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Past IELTS Essay Questions 2020

These are past IELTS essay questions from 2020. 

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Past IELTS Essay Questions


October 2020

Farming is the backbone of every country but nowadays many youngsters hesitate to enter in this profession.

Why is this the case and what can be done to avoid it?

Some believe that pupils should be given less homework, others say the opposite.

What is your opinion?

(USA - General Training)

Prison is the common way in most countries to solve the problem of crime. However, a more effective solution is to provide people with a better education.

Do you agree or disagree?


September 2020

Some people say now there is less communication between family members than in the past.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(India - General Training)

August 2020

Young couples nowadays prefer to have fewer children than previous generations. Most of them prefer to accomplish other goals in their life first. 

Is this a positive or negative development?

(Columbia - General Training)

Tourism is causing environmental problems all around the world.

What are the main causes of this. What are some solutions.

(Canada - General Training)

Some people think that children should involved in making school rules. Others think that only adults can make school rules.

Discuss both points of view and give your own opinion.

(Canada - General Training)

Many people get bored in their job and eventually feel dissatisfied.

What can companies can do to change this trend? 

(UAE - General Training)

Many people today prefer to watch film or TV shows alone at home instead of watching with other people.

What are the disadvantages and advantages of this development?

(UAE - General Training)

Sports should be made mandatory for all children as it helps in physical health.

Do you agree or disagree?

(India - General Training)

July 2020

Some people believe that it is important for children to attend extra classes outside school, while others believe that they should be allowed to play after school.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 

(UAE - General Training)

Some people say that staying in a hotel when you are in a foreign country, is not the best way to know the country and its people.

What is your opinion?

(Canada - General Training)

May 2020

Many people believe that we should protect all wild animals while others believe we should just protect some of them.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

April 2020

Some people believe that entertainers are paid too much and their impact on society is negative, while others disagree and believe that they deserve the money they make because of their positive effect on others.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

March 2020

It is better for young to get advice from older people than young people.

Do you agree or disagree?

(Canada - General Training)

February 2020

Online shopping is significantly increasing.

What effects does this have on the environment and the types of jobs required?


It is too expensive to look after and repair old buildings. This money should be spent on building modern buildings instead.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


Many people are copying famous celebrities from magazines and TV.

Why is this happening?

Do you think it's a good idea to copy celebrities?

(Canada - General Training)

Subjects like arts, music and drama are more important than other school subjects and therefore should be give more time in the calendar.

Do you agree or disagree?

(Canada - General Training)

Some people believe that the whole family (grandparents, uncles, aunts) bringing up children is better rather than only parents.

What is your opinion?

(Pakistan - General Training)

January 2020

People's shopping habits depend more on the age group they belong to than any other factors.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


Some people argue that it is best to accept a bad situation, such as an unsatisfactory job or shortage of money. Others believe that it is better to try and improve such situations.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.


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