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Recent IELTS Writing questions 2018

Recent IELTS Writing questions 2018

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December 2018

Academic

Writing task 1

  1. A table comparing numbers of car owners amongst eight countries. Useful phrases
  2. A picture of forming sand dunes. Useful phrases

Writing task 2

  1. In many countries, shops are open long hours every day of the week. Discuss the positive or negative effect on the shopper and the local community. Use pattern
  2. Scientist agree that junk food cause people health problem. Some people think to follow educated people or not follow. Discuss both views and state your opinion. Use pattern
  3. Some people believe that all students have to study history. Others think they should learn other subjects instead. Discuss both views and state your opinion. Use pattern
  4. In films and computer games, violence has become more popular. Some think this has negative effects on the society, others think it harmless relaxation. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern

General

Writing task 1

1. You have recently had an interview. Write a letter to HR manager of the company for no response about the result, of a job interview you gave 2 weeks back even though the interview went well. In your letter:

  • mention the job details
  • why you think the interview went well
  • why you need to know the result

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

2. Write a letter to a translation agency requesting them to translate a document for you. You should write:

  • Emphasize on the urgency
  • Explain the contents of the letter
  • Why you need it to be done quickly.

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

Writing task 2

  1. Some people think giving gifts to family and friends is a good way to show our care, other people think there are various different ways to show our love for them. Discuss both sides and give your opinion. Use pattern
  2. 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. Use pattern

 

Don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking Questions as well

October 2018

Academic

Writing task 1

Writing task 2

General

Writing task 1

1. You recently attended a meeting at a hotel. When you returned home, you found you had left some important papers at the hotel. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel. In your letter:

– Explain the problem
– Say why the documents are important
– Suggest a solution

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

2. Your office building doesn’t have parking available. Write a letter to the manager. In your letter:

– Explain the problem
– Suggest a solution
– Say why parking will benefit all employees

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

3. 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.

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

4. You like the apartment but you need some improvements to be made in it. Write a letter to the landlord:

– Explain why you are happy living in the apartment
– Describe what improvements are to be made
– Explain why it is important to make the improvements.

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

5. 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.

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

6. 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.

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

7. 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.

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

8. 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.

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

9. Your child is going on a trip to another country for 3 days. School is looking for some parents who can join the trip and you decided to apply for the same. You are interested in going with trip. Write a letter to the head of the school and include:

– Why you want to join the team
– What you can do to assist
– Queries related to the trip.

IELTS General Writing Task 1 — Tips and Strategies

Don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking Questions as well

July 2018

Academic

Writing task 1

  1. A bar chart that shows international tourists to Australia from the UK, US, and Japanese also had a line graph showing the number of people and two holiday packages all between the years 1995 & 2005. Useful phrases
  2. Table given on actual population (1990), estimated population (2000) and actual population (2000) in 3 cities.
    Compare between actual and estimated population. Useful phrases

Writing task 2

  1. In some countries, the age difference between parents and children is greater than in the past. Do you think the advantages outweighs the disadvantages. Use pattern 
  2. Some people of the believe that universities should only offer places to students with high marks. While others believe that people of all ages should be allowed even if they don’t do well in school. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern

General

Writing task 1

1. You heard that your friend need a job and you offered a job which you know that he/she will qualify.

  • Describe the job
  • Tell him why you think he should apply
  • Tell him/her how he/she should apply

2. You are attending a night college. You are not happy about a course you are doing. Write a letter to the director

  • Explain what your course is
  • Why you are not happy about it
  • Tell the director what you want them to do

Writing task 2

  1. Some people think that young children are better to be in nursery schools before primary schools. Others think that it is better for the young children to be with their families all day. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern
  2. Many think that people these days are not as fit and active as they used to be in the past. What do you think are the reasons for it? What do you think can be done for it? Use pattern    Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Sport.
  3. Some people think governments should be responsible for solving the traffic and pollution problem. Do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Use pattern 

Don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking Questions as well

June 2018

Academic

Writing task 1

  1. The line graph reveals information about commuters’ usage of three different types of transportation in one city from 1990 to 2010. Types of transportation: Bicycle, Train, Car. Useful phrases
  2. Table about the production of cocoa beans measure in tons in different regions. Useful phrases
  3. Two pie charts showing the percentage of electricity usage in different sectors. Useful phrases
  4. A map about a bookshop in 2000 and its new plan at present. Useful phrases and Maps Vocabulary

