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IELTS 2019 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 obvious errors. They aren't exactly real questions in any tests, 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 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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2019-03-16: Task 1
You are interested in attending a short course at a college in an English speaking country. Write a letter to the college administration.

In the letter, you should tell:
  • what course you would like to attend
  • give details about your educational background and work experience
  • what reasons make you choose this college.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APPLICATION,COURSE":
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2019-03-16: Task 2
More people are spending their free time watching movies. Why is this? Is it a good thing or bad thing?

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2019-03-08: Task 1
Your friend's son is going to your country for his holiday, she want him to stay in your home. But you can't accommodate him. Write letter for your friend.

In the letter, you should:
  • apology to your friend
  • explain why he cant stay in your home
  • give her suggestion for her son arrangement during his holiday.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,FRIEND":
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2019-03-08: Task 2
There is increase of noise in our daily lives nowadays. Why is this a problem? What can be done to reduce it?

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2019-03-02: Task 1
You have been working in an international company in abroad. Now you are going back to home country without informing your office friends. Write a apology letter to these friends.

In the letter, you should:
  • apologies to your friends
  • explain why you are leaving,
  • tell them what you’ll miss about them.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,COLLEAGUE":
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2019-03-02: Task 1
The historical building in your place is in a bad condition. Write to the local government.

In the letter, you should:
  • why the building important is
  • what its present condition is
  • what action must be taken.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,BUILDING":
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2019-03-02: Task 2
Doctors in many countries concerned that people are not getting enough physical exercise. What causes this? How this can be solved?

Questions and samples related to topic "HEALTH":
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2019-03-02: Task 2
Today, it is very common to have people from two different generations mix in the same workplace. Are there more advantages or disadvantages to this situation? Give your own opinion and include relevant examples.

Questions and samples related to topic "WORK":
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2019-02-28: Task 1
Write a letter to your neighbor about the damage that occurred to your car while he was parking his car in the lane outside your home.

In the letter, you should:
  • describe the damage
  • say how you feel about this problem
  • suggest to him what actions he should take.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,DAMAGE":
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2019-02-28: Task 1
Letter to offer a concert ticket to your friend.

In the letter, you should:
  • what is the content of the music concert
  • where and when is the concert
  • why you think your friend will like going to this concert.
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,CONCERT":
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2019-02-28: Task 2
Some people believe in the era of e-technology, printing newspaper and magazines will cease to occur in the near future. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2019-02-28: Task 2
Some people say schools should be responsible to teach young adults to look after their health, others think this is not responsibility of schools. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "SCHOOL,HEALTH":
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2019-02-19: Task 2
“Many people try to look younger than their age. What are the causes people do this. Do you think this is a good thing or bad thing?”

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2019-02-14: Task 1
Write a letter to invite your English-speaking friend to watch a new film with you about your country.

In the letter, you should:
  • include some information about the film
  • explain why your friend might be interested to watch the film
  • inform other arrangements you will be making for watching the film
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,FILM":
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2019-02-14: Task 1
You have been placed to a new job as same as your friend is doing in another company. Write a letter to your friend to ask for help.

In the letter, you should:
  • what the problem is
  • how your friend can solve it
  • tell him meeting arrangements and details.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,JOB":
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2019-02-14: Task 2
Eating too much sugar is harmful for health. Some people think that it is government responsibility to limit people’s sugar consumption, while others think that it is individuals responsibility to limit the amount of sugar they eat. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "HEALTH":
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2019-02-14: Task 2
Some people think that watching sport is wastage of time during leisure time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2019-02-12: Task 1
You are planning to give a presentation in your large company. Write a letter to your colleague asking for help.

In the letter, you should:
  • when and where the presentation will be
  • what the presentation is about
  • what you would like your colleague to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,COLLEAGUE":
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2019-02-12: Task 1
You are living overseas and you have just come across an article about your country in a magazine where some of the information are incorrect. Write a letter to the editor.

In the letter, you should:
  • explain that an article contains wrong information
  • supply the correction information instead
  • provide some more interesting information for the editor to publish in the future.
2019-02-12: Task 2
Some people believe that children should be given lessons on how to manage money in the school. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN,MONEY":
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2019-02-12: Task 2
Some people do not mind to spend their leisure time with their colleagues while some people prefer to keep their private life separate from their work life. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2019-02-09: Task 1
You are currently running a course and have a part-time job. Your boss suggested that you leave your course and work full time. Write a letter to your boss.

