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IELTS 2020 General Writing Questions

We collect recent IELTS general writing questions from test-takers as well as other public resources. What we do is to merge duplicated ones and revise apparent errors. They aren't exactly real questions in any tests, and just help candidates understand test scenario deeper.

This page includes 60 test questions in both Task 1 (letter) and Task 2 (essay). We link other or early writing questions of similar topics together. These questions are excellent samples to mock IELTS general writing test and give valuable clues and ideas to prepare popular topics.

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2020-01-11: Task 1
You visited a town last month and told your friend that you would like to meet. However you could not make it. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should:
  • express your apology
  • why you could not meet
  • making arrangement to meet him.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,FRIEND":
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2020-01-11: Task 1
A friend of yours is going to visit your region and has asked you to help arrange accommodation. Write a letter to him/her.

In your letter, you should:
  • give details of the accommodation
  • tell what he should bring with him
  • suggest sightseeing places he could visit.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,ACCOMMODATION":
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2020-01-11: Task 2
Earlier, people wore clothes which were related to their culture. But now, people wear same type of clothes all over the world. Is this a positive development or negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "CULTURE":
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2020-01-11: Task 2
Many students take part-time jobs while studying in the universities. Is this a bad or good idea?

Questions and samples related to topic "JOB":
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2020-01-07: Task 1
You ride a bicycle to work, but there is a problem with the parking. Write a letter to the building manger to provide bicycle parking.

In your letter, you should:
  • why you ride a bicycle to work
  • what the problem is with the parking
  • what your suggest are.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,PARKING":
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2020-01-07: Task 2
Some people believe that children under age 10 should be given their own interest subject, while others believe that should be given regular subjects. Discuss both of these views and give your own opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN EDUCATION":
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2020-01-04: Task 1
You recently completed a course and you borrowed a book from your teacher, but you couldn’t return in time. You would like to return the book now. Write a letter to your teacher.

In your letter, you should:
  • what book it was
  • how helpful the book was
  • explain why you couldn’t return it in time.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,BOOK":
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2020-01-04: Task 1
letter to a friend asking for his help to make a website.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe what kind of website you want
  • say when you want the website to be done
  • explain how important the website is to you.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,HELP":
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2020-01-04: Task 1
The organizer of annual festival is going to organize festival in your place. Write a letter to the organizer giving feedback for last year and suggestions for this year.

In your letter, you should:
  • give your feedbacks for last festival
  • tell what you can do for the new festival
  • suggestions about the new festival.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,FESTIVAL":
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2020-01-04: Task 2
In some countries, most people prefer to rent a house rather than buying one. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of renting.

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2020-01-04: Task 2
Some people believe that school children should not be given homework by their teachers, others believe that homework plays an important role in the education of children. Discuss both of these views and give your own opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN EDUCATION":
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2020-01-04: Task 2
Some people become famous in their early age. Is it bad or good? Discuss and give your opinion.

2019-12-28: Task 1
You work in an international company. Write letter to the manager for allowing extra hours off during work time to attend family celebration.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain why you want to take a day off
  • suggest how your work could be covered while your are away.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,DAY OFF":
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2019-12-28: Task 2
Some people say that school children should learn how to grow food and cook with it in their lessons. What is your opinion about that?

Questions and samples related to topic "SCHOOL,CHILDREN":
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2019-12-22: Task 1
You had a meal at a local restaurant with your family. Write to a local newspaper to give the feedback.

In your letter, you should say:
  • where the restaurant located
  • what you had for the meal
  • why do you recommend this restaurant to others.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,RESTAURANT":
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2019-12-22: Task 2
Some people believe that all the company decisions should be taken by the managers whereas others think it is better to include employees while making decisions. Discuss both the points and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "BUSINESS":
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2019-12-14: Task 1
You are working in an international company, write a letter to inform your manager about your resignation.

In your letter, you should:
  • thank the company for the opportunity that you joined it
  • tell the reason for your resignation
  • confirm the time you are leaving
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,RESIGN":
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2019-12-14: Task 2
Many can’t speak or present well in public. Some people think that it is important to speak well in public, so the training should be from school. Do you agree or disagree.

2019-12-07: Task 1
You went on a trip and found that the guide was really helpful. Write a letter to the tour company manager.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe the tour
  • tell what you liked about the tour guide
  • recommend manager ways/methods to appreciate the tour guide
Questions and samples related to topic "*THANK YOU,TRIP":
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2019-12-07: Task 1
Your friend is visiting your town. Write a letter to give him/her some suggestions on places to visit and where to find cheap accommodations.