Writing task 2

  1. Some people think that teenager students should concentrate on each subject equally, while other think that they should choose what they are interested in. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern
  2. International Tourism is a good business but can lead to misunderstandings between tourists and locals. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use pattern
  3. Although more and more people are reading the news on the internet, most people still prefer reading the news in a newspaper. What are your views? Technology Vocabulary will help. Use pattern
  4. Many people think that increasing business and cultural relationship between different countries is positive development. Others believe that this might be reason of loss of national identities of the country. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern
  5. It is believed that young people are interested in international pop singers and movie stars more than history, and historians. Why? What can be done to change this? Use pattern

General

Writing task 1

1. A letter to the building manager at work to inform about problems with parking your bike

  • why you started to use a bicycle to go to work
  • what is the problem
  • suggest the solution of the problem

2. Write a letter to thank a person who posted your lost driving license. You should talk about the following in your letter.

  • why a driving license is much important
  • asking about the place, where he found the license
  • inviting him for a meet to thank

Writing task 2

  1. People especially mothers very often decide to stay at home to look after their family instead of going to work. They should receive monetary compensation from the government. Do you agree or disagree? Use pattern
  2. Nowadays, people move from one country to another for work. Some people think children of these families suffer because of this, while others think it is helpful for them. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern
  3. Adults do less exercise these days. Some people think that showing sports events on the television such as the Olympics and international tournaments is the best way to encourage adults to do exercise. Others believe there are more effective ways to do so. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Sport.  Use pattern
  4. Some people use technology to take advice for their medical problems rather than seeing a doctor. Why this is so? It is positive or negative development according to you? Technology Vocabulary will help.   Use pattern
  5. Some people believe that lowering the speed limit will lead to maximum road safety. Other people believe that there  are many other ways to improve road safety. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. Use pattern

Don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking Questions as well

May 2018

Academic

Writing task 1

  1. Two bar charts. Chart 1 showed the % of male and female to the total of students in a university between 1992 to 2012. Chart 2 illustrates 3 most favorite subjects of students in one university; particularly biology, physics, computer science. Describe the graphs and compare where relevant.
  2. A line chart that illustrates percentages of people who were grouped by their age, visiting museums during a period of three decades. There were 4 age groups (14 -24), (25 – 35), (35 – 49) and (50 +). Each line represents an age group.
  3. Two line graphs: one mentioning the number of passengers travelled in train between 2000 and 2009 and another line graph mentioning the percentage of trains who were on time between 2000 and 2009.
  4. Describe a diagram representing the production of electricity from coal.
  5. A line chart that showed the percentage of working women in 5 different countries.
  6. A table shows the results of a survey about the sports interest among the residents of the European Country in three different years. Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Sport.
  7. Bar chart about use of land and trees in truffle production in 3 states of Australia.
  8. Table: the average number of people in Australia who visit cinema between 1994 to 2000 and frequency of visits. Line graph: Average number of a visit by four different age groups

Writing task 2

  1. An increase in the production of consumer goods results in damage of our natural environment. Why is this happening? What is the solution to it? Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Environment. Use pattern
  2. In some cultures, the old age is highly valued, while in others youth is more valued. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern
  3. Some people believe the technology available to an individual can increase the gap between rich and poor, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Technology Vocabulary will help. Use pattern
  4. Looking after children is one of the most important jobs in any society. People think that it is important to every mother and father to participate in childcare training. Do you agree or disagree? Use pattern
  5. Huge amount of time and money for protecting the wild animals should be used for human population. To what extend do you agree or disagree? Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Animals. Use pattern
  6. Some people think that people are becoming more dependent on each other whereas others believe that they are becoming independent. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern

General

Writing task 1

1. You attended a conference on behalf of your company. Write a letter to your manager about possibility of doing a presentation on this conference. You should say:

  • why the conference was helpful
  • what your presentation will be about
  • why the presentation is interesting to your colleagues

2. You are invited to the classmates party organized by an old friend. In your letter, you should include:

  • you will participate in
  • tell something about your life
  • ask some information about other friends who will possibly join

3. One of your friend is recently giving interview for a new job. Write a letter to your friend giving him some advice about the interview. In your letter, you should write:

  • Ask some details about the job
  • Offer some advice/help for the interview
  • Tell when and where you can meet before interview to discuss about interview

4. Your friend lent you a guidebook before going to a trip. Write a letter to your friend

  • Telling about your vacation
  • How the guidebook was helpful
  • When and how you are going to return it

5. You are planning to go on a holiday in another country. Write a letter to your friend asking him/her to join. Include following in your letter.

