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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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2019-01-30Task 1

Your friend has asked you about the course details you recently took in a training centre.

In the letter, you should:

  • tell him about the course details
  • why your friend should take this course
  • Explain how the course has benefited you.

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2019-01-30Task 2

Some people prefer to buy local products while others prefer international products. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2019-01-25Task 1

You work as part time and you are attending a course. Your manager offered you full time and asked to leave the course. Write a letter about your decision on job offer.

In the letter, you should:

  • how you feel about the job
  • what your decision is
  • Explain why you made the decision.

Questions and samples related to topic “WORK”:

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2019-01-25Task 1

Your work in a company has some changed and need to take a training course. Write a letter to your manager.

In the letter, you should:

  • what you has done about your work past year
  • what you could have done better
  • what kind of training you want to take next year.

Questions and samples related to topic “WORK”:

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2019-01-25Task 2

Some young people are leaving countryside to live in cities or towns,

It leaves only old people in 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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2019-01-25Task 2

Some people say that children given pocket money every week will have lesser money problems when they become adults. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic “CHILDREN,MONEY”:

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2019-01-19Task 1

A colleague at work is organising a goodbye party which you’re not able to attend. Write a letter to him/her.

In the letter, you should:

  • Explain reason why you cannot attend
  • good memories you have spent
  • how you will stay in touch.

Questions and samples related to topic “PARTY”:

2019-01-19Task 1

You recently attended a course in another country but had to leave the course to return back to your country. Write a letter to your teacher.

In the letter, you should:

  • thank him/her
  • tell them your situation
  • Explain them what you liked about their lecture.

Questions and samples related to topic “COURSE”:

2019-01-19Task 1(Canada)

Write a letter to your friend inviting on family party.

In the letter, you should:

  • what the activity is
  • what you planed
  • why it is important that your friend should come

Questions and samples related to topic “PARTY”:

2019-01-19Task 1(UAE)

You work a part-time job in a company and the company posted an advert seeking a person for a full-time position. Write a letter to your manager requesting to apply for the advertised position.

In the letter, you should:

  • why you want to apply
  • what your future goals are
  • why it would be beneficial for the company.

Questions and samples related to topic “JOB”:

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2019-01-19Task 2

More and more people are opting for ready-made food instead of freshly cooked food. Do this development has more advantages over disadvantages?.

Questions and samples related to topic “FOOD”:

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2019-01-19Task 2

Now many big cities in the world are increasing in size. What are the problems associated with it? What are the solution to these problems?

2019-01-19Task 2(Canada)

All the people in a company should be treated equally and provided with the same number of holidays in a year or people doing different jobs enjoy different amount of holiday time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic “EMPLOYMENT,VACATION”:

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2019-01-19Task 2(UAE)

Many people believe that learning a foreign language is a very difficult task. What are the most difficult things about learning a foreign language? What is the best way to overcome them? Explain and include your personal experience or knowledge of these problems.

2019-01-19Task 2

Some people think high-end technology can prevent and cut down the rate of committing crime. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic “TECHNOLOGY”:

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2019-01-19Task 2

Some people feel that courses can make anyone a teacher, while others feel an excellent teacher cannot be made by pursuing a course. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “TEACHER”:

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2019-01-12Task 1(India)

Write a letter to one of your classmates and invite him/her to a party.

In the letter, you should:

  • when, where, timing
  • give some details about the plan of the party
  • tell him/her what you are doing recently.

Questions and samples related to topic “PARTY”:

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2019-01-12Task 2(India)

Some people think that high salary is important when choosing a company to work for, while others think that good working atmosphere is more important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “WORK”:

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2019-01-05Task 1(India; Saudi Arabia; Nigeria)

You have recently stayed in a hotel and after returning back you realise that you have left a piece of cloth at your hotel room. Write a letter to manager of hotel.

In the letter, you should:

  • explain the clothing
  • say where you left it
  • what the manager should do if he/she finds out.

Questions and samples related to topic “LEFT”:

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2019-01-05Task 1(Singapore)

Write a letter to the manager about the important documents which you left in their taxi.

In the letter, you should:

  • say where you left it
  • why it is important
  • what you want the manager to do.

Questions and samples related to topic “LEFT”:

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2019-01-05Task 1(Iran)

You have recently flown to another country on a business trip. You were satisfied with the flight, but didn’t like services at the airport. Write a letter to the airport manager.

In the letter, you should:

  • Tell him/her your flight details
  • Why you disappointed
  • Suggest some improvements to the airport services.

2019-01-05Task 2(India; Saudi Arabia; Nigeria)

Some people encourage young children to leave their parents house as soon as they become adults while other say children should stay at their parents house as long as possible.

Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “LIFESTYLE,YOUNG PEOPLE”:

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2019-01-05Task 2(Singapore)

Many countries thought that children have to do homework in their free time while other say children should do more outdoor activity.

To What Extent Do you agree or disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic “CHILDREN”:

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2019-01-05Task 2(Iran)

Some people say that art subjects such as music, drama and creative writing are an essential part of education, and every school should include them in its syllabus. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your opinion and examples from your own experience.

Questions and samples related to topic “EDUCATION”:

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2018-12-22Task 1(Canada)

You are looking for a house. Write a letter to house agent describing:

  • when you want to move in
  • why you are moving
  • describe your family and type of accommodation you are looking for it.

Questions and samples related to topic “HOUSE”:

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2018-12-22Task 2(Canada)

Essay on Advertisements are Good or Bad for society, give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “AD”:

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2018-12-15Task 1(India; UAE)

You relocated to an overseas country recently and shipped your furniture and other possessions through a shipping company. When you received them, you found some of them got damaged. Write a letter to the delivery manager of the shipping company:

  • when and where the shipment was
  • describe the damages
  • what you want the shipment company to do.

