What's in IELTS General Training Writing

Time: 60 minutes

 IELTS General Training Writing has two tasks of 150 and 250 words that must both be completed:

 Task One asks candidates to respond to a situation by writing a 150-word letter that explains a tuition or requests information.

 Task Two asks candidates to write a 250-word essay responding to an argument, a problem or a point of view.


Here are some examples of Task One and Task Two General Training Writing:

 Task One: This is a letter of at least 150 words written in a formal, semi-formal or informal style, depending on the task instructions. You will be given three bullet points that must be included in your letter.


The situations are usual, everyday ones such as: writing to a friend and giving advice about visiting your local area, writing to a local newspaper about a plan to develop some local facilities, writing to a rental agency to sort out problems in their home.





You live in a house which you are renting. However, there are many problems with noise in the area and this is making it difficult for you to work.

Write a letter to the rental agency. In the letter,

  • describe the situation
  • explain your problems and why it is difficult to work
  • say what kind of accommodation you would prefer


Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows:
Dear Sir or Madam,

You should spend around 20 minutes on this task as it counts for 1/3 of the total writing mark.


Task Two: This is an opinion essay of at least 250 words written in response to instructions that give a point of view, an argument or a specific problem. To discuss the issue, you may have to provide general information, offer and outline a solution, justify an opinion or evaluate ideas.

You will be asked to write about general interest issues, such as: is it more important for young children to play or study, a problem with the environment and a possible solution, should families or the state look after old people, should cars be banned from city centres.





In some cities drivers have to pay a special charge to drive in the city centre. 

Do you think it is right to make drivers pay for this or should they be allowed to drive their cars wherever they like?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.



You should spend around 40 minutes on this task as it counts for 2/3 of the total writing mark

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