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I have painstakenly collected from various official and unofficial sources, the recent questions from IELTS writing 2019.

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November 2019

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

Write a letter to a friend who invited you to meet up but you missed the appointment.

Apologise for not messaging

Explain why you could not go

Suggest another date

Write a letter to a friend of yours asking for advice about getting a job in their country.

Say what kind of job you want

Describe your skills and qualificiations

Ask questions about the salary/benefits

Writing Task 2

Many people believe that money is a good gift for a teenagers while others disagree.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

A lot of people today move to other countries for their work. This has advantages and disadvantages for the children of such people.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages and give your own opinion.

Some believe that a student’s success is mainly based on the quality of their teaching while others think it has more to do with the student’s attitude.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

October 2019

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

You stayed over at a friend’s house last weekend and think that you left your watch there.

Thank your friend

Describe your watch

Tell them what you want them to do

Read my sample answer for this question here.

You are going on vacation soon. Write a letter to a friend

Telling them the reason for the holiday

Your plan

Invite them to come with you

You and a co-worker want to make use of a company room. Write a letter to your manager to ask for permission. Include

Why you need the room

Which room and why

Changes you will need made to the room

Write a leters to a sports club president about an upcoming event at the club you would like to propose. Include

The kind of event

Who should be invited

Your role in the event

You are attending night classes at a local college and you are unhappy with some parts of the course. Write a letter to the school director and include

What course you are studying

What has made you unhappy

What you expect the director to do about it

You had dinner with a family friend. Write a letter to your friend to say

What you liked about the dinner

Your feelings about their family

Invite your friend and their family to your place

Writing Task 2

Many feel that going to the gym is the best way to stay fit. Others think there are more effective methods.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Read my sample answer here: IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Gym/Exercise (General Training)

Some people think that young people should follow the examples of their elders while others feel it is natural for teenagers to question them.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Nowadays people work too hard at their jobs.

What are the reasons for this?

What can employers do to help out?

Many parents, mostly mothers, stay at home to take care of the house and look after children. Many believe that the government should pay them a wage for this.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

People today are not as fit as they were in the past.

What are the causes of this?

What can governments do to deal with this issue?

Many people think that working from home in beneficial in most respects while others think that it may hurt family life.

Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.

The number of old people is increasing. Some think this will cause problems for countries while others believe old people still have value.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

September 2019

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

Write a leter to your friend who is visiting a city that you know well. Recommend

Places worth visiting

Where to eat

How to get around the city

Writing Task 2

Many people use online language translation apps today.

Do the advantages of these apps outweigh the disadvantages?

Some people think nations and individuals should focus on their own personal problems rather than global ones.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some believe that the best way to encourage people to exercise is through sporting events like the Olympics. Others think there are better ways.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Cultures around the world are becoming more and more similiar.

What are the reasons for this?

Do you think this is a positive or negative trend?

August 2019

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

You recently had a job interview which went well but you are still awaiting their decision. Write a letter to the HR manager of the company

Give the job details

Explain why the interview went well

Ask when you will know their decision

Your friend’s parents are coming to visit your homtown. Write a letter to

Tell them where they should visit

Suggest where they should stay

Offer to do something for them

Your child’s school is planning a field trip outside the country for 3 days and is asking for parents to come along. Write a letter

Asking about the trip

Explaining why you want to join

Explainin how you can help out

Write a letter to a tour company manager to give your appreciation for your tour guide. Include in your letter

Your tour details

What you liked about the guide

Ways for the manager to reward the guide 

Write a letter to a translation agency about a report that you need to have translated urgently. Include

The content of your report

Why you need it translated

Why it is urgent

Writing Task 2

Some people believe it is important to give gifts to friends and family to show how much we care about them while others think there are better ways.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people think that living in a country for a period of time is needed to learn its language and culture.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some people think that children should always ask for their parent’s advice while others feel this is not important.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people prefer living in hot climates while others prefer colder countries.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Technology has made people less social.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some people believe that entertainers are more important than scientists and researchers.

Do you agree or disgree?

Many believe that being good at a sport is a result of talent while others think that it comes from hard work.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

July 2019

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

Write a letter to a friend whose birthday party you missed. In you letter include

An apology

Why you missed it

Questions about how fun it was

Your friend has asked you to help find a music teacher for their child. Write to your friend describing the teacher you have found.

Explain why they are suitable

Explain their background

Explaing how they can get in touch

Write a letter to a company manager about a problem with an item that you purchased online.

