IELTS Writing Questions 2019

Last updated: April 20, 2019

Our list of 2018 writing questions with answers was so insanely popular, that it inspired us to continue this tradition in 2019. All the most recent writing questions people are sharing in 2019 are being constantly added on this page, and model answers are coming as well. Look for the answer links next to writing task topics on this page.

Why are these helpful? Because whenever you sit down to practice for your exam, you don’t have to waste time looking for the most recent IELTS writing questions – bookmark this page, use it and come back for more, because we are constantly adding new writing questions. If you get one of these in your own exam, that would feel like winning the lottery!

If you had a question in your exam that isn’t here – please add it in comments below, and we will put it on this page. Thank you everyone for sharing!

Recent IELTS essay questions 2019

Remember to spend no more than 40 minutes on one essay, and write at least 250 words.

Essay Question 1

While recruiting a new employee, the employer should pay more attention to their personal qualities, rather than qualifications and experience. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion and include relevant examples.

Read IELTS Band 8 essay sample here.

Essay Question 2

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.

Read IELTS Band 8 essay sample here.

Essay Question 3

Many parents encourage young people to leave home when they become older, while others think they should stay at home with the family. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Read IELTS Band 8 essay sample here.

Essay Question 4

Nowadays people waste a lot of food that was bought from shops and restaurants. Why do you think people waste food? What can be done to reduce the amount of food they throw away?

Read IELTS Band 8 essay sample here.

Essay Question 5

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.

Essay Question 6

Some people believe that the government should take care of old people and provide financial support after they retire. Others say individuals should save during their working years to fund their own retirement. What is your opinion? Give reasons for your answer and include examples from your own experience.

Essay Question 7

Some say that people working in different job roles should get different amount of holiday time. Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion and examples from your own experience.

Essay Question 8

Nowadays in many countries women have full time jobs. Therefore, it is logical to share household tasks evenly between men and women. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Essay Question 9

Nowadays many people choose ready made food and refuse to cook at home. Why do you think it happens? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a choice?

Essay Question 10

Some people think that public health within a country can be improved by government making laws regarding nutritious food. Others, however, think that health is a matter of personal choice and responsibility. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Essay Question 11

Some people believe that construction of new public buildings such as museums, town halls and sporting facilities is more important than renovation of the existing ones, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Essay Question 12

Nowadays online education has become popular as more institutes and companies are offering courses online. However, many people prefer the traditional, classroom training or study. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both methods.

Essay Question 13

Nowadays the crime rate is increasing, especially among teenagers. What are the reasons behind it? How can we reverse this trend? What punishment methods should be used, in your opinion?

Essay Question 14

Some think that it is better to get information or advice from other people, while others believe one can get any information or advice from the Internet or books. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Essay Question 15

Many people support use of animals for testing medicines for humans. Others believe it isn’t appropriate to use animals for such experiments. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Essay Question 16

Some people think that newspapers are the best media to learn and get information from, while others believe that the Internet is a better source. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Essay Question 17

Nowadays some people think that public libraries are not necessary, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion and examples.

Essay Question 18

Some people believe that research into family history is useful for the next generations, while others claim that present and future are more important. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Essay Question 19

Some people think that it’s best to encourage children to leave family home as soon as possible. Others believe children should stay at their family home for as long as they like. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Essay Question 20

Nowadays more and more people are spending less time at home. Why do you think it happens? What effect does this have on individuals and the society?

Essay Question 21

Some people believe that for a hobby to be enjoyable it should be hard to acquire or learn. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Essay Question 22

Nowadays many job seekers are finding jobs that force them to move far from their family and friends. Is it a positive or a negative trend? What can be done about it?

Essay Question 23

Excessive consumption of sugar causes many health related issues. Some people believe the the government should control population’s sugar intake while others think people themselves should be responsible for their sugar eating habits. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Essay Question 24

People nowadays sleep less than they used to in the past. What do you think is the reason behind this? What are the effects on individuals and people around them?