In your letter, you should:
  • When the best time to visit your town is
  • Where the interesting places to visit are
  • Where to find cheap accommodation
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,VISIT":
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2019-12-07: Task 1
A colleague gave you a book which you used for your presentation. Write a letter to your colleague.

In your letter, you should say:
  • what the presentation was about,
  • why the presentation was important
  • how the book helped you.
Questions and samples related to topic "*THANK YOU,BOOK":
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2019-12-07: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
Some parents believe that children in their leisure should be involved in educational activities. While others believe it adds to much pressure on children. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN,EDUCATION":
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2019-12-07: Task 2
Some people think that a law should exist so that young people under 18 cannot be out after the midnight, others think it should not be. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "YOUNG PEOPLE":
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2019-12-07: Task 2
Some people think it is more important to spend time in developing a successful career while others think it is more important to spend time with friends and family. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "TIME":
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2019-11-23: Task 1
Write a letter to editor of the newspaper for claiming prize which they acknowledged.

In your letter, you should say:
  • Details of how you won the prize
  • What the prize you are going to get
  • What actions you expect to be taken.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,PRIZE":
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2019-11-23: Task 1
You just moved to a new place and haven’t gotten a chance to tell your friend. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should say:
  • where and when you move there
  • the differences between your new place and the previous place
  • why you move there.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,MOVE":
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2019-11-23: Task 1
You are working for company. You need to take a day off to help a friend and want to ask your manager about this. Write a letter to your manager.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain why you want to take a day off
  • say what you will do to help your friend
  • suggest how your work could be covered while your are away.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,DAY OFF":
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2019-11-23: Task 1
The company you’re working offers funds and required things to the groups of local community every year. Write a letter to the director of your company to recommend a group in your local community which deserves help.

In your letter, you should:
  • describle what the group is
  • say how your company funds can help them
  • explain why helping them is a good idea.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,HELP":
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2019-11-23: Task 2
Some parents and teachers think that children’s behavior should be strictly controlled. While some think that children should be free to behave. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2019-11-23: Task 2
Computer games is very popular in all ages and nations. Parent think it has little educational value and more harmful effects. What is your opinion about this. Give example based on your own experience.

2019-11-23: Task 2
Some believe that training is necessary to be a good teacher, others think that teachers don’t need a training course. Discuss both views and give your opinions.

Questions and samples related to topic "TEACHER":
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2019-11-23: Task 2
Some people think that it is more important to be informed of local/national news. Other people think that it is more important to have international news. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

2019-11-23: Task 2
Many people still believe that riding a bicycle is the best way to get to places. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a bicycle these days?

Questions and samples related to topic "BICYCLE":
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2019-11-16: Task 1
You are working in a international company. You want to quit your this job. Write a letter to your manager.

In your letter, you should say:
  • Why you want to quit
  • When you want to leave
  • What you liked about the company.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,JOB":
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2019-11-16: Task 1
You work for an international company. You are celebrating for special family even and would like to have day off for it. Write a letter to your manager.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain what celebration is.
  • tell how long you want to take time off
  • say how your work could be done while you are away.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,DAY OFF":
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2019-11-16: Task 1
You are going to another country and your uncle has a friend live in that country. Write a letter to your uncle's friend to ask for help.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain why you are going to that country
  • tell where your are going
  • say how you want your uncle’s friend to help you.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,HELP":
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2019-11-16: Task 2
Team sports help school students to learn more than usual games. What lessons would they learn by playing team sports? How would these lessons be beneficial for students in their future?

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2019-11-16: Task 2
In some countries, some people are renting accommodation, while others are buying their own homes. Does renting accommodation have more advantages or more disadvantages than buying a place?

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2019-11-16: Task 2
Some people think it is always an advantage to buy local products. Do you agree or disagree?

2019-11-07: Task 1
You were invited to go out by your friend. Due to some reason you couldn’t go. Write a letter apologizing for this and suggest a new time and place to meet.

In your letter, you should say:
  • apologies
  • explain what reasons you can’t make it
  • suggest a new time and place to meet.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,INVITATION":
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2019-11-07: Task 2
Some people think competitive sports, such as football, are valuable because they can gather people with different ages and cultures together. Some think competitive sports can cause problems because people are from different groups and countries. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2019-11-07: Task 2
Some people say that money is the best gift for teenagers. Others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion?

