IELTS Most Common Topics

Over the last 20 years of my IELTS teaching experience, I have noticed that many students lack the vocabulary and ideas needed to develop their answers in the IELTS Writing Task 2 and the IELTS Speaking Part 2. This prevents them from studying and preparing well for the IELTS test.

Therefore, I created an eBook with IELTS Most Common Topics for Speaking & Writing to help students with their IELTS exam preparation.

Who is this ebook for? 

  • IELTS candidates who are preparing for IELTS Academic or IELTS General
  • Сandidates who face difficulties in developing their answers in Speaking & Writing
  • Also candidates who have weaknesses in forming complex sentence structures 
  • TOEFL candidates will find value in this book too
  • IELTS and TOEFL teachers can use this book in their lessons to create more exercises
  • Students who enrolled in the IELTS Elephant course get a 40% discount after downloading the free course ebook

How can this book help me?

Practice the most common IELTS topics

The ebook contains the most common IELTS topics over the last 20 years. Although the questions may change, the main topic areas remain the same. Therefore, by studying this book you can prepare for any topic you may get in Writing Task 2 or Speaking.

Model IELTS Speaking & Writing questions

Each topic has a model IELTS Speaking 2 question and a model IELTS Writing Task 2 question which you can use for exam practice. Study the chapter then give yourself 40 minutes to do the essay question. Also time yourself speaking for 2 minutes about the given topic. This will help consolidate the new vocabulary and the ideas in the book.

Elevate your grammar

Use each idea to elevate your grammar. Practise writing complex sentences or developing your speaking with complex sentences. Remember complex sentences show a higher level of grammar and this will lead to a higher band score for grammar.

Save time during the exam

You can save time. You only have 40 minutes to write 250 words in Writing Task 2. Brainstorming ideas quickly can leave you more time to write your essay and check it for mistakes.

Improve your Speaking score 

Speaking fluently is one of the criteria assessed during the IELTS Speaking test. Reading the topics in the Common Topics ebook out loud and repeatedly can help improve your fluency.  

Many students ask: “can I write an essay which is in the same topic area but not directly related to the topic?” Well, the answer is no! You will lose marks if your essay doesn’t answer the question because it will be off topic.

The IELTS Most Common Topics ebook is full of ideas and vocabulary for 36 of the most common topic areas in the IELTS test – but you must choose only the relevant information for your essay.

Just because a question is related to technology, for example, does not mean that any essay about technology would be relevant.

Look at the difference between these two topics:

“Technology has an increasingly important impact on modern day life. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of this development.”

“In the past, lectures were the traditional method of teaching large numbers of students. Nowadays, technology is being used to teach students. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this new approach?”

So as you can see, this ebook can help you in many different ways.

Study it carefully so you can go in to the IELTS test feeling confident that you have enough ideas to write a high scoring essay (ielts 6.0, ielts 7.5, etc.) and speak at length about a wide range of topics.