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.

If viewing the samples linked in Section 2, you may think they are as similar as 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 more plain 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
  • Advantages Disadvantages
  • Outline Cause
  • Outline Solution
  • Direct Question
  • Discussion
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 to exercise 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 writing test.

2   General Task 2 Topics
Although general writing's 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, you will get its question list. Then you can view each question by just a click. (If only one problem is available for your topic, it will show directly.) We also present some questions' answers accordingly. This handy tool links essay topics, questions, and sample answers together. It assists candidates to study general writing task 2 on one page.

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3   General Essay Types
We divide question types of general writing task 2 essay into six 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 you should practice not only all possible question types, but also their combinations.

Samples: Agree Disagree 

Samples: Advantages Disadvantages 

Samples: Outline Cause 

Samples: Outline Solution 

Samples: Direct Question 

Samples: Discussion