Questions and samples related to topic "GIFT,MONEY":
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2019-11-07: Task 2
Nowadays people are moving to other countries for work. Some people say that it is difficult for children lives, others think that its better for them. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2019-11-02: Task 2
Some people think that online reading materials are better for children. Others argue that traditional paper-based resources are better. Discuss and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "READING":
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2019-10-26: Task 1
Your friend is in another country, write a letter to your friend asking for advice about employment opportunities in his country.

In your letter, you should say:
  • why you want to work there
  • what skills and work experience you have
  • inquire benefits (salary and hours).
Questions and samples related to topic "*CONSULTATION,JOB":
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2019-10-26: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
Some people believe that educational success depends on good teachers, while others believe that students attitude is important. Discuss both the view and give you’re opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2019-10-12: Task 1
You are attending a night course in the school. you are not happy with some parts of the course. Write a letter to the school director about this.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what course you are studying
  • what things you are not happy about
  • what you expect from the school director.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,COURSE":
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2019-10-12: Task 1
You ride a bicycle to work, but there is a problem with the parking. Write a letter to the manager of the Parking Management Company.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • why you ride a bicycle to work
  • what the problem is with the parking
  • what your suggest are.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,PARKING":
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2019-10-12: Task 1
You have organised 90th birthday party of your relative and invited elderly guests also. It was a successful party. Write a letter to the hotel manager, to provide the feedback:

In your letter, you should tell:
  • when the party was
  • why it was successful
  • thank for a staff member who was really helpful.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,PARTY":
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2019-10-12: Task 1
There are some problems in the changing room in your sport center. Write a letter to the sport center manager.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe the problems in the changing room
  • explain why the sport center is important for you
  • suggest what the manager should do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,CHANGING ROOM":
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2019-10-12: Task 2
People in the current generation are not fit and active, and it will cause health problems in the future. What could be the reasons and suggest solutions for this issue.

Questions and samples related to topic "HEALTH":
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2019-10-12: Task 2
Parents, usually mothers, stay at home to look after their family. People believe they should receive a salary from the government for that. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "FAMILY":
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2019-10-12: Task 2
Some people think that they can go to to gym to remain fit, while other think that there are other better ways. Discuss both views along with your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "HEALTH":
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2019-10-12: Task 2
Some people say companies should require all employees to wear uniforms at work. Others think it is unnecessary. Discuss both view and give your own opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "UNIFORM":
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2019-10-10: Task 1
You and your colleague want to use a company room. Write a letter to your manager and ask for permission.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain why you need that room
  • describe which room you need and why
  • tell what changes will need to be done there.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,ROOM":
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2019-10-10: Task 2   Vocabulary for Technology
Because the modern technology, it is no longer necessary for people to learn handwriting skill, but others believe that handwriting is still an important skill. Discuss both and give your opinion base on your experience.

Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2019-10-01: Task 1
You are a member of a sport club. Write a letter to the club president about an event that will be organized.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what it is
  • who I am inviting
  • what my role is in this event.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,EVENT":
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2019-10-01: Task 2
Nowadays many people working from home. Some think it is beneficial to employee, others think it may distract the family routine. What is my opinion?

Questions and samples related to topic "WORK":
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2019-09-28: Task 1
You stayed at your friend’s house last weekend. You think you probably left your watch there and want your friend to send it back. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should:
  • thank your friend
  • describe your watch
  • tell him what you want him to do
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,LEFT":
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2019-09-28: Task 1   Vocabulary for Holiday
You are going to take a vacation soon and want your friend to go with you. Write a letter to your friends.

In your letter, you should:
  • tell him/her why you want the holiday/vacation
  • describe your plan
  • invite him/her to go with you.
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,HOLIDAY":
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2019-09-28: Task 1
You had a dinner with your friend’s family. Write a letter to you friend and express your fillings about the dinner.

In your letter, you should:
  • say what you enjoyed at the dinner
  • describe how you feel about his/her family
  • invite your friend and his family to you place.
Questions and samples related to topic "*THANK YOU,MEAL":
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2019-09-28: Task 2
Some people think that young people should follow older people's examples. Others believe it is quite natural for teenagers to challenge what old people say. Describe both point of views. Give your opinion with reasons and relevant examples.

Questions and samples related to topic "YOUNG PEOPLE":
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2019-09-28: Task 2
The number of older people is increasing. Some people think it will cause problem to their countries, others believe this group is important to the society. Discuss both view and give your own opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "OLD PEOPLE":
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2019-09-28: Task 2
Nowadays people are working too hard. What is the reason for that? What should employers do in order to prevent employees from this?

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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