2013 IELTS General Training Writing Task1 and Task2

Here is a collation of IELTS General Training Writing Task1 and Task2 Questions of the year 2013 by my co-worker.

Formal Letter

You have made an appointment with one bank manager, but you cannot make it. Write a letter to the manager. In your letter, you should:
- apologize for not being able to meet him/her
- explain why you cannot go to the meeting
- make another appointment with him/her

Recently, your position in the company has changed, and accordingly, you are writing a letter to ask for some corresponding training programs. In your letter, you should say:
- What was your last position?
- What qualities does your new position require?
- How can training help you in your new position?

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2013 IELTS Academic Writing Task 2

Here is a collation of IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 Questions of the year 2013 by my co-worker.


Some people spend more time reading books, while others prefer to watch TV. The former group is more likely to develop creative imaginations and have a much better grasp of language skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree? [2013/01/05]

It is said that work is the most important thing in people's life. Without the success of career, life will become meaningless. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the opinion? [2013/01/10]

Caring for children is probably the most important thing of the society. It is suggested that all mothers and fathers should be required to take the childcare training courses. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement? [2013/01/19]

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Change Notification in Australia from 05 April IELTS test

Dear IELTS Test Candidate,

This notification is to inform you that there will be a change to the order in which IELTS test components are administered from Saturday 5 April 2014.

The IELTS tests will be taken in the following order:

  1. Writing
  2. Reading
  3. Listening

This change will only affect IELTS candidates in Australia from 5th April 2014 until further notice.

IELTS Writing: 2014 IELTS General Training Tasks

Here are some IELTS General Training Writing Task1 and Task2 Topics in Australia (Oceania) and Asia. (They are recalls from my students)
I will update more questions later.

Formal Letter
You want to work for a company in another country. Write a letter to an employment agency, and you should say:
-          What type of job would you like to apply for
-          What kind of organization do you want to work for

-          Why you want to work in another country

Semi-formal Letter
You are going to do a presentation. Write a letter to your colleague to ask for some help. In your letter, you should say:
-          When and where is the presentation?
-          What do you want him/her to do?


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IELTS Writing: Happiness

Happiness is considered very important in life. Why is it difficult to define? What factors are important in achieving happiness?

This question seems very hard for many candidates, because this is a very abstract topic. Remember that any IELTS Writing Task2 requires you “give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience”. So your ideas need to be supported by examples and it is in the body of your essay that they should appear. An example from your own experience means something that you know from your life, from your country's news or history or anything that you have read anywhere. You can actually invent examples if you need as long as they seem realistic and believable.

  • Happiness is hard to define, because people’s opinions differ greatly.
  • Happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean many different things to many people.
  • Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being 
  • It is characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

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