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 General Training Writing Task 2 Topics
1   General Writing Task 2
The General Training Writing Task 2 is a minimum 250-word essay on a topic of daily life. Candidates have to solve a problem, express ideas, or analyze viewpoints on a given topic in a short essay. Ideally, the task should finish in 40 minutes.

Comparing the samples linked in Section 2, you may think they are similar to the Academic Task 2 essay. Yes, task 2 assignments of Academic Writing and General Writing share the same format and convention. But General Writing Task 2 is a little easier because its topics, which are around everyday life and regular social activities, are plainer to understand and more straight to answer.

Candidates should accurately follow the task's instruction in essay writing and never mistake the question types. We list some types there and also present samples by type in Section 3.
  • Agree Disagree
  • Discussion
  • Cause & Solution
  • Direct Question
In most cases, you can organize the general writing task 2 essay into about 4-5 paragraphs:

Paragraph 1 - Start: introduce the topic, show the primary point.

Paragraph 2,3,4 (or 2,3) - Body: Main idea, supporting idea, examples.

Paragraph 5(or 4) - Conclusion: Summarize ideas, restate basic point.

IELTS general essay, or say general writing task 2, should be longer than 250 words. We suggest exercising 300 words essays as many as possible until you can do this quickly and confidently within 40 minutes. If so, you will be rewarded an ideal band in the writing test.

2   General Task 2 Topics
Although general writing topics are around everyday life, if you happen to write the tested topic in advance, you will have a considerable advantage on test day. Here we collect popular topics from recent years' tests and offer questions recalled by test takers.

If you select any topic that you are interested in, you will get its question list. Then you can view each question and answer with just a click. This handy tool links essay topics, questions, and sample answers together.

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3   General Essay Types
We divide question types of general writing task 2 essay into four categories. It's just to help test takers address essay writing per type.

When you get a real task 2 assignment, you shouldn't assume it only involves one question type. A few general essays may include two question types, e.g., Outline Cause and Discussion. So it would help if you practiced not only all possible question types but also their combinations.

Samples: Agree Disagree 

Samples: Discussion 

Samples: Cause & Solution 

Samples: Direct Question