  • Why you need a holiday
  • Your holiday plans
  • Why you need your friend to join with you

Writing task 2

  1. Some people argue that reading is the best way for graduates to improve their knowledge, but others think that there are better ways for adults to do that. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern
  2. Some people think that large international sporting events only cause many problems, and that it is not worth hosting them. Do you agree or disagree? Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Sport. Use pattern
  3. Some people believe that the best way to travel within a city is by car. Others believe it is best to travel by bicycle. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern
  4. Many parents think that it is good to teach children about value of money. Why do you think is it important to teach? What are the ways that can help children in learning about it?
  5. The number of old people is increasing in many countries. Some people think this causes problems, while others think old people play an important role. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern

Don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking Questions as well

April 2018

Academic

Writing task 1

  1. Bar charts with the number of female and male pupils who studied different subject in one school in 1995 and 2010
  2.  Two maps relating to a town. Summarise and make comparisons.

Writing task 2

  1. Some people prefer to have cosmetic surgery to look more attractive. Why do you think they do this? Is it negative or positive trend? Use pattern
  2. The key to solving the environmental problems is for the present generation to sacrifice their convenient life for the sake of future generations. Do you agree or disagree? Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Environment. Use pattern
  3. Is it important for public money to be spent on promoting healthy lifestyle to prevent illness than spending money treating people who are ill. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use pattern

Don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking Questions as well

March 2018

Academic

Writing task 2

  1. Some countries want to avoid using plastic shopping bags because it causes pollution on land and water. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use pattern
  2. Many people think that people should build houses in the same style. Others think that local council should allow people to build houses in any style they like. Discuss both sides and give your opinion. Use pattern
  3. Some people tend to behave anti-social and also do crimes, society as a whole should be blamed for their activities. What are the causes? Who is responsible?
  4. While constructing buildings more emphasis shall be given to its use rather than its external decoration. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use pattern
  5. Government is going to provide free public transportation facilities 24/7 to reduce traffic congestion. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use pattern
  6. Some people think that robots are important for humans’ future development, others think that robots have a negative effect on society. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern

General

Writing task 1

1. You organised a 90th birthday party for your relative in your local hotel. Write a letter to the manager about the success of the party for the elderly people. It should contain

  • details of the party
  • explain how the party was successful for elderly people
  • say about one of the staff who helped for the party

2. Write a letter to the manager to apologise for being late for work and many times before.

  • Describe why you were late
  • Describe the problem
  • What steps will you take to avoid in future

Writing task 2

  1. Some people feel dangerous sports should be banned. Do you agree or disagree? Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Sport.  Use pattern
  2. Some people spend money on tickets on sporting or cultural events. Is it positive or negative development? Use pattern
  3. Some people assert that we should plan our activites in free time while others disagree! Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern

Don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking Questions as well

February 2018

Academic

Writing task 2

  1. Scientific research should be carried out and controlled by the government rather than private instituions. To what extent do you agree or disagree.  Use pattern
  2. People today don’t want to wait to get what they want (food, news, resources). They have expectations to get things fast. Why is it so? Do you think it is positive or negative development? Use pattern
  3. Students at schools and universities learn far more by lessons with their teachers compared to other sources. (Eg: television, the Internet). Do you agree or disagree? Use pattern
  4. People of twenty-first century have better quality of life compared to those who lived in the previous centuries.
    To what extend do you agree or disagree? Use pattern
  5. In many countries, the tradition of families having meals together is disappearing. Why is that happening? What will be the effects of it to the family and the society? Use pattern
  6. Some people believe that the women should play an equal role as a men in countrie`s police force and military force, such as the army, while other think women are not suitable for these kind of work. Discuss both views  and give your own opinion. Use pattern