Describe the item

Tell the manager what the problem is

Explain what you want them to do

You recently took a two day course. Write feedback to the course organiser. In you letter

Detail the course

Explain what you liked

Tell them what they should do better

At a hotel where you were staying you requested a wake-up call but it did not arrive. Write to the hotel manager

Why you requested the call

What the inconvenience caused

What they can do to avoid this in the future

Write a letter to a college in Australia, telling them about a short training course you want to take related to your work. Include in your letter

About the course

Why you want to do the course

Your expectations about the course

Write a letter to an organiser who booked a hotel for you for your company. Include in your letter

Details about the booking

What you didn’t like about the hotel

What you want the organiser to do

Your company sent you abroad to take a training course and you want to extend your stay abroad. Write to your manager

About the benefits of the course

Why you want to stay

When you will come back

Your landlord wishes to increase your rent. Write a letter to him stating

Why the rent should not be increased

Current issues in the apartment

What you will do if he does

Writing Task 2

In many countries, people follow the latest fashions for clothes and hair very closely.

Why is this?

Is this a positive or negative development?

Many people imitate famous people that they read about or see on TV.

Why is this done?

Is this a good idea?

Celebrities sometimes give their opinions on public matters.

Why is this?

Is this a positive or negative development?

Nowadays the amount of garbage on the street is a real concern. 

Why is this happening?

What can be done to resolve it?

Shopping has become a common pasttime for many young people.

Why is this the case?

Should young people be encouraged to have other hobbies?

Medical science has greatly lengthened the average lifespan for most people. Some think this is a positive development while others disagree.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Some believe that allowing people to work after the age of 60 causes problems for both them and society.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some think that competitive sports should be mandatory subjects in school while others think this has a negative effect on children.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Nowadays, internet and television have given ordinary people the opportunity to become famous.

Is this a positive or a negative development?

With recent improvements online, it is increasingly possible for people to leave reviews for goods and services they have purchased.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

Some parents think it is a good idea to let their children have mobile phones while others disagree.

Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.

Nowadays a lot of people make friends through social networks and internet chat groups. Some think this is good while others feel face to face interation is important.

Dicuss both views and give your own opinion.

June 2019

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

Write a letter to the manager of a theater where your friend had an accident and they helped out. In your letter include

How it happened

How they helped

What they can do to prevent accidents in the future

You are working for a large compan that provides financial help to local community groups and your company director has asked for recommendations about which group to help next year. In your letter

Include the group you want to suggest

Include what you expect the company to do

Explain how that will help the group

Write a letter to a young friend who will join your company next month. Include in your letter

What the work done at the company is

What they should bring on the first day

What they will do on the first day of work

Write a letter to the manager of a restaurant near you regarding renovations that you will be having done on your apartment. Include in your letter

What the repairs are

How it will affect their restaurant

Some possible solutions

You want to join a gym. Write a letter to a friend asking them to join with you. Include

Why you want to exercise

What types of exercises you are planning to do

Why you want your friend to join you

Write a letter to a friend who will be looking after your apartment while you are gone. Include

Where the keys are

What they should take care of

What to do when you come back

You friend has recently had a baby and you bought a gift. Write them a letter

Explaining the gift you bought

Describing the features of the gift

Asking when you can come drop it off

You recently travelled by traing and it was very late causing your some problems. Write to the manager of the company

Telling them where you were going

Describing the problems you faces

Asking them to take action

You lost your driver’s license but someone found it and send it back to your address. Write a letter including

Thanking them

Asking where they found it

Explaining why you need it

You are moving to a new city with your family. Write a letter to a real estate agent to enquire about accommodations. Include in your letter

Why you are moving

Where you want to live

The type of accommodation required

Your local newspaper is giving out an award to the persona who has done the most to help the local community. Write to the newspaper about

A person who could win

How you know this person

How he has helped the neighborhood

Write a letter of  invitation to a friend for a special celebration. In your letter include

An invitation for your friend

What the celebration is about

Travel and accomodation suggestions

 

Writing Task 2

These days many families move to other countries for work. Some people believe that the children in these families benefit from this. However, others believe it makes life more difficult for the children.

Discuss both these views.

In many countries, people are experiencing more health problems because they have unhealthy lifestyles.

Why do people live unhealthy lives?

What can be done about this problem?

In some countries, children under the age of 16 are not allowed to leave school by law and enter the workforce.

Is this positive or negative?

