IELTS Writing

This part of the test lasts for 60 minutes.

Academic Writing-

This test consists of two parts- Part 1 and Part 2. Part 2 is worth twice as much as part 1.

  1. In the first task, you will be given a diagram or a graph- something that is visual and needs to be accurately interpreted. This step analyses whether or not you can correctly summarise visual data and hence your comprehension ability. Your answer over here needs to be divided into the three parts- the introduction, the overview and only the most important facts to support your claims, all wrapped up in about 150 words. Don’t shy away from using numbers and percentages.
  2. The second task is longer and needs you to place your opinion, argue for or against a particular prompt or solve a problem in about 250 words. The topics for this range from education to the environment to culture. The answer, written in an essay format must also be divided into the introduction, body and conclusion paragraph. This segment assesses your ability to understand an issue and come up with rational and logical points in response to it.

IELTS General Training Writing-

The second type of writing test in the IELTS exam also consists of two parts. Both the tasks here are pertaining to general, everyday topics.

  1. The writing task 1 will ask you to write a letter to either ask for information, request permission or explain the situation. The assessment, in this case, is on your ability to provide general and factual information in order to express needs, wants, likes, dislikes, opinions and views. Your fluency in writing an apt formal letter will help the examine understand how well you will be able to complete basic communicational tasks in an office setting.
  2. In writing task 2, much like that in the academic counterpart, you will be given a prompt on which you need to need either place your views, argue for or against or solve a problem. Here, the emphasis is on your ability to place logical arguments, outline the problem and suggest feasible solutions. One could also ask you to challenge a given prompt in which case you need to come up with gaps in the idea provided.