General

Writing task 1

1. Your friend has recently written to you to find out about your college

  • Describe why you chose this college
  • Drawbacks of it
  • Would you recommend it to your friend

2. One of your friends invited you for a meal with his/her family in their home. Write a letter to your friend and say:

  • Thank him and tell about the meal you enjoyed the most
  • What else you liked about this visit
  • Suggest some arrangement to meet again

3. Your company recently used the conference facilities of a hotel, but you had some problems at the conference center.Write a letter to Hotel Manager, describing:

  • What was the problem?
  • How did it affect your group?
  • What do you want them to do?

Writing task 2

  1. Some people believe that the most effective way to tackle industrial pollution is to tax factories generating it. Others say there are alternatives to handle it. Discuss both sides and provide your opinion. Use pattern
  2. Some people believe school children should be given multiple short vacations while others believe they should get one long vacation. Discuss both views and give your point of view. Use pattern
  3. For more and more people wearing fashionable clothes is becoming important. İs this attitude to wearing clothes positive or negative development? Use pattern

Don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking Questions as well

January 2018

Academic

Writing task 2

  1. The tendency of human beings to copy one another is shown in the popularity of fashion clothes and consumer goods. To what extent do you agree? Use pattern
  2. Some people think it is more beneficial to play sports that are played in teams, e.g. football. However, some people think it is more beneficial to play individual sports, e.g. tennis and swimming. Discuss about both views and give your own opinion. Use pattern
  3. Nowadays people living in large cities face many problems in their daily lives. What are these problems? Do you think the government should encourage people to move to smaller towns? Urbanisation Vocabulary will help
  4. Companies use a variety of methods to increase the sale of their products. What are these methods? Which is the most effective one?
  5. Some people think it is a good thing for senior management positions to have very high salaries compared to other workers of the same company or organisation. To what extent do you agree? Use pattern
  6. Many people prefer to spend money and not save it. What are the reasons? Is this a positive or negative development? Use pattern
  7. Science tells us about the activities which are good for our health and others which are bad. Millions of people all over the world knows this and still do unhealthy activities. Why do you think this is and what can be done to change it? Urbanisation Vocabulary, Food and Nutrition Vocabulary will help. Use pattern
  8. Maintaining public libraries is a waste of money since computer technology is now replacing their functions. To what extend do you agree or disagree? Technology Vocabulary will help. Use pattern
  9. Some people become famous at young age. Is it good thing or bad thing? Use pattern

General

Writing task 1

1. Write a letter to your landlord stating the problems you are facing in the apartment that you recently moved in.
In the letter include the following details:

  • explain the issues you have
  • how it is affecting you and your family
  • what can be done to fix this.

Writing task 2

  1. Some countries encourage teenagers to have part-time job and see it as a good thing, while others disagree. Give your opinion and explain both views. Use pattern
  2. In many cities today, most people live in large apartment blocks. Does this kind of accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages?
  3. Some people consider price as most important thing to consider when buying a product (such as a cell phone) or a service (e.g. medical treatment). Do you agree or disagree? Use pattern

***

December 2017

Academic

Writing task 2

  1. Some people think that paying taxes is a big enough contribution to society, while others think people have more responsibilities as member of society than only paying taxes. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern
  2. In the past people liked to store knowledge in books. However, in the present, we prefer to store knowledge on the Internet. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
  3. Some people say success in a person’s life as an adult is the result of the way he was brought up by his parents. Do you agree or disagree? Use pattern and check model answer
  4. By paying more to employees based on their performance levels, you can keep their motivation high. Do you agree this is the best way to encourage employees? Use pattern
  5. Some people say that travelling abroad is the only way to really learn about another country. However, other
    people say that it is not necessary to travel as we can find enough information about other countries on the TV or through the Internet. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern
  6. Developments in technology make our life complex, and we should try to simplify our life and stay away from these developments. To what extent do you agree? Use pattern
  7. Competitiveness is a skill that is required in modern society in order to succeed. How does competitiveness affect the individual? Is it a positive or negative quality?
  8. Many people believe that international tourism is a bad thing for their country. What are the reasons for this? What can be done to change this negative attitude towards international tourism?
  9. Wild animals and birds have started living in towns and cities. Some people propose to kill them, while others want to protect them. Give your opinion on both views. Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Animals.  Use pattern
  10. Despite education being readily accessible, there are still adults who do not know how to read or write. What are the effects of this on those adults? What can the government do to prevent this happening? Education Vocabulary will help
  11. Some people believe that in secondary school (high school) student should study academic subjects like history and physics. However, others believe that in secondary school students should study practical subjects like car mechanics or cookery. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Use pattern & Education Vocabulary will help

