IELTS Task 1 & 2: Practice Questions

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Task 1 & 2 Questions

Writing Task 1 (Academic)






Writing Task 1 (General Training)


You were recently on a business trip and had a problem at the airport. Write a letter to the airport manager.  In the letter:

  • Give your flight details
  • Describe was the problem you faced
  • Suggest some improvements for the future.



The son of one of your English-speaking friends is planning to travel to your country for a short holiday before starting his university studies.  Write a letter to your friend.  In your letter

  • invite his/her son to visit you
  • suggest some interesting things that his/her son might like to do
  • describe the weather in your country.



You are in an English-speaking country. A local college has asked you to do a presentation on International Day about your country. Write a letter to the principal. In your letter

  • tell him what topic you are planning to talk about
  • explain why you think it is a good topic
  • arrange a time to meet with him to go over the details.



A competition called ‘my best friend’ is being run by a local TV channel. Prizes will be given to the winner and the winner’s best friend. Write to the channel nominating your friend. In your letter

  • say why you are writing the letter
  • describe your friend
  • explain why you think your friend should win the competition.




You recently arrived home after a long plane flight. When you arrived home you realised you left something important on the plane. Write a letter to the airline. In your letter

  • explain the situation
  • tell them what you left behind
  • say what you want them to do


Writing TASK 2 Questions (Academic/General Training)


Some people believe they should keep all the money they have earned and should not pay tax to the state.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?


There are social, medical and technical problems associated with the use of mobile phones. 

What forms do they take?

Do you agree that the problems outweigh the benefits of mobile phones?


Today, advanced science and technology have made great changes to people’s lives, but artists such as musicians, painters and writers are still highly valued.

What can arts tell us about life that science and technology cannot?


In many countries, the proportion of older people is steadily increasing. 

Does this trend have more positive or negative effects on a society?


Air travel should be restricted because it causes serious pollution and uses up the world’s fuel resources.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?


More and more measures to improve the security in large urban areas have been introduced in many countries because of increased crime.

Do the benefits of these measures outweigh the drawbacks?


Nowadays, most young people prefer to move to big cities.  On the other hand, many older people prefer to live in the countryside.

What are the positives and negatives of these trends?


In many countries airlines are dropping their prices.

Is this a positive or negative development?  Give your opinion and examples.


Some celebrities say that their private lives should not come under media scrutiny. Other people, however, believe that they should accept it as part of their fame.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.


Most employers conduct job interviews before offering a position to a person.

Do you think this is suitable, or are there better alternatives?

In your opinion, what is the best method of choosing employees?


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