Essay Topics In Ielts Exam In Dubai

You will be allowed 1 hour to complete two tasks in the IELTS General Training Writing test.

The two parts of this practice Writing test are presented on two separate web pages. Make sure you move swiftly from one page to the next so that your practice is as realistic as possible. If you prefer to work offline, download the test paper.

In the actual test you will do your writing in an answer booklet.


The total time allowed for the IELTS General Training Writing test is 60 minutes.

Time yourself and allow just one hour to complete both parts.

Task 2 contributes twice as much as Task 1 to the Writing score.

Writing task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on task 1

  • write in a personal, semi-formal or formal style
  • write at least 150 words

Writing task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on task 2

  • give reasons for your answer and include examples from your own knowledge or experience
  • write at least 250 words

Instructions to candidates

In the actual test you will be given the following instructions:

  • do not open this question paper until you are told to do so
  • write your name and candidate number in the spaces at the top of this page
  • read the instructions for each task carefully
  • answer both of the tasks
  • write at least 150 words for task 1
  • write at least 250 words for task 2
  • write your answers in the answer booklet
  • write clearly in pen or pencil; you may make alterations, but make sure your work is easy to read

At the end of the test, hand in both the question paper and your answer booklet.


Once you have completed both tasks, review your work. Download the model answers to see good examples of how to complete the Writing test. 

Today we had not one but two of our friends share their experience. One student from Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and the other from Malaysia sat for IELTS (General Training module) and here’s what happened:

IELTS in Dubai (thanks, M!)

“The test was not hard. I was panicking in the listening section, missed few questions, but in the Reading it was ok. So many True/False/Not given questions – around 9 questions, 4 in passage 1 and 5 in passage 2!


Task 1 (Letter)
You saw an ad in the news for a job and you are interested to apply.

Task 2 (Essay)
Some people think if the students are afraid of their teacher this is better, other think that having a friendly relationship with teachers in better, what do you think ?


Questions about my hometown, cycling, food, cooking person that I know and healthy food.”

IELTS in Malaysia (thanks, S.!)


Task 1 (Letter)
“Write a letter to a teacher to thank her and explain why I could not complete the course and what you liked about the course.

What I did:
My first paragraph – thank her
Second paragraph – explain why I cannot complete the course
Third – how I ‘ve enjoyed the course
Lastly, hope I can continue again once situation improves and look forward to see her again.

Task 2 (Essay)
Car transport is taking place over rail services. Discuss the positive and negative aspects of this development. Is this development true in your country?

I gave reasons on the positive and negative aspects of the situation then continued to tell what it is like in my country. But I did not give my opinion as to whether I agree with the statement or not as the question did not ask for that.

Hmmmm, my biggest problem was to manage the time and also I would very much prefer to type on the computer.”


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