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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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2019-09-07: 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
  • give suitable time schedule.
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 Olympics or 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
Culture is turning similar around the world. What are the reasons? Is it a positive trend or a negative trend?

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
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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2019-07-13: Task 2
Some people like to buy new phones, new desktop or other latest devices. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2019-07-10: Task 1
Your landlord wants to increase the rent. Write a leer to him telling him.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • why you think the rent shouldn't be increased
  • what you will do if it is increased.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,RENT":
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2019-07-10: Task 2
Some people believe if people are allowed to work after the age of 60, it will cause some problems. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "WORK":
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2019-07-06: Task 1
You are relocating to a new city. Write a letter to an agent to arrange a house for you and your family.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • When you will relocate
  • why you relocate
  • What kind of house you want?
Questions and samples related to topic "*CONSULTATION,HOUSE":
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2019-07-06: Task 2
Some parents think it is good to have mobile phones for their children, others disagree with it. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "PHONE":
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2019-06-29: Task 1
Some new employees have just joined your company to gain work experience and they are going to start their first day at the office next month. Writer a letter to explain what they should do on their first day in the office.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what work you do
  • what they will do on the first day at work
  • What a person should bring along on the first day.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,WORK":
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2019-06-29: Task 1
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 tell:
  • why you suggest to help this group
  • how your company can help this group
  • what the benefits your company will in return for.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,HELP":
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2019-06-29: Task 1
Write a letter to the manager of a theater about an accident that happened to your friend. You want to tell the manager that you were satisfied of the help that you received during the incident.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • how it happened
  • what you were helped
  • what you want them to do to prevent the accident to happen again.
Questions and samples related to topic "*THANK YOU,HELP":
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2019-06-29: Task 1
The streets where you live has recently become rather dirty write a letter to your local council.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what caused this problem
  • what problems local people facing due to this
  • what actions council should take.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,STREET":
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2019-06-29: Task 1
A staff of a hotel helped you in a difficult situation. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what the problem is
  • what happened
  • what should be done by the manager.
Questions and samples related to topic "*THANK YOU,HELP":
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2019-06-29: Task 2
Nowadays newspapers publish information about private lives of individuals. Some people think the government should maintain certain control over the information that gets published, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "MEDIA":
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2019-06-29: Task 2
Some parents want their children to read only serious educational books at all times, and they think it is a waste of time to read any entertainments books. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN,BOOK":
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2019-06-29: Task 2
Some people say that it is individual responsibility to protect the environment while others say it is the government's primary role. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2019-06-29: Task 2
Ordinary people try to copy famous people either reading magazines or watching TV. What are the reasons of doing this. Do you think is it good idea to copy famous people.

Questions and samples related to topic "CELEBRITY":
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2019-06-29: Task 2
Nowadays people make new friends through social networks and internet chat groups. Some people think this is good. Others think that face-to-face interaction is essential. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "FRIEND,INTERNET":
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2019-06-18: Task 1
You need to do more physical exercise. Write a letter to your friend asking him to join you.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • why you want to do physical exercise
  • what type of physical exercise you are planning to do
  • why you want your friend to join you.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,FRIEND":
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2019-06-18: Task 2
Some young people are leaving the countryside to live in cities or towns, only old people live in the 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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2019-06-08: Task 1   Vocabulary for Travel
You recently traveled on a train which arrived very late, and then you faced many problems. Write a letter to the owner of the company.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • Where you were going
  • What problems you faced
  • What action you would like the owner to take
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,TRAVEL":
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2019-06-08: Task 1
Writing a invitation letter to a friend for your special celebration.

In your letter, you should:
  • invite your friend to attend the celebration
  • discuss the arrangements/plans you have made
  • offer arrangements for travel and accommodation
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,CELEBRATION":
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2019-06-08: Task 1
Write a letter to your friend who is visiting your apartment while you are gone.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • where the keys are.
  • how to take care of himself while you are away.
  • what to do on the day of when you arrival.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,VISIT":
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2019-06-08: Task 1
Write a letter to your friend who has a baby recently. You have bought a gift for her.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain about the gift you have bought
  • what are the features of the gift
  • ask her to make an arrangement, so that you can present the gift.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,GIFT":
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2019-06-08: Task 2
Some people think that money is the best gift for teenagers, others disagree. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY,TEENAGER":
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2019-06-08: Task 2
In some countries, children under 16 can not be allowed to leave school by law and get full-time work. Is this a good or a bad thing? To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2019-06-08: Task 2
Some people think that secondary or high school student should be taught how to manage money as an important life-skill. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY":
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2019-06-08: Task 2
Some people think that people who do physical work should be paid as same as the people who have high level degree. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "SALARY":
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2019-06-03: Task 1
You are moving with your family to a new city. Write a letter to a housing agent in that city about accommodation.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain why and when you are moving.
  • describe where you want to live
  • state the type of accommodation you require.
Questions and samples related to topic "*CONSULTATION,MOVE":
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2019-06-03: Task 2
In some countries, people buy clothes and choose hair styles according to the latest fashion. Why is this happening? Is this a positive or a negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "FASHION":
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2019-06-01: Task 1
A local newspaper has conducted a competition recently to find a person who contributed the most to the society. Write a letter to the editor with a recommendation for a suitable person.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • who the person is
  • how you know this person
  • how he/she has helped the community
  • why you think the person could win this competition.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,HELP":
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2019-06-01: Task 2
Some people think Olympics are no longer important in the 21st century. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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