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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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2019-07-13: 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
A young person is going to start his first day at the office next month. Writer a letter to explain what he should do on his first day in the office.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what work has done in the company
  • what he/she will do on the first day of work
  • what items/objects he /she needs to bring
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 "*RECOMMEND,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
Some people think media should be allowed to publicize information on someone's private life. Others believe that media should be regulated in this regard. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Give reasons for your answers and relevant examples.

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
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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2019-06-01: Task 2
In many countries, people have more health problems because they choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle. What do you think the reasons for this and how can it be solved? Give relevant examples from your experience.

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE,HEALTH":
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2019-05-30: Task 1
You need to seek admission in a short course. write a letter to the admission officer.

In your letter, you should:
  • what the course is
  • how your background knowledge is related to this
  • why this institute is important.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APPLICATION":
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2019-05-30: Task 2
Nowadays, people of all ages from certain part of the world spends most time at home rather then going outdoors. Discuss the reasons, is this negative or positive development?

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2019-05-23: Task 1
A company has asked your local council to open a factory in the area where you live. You and your neighbors feel that this is not a great idea. write a letter to the local council.

In your letter, you should:
  • state what problems this might cause
  • explain how it will affect you and others
  • suggest what you want the council to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,FACTORY":
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2019-05-23: Task 2
A lot of social problems can be related to teenagers these days. Some feel that this is because parents are not able to spend enough time to take care of their teenage child. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "TEENAGER,PARENT":
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2019-05-23: Task 2
Some people believe that spending on celebrating birthdays or weddings is a waste of money, but some argue that these celebrations can benefit both individuals and society. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY,":
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2019-05-18: Task 1
You notice garbage near your house, write a letter to authority.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • who did this
  • what problem is with this
  • What you want from the authority to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,GARBAGE ":
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2019-05-18: Task 2
Should parents allow their children to play similar TV programs and computer games as their friends do. Give your answer with relevant examples.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN,PARENT":
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2019-05-17: Task 1
Letter to a friend recommending a restaurant for a family celebration.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • where it is
  • how you know it
  • why you recommend this restaurant.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,RESTAURANT":
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2019-05-17: Task 2
Some people think that team sports prepare children for work and life. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2019-05-11: Task 1
You want to recommend someone to work in a company. Write a letter to the manager.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • Who the person is
  • How did you know the person
  • Working experience of the person.
  • Why do you recommend the person?
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,JOB":
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2019-05-11: Task 1
Write a letter to the local council to stop the closure of a children’s playground in your area.

In your letter, you should:
  • tell him how important the playground is
  • explain why you don't want to close it
  • suggest what advice you want them take.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,PLAYGROUND ":
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2019-05-11: Task 2
Many companies use advertisements to increase sales. What are the main reasons that make an advertisement effective? Is it a good thing or a bad thing to the society?

Questions and samples related to topic "AD":
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2019-05-11: Task 2
Many people think that money to be important for achieving happiness. What importance does money have regarding happiness? Give your answer with relevant examples.

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY":
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2019-05-05: Task 1
You left your watch at friend's home and you want him to send it back. writer him a letter.

Write a letter to the manager. In your letter:
  • describe your watch
  • tell him where you left it at
  • suggest what he can do about it.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,LEFT":
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2019-05-05: Task 2
Governments prohibiting the underage children for getting full-time jobs in certain countries. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN,JOB":
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2019-05-02: Task 1
You have seen an advertisement for part-time job at a restaurant and want to apply for it.

Write a letter to the manager. In your letter:
  • describe your experience
  • tell him why you are interested in the job
  • say why you think you would be suitable for the job.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APPLICATION,JOB":
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2019-05-02: Task 2
Should young people follow older people’s example or it’s good for them to challenge older people’s opinions and thoughts. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "PEOPLE":
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2019-04-27: Task 1
Write a letter to your friend who you spent a weekend participating party regarding his relocation to new house.

In the letter, you should:
  • describe what you liked the most at their new apartment
  • why you like the weekend
  • when and where do you want to meet them again.
Questions and samples related to topic "*THANK YOU,PARTY":
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2019-04-27: Task 1
You ordered a book from a company online and haven't received yet. Write a letter to the manager of the company.

In the letter, you should:
  • give the details about your order
  • explain why you need it urgently
  • tell him what you want the company to do for you.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,BOOK":
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2019-04-27: Task 1
Letter to the manager of an international company responding to an advertisement about job.

In the letter, you should tell:
  • why you like to do that job
  • what skills and experience you have
  • which department you wish to work into.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APPLICATION,JOB":
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2019-04-27: Task 2
Some people think that teenagers should do some unpaid work in the local community. Some people believe that it benefit both young people and society as a whole. To what extend do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "TEENAGER":
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2019-04-27: Task 2
Some people believe that residents are responsible for the place where they live to be clean and tidy. Others believe that government is the responsible. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2019-04-27: Task 2
Some people believe that parents should limit their hours of watching TV and playing computer games for children, but instead encourage to read books. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2019-04-23: Task 1
You work for an international company. Recently your job has changed and you believe that more training is needed. Write a letter to your manager.

In the letter, you should tell:
  • describe how your job has changed
  • what type of training you need.
  • Suggest the arrangements incorporating training and your work.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,TRAINING":
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2019-04-23: Task 1
Someone has returned your bag with all its belongings that you recently lost. Write a letter to thank that person.

In the letter, you should:
  • thank him/her
  • describe how you left your bag
  • explain why its belongings were important to you.
Questions and samples related to topic "*THANK YOU,LOST":
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2019-04-23: Task 2
Nowadays young people know less about traditions and culture than in the past. What are the reasons for it? Is this a positive development or a negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "CULTURE":
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2019-04-23: Task 2
One of the best methods to motivate and encourage workers is to pay them according to what they produce or sell. Do you think this is the best method? Give relevant examples from your experience.

Questions and samples related to topic "WORK":
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2019-04-13: Task 1
A local magazine editor has asked for readers opinion. Write a letter to magazine editor.

In the letter, you should tell:
  • what made you choose this magazine
  • why you like and dislike about it
  • what improvements you want to see.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,MAGAZINE":
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2019-04-13: Task 2
People doing dangerous sports activities like scuba diving and bungie jumping, they should be responsible for their own life and rescue workers should not risk their lives to save people. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2019-04-06: Task 1
Write a letter to your colleague telling him about your planned visit to the town you use to work.

In the letter, you should tell:
  • about your current Job
  • about your stay plan
  • the details arrangement of your visit.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,VISIT":
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2019-04-06: Task 1
A local college is having an international day. You want to speak to students about your country from different cultures. Write a letter to the college head.

In the letter, you should:
  • tell him/her about the topics you are going to talk about
  • why would they be of interest to the students
  • ask for any arrangements that you need.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,PRESENTATION":
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2019-04-06: Task 1
A item of clothing you purchased but found some issues with it once you returned home. Letter to the manager of the shop.

In the letter, you should:
  • what the item was
  • what were the issues
  • and what you expect the store manager to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,DAMAGE":
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2019-04-06: Task 2
Weddings are more expensive in many countries comparison present and past. What is the reason behind this? Is this a positive or a negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY":
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