Free Essay Practice Test

Below are sample IELTS essay questions and topics reported by IELTS students in writing task 2. The 100 essay questions have been reworded and are organised under common topics which frequently come in IELTS writing task 2.

At the bottom of the page, I’ve put some essay questions for you to practice each type of essay: opinion, discussion etc. These are practice essay questions to prepare ideas, not for full exam practice.

IELTS often use the similar topics for their essays but change the essay question. In order to prepare well for writing task 2, you should prepare ideas for common topics and then practice applying them to the tasks given (to the essay questions). Also see model essays and tips for writing task 2.

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Common IELTS Essay Questions

IELTS practice essay questions divided by topic. These topics have been reported by IELTS students in their tests. Essay questions have been recreated as accurately as possible.

IELTS Essay Questions by Essay Type

There are 5 main types of essay questions in IELTS writing task 2 (opinion essays, discussion essay, advantage/disadvantage essays, solution essay and direct question essays). Click on the links below to see some sample essay questions for each type.

2018 IELTS Essay Questions

You can see recent essay questions reported by students in Jan 2018, here: Jan 2018 Essay Questions. For 2017, see these links: IELTS Essay Questions 2017. Essay questions for December 2017.

Recent Exam Questions

A page of recent questions in all sections of the IELTS test reported by students. Although the words in the essay questions can be changed, the issues and topics often remain the same.

Main IELTS Pages

Develop your IELTS skills with tips, model answers lessons, videos and more.

SAT Writing

The SAT tests your writing skills in two ways:

  • SAT Essay - one essay to be written in 25 minutes
  • SAT Grammar questions - two sections, one of 25 minutes and one of 10 minutes

Use our SAT essay section to get clear advice on how to handle the essay. We have a topic list from which you can select some essays to practice. You can get your teacher to correct your essays or use our essay evaluation grid to help you estimate your own score.

The grammar questions are of three types:

  • Identification of sentence errors
  • Sentence correction
  • Editing in context

Practice tests

Our 10 free SAT grammar practice tests give you practice on all the types of question you will encounter on the test. You can get explanations for any questions that you get wrong.

More information

For further discussion of typical grammar problems you can refer to a book such as the Kaplan SAT Writing Workbook. This book also has a good section on how to improve your essay writing.

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