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IELTS 2018 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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2018-11-01: Task 1 (Iran)
Letter to council for the dirty street:
  • Explain why it has become dirty recently
  • What problem it has caused
  • Giving some suggestions.
2018-11-01: Task 1
You decided to drive a bicycle to work and do not have parking space available. Write a letter to building manager:
  • Why you decided to use bicycle
  • What is the problem
  • Provide some suggestions.
Questions and samples related to topic "PARKING":
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2018-11-01: Task 2 (Iran)
Today, the internet and TV have created that chance for ordinary people to become famous. Is it a positive or negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "MEDIA":
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2018-11-01: Task 2
Shopping has become a favorite pastime among young people. What do you think it is like that? Do you think they must be encouraged to do other things rather than shopping?

2018-10-27: Task 1 (Canada; USA)
Your company has recently introduced new uniform for the staffs. Write a letter to your manager that you are not happy with the new uniform:
  • Explain why you are not happy with the new uniform
  • What you want new uniform to be like
  • Giving some suggestions.
2018-10-27: Task 2 (Canada; USA)
In many countries, young people of eighteen year old allow to do things such as driving a car, voting and marry. What is right time to take this responsibilities?What is your opinion?

2018-10-13: Task 1 (Qatar; India; Nigeria; Pakistan; Bangladesh)
You like the apartment but you need some improvements to be made in it. Write a letter to the landlord:
  • Explain why you you are happy living in the apartment
  • Describe what improvements are to be made
  • Explain why it is important to make the improvements.
2018-10-13: Task 1 (USA)
Your brother couldn’t join you on a trip that you guys planned. Write a letter to a friend inviting him to join:
  • explain about the trip
  • explain why your brother couldn’t make it
  • giving details about the trip.
Questions and samples related to topic "TRIP":
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2018-10-13: Task 1 (India)
Your friend wants to spend a holiday trip with you, but it is not suitable for you. Write a letter to your friend:
  • explain why it is not suitable for you
  • giving the suggestion.
Questions and samples related to topic "TRIP":
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2018-10-13: Task 2 (Qatar; India; Nigeria; Pakistan; Bangladesh)
Today, most people get married and give birth in their thirties rather than when they are younger. Is this a positive or negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "MARRY,CHILDREN":
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2018-10-13: Task 2 (USA)
Shops should give preference in selling local food rather than imported food. Do you agree or disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic "FOOD":
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2018-10-13: Task 2 (India)
Growing population is a big problem in developing countries. Should Government provide new homes in the cities or countryside.

2018-10-13: Task 2 (Australia)
Some people think that the media (newspapers) have the right to publish details of people’s private life, while other’s think it should be controlled ? Discuss both views.

Questions and samples related to topic "MEDIA,PRIVATE":
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2018-10-07: Task 1 (Saudi Arabia)
You have bought furniture from a store. When you received there were some damages. Write a letter to manager:
  • Giving information him about the furniture.
  • Explain the damage.
  • Asking the manager to do something.
Questions and samples related to topic "FURNITURE,DAMAGE":
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2018-10-07: Task 2 (Saudi Arabia)
Some people think that activities of free-time shall be planned while others disagree.Discuss both sides and include examples and relevant data from your own experience.

Questions and samples related to topic "ACTIVITY,HEALTH":
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2018-09-28: Task 1 (Belarus)
You have bought a toy in a online toy shop, but the toy is damaged. You have to write a letter to a shop manager:
  • Describe the toy.
  • Describe the damages.
  • Providing a resolution.
Questions and samples related to topic "TOY,DAMAGE":
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2018-09-28: Task 1 (USA)
Write a letter to your manager complaining about parking problems and suggest some solutions.
  • What are the problems
  • Why should solve the problems
  • How to solve the problems.
Questions and samples related to topic "PARKING":
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2018-09-28: Task 2 (Belarus)
Some people think that an advertising on TV is useless and others disagree. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "AD,TV":
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2018-09-28: Task 2 (USA)
Some people say Olympic games are not relevant in 21st century. Do you agree or disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2018-09-08: Task 1 (Qatar; India; UAE)
You are working in giant company which does financial or other items help to the different group of local community. Write to your manager about some group you want to provide help next year.
  • Describe a group.
  • What help do the group need.
  • What kind of help you expect to provide.
Questions and samples related to topic "HELP,CHARITY":
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2018-09-08: Task 1 (Canada)
You missed to attend friends invite. Write a letter to your friend:
  • apologia for not coming
  • explain how did you try to contact him/her
  • what is the alternate plan.
2018-09-08: Task 2 (Qatar; India; UAE)
Some parents believe that child should not waste time by reading entertainment books but instead they should spend time to read educational books only. What is you opinion about this?