In the letter, you should:
  • tell him/her your decision
  • explain the reason for your decision.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,COURSE":
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2019-02-09: Task 1
You are moving to a new country, write a letter to the accommodation agency to rent a house.

In your letter, describe:
  • yourself and your family
  • which area you would like to live in
  • and what facilities you need in the house
Questions and samples related to topic "*CONSULTATION,RENT":
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2019-02-09: Task 1
Your friend from another country is interested to visit your home town. write a letter to him.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe what is the best time to visit
  • how he can enjoy his visit
  • which places he may like to visit.
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,FRIEND":
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2019-02-09: Task 1
Write a letter to your manager who is leaving the company.

In your letter, you should:
  • include how you are feeling about this
  • what you did like about working with him/her
  • ask questions about his/her future plans.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,MANAGER":
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2019-02-09: Task 1
You’re interested in a music course that you saw on an advertise. Write a letter to the club.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain why you’re interested
  • request more information about the course
  • talk about your past experiences.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,COURSE":
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2019-02-09: Task 1
Write a letter to the manager to complain about the problems that you met on the flight recently.

In your letter, you should:
  • give details of flight
  • what were the issues with the flight
  • what you want the manger to do about it.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,FLIGHT":
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2019-02-09: Task 1
Write a letter to the manager to ask for permission that you would like to participate in a training course.

In your letter, you should:
  • give details of the course
  • why it is useful for you
  • how it will benefit your work.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,COURSE":
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2019-02-09: Task 2
Recently, many people know a few of their neighbors. What is the cause of this problem? What can be done to solve this problem? Give reasons for your answer and any example from your own experience.

2019-02-09: Task 2
Some people think watching movies is a waste of time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2019-02-09: Task 2
Some people say that schools do not do enough to teach young people about health. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "HEALTH":
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2019-02-09: Task 2
Some people believe that in order for a hobby to be enjoyable, it needs to be difficult in some way. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2019-02-09: Task 2
Some people say that holding sport competitions cause many troubles, others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2019-02-09: Task 2
Some people believe public libraries are not important for people, others disagree about this statement. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "PEOPLE,LIBRARY":
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2019-02-09: Task 2
Some think that it is better to get information or advice from other people, while others believe one can get any information or advice from the Internet or books. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "PEOPLE,INTERNET":
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2019-02-02: Task 1
Your local council have asked locals suggestions in how to keep the city cleaner. Write a letter to council.

In the letter, you should:
  • explain what the council can do
  • what the people can do
  • tell how the community will benefit by keeping the city clean.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,CITY":
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2019-02-02: Task 2
Some people believe that the museums and historic sites should be open for free for children under 18. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2019-01-30: Task 1
Your friend has asked you about the course details you recently took in a training center.

In the letter, you should:
  • tell him about the course details
  • why your friend should take this course
  • explain how the course has benefited you.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,COURSE":
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2019-01-30: Task 2
Some people prefer to buy local products while others prefer international products. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNATIONAL":
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2019-01-25: Task 1
You work as part time and you are attending a course. Your manager offered you full time and asked to leave the course. Write a letter about your decision on job offer.

In the letter, you should describe:
  • how you feel about the job
  • what your decision is
  • explain why you made the decision.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,COURSE":
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2019-01-25: Task 1
Your work in a company has some changed and need to take a training course. Write a letter to your manager.

In the letter, you should:
  • what you has done about your work past year
  • what you could have done better
  • what kind of training you want to take next year.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,COURSE":
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2019-01-25: Task 2
Some young people are leaving countryside to live in cities or towns, it leaves only old people in countryside.

What are the problems of this issue? What can be done to solve this problem?

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2019-01-25: Task 2
Some people say that children given pocket money every week will have lesser money problems when they become adults. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN,MONEY":
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2019-01-19: Task 1 (UK)
A colleague at work is organizing a goodbye party which you’re not able to attend. Write a letter to him/her.

In the letter, you should:
  • Explain reason why you cannot attend
  • good memories you have spent
  • how you will stay in touch.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,PARTY":
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2019-01-19: Task 1
You recently attended a course in another country but had to leave the course to return back to your country. Write a letter to your teacher.

