IELTS General Writing Tasks and Topics

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Samia B.

The IELTS General writing section is completed on paper. You will be asked to write two essays.

The first IELTS General writing task is a letter.

The second IELTS General writing task requires you to express your opinion about something.

IELTS General Writing – Task 1

The letter may be formal, semi-formal or informal.

The question tells you exactly what to write about. You must write something about each specific point.

Use the titles below to practice writing a letter.

When your letter is finished, send it to me. I will tell you what to improve before your test.

IELTS General Writing Topics – 1

1. A member of your family is thinking about going to university. Write an email to your family member explaining:

* Why some people go to university (new experiences, career preparation, increased knowledge).
* Why some prefer universities far from home.
* Which courses you think would be interesting and/or useful.

2. A family member recently had a baby and is overwhelmed by parenting. Write an email:

* Encouraging the young couple in their role as new parents.
* Explaining why you think that parents are the best teachers.
* Offering support (suggestions for organizations they could turn to, financial, babysitting, etc.)

3. You are an international student studying English at a private language school. Your courses were expensive and you are disappointed with the quality of instruction, materials, and the time keeping of the other students . Write a letter of complaint to the School Principal and  suggest how you would like the issue to be resolved.

4. You recently stayed in a hotel where the service was slow and the room was dirty. Write a letter to the hotel manager complaining about the accommodation and suggesting how the issue might be resolved.

5. You are looking for a part-time job at the local golf club. Write a letter to the manager in which you:

* Introduce yourself
*  explain what experience and special skills you have
*  tell him/her when you think you could start

6. Your company is sending you to Vancouver on a month long project. You need a place to stay while you are there. Write a letter to the Manor Management Real Estate Agency. In your letter:

* explain the situation
* describe the kind of accommodation you would like
* provide the dates you will need it

IELTS General Writing – Task 2

The second IELTS General Writing topic is an essay expressing your opinion about something. This essay often takes the form of a survey response.

Your essay must have a clear structure and a variety of sentence structures. You must include:

* An introduction that puts the reader in the head space.
* An overview that identifies your main points.
* A paragraph for each of your main points.
* A conclusion.

Use the CELPIP writing topics below to practice expressing your opinion.

When your letter is finished, send it to me. I will tell you what to improve before your test.

IELTS General Writing Topics – 2

1. A company has announced that it wishes to build a large factory near your community.

* Do you support or oppose the factory? Explain your position.
* Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

2. You are a volunteer at the local community theater group. You have been asked whether the group should spend its money on costumes or on storage.

* Which alternative do you support? Explain your position.
* Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

3. Your company is considering whether or not to sponsor a float in the upcoming community parade. Your superiors have asked for your opinion.

* Do you support or oppose the investment? What possible advantages or disadvantages might there be?
* Explain your position giving reasons for your answer and including relevant examples from your own experience.

4. Do you think most celebrities would vote for a law that made it illegal for photographers to take and publish photos of people without permission?

* Would you vote for or against a law like that?
* Explain your position with reasons, details, and examples.

5. Some people believe grandparents offer the best childcare for working parents while others think grandparents shouldn’t be involved in disciplining children.

* Discuss the advantages of both.
* Explain your position with reasons, details, and examples.

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