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN,BOOK":
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2018-09-08: Task 2 (Canada)
Some people think money is the best gift to give it to youngsters, while others disagree. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY,GIFT":
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2018-08-18: Task 1 (USA)
Write a letter to hotel manager praising a staff member
  • explain the situation
  • what they did
  • what you want manager to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "HOTEL":
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2018-08-18: Task 1 (India)
You are getting married soon. Write a letter to your friend from a different country and invite him/her to the wedding. In your letter:
  • Describe your future wife/husband.
  • What will happen at the wedding?
  • Why do you want to invite him/her?
2018-08-18: Task 1 (Nigeria; India)
You have had problems with a changing room in a sports center. You have made some complaints but nothing has been done about it. Write a letter to the manager stating:
  • The issues with the changing rooms
  • What has been done about it
  • What you want the Manager to do.
2018-08-18: Task 1 (Singapore)
Write a letter to colleague who gave you a book that helped you for a presentation at work. You should:
  • describe the presentation
  • why was it important
  • how did it help you.
Questions and samples related to topic "HELP":
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2018-08-18: Task 2 (USA)
Some people think that international competitive sports such as football bring conflict between people of different age groups and nationalities. Others think sport is helping reach understanding between people and nations. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT,INTERNATIONAL":
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2018-08-18: Task 2 (India)
Some people think that only staff who worked in the company for a long time should be promoted to higher positions. What is your opinion on this?Give reasons and relevant examples for your answer.

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2018-08-18: Task 2 (Nigeria; India)
Some people think it’s a good idea to wear a uniform at work. Do you agree or disagree. Give reasons for your answer with relevant examples from knowledge or experience.

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2018-08-18: Task 2 (Singapore)
Some people think it is more important to spend time in developing a successful career while others think it is more important to spend time with friends and family. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "CAREER,FAMILY":
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2018-08-02: Task 1 (South Africa; India; Sri Lanka)
Your child is going on a trip to another country for 3 days. School is looking for some parents who can join the trip and you decided to apply for the same. You are interested in going with trip. Write a letter to the head of the school and include:
  • Why you want to join the team
  • What you can do to assist
  • Queries related to the trip.
Questions and samples related to topic "TRIP,PARENT":
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2018-08-02: Task 1 (Australia)
The local council is about to destroy children playground in your area because it is under use. write a letter and tell them:
  • why it is not well used
  • what can be done so more people can use it.
2018-08-02: Task 2 (South Africa; India; Sri Lanka)
Some people think that new technologies benefits the life of workers whereas some deny the statement. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2018-08-02: Task 2 (Australia)
Many people think that more having more money will make them happier. How important is money to happiness?

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY,HAPPY":
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2018-07-28: Task 1 (KSA; Nigeria; Bangladesh; Kazakhstan; Poland)
Write a letter to the manager of local council who is planning to pull down a historic building in your area due to lack of money to repair it. Expressing how unhappy you are and cover:
  • Why the building is important
  • What can be done with it in future
  • How to raise money for repairing it.
2018-07-28: Task 1 (USA)
Write a letter complaining about the dirty roads and garbage in your street.
  • Why it is effect and problem
  • What is the main causes
  • Your suggestions.
2018-07-28: Task 1 (Singapore)
You want to work in another country. Write a letter to your friend who lives in that country.
  • Why you want to work there
  • Your current skills and experience etc
  • Ask for additional information (working hours...).
Questions and samples related to topic "JOB":
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2018-07-28: Task 2 (KSA; Nigeria; Bangladesh; Kazakhstan; Poland)
Some people think the modern technology is making people more sociable, while others think it is making them less sociable. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2018-07-28: Task 2 (USA)
In the world of internet, people write on internet about a product’s reviews and opinions about a service . Is it a good thing or bad thing.

Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNET":
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2018-07-28: Task 2 (Singapore)
Some people believe that educational success depends on good teachers. Others think that its depend on the attitude of the students. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2018-07-07: Task 1 (UAE; KSA; Nigeria; India; Russia; Bangladesh)
Your friend is searching for a job, write a letter to your friend.
  • Describe the details of the job
  • Why it is suitable for him/her
  • How to apply for the job.
Questions and samples related to topic "JOB":
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2018-07-07: Task 1 (USA; China)
You are attending a night college. You are not happy about a course you are doing. Write a letter to the director:
  • Explain what your course is
  • Why you are not happy about it
  • Tell the director what you want them to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "COURSE,COLLEGE":
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2018-07-07: Task 1 (Singapore)
You have joined a evening course in a local college, there is no problem in the course, but you have complaints on other facilities (room, equipment, etc). Write a letter to the administrator of the college. In you letter:
  • Tell what you like about the course
  • What problem you have in the facilities provided
  • Suggest on what can be done to resolve it.
Questions and samples related to topic "COLLEGE":
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2018-07-07: Task 2 (UAE; KSA; Nigeria; India; Russia; Bangladesh)
Some people think that young children need to attend nursery before primary school. While others believe young children can spend all day at home. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2018-07-07: Task 2 (USA; China)
People are less fit and active nowadays than in the past, what are the reasons for this? What do you think can be done for it?

