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IELTS Writing Test Overview
- The writing test has two parts – Task 1 and Task 2.
- You must write a minimum of 150 words for Task 1 and a minimum of 250 words for Task 2.
- Task 1 should take you around 20 minutes and Task 2 around 40 minutes.
- Task 2 contributes twice as many marks to your overall score as Task 1.
There are two versions of the IELTS writing test – Academic and General Training.
Task 2 is the same for both tests, but Task 1 is different.
The main difference is in the style of question and the type of language required to answer it. Here are detailed outlines of the two versions of the test.
Task 1 – You will be presented with one of the following:
- Bar chart
- Line graph
- Pie chart
- Process diagram
- Combination – charts, graphs, tables
You are required to describe, summaries or explain the information in your own words. For example, you may be asked to:
- describe and explain data
- describe the stages of a process
- describe how something works
- describe an object or event
General Training Writing
Task 1 – You are required to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation in relation to a specific circumstance.
The letter must be in one of the following styles as appropriate to the situation:
- Formal – to someone you don’t know.
- Informal – to a friend or close family member.
IELTS Writing test task 2 usually contains essays as for academics and general training. You will be presented with one of the following:
- Advantages & Disadvantages
- Discuss both views
- Problem & Solutions
- Cause & Effects
- Agree or Disagree
- Double question essay
You are required to spend 40 minutes on this topic. Don’t rush, take it slow, do proper thesis before you start writing. Afterwards, use your own words and styles to finish it properly.
Top 10 IELTS Writing Tips to Ace IELTS Writing
- Get familiar with the Essay Writing Structure
- Understand the question before attempting
- Construct Grammatically Correct Sentences
- User Proper Vocabulary
- Keep a count on the words
- Keep it formal
- Keep an eye on the Time
- No Irrelevant Answers
- Ensure that your writings are readable
- Check Answers and Ensure that No questions were left