Many think that secondary and high school students should learn money management as it is an important life skill.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some think that money is a good gift for teenagers. Others disagree.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some think that protecting the environment is the role of the individual while others think the government is responsible.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some think that parents reading books for entertainment to their children is a waste of thime and they should only read them serious educational books.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some think that the media should be allowed to publish personal information about citizens but others think that some restrictions should be placed on this information.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Many students do part-time work while they are studying.

Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

Some people prefer the lifestyle of living in a hot country while other people like colder climates.

Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.

May

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

Write a letter to an admissions officer at a community college. Explain to them

Which course you want to attend

Why you want to attend this course

How it related to your background

You have just returned from a conference and want to give a presentation to your colleagues. Write a letter to your manager about this. Include

What the conference was about

Your plans for the presentation

Its impact on your company

A company is appealing to your local city council to open a factory near where you live. You and your neighbors are opposed to the idea. Write to the city council

Stating why it is a bad idea

Where it should be built

Tell the council what you want them to do

Write a letter to your public city council to complain about garbage being left near your house. Include in your letter

Who you think left it

Why it is a problem

What you want the city to do

Write a letter to a friend recommending a restaurant to them for a family celebration. Include in your letter

The location of the restaurant

Why the restaurant is suitable

Suggestions for making contact

Write a letter to your local city council about the closure of a children’s playground. Include in your letter

Where the park is

What makes the park special

Suggestions for how to keep it open

Write a letter of recommendation for a friend to help them get a job where you are currently working. Include

Who the person is

How you know them

Why you recommend them

Writing Task 2

Many people consider money to be the most important factor for achieving happiness.

Do you agree or disagree?

These days people of all ages spend more time indoors than indoors.

Why is this?

Is this a positive or a negative development?

Some people think that sports prepare children for work life while others think they do not.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Some people think that in order to learn a language well you must live in the country where that language is spoken.

Do you agree or disagree?

A lot of social problems today are caused by teenagers. Many people believe this is because parents don’t spend enough time with them.

Do you agree or disagree?

Many think that large international sporting events are not worth the cost for the host country.

Do you agree or disagree?

Many companies today use advertisments to increase their sales.

What makes an advertisement effective?

Is this positive or negative for society?

Some people believe that teenagers are facing more problems in their life than they did in the past and this is  because parents are spending more time at work than at home.

Do you agree or disagree?

Many people think that more money will make them happier.

How important is money for happiness?

These days many families move abroad for work. Some people believe that this benefits the children in these families. Others believe that it makes their lives more difficult.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion

April

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

Write a letter to a hotel manager about a party that you want to arrange for somebody you know. Include in your letter

Where you want to hold the party

Details of the party

Your budget for the party

Someone returned to you a bag that you lost with all its belongings still inside it. Write a letter to thank the person:

Thank the person

Explain how you lost it

Explain why its belongings were so important

An item of clothing that you purchased at a store has some issues and you wish to return it. Write a letter:

Describing the item in question

Detailing the issues

Telling the manager what you expect them to do with it

You are working at an international company and recently your responsibilities have changed and you think more training is required. Write to your boss saying

How your job has changed

Describing the training you need

Suggesting how traning could be done efficiently

A local magazine has asked for the opinion of readers as to how the magazine could be improved. Write to the magazine

Telling them why your read it

What you like and dislike about it

What improvements you would like to see in it

Write a letter to an online seller about an order that you have not yet received. Include in your letter

The details of your order

Why you need it right away

What you expect the company to do

Write a letter to a friend who you spent a weekend with helping to move and hosting a party. Include in your letter

What you like most about the new apartment

What you did over the weekend

Where and when you would like to meet again

Write a letter to a co-worker telling that about a visit you are planning to their town. Include

When you will arrive

The purpose of your visit

Suggestions for things you can do together

Writing Task 2

One of the best methods to motivate and encourage workers is to pay them according to their level of production.

Is this the best way?

Some believe that it is the responsibility of residents to maintain clean streets while others think this is the duty of the government.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

In many countries, weddings are becoming much more expensive compared to the past.

What are the causes of this?

Is this a positive or negative development?

In many countries the legal driving age is 18 and people have suggested raising it to 25 to reduce vehicular accidents.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

March

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

An historic building in your city is in bad condition. Write to the local government. Include in your letter:

Why the building is important

Its present condition

What action must be taken

Write a letter to your son’s friend who is coming to your town on holiday. He wants to stay with you but you cannot accomodate him. Include:

An apology

Reasons why he can’t stay in your home

Suggestions for other accomodation

Write a letter to your friend who is travelling overseas. You have been staying at their apartment and these was a storm. Tell your friend:

About the storm.

