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Most common essay topics for the IELTS writing task

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IELTS writing section is a 60 minutes test that comprises two significant tasks. In task 2, students are required to write an essay of 250 words on a subject matter, given by the examiners. Students need to take care of various aspects when they do this task such as grammar, vocabulary, length of the essay, etc. Writing is a hard nut to crack and can become a reason for your low scores on the IELTS exam. To help you score well in the writing section, here we have created a list of some of the most common essay topics for the IELTS writing task. 

Scroll down this guide to know common IELTS essay topics, essay writing tips, and types of essays that candidates must practice when they prepare for their IELTS exam.  

List of most common essay topics with subtopics 

Study of Art 

  • The benefits of art for society 
  • Censorship of art and artists 
  • Art at school 
  • Importance of creativity 
  • Types of Art 

Food & Health 

  • Healthy diets 
  • Significance of mental health 
  • Education of diet 
  • Prevention vs cure 
  • Traditional vs modern diets 
  • Health aid
  • Fast food and obesity 
  • Dealing with global epidemics
  • Children and diet 
  • Health and Education 
  • Exercise and health
  • Poor countries and rich countries
  • Hospitals and treatments 
  • Importance of yoga 

Business & Money related topics 

  • Materialism and consumerism 
  • Small vs large business 
  • Business and technology 
  • Business management and leadership 
  • Family run business 
  • Success in business 
  • International Business 
  • Skills vs knowledge for business 

Work-related topics 

  • Equality in workspace 
  • Work and technology 
  • Salary 
  • Employment 
  • Women in work 
  • Children in work and exploitation 
  • Shift work 
  • Types of jobs (blue collar / white collar) 
  • Best part-time work opportunities 

Crime, punishment, and laws 

  • Capital punishment vs other types of punishment 
  • Rights and laws for human 
  • Prisons vs rehabilitation 
  • Men and women in law enforcement 
  • Role of policemen 
  • Criminals — what makes a criminal 

Travel 

  • Culture, tradition, and travel 
  • Understanding people and travel 
  • Living in a global world
  • Solo traveling 
  • Local food and restaurants 

 Society-related topics 

  • Homeless people 
  • Overpopulation 
  • Poverty 
  • Crime on the streets 
  • Public services 
  • Budget spending 
  • Modern lifestyles
  • Infrastructure and education 

Environment and living beings 

  • Environmental problems 
  • Animals 
  • Zoos 
  • Protection of endangered species 
  • Government vs individual roles
  • Responsibility of society towards the environment 
  • Saving the environment & solving problems 
  • Pollution-free environment 

Sport 

  • Sport and learning 
  • Equipment 
  • Men vs women in sport 
  • Types of sport 
  • Professionals vs amateurs 
  • Sport as education 

Communication & Personality 

  • Types of communication 
  • Female / male characters 
  • The development of character and personality
  • Technology and communication 
  • Family and communication 
  • Face to face vs long-distance communication 
  • Innate or developed personalities 

Economics 

  • Inflation and deflation 
  • Globalization and economy 
  • Cash vs credit cards 
  • World economic issues 
  • Saving vs spending 
  • Economic progress and success 

Media & Advertising 

  • Advertising methods 
  • Media and technology
  • Censorship, control, and freedom of speech
  • News & Reporting 
  • Children and advertising 

Reading 

  • Children and reading 
  • Paper books vs ebooks
  • Libraries 
  • Books in Education
  • Reading and leisure 

Technology 

  • Letter vs email 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Controlling the internet 
  • Storing data 
  • Socializing online 
  • Safety of personal information 
  • Children and technology 
  • The change in society 
  • Hacking 
  • Digitalization 

Family & Children 

  • Family size 
  • Family roles 
  • Discipline
  • Family and Education 
  • The generation gap 
  • Role models 

 Language 

  • Travel and language 
  • Having only one language in the world 
  • The disappearance of languages 
  • Methods of language learning 
  • Language and culture 

 Education 

  • Education and technology 
  • Career plans 
  • Role of teachers 
  • Children and education
  • Educational help to poorer countries 
  • Quality of education 
  • Importance of education 
  • Discipline and rules in school 

Transport 

  • Comparing forms of transport 
  • Types of Transportation 
  • Development of infrastructure 
  • Problems with modern forms of transport 
  • Public transport 
  • Environmental issues 

Essential tips to write an essay in the IELTS exam

Follow the below-mentioned tips to excel in the writing section of your IELTS exam: 

Enhance vocabulary for common topics 

If you gain relevant vocabulary for each common topic, you will be able to climb the ladder of success in this section of your IELTS exam. Most students find it difficult to use relevant vocabulary, resulting in fewer scores and unhealthy content creation in exams. Make sure to use words in the right place within a sentence to make it relatable and understandable. Try to make notes of words and practice them regularly so as to remember them at the time of the exam. 

Practice reading and listening to these topics

Practice makes a man perfect. Keep this thing in mind while preparing for your IELTS exam. To do well on your IELTS test, you must be sincere and consistent when you do practice at home. This will not only help enhance all skills but also familiarize you with the common topics at the same time. Make sure to learn good words when you read an English newspaper or listen to radio or podcasts. 

Note down points from the common topics

Students adopt this approach to do their best in the IELTS test. If you are planning to study or practice anything then do it within the context of one of the common topics. Note down points from the context to get a gist of the entire context. After making pointers, try to elaborate them in your own diction. In such a way, you will be able to practice and learn about some of the crucial topics that might come in your exam.

Types of IELTS Essays

There are various kinds of IELTS essay writing topics and you can expect essays in the IELTS exam from any of the following types:

Advantage or Disadvantage Essays

In this type of essay, students have to write about the positive and negative aspects of a particular subject. Such essays review and rate students in terms of their argument construction skills. They need to be very specific when writing the advantages and disadvantages of any subject matter. 

Discussion Essays

In this kind of essay, the students have to put forward an explanation for or against any given topic. These are the most common essay types that many candidates see when they sit for their IELTS exam. Try to be elaborative and authentic when writing discussion essays. Write your points in a very clear and straightforward manner. This will help you put forward your strong views on the particular topic. 

Direct Question Essays

For this kind of essay, the topics will be given to the students as direct questions. And in the response, they need to write valid points, explaining their thoughts and experiences. 

Opinion Essays 

In this type of essay, the candidates need to discuss their opinion on the given topic. To score well in this section, students need to have prior knowledge of some common topics so that they can confidently write their opinions in an informative manner. 

Solution Essays

For solution essays, students have to write a solution to a particular issue mentioned in the test. To write well, students have to write valid points related to the solutions and explain how a particular solution benefits society as a whole. 

If you are planning to prepare for the essay task in the IELTS writing section, you can go through this comprehensive guide, helping you prepare for the most common essay topics that might come in your test. Make sure to note down points and dictions when you prepare for the essay writing section. 

With the above-mentioned IELTS essay topics and tips, you will surely score well in your IELTS writing section. For more help, directly contact us at IELTS Coaching in Surat. You can also book your seat for IELTS Online Coaching at D – Vivid Consultant.

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