Essay Question 25

Due the advancement in computer technology the trend of working from home will bring a dramatic change to people’s lives. Is it a positive or negative development?
Give your opinion and examples.

Essay Question 26

Some people believe that managers are responsible for the organization’s success, while others think various features of the organization play a vital role in it. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Essay Question 27

The urban transport system receives more funds compared to the rural transport system. Why do you think it is so? How can it be solved?

Essay Question 28

These days it is very common to have people from two different generations mix in the same workplace. Are there more advantages or disadvantages to this situation? Give your own opinion and include relevant examples.

Essay Question 29

Some people think that schools should involve students in school management. Do you agree or disagree with this idea? Give reasons for your answer.

Essay Question 30

It is expected in the near future that there will be a higher proportion of old people compared to younger population in some countries. Is it a positive or negative development? Give your opinion and examples.

Essay Question 31

Computer games and films containing violence are popular today. Some people think that these are harmful for our society and the government should ban them. Others argue that such games and films are fine for entertainment. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Essay Question 32

Many people believe that the increasing number of cars in cities is the biggest source of pollution and waste. Others think that industries are the ones causing pollution. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Essay Question 33

Many people believe that it’s better to learn something in a group rather than individually. Do you agree or disagree?

Recent IELTS letter questions 2019

Remember to spend no more than 20 minutes on one letter, and write at least 150 words.

Letter Question 1

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 your letter say

– Why do you want to apply?
– What are your future goals?
– Why would it be beneficial for the company?

Read IELTS Band 8 letter sample here.

Letter Question 2

You stayed at a hotel recently and forgot your clothes there. Write a letter to the hotel manager and say

– When and where did you stay?
– Describe your clothes.
– What would you like the manager to do about it?

Letter Question 3

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 and say

– Give your flight details.
– Why were you disappointed?
– Suggest some improvements to the airport services.

Letter Question 4

Write a letter to your friend inviting him/her to your family party. In your letter

– Explain why you are organizing the party.
– Describe what you are planning to do.
– Say how important it is to have your friend at the party.

Letter Question 5

Your colleague found another job and invited you to his/her farewell party. Unfortunately you are unable to attend it. Write a letter to him/her and say

– Why can’t you attend the party?
– Why did you enjoy working with him/her?
– Offer him/her to meet some other time.

Letter Question 6

You have recently used a moving company to move your household items to a new place and they have been damaged in transfer. Write a letter to the company’s manager and say

– When and where did it take place?
– What is your complaint?
– Suggest a reasonable solution.

Letter Question 7

You would like to participate in a training course. Write a letter to your manager about the course and ask for permission. In your letter

– Give details of the course.
– Why is it useful for you?
– How will it benefit your work?

Letter Question 8

You have recently traveled by plane and during the journey you had an issue with one of airline employees. Write a letter to the company manager and say

– Give details of your flight.
– Describe the issue you have encountered.
– What do you expect the manager to do about it?

Letter Question 9

You forgot an item at the hotel where you stayed on vacation recently. Write a letter to the management and say

– When and where did you stay?
– What did you leave there?
– What do you want them to do with this item?

Letter Question 10

One of your colleagues recently got a new job at another company. Write a letter to him/her and say

– How you feel about him/her.
– What you enjoyed the most while working together.
– Ask what his/her future plans are.

Letter Question 11

Write a letter to your English speaking friend to invite him/her to see a movie about your country. In your letter say

– Describe the movie.
– Why would he/she find it interesting?
– Suggest an arrangement to watch the movie together.

Letter Question 12

Write a letter to a newspaper editor about the poor condition of a historical building in your area and say

– What building are you writing about?
– Describe the current condition of the building.
– What should be done in this situation?

Letter Question 13

Write a letter of complaint about late delivery to the website where you ordered an item. Please say

– What item did you order?
– Why and when did you order that item?
– How would you like them to resolve this issue?

Letter Question 14

You recently received an invitation to a three-day training program which should benefit you and the company. Write a letter to your manager and say

– Ask to attend the program.
– Describe the program.
– Explain how the program will benefit the company.

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