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: It is important that we maintain and protect the beautiful building of the past, even if it is expensive for countries to do so. Do you agree with this statement?
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IELTS Academic Writing 10

Task 1 Academic:

The charts below show the proportions of the world's oil resources held in different areas, together with the proportions consumed annually in the same areas. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons when relevant.

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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: “The best way to learn English is to study with native teachers.” What do you think about this opinion? State your point and give reasons and examples to support your answer. Write at least 250 words.
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IELTS Academic Writing 11

Task 1 Academic:

The diagrams below show the site of a school in 2004 and the plan for the changes to school site in 2024. Summaries the information by selecting and reporting the main features,and make comparisons when relevant.
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Task 2 Academic:

For many, shopping malls are great places to spend their leisure time and meet others. People, however, in the past mostly visited those when necessary. To what extent do you think this is a negative trend?
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IELTS Academic Writing 12

Task 1 Academic:

The graph below shows the average growth in domestic products in wealthy countries, countries that have adopted a global approach to business and countries that have not.write a report for university lecturer describing the information below.

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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Some people think that studying history is a waste of time while others think it is essential to learn history. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
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IELTS Academic Writing 13

Task 1 Academic:

You are going to study in a college in the UK next year. You would like to stay in a college Hall of Residence. Write a letter to the college giving your accommodation requirements. You should outline what your room and food needs are. Also ask what alternatives are available ...
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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: The main purpose of public libraries is to provide books, and they should not waste their limited resources and space on providing expensive hi-tech media such as computer software, videos and DVDs. To what extent do ...
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IELTS Academic Writing 14

Task 1 Academic:

A friend who lives in another country has invited to you come and stay with him/her on your next holiday. You are too busy to accept the invitation. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: • Thank him/her for the invitation • Explain why you cannot come • Give ...
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Task 2 Academic:

People attend colleges or universities for many different reasons (for example, new experiences, career preparation, increased knowledge etc.). Why do you think people attend colleges or universities?
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IELTS Academic Writing 15

Task 1 Academic:

The graph below shows the consumption of fish and some different kinds of meat in a European country between 1979 and 2004. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparison where relevant.

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Task 2 Academic:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: The news is an important source of knowledge for all of us about the world, especially in this era of technology. Journalists are mainly responsible to bring this news to us but not all of them ...
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IELTS Academic Writing 16

Task 1 Academic:

The graph shows the figures for CFC emissions in four countries between 1989 and 2001. Write a report for a university lecture describing the information below.

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Task 2 Academic:

Throughout the history, male leaders have always led us to violence and conflict. If a society is governed by female leaders it will be more peaceful. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
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IELTS Academic Writing 17

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information in the table below. You should write at least 150 words.

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Task 2 Academic:

It is expect in the near future that there will be a higher proportion of old people compared to younger population in some countries . It is positive or negative development? give your opinion and example.
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IELTS Academic Writing 18

Task 1 Academic:

The pie chart below shows the main reasons why agricultural land becomes less productive. The table shows how these causes affected three regions of the world during the 1990s. Summarize the in formation by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

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Task 2 Academic:

Many employees may work at home with the modern technology. Some people claim that it can benefit only the workers, and does not benefit employers at all. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
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IELTS Academic Writing 19

Task 1 Academic:

The graph below shows the total value of exports and the value of fuel, food and manufactured goods exported by one country from 2000 to 2005. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

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Task 2 Academic:

do you agree or disagree with the following statement? teachers should not make their political or social views known to students in the classroom
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IELTS Academic Writing 20

Task 1 Academic:

The graph below shows the proportion of the population aged 65 and over between 1940 and 2040 in three different countries. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main feature and make comparisons where relevant.

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Task 2 Academic:

Some people believe that all children should have a pet or an animal to look after. Other people disagree, however, saying that this depends on a child’s circumstances. Consider these opposing views, and give your own opinion.
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IELTS Academic Writing 21

Task 1 Academic:

The bar chart below shows the results of a survey conducted by a personnel department at a major company. The survey was carried out on two groups of workers: those aged from 18-30 and those aged 45-60, and shows factors affecting their work performance. Write a report for a university ...

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Task 2 Academic:

Education is thought by some to be the best way to get a good job. On the other hand, other people think that getting experience and developing soft skills is more important. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
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IELTS Academic Writing 22

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The diagrams below give information about the Eiffel Tower in Paris and an outline project to extend it underground. Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown. You should write at least 150 words.

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Task 2 Academic:

Some people believe that studying at university or college is the best route to a successful career, while others believe that it is better to get a job straight after school. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
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IELTS Academic Writing 23

Task 1 Academic:

The table below gives information on consumer spending on different items in five different countries in 2002. Percentage of national consumer expenditure by category - 2002.

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Task 2 Academic:

Tests and examinations are a central feature of school systems in many countries. Do you think the educational benefits of testing outweigh any disadvantages? Give reasons for your answer, and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
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IELTS Academic Writing 24

Task 1 Academic:

The map below shows three proposed sites for a new hypermarket (A, B and C) in the city of Pellington.Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and making comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words.

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Task 2 Academic:

Some people think it is more important to spend money on roads and motorways than on public transport systems. To what extend do you agree?
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IELTS Academic Writing 25

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph below gives information about the preferred leisure activities of Australian children. Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown. You should write at least 150 words.

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Task 2 Academic:

Music is played in every society and culture in the world today. Some people think that music brings only benefits to individuals and societies. Others however think that music can have a negative influence on both. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. (Topic from: Morgan Terry, Judith ...
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IELTS Academic Writing 26

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The diagram below shows how a central heating system in a house works. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. You should write at least 150 words.

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Task 2 Academic:

In many countries, the proportion of older people is steadily increasing. Does this trend have more positive or negative effects on the society?
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IELTS Academic Writing 27

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The table below provide information on rental charges and salaries in three areas of London. Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below. You should write at least 150 words.

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Task 2 Academic:

Some people believe unpaid community service should be compulsory part of high school programs. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
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IELTS Academic Writing 28

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The charts below show the percentage of their food budget the average family spent on restaurant meals in different years. The graph shows the number of meals eaten in fast food restaurants and sit-down restaurants. You should write at least 150 ...

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Task 2 Academic:

Nowadays, children play less with one another and this has an impact on their development. What are the reasons for this? Does it have a good or a bad effect on children?
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IELTS Academic Writing 29

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The table below shows CO2 emissions for different forms of transport in the European Union. The Pie Chart shows the percentage of European Union funds being spent on different forms of transport. You should write at least 150 words.

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Task 2 Academic:

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. You should give reasons for your answer using your own ideas and experience.
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IELTS Academic Writing 30

Task 1 Academic:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart shows the number of mobile phones and landlines per 100 people in selected countries. Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information given. You should write at least 150 words.

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Task 2 Academic:

Some people think it would be a good idea for schools to teach every young person how to be a good parent. Do you agree or disagree with this opinion? Describe the skills a person needs to be a good parent.
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