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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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2019-05-11: 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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2019-04-06: Task 2
Some believe that is is the responsibility of people to take care about the environment. Others say it is the government that should take care of the environment. Discuss both views and state your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2019-04-06: Task 2
Some believe that people Should get a job right after school. Others say they should attend university. Discuss both views and state your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "JOB":
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2019-04-06: Task 2
The increase in tourism is causing environmental problems. What problems has tourism brought to the environment? What can be done to solve these problems?

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2019-03-23: Task 1
You and your friend booked a theater tickets in advance. Apology to your friend as you can't make it to the theater with him.

In the letter, you should:
  • apologies
  • explain what reasons you can’t make it
  • give options what can be done with the ticket.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,TICKET":
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2019-03-23: Task 1
Write a letter to your friend who is starting an import/export business and asked you for recommendation for a product from your own country.

In the letter, you should:
  • What the product will be
  • From which region of your country where it came from
  • Why it is a good product to export.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,BUSINESS":
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2019-03-23: Task 1
A letter to your friend who were traveling overseas, and you were staying at their apartment. There was a storm at that time and the apartment got damaged.

In the letter, you should:
  • tell your friend about the storm
  • explain how the damage got
  • detail what repairs need to be done.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,DAMAGE":
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2019-03-23: Task 2
Many people these days have computer, laptops, telephones at their home for work. Do you think, working from home has more advantages or disadvantages? Give reasons.

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE,WORK":
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2019-03-23: Task 2
Many people today used their phones to communicate by sending text messages than talking. What are the reasons for this? Does it has advantages/disadvantages?

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2019-03-23: Task 2
Fast food is a part of life in many place. Some people think this has bad effects in lifestyle and diet. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons.

Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE,HEALTH":
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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.
Questions and samples related to topic "*AMENDMENT,MAGAZINE":
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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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