In the letter, you should:
  • thank him/her
  • tell them your situation
  • Explain them what you liked about their lecture.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,TEACHER":
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2019-01-19: Task 1 (Canada)
Write a letter to your friend inviting on family teacher.

In the letter, you should:
  • explain why you are organizing the party
  • describe what you are planning to do
  • why it is important that your friend should come
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,TEACHER":
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2019-01-19: Task 1 (UAE)
You work a part-time job in a company and the company posted an advert seeking a person for a full-time position. Write a letter to your manager requesting to apply for the advertised position.

In the letter, you should:
  • why you want to apply
  • what your future goals are
  • why it would be beneficial for the company.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,JOB":
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2019-01-19: Task 2 (UK)
More and more people are opting for ready-made food instead of freshly cooked food. Do this development has more advantages over disadvantages?.

Questions and samples related to topic "FOOD":
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2019-01-19: Task 2
Now many big cities in the world are increasing in size. What are the problems associated with it? What are the solution to these problems?

Questions and samples related to topic "POPULATION":
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2019-01-19: Task 2 (Canada)
All the people in a company should be treated equally and provided with the same number of holidays in a year or people doing different jobs enjoy different amount of holiday time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT,VACATION":
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2019-01-19: Task 2 (UAE)
Many people believe that learning a foreign language is a very difficult task. What are the most difficult things about learning a foreign language? What is the best way to overcome them? Explain and include your personal experience or knowledge of these problems.

2019-01-19: Task 2
Some people think high-end technology can prevent and cut down the rate of committing crime. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2019-01-19: Task 2
Some people feel that courses can make anyone a teacher, while others feel an excellent teacher cannot be made by pursuing a course. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "TEACHER":
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2019-01-12: Task 1 (India)
Write a letter to one of your classmates and invite him/her to a party.

In the letter, you should:
  • when, where, timing
  • give some details about the plan of the party
  • tell him/her what you are doing recently.
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,PARTY":
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2019-01-12: Task 2 (India)
Some people think that high salary is important when choosing a company to work for, while others think that good working atmosphere is more important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "WORK":
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2019-01-05: Task 1 (India; Saudi Arabia; Nigeria)
You have recently stayed in a hotel and after returning back you realize that you have left a piece of cloth at your hotel room. Write a letter to manager of hotel.

In the letter, you should:
  • explain the clothing
  • say where you left it
  • what the manager should do if he/she finds out.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,LEFT":
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2019-01-05: Task 1 (Singapore)
Write a letter to the manager about the important documents which you left in their taxi.

In the letter, you should:
  • say where you left it
  • why it is important
  • what you want the manager to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,LEFT":
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2019-01-05: Task 1 (Iran)
You have recently flown to another country on a business trip. You were satisfied with the flight, but didn’t like services at the airport. Write a letter to the airport manager.

In the letter, you should:
  • Tell him/her your flight details
  • Why you disappointed
  • Suggest some improvements to the airport services.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,SERVICE":
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2019-01-05: Task 2 (India; Saudi Arabia; Nigeria)
Some people encourage young children to leave their parents house as soon as they become adults while other say children should stay at their parents house as long as possible.

Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2019-01-05: Task 2 (Singapore)
Many countries thought that children have to do homework in their free time while other say children should do more outdoor activity.

To What Extent Do you agree or disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2019-01-05: Task 2 (Iran)
Some people say that art subjects such as music, drama and creative writing are an essential part of education, and every school should include them in its syllabus. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your opinion and examples from your own experience.

Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2018-12-22: Task 1 (Canada)
You are looking for a house. Write a letter to house agent.

In the letter, you should describe:
  • when you want to move in
  • why you are moving
  • what your family and type of accommodation you are looking for it.
Questions and samples related to topic "*CONSULTATION,HOUSE":
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2018-12-22: Task 1 (Iran)
You have recently attended a work-related course. Write a letter to your manager.

In the letter, you should say:
  • what course it was, and when you took it
  • what you liked about it
  • what improvements can be made in the future.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,COURSE":
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2018-12-22: Task 2 (Canada)
Essay on Advertisements are Good or Bad for society, give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "AD":
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