Questions and samples related to topic “BUSINESS,DAMAGE”:

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2018-12-15Task 1(Philippines)

You received a letter from a friend who asked for a recommendation letter from you for the job that he/she is applying for. Write a letter to the manager:

  • explain how well you know this person
  • describe how this person work
  • why you think this person is suitable for the job.

Questions and samples related to topic “EMPLOYMENT”:

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2018-12-15Task 1(Brazil)

You have a spare room in your flat or apartment and you want to rent it to a student. Write a letter to the director of the accommodation office at the local college. In your letter:

  • Explain where your apartment is
  • Describe the room
  • What kind of person would you like to rent it to.

Questions and samples related to topic “BUSINESS,RENT”:

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2018-12-15Task 2(India; UAE)

In today’s times internet is making it easy to study online from home. Some prefer online courses to study and they think it is better. Others prefer classroom education. Discuss both views and share your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “EDUCATION,COURSE”:

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2018-12-15Task 2(Philippines)

Successful companies use advertisement to make more sales. What can make an advertisement very effective? Do you think this is a bad thing or a good thing for the society?

2018-12-15Task 2(Brazil)

Science will soon make people live up to 100 or even 200 years. Some believe this is a good thing while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “LIFESTYLE”:

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2018-12-13Task 1(Qatar)

You want to learn a language. There is a teacher nearby where you live. Write a letter to the teacher:

  • how you came to know about him/her
  • explain why you want to learn
  • ask some questions.

Questions and samples related to topic “EDUCATION,LANGUAGE”:

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2018-12-13Task 2(Qatar)

Some people believe that after hundred years life will be easier for most of people, while the others are unsure. What is your opinion?

Questions and samples related to topic “LIFESTYLE”:

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2018-12-08Task 1

Your friend is coming to stay in your neighbourhood. He has asked some information about the local school. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • describe the school
  • tell him/her about your opinion
  • explain why his/her children would like this school.

Questions and samples related to topic “EDUCATION,SCHOOL”:

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2018-12-08Task 2

Some people think it is important to spend a lot of money on a wedding celebration, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “LIFESTYLE,MONEY”:

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2018-12-01Task 1(Sri Lanka; Denmark; Bahrain)

Write a letter to HR department of a company requesting information about a interview that you attended but still waiting for results. In your letter:

  • Describe the position applied for
  • Why the interview went well
  • Why do you need the results.

Questions and samples related to topic “EMPLOYMENT”:

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2018-12-01Task 1(Philippines)

Write to the company’s manager about construction near your home. In your letter:

  • how you heard of their construction plans
  • what you think of their plans
  • your hopes for the construction in case it pushes through.

2018-12-01Task 1(USA)

Write a letter to a translation agency requesting them to translate a document for you. In your letter:

  • Emphasise on the urgency
  • What is the document about
  • Why do you need it to be done quickly.

2018-12-01Task 2(Sri Lanka; Denmark; Bahrain)

Some people think that giving gifts and presents to friends and family is important to show them that we care. Others think that there are more important ways. Discuss both and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “LIFESTYLE,GIFT”:

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2018-12-01Task 2(Philippines)

The media is increasing interest in famous people who have ordinary backgrounds. Why do you think people are interested in the lives of famous people? Do you think this is a good thing?

Questions and samples related to topic “MEDIA”:

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2018-12-01Task 2(USA)

Some people prefer activities and lifestyle in hot climates while others prefer activities and lifestyle in cold climate. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “LIFESTYLE,CLIMATE”:

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2018-11-22Task 1(Qatar)

Write a letter to your friend who has moved to another country and now he/she is coming back to your country for a visit. You have arranged a party for him/her. In your letter:

  • give the date and location of the party
  • say which friends are coming to the party
  • give more information about the friends current lives.

Questions and samples related to topic “PARTY”:

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2018-11-22Task 2(Qatar)

Some people think that the only way to relax is rest or sleep, while others say people need to do exercise or sport to relax. Discuss both view points and give your own opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “LIFESTYLE”:

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2018-11-10Task 1(USA)

You have not received the prize which you have won at a newspaper. Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper with below details:

  • Details of how you won the prize
  • What is the prize given to you
  • What actions you expect to be taken.

2018-11-10Task 1(Saudi Arabia; India)

Write a letter to your manager that you will have a party. Tell them:

  • what the party is about
  • why it is necessary
  • what you want from him to do.

Questions and samples related to topic “PARTY”:

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2018-11-10Task 2(USA)

Some parents and teachers think that children’s behaviour should be strictly controlled. While some think that children should be free to behave. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic “CHILDREN”:

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2018-11-10Task 2(Saudi Arabia; India)

In many countries, the amount of rubbish is rapidly increasing, why? Give your solutions.

Questions and samples related to topic “ENVIRONMENT”:

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2018-11-01Task 1(Iran)

Letter to council for the dirty street:

  • Explain why it has become dirty recently
  • What problem it has caused
  • Giving some suggestions.

2018-11-01Task 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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2018-11-01Task 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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2018-11-01Task 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?

2018-10-27Task 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.

2018-10-27Task 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?

Questions and samples related to topic “YOUNG PEOPLE,RESPONSIBILITY”:

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2018-10-13Task 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.

2018-10-13Task 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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2018-10-13Task 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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2018-10-13Task 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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2018-10-13Task 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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2018-10-13Task 2(India)

Growing population is a big problem in developing countries. Should Government provide new homes in the cities or countryside.

2018-10-13Task 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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2018-10-07Task 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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2018-10-07Task 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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2018-09-28Task 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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