Every test-taker dreams of getting inside information on the most recent test questions. But what are the best, most current topics you can study this year?
Beware of false advertising
If you search the web for IELTS Essay Topics 2017 (or 2016), you’ll get a lot of results. What do these results have in common? None of them are from the official IELTS websites.
This is because the IELTS itself has a policy of not releasing its most recent exam materials. So where are all these supposedly brand-new IELTS essay topics coming from? And are these topics real?
Many websites claim to offer this year’s IELTS essay topics. However, such sites seldom provide any verification that the topics come from real recent tests. Currently, one of the top results for “IELTS Essay Topics 2017” boasts that it has a topic from an “actual test.” But when you click the link, there is no explanation as to how the website might have gotten a “real” essay question from an “actual” 2017 test.
You can possibly get brand new IELTS essay topics from people who have recently taken the test. But again, beware….
There is a somewhat more reliable source for IELTS essay topics from the current year: people who’ve actually taken the test. There are many forums on the Internet where people who’ve taken the IELTS are invited to share the essay topics from their exam.
There are also IELTS blogs and websites that invite their readers to post questions they saw when they sat the IELTS. However, Magoosh IELTS does NOT encourage its students to post comments with recent test content.
Why not? Two reasons.
Most importantly, if our students publicly share the contents of their exam, they may be putting their scores at risk. The IELTS has rules that forbid test takers from publicly sharing the content of their exams. If students break those rules, it could invalidate their score, or cause them other legal problems.
In addition, the memory of test-takers may not be reliable. Taking an exam is stressful, and students can’t be expected to perfectly recall the wording of their IELTS essay topics. Do yourself a favor and review key test taking strategies for the IELTS Writing Task 1 and IELTS Writing Task 2, so you’ll be prepared regardless of what the topic is!
The good news is you don’t need the most recent IELTS essay topics
This year’s IELTS essay topics? Forget about it!
You see, the nice thing about the IELTS is that changes to the test happen slowly. There have been no significant changes to IELTS essay topics in the last several years. So you can prepare for this year’s essay topics by studying older IELTS Essay questions. The older essay topics in the official IELTS prep books and the official IELTS websites are just fine.
About David RecineDavid is a test prep expert at Magoosh. He has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has been teaching K-12, University, and adult education classes since 2007 and has worked with students from every continent. Currently, David lives in a small town in the American Upper Midwest. When he’s not teaching or writing, David studies Korean, plays with his son, and takes road trips to Minneapolis to get a taste of city life. Follow David on Google+ and Twitter!
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Personally, I have given IELTS 5 times, in 6 years. Unfortunately, I have not received the required score yet. BUT, I have received in Speaking 8,
reading 7, Listening 7.5, and most horrible part-writing 6.5
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