About the damage

What repairs must be made

You booked tickets to the theatre in advance but will not be able to make it. Write a letter to your friend:

Apologising

Explaining why you can’t make it

Suggesting what to do with the tickets

Write a letter to your friend who wants suggestions for a product to export out of your country. Include

The product you suggest

The region it comes from

Why it is a good product to export

Write a letter to you friend who you were not able to say goodbye to when you left. You worked together at a multinational company.

Apologise to them

Tell them why you left

Tell them what you’ll miss about them

In our technological era, some think that print magazines and newspapers will soon cease to exist.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Fast food is a part of life for many people. Some people think it has a negative effect on both lifestyle and diet.

Do you agree or disagree?

Many parents send their children on educational trips inside and outside of their country.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

Most people today have computer, laptops and telephones so they can work from home.

Do you think working from home has more advantages or disadvantages?

Some believe that violent games and movies have a negative impact on people while others see them as a harmless form of relaxation.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Many small shops are going out of business because people prefer to shop in stores in big cities.

Do the disadvantages of this development outweigh the advantages?

The best manager is one who is warm and friendly with their staff.

Do you agree or disagree?

There is an increasing amount of noise in our daily lives today.

Why is this a problem?

What can be done about it?

Many doctors say that people in today’s world do not do enough physical exercise.

What do you think are the causes of this?

What solutions are there to this problem?

February

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

Some people don’t mind spending their leisure time with colleagues while others prefer keeping their private life separate from work life.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people think that watching sport is a waste of free time.

Do you agree or disagree?

Write a letter to invite and English-speaking friend to watch a movie with you about your country. In your letter:

Include some background about the film

Explain why it might interest him/her

Suggest arrangements for watching the film

Write a letter to a friend asking for help with a new job you have taken that your friend has been doing for a long time with another company. In your letter,

Ask about the challenges for the job

Ask about possible solutions

Arrange to meet and talk

You are planning to give a presentation at your company. Write a letter to a colleague asking for help. Include:

When and where will the presentation be

What the topic is

What help you would like

Write a letter of complaint to an airline company.

Give details of the flight

Explain the problem

Tell them what you would like done

You’re interested in a music course that you saw advertised.

Expain why you’re interested

Request more information

Talk about your experience level

Writing Task 2

Some people say that schools do not do enough to teach young people about health.

Do you agree or disagree?

Some people think watching movies is a waste of time.

Do you agree or disagree?

Many people today do not know their neighbors as well as they did in the past. 

What is the cause of this problem?

What can be done to solve it?

Some people think that in order for a hobby to be enjoyable, it needs to be difficult in some way.

Do you agree or disagree?

February

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

Your local council has asked for suggestions for how to keep the city cleaner. Write to your representative to

Explain what the the council can do

What people can do to help

How the community will benefit from a cleaner city

You work part time and are attending a course and your manager has offered to give you time off to attend your classes full time.

Write to your boss informing him/her

Of your decision

Your gratitude

Further steps to be taken

Write a letter to your manager who is leaving the company. Include

How you feel about this

What you liked about working with him/her

Questions about his/her future plans

A friend has asked about the details of a course that you recently complete in a training centre.

Explain the course details

Why your friend should take the course

How the course has benefited you

January

Writing Task 1 (A Letter)

You are relocating back to your country. There is some furniture that you would like to return to your friend. In your letter tell them

What furniture you will be giving back

Detail on the condition of the furniture

How they can come and collect the furniture

A colleague at work is organising a goodbye party which you’re not able to attend. Write a letter to him. In the letter, say:

Why you can’t attend

Something you appreciate about him from work

How you will stay in touch with him in the future

You recently attended a course in another country but had to the course in the middle and return to your country. Write a letter to your teacher:

Thank him/her

Tell him/her your situation

Tell them what you will remember best

Write a letter inviting your friend to a family function. Tell him/her:

What the occasion is

What your plans are

Why it is important he/she comes

You recently stayed in a hotel and after returning back home you realized you left a piece of clothing at the hotel. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel including

What it was

Where you left it

What actions you want them to take

Write a letter to the manager or a taxi company about documents that you left in one of their vehicles.

Where you left them

Why they are important

What you want them to do

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