The IELTS writing exam is split into two parts: the IELTS academic writing part and the general writing part. You only take one (not both).
Which you take depends on why you’re taking the IELTS exam in the first place. The academic part is taken by people who are applying to study at a university in an English speaking country or who need to demonstrate their ability to deal with technical writing.
When doing academic writing for the IELTS exam you’ll have an hour, the same as if you were taking the general IELTS writing section. There’ll also be two separate tasks for you to complete:
In the next couple of sections I’ll give some tips about how to do well at both tasks. But there are some points that you should remember when answering both parts.
In the IELTS report you need to write a minimum of 150 words while describing a table, chart or diagram, a figure of some sort, given in the test booklet. There might be more than one figure to describe. Alternatively you might need to describe the process that a figure shows.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
To do this:
In the second academic wiring task, the IELTS essay, you’ll need to write a 250 word essay on a topic given. You’ll need to answer the question often by arguing one side of an argument, comparing two ideas or stating a solution to a problem.
You should spend 40 minutes on this task.
The only way to get better at the academic wiring tasks for the IELTS exam is to practice. You need to do the task, under realistic time limits, and then have them marked by an experienced ESL teacher. A good IELTS tutor or teacher will be able to identify your mistakes and teach you how to get better.
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