2018-07-07: Task 2 (Singapore)
Some people tell that to reduce traffic and pollution, government should increase the tax on the petrol (gasoline). Would there is more benefits than the drawback?

Questions and samples related to topic "TRAFFIC,POLLUTION":
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2018-06-30: Task 1 (New Zealand; Malaysia)
You are working for a company. Write a letter to your boss to propose a training course you want to attend.
  • What the training course is
  • Why you think this course is helpful to you
  • Propose your suitable time to attend the training.
Questions and samples related to topic "TRAINING,COURSE":
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2018-06-30: Task 1 (Germany; India; Iraq)
You have just read a book and found it useful. write a letter to your friend:
  • Tell her/him about the book
  • Explain her/him why it is useful
  • Suggest how she/he can have it.
2018-06-30: Task 1 (USA)
You went to a theater yesterday with a friend. Your friend had an accident and a staff member helped. Write to manager:
  • How it happened
  • How staff member helped
  • What should be done in future.
2018-06-30: Task 2 (New Zealand; Malaysia)
The cultures of many countries around the world becomes more similar than they used to be. What are the reasons for this trend? Is it positive or negative?

2018-06-30: Task 2 (Germany; India; Iraq)
Some people think that the best way to improve road safety is to lower the maximum speed limit. Others think that there are better alternative ways to do this. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

2018-06-30: Task 2 (USA)
Individual should take care of the environment or it is the government’s responsibility. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2018-06-02: Task 1 (India; KSA)
you recently lost your driving licence and someone sent it back to you. Write a letter to him/her.
  • How important the licence is to you
  • Asking how he/she found it
  • Saying how you would love to thank him/her.
Questions and samples related to topic "LOSS REPORT":
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2018-06-02: Task 1 (USA; Canada; Peru; Brazil)
Writing a letter to building manager regarding a problem parking your bicycle.
  • When you started to use bicycle to go to work
  • What the problem is
  • Suggesting the solution of the problem.
Questions and samples related to topic "PARKING,SUGGESTION":
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2018-06-02: Task 2 (India; KSA)
Nowadays, many families migrate to other countries due to employment. Some people say it benefits the children of immigrants families. Other say it is more difficult for the children of these families. Discuss both views and give you opinion.

2018-06-02: Task 2 (USA; Canada; Peru; Brazil)
People especially mothers often decide to stay at home to look after their family instead of going to work. Do you think government should pay them the salary for it?

Questions and samples related to topic "FAMILY, MOTHER, WOMAN":
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2018-05-25: Task 1 (Vietnam)
You are invited to the old classmates party organized by an old friend. Write a letter to your friend asking him/her to join. Include following in your letter.
  • You will be participate in.
  • Tell something about your life.
  • Ask some information about other friends who will possibly join.
Questions and samples related to topic "INVITATION,CLASSMATE":
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2018-05-25: Task 2 (Vietnam)
Some people argue that reading is the best way for graduates to improve their knowledge but others think that there are better ways for adults to do that. Discuss both views and tell your idea.

Questions and samples related to topic "READ":
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2018-05-24: Task 1 (Russia)
You attended a conference on behalf of your company. Write a letter to your manager about possibility of doing a presentation on this conference.You should say:
  • Why the conference was helpful
  • What your presentation will be about
  • Why people will be interested to see it.
Questions and samples related to topic "PRESENTATION,SUGGESTION":
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2018-05-24: Task 2 (Russia)
Some people think that large international sporting events only brings drawbacks, and that it is not worth hosting them. Do you agree or Disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2018-05-12: Task 1
You are planning to go on a holiday in another country. Write a letter to your friend asking him/her to join. Include following in your letter.
  • Why you need a holiday.
  • Your holiday plans.
  • Why you need your friend to join with you.
Questions and samples related to topic "HOLIDAY":
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2018-05-12: Task 1 (USA)
Your friend sent a guide book to you before going to a trip. You went to a vacation last week. Write a letter to your friend telling him about the vacation you went to. Mention about:
  • How you enjoyed your vacation.
  • How the guide book was helpful to you.
  • When and how you are going to return it.
2018-05-12: Task 1 (Nigeria; Germany; South Africa)
One of your friend is recently gave interview for a new job. Write a letter to your friend giving him some advice about the interview. In your letter you should write:
  • Ask some questions about the job.
  • Give him some advice about the interview.
  • Ask him when and where you could meet him before his interview to give him some tips.

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