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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 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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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 time 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,TIME OFF":
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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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2019-11-07: 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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2019-09-07: Task 1
You want a book that you cannot find. Later you found it and it is available in a bookstore in another city. Write a letter to the manager of bookstore.

In your letter, you should:
  • give details of book
  • say why you need this book
  • tell how you will pay for it.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,BOOK":
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2019-09-07: Task 1
You want to take a course related to your work. Write a letter to your employer.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe what the course is
  • explain how it will benefit to the company
  • suggest how to arrange time for it.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,COURSE":
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2019-09-07: Task 2
Adults do less exercise nowadays. Some think that people can be encouraged to live healthy through sporting events such as the Olympics orthe World Cup. Others think that there are more better ways to encourage adults for exercise. Discuss both views and state you opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE,HEALTH":
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2019-09-07: Task 2
Modern cultures around the world have become similar as compared to the past. What are the reasons? Is it a positive or negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "CULTURE":
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2019-09-01: Task 1
Write a letter to your friend, who is visiting a city that you are familiar with.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe to him the place worth visiting
  • tell eating options
  • suggest transport options.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,VISIT":
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2019-09-01: Task 2
People are using a lot of online language translation apps. Are the advantages more than disadvantages of such services.

Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNET":
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2019-08-17: Task 1
Your friend wrote a letter to you asking advice on their parents visiting your area. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should:
  • suggest the places they can visit
  • recommend a place where they can stay
  • offer something you can do with them.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,VISIT":
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2019-08-17: Task 1
Your town council has decided to demolish historic building due to lack of funds to renovate. Write a letter to your council man.

In your letter, you should say:
  • why it is important to preserve historic building
  • how the funds could be generated.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,BUILDING":
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2019-08-17: Task 1
Your child's school is going for a trip out of the country for 3 days and parent is allowed to join the group. Write a letter to school.

In your letter, you should:
  • ask questions about the trip
  • tell them why you want to join the group
  • explain how you can help.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,TRIP":
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2019-08-17: Task 1
Write a letter to translation agency about the report to be translated urgently.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain the content of letter
  • why you need translated report
  • why do you need it urgently.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,SERVICE":
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2019-08-17: Task 2
Some people believe that to be successful at a sport you need a natural ability and others think that hard work and practice can make you successful. Discuss both views and give your opinion?

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2019-08-17: Task 2   Vocabulary for Technology
Some people believe that technology has made man more social and others think that less social. Discuss both views and give your opinion?

Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2019-08-17: Task 2
Some people believe that entertainers are more important than scientists. Do you agree or disagree? Support with reasons and examples from your own experience.

Questions and samples related to topic "ENTERTAINMENT,SCIENCE":
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2019-08-17: Task 2
Some people prefer to live in hot climates, whereas others love the lifestyle in countries with cold climate. Discuss both the view and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2019-08-01: Task 1
Recently you have attended a job interview which went well, but you are still waiting for the result. Write a letter to HR manager of the company.

In your letter, you should:
  • give details of the job
  • tell why you think the interview went well
  • explain why you need to know the result.
Questions and samples related to topic "*CONSULTATION,JOB":
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2019-08-01: Task 2
Some people believe that it is important to give gifts and presents to friends and family to show that we care about them. Others think that there are better ways to show that we care about them. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "GIFT":
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2019-07-30: Task 1
You had just missed a friend’s party, write a letter to apology.

In your letter, you should:
  • apology to your friend
  • explain why you couldn’t attend the party
  • say what steps you will take to avoid in future.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,PARTY":
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2019-07-30: Task 2
With internet improvements, people can leave views or opinions on certain goods or services that they have purchased. Is it a good or a bad thing. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNET":
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2019-07-27: Task 1
You took a two day course. Write a feedback to course organizer.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what details of the course are,
  • what you like
  • what you want to them to do to make it better.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,COURSE":
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2019-07-27: Task 1
You have a spare room in your apartment, you would like to rent out to a college student. Write a letter to student accommodation officer of local college.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • where it is
  • explain about the room
  • to which type of student you would like to give.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,RENT":
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2019-07-27: Task 1
Write a letter to your local council that the street you are living has become dirty lately.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • why it is happening
  • what problems it will cause
  • what your suggestions are.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,STREET":
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2019-07-27: Task 1
You found a problem with the item which you bought it online. Write a letter to the company manager.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe the item
  • explain what the issue is
  • suggest what you expect the manager to do
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,INTERNET":
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2019-07-27: Task 2
Shopping has become a new favorite pastime for young generation. Why is this the case? Should you encourage them to develop other hobbies too?

Questions and samples related to topic "YOUNG PEOPLE,HOBBY":
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2019-07-27: Task 2
Science is advanced so fast that it can now make it possible for people to live 100 years or even 200 years. Some people think it is beneficial, while others think it will cause problems. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "PEOPLE,SCIENCE":
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2019-07-27: Task 2
Nowadays, internet and television have given ordinary people a chance to become famous. Is this a positive or negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "PEOPLE,MEDIA":
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2019-07-27: Task 2   Vocabulary for Travel
Some people believe that there is a reduction in air travel in the future. Do you think that this trend as positive or negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "TRAVEL":
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2019-07-19: Task 1
Your friend has just moved to a new house, you want to send him a gift. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what you will send to him as gift
  • why you chose it as gift
  • how you will send it to him.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,GIFT":
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2019-07-19: Task 1
Your company sent you abroad to take a course and you want to extend your stay there. Write a letter to your manager.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what the benefits of this course are
  • what the reasons you want to stay more time
  • when you will back.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,COURSE":
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2019-07-19: Task 1
You had requested the receptionist to wake you up early, but he/she failed to do so. Write a letter to hotel manager about the inconvenience caused to you.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • wwhy you had requested to wake up early
  • what the inconvenience caused was
  • what the hotel should do to avoid it.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,HOTEL":
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2019-07-19: Task 2
Nowadays the increased amount of garbage (waste) is a real concern. Why is this happening? What can be done to resolve this?

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2019-07-19: Task 2
Grandparents play a big role in bringing up the children. Do you think it is useful for grandparents? Discuss reasons with your opinion and give relevant examples.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2019-07-19: Task 2
Some people think that competitive sports should be included as a subject in school, while others believe that it has negative effect on children. Discuss both the view and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "SCHOOL,SPORT":
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2019-07-16: Task 1
Your friend has asked you to help him to find a music teacher for his/her child. Write a letter to your friend that you have found a suitable teacher.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what experience the teacher has
  • why you think he/she is suitable
  • how to get in touch with the teacher.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,TEACHER":
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2019-07-16: Task 2
Famous people sometimes give their opinions on public topics. Is this a good thing? To what extent do you agree or disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic "CELEBRITY":
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2019-07-13: Task 1
You attended a meeting last week, but you were not happy with the hotel which you stayed in. Write a letter to the organizer who booked the hotel for you.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what the problems were
  • why you didn’t like about the hotel
  • what you want organizer to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,HOTEL":
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