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November 2017

General

Writing task 1

1. The manager at the company you work for is going to retire after he is 40. The manager’s assistance want some suggestions about what kind of event should they do to say good bye to him.

  • Say what kind of event
  • Why do you thank him as a manager
  • What kind of present can they give to him?

Writing task 2

  1. Many people prefer to travel in car rather than buses or trains. Why do you think is this? What can government do to make people travel in buses or trains?
  2. Some people think that the most important things in life are for free and cannot be bought. To what extent do you agree?

Academic

Writing task 1

A bar chart shows the percentage of unemployed people between the age group 15 and 24 of six countries in 2005, compared to the overall unemployment rate.

Writing task 2

  1. Some people think government should spend money on sports facilities for the training of top athletes. Others think it should be for everyone. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  2. Some people thing international cooperation has most benefited environment protection. Others think that most benefits are in the world of business. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  3. When a first man landed on the moon it was a first step for mankind towards great things. But some people say space travel had made just a little difference in people’s lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

October 2017

General

Writing task 1

Write a letter to a friend from whom you had borrowed something, but ended up damaging it.

  • Apologise
  • Mention what happened
  • Offer a solution

You are looking for a second-hand car and you saw an advertisement. Write a letter to the person who advertises that car, include:

  • Why you are interested
  • Some questions that you would like to ask
  • Suggest arrangement for meeting

 

Writing task 2

  1. Traffic jam is a problem in many towns and cities. People believe that this can be solved by making the road wide. Do you agree or disagree?

Academic

Writing task 2

  1. Overcrowding has caused many people to live in houses with little or no outdoor spaces. Do you think this is a positive or negative trend? Use pattern
  2. Newspapers are the best media for information and news, but online media should replace the conventional news media as far as the technologic advancements are concerned. To what extent do you agree with the opinion? State and support it with examples.
  3. Sending parents to parenting class will help decrease the number of crimes committed by teenagers. Do you agree or disagree?
  4. Many inventions by humans are considered revolutionary (e.g. wheel). Some people think that the most important invention is the Internet. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  5. Companies use major sport events to promote their products. Some people think that it makes a negative effect. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

***

September 2017

General

Writing task 1

1.You have moved to a new city for work. Now you want to return to your hometown.Write a letter to your friend saying the following:

  • Why you are quitting your current job
  • What will you do after returning to your hometown
  • Ask you friend to meet you saying when and where

2. You attended a public event in a local park. You would like to suggest some improvements to be done to the event to be considered for next future event. Write a letter to the event organizer. In the letter include the following details:

  • What the event was about.
  • Explain how you enjoyed the event.
  • Suggest the improvements to be done.

3. Write a letter to your manager to express your suggestions about an empty room in your company. Include:

  • What might be the purpose
  • How it can benefit the company
  • What changes should be taken.

 

Writing task 2

  1. In some schools sport and exercise classes are being replaced with academic subjects. What is your opinion about it? How does such situation effect children’s lives?
  2. More and more companies produce goods in the factories located in different countries other than the location of the head office. Does this development has more advantages or disadvantages?
  3. Some people think that cars should be banned in big city centres. Do you agree or disagree?

Academic

Writing task 2

  1. The best way to reduce crimes among young people is to improve parenting skills. Do you agree or disagree?
  2. Women take maternity leaves from their jobs, do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
  3. An increase in production of consumer goods results in damage of the natural environment. What are the causes and possible solutions?
  4. In many countries, major cities are becoming big and overcrowded. Why is this happening? What can be done to solve this problem?
  5. An increasing number of advertisements on TV aim at children. What are the effects of television advertising? Should television advertising be controlled?

Check Recent IELTS Speaking questions (September 2017)


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