The IELTS writing section is one of four sections that make up the IELTS exam.
You’ve 60 minutes to complete two separate writing tasks. You’ll take either the general IELTS or academic IELTS writing task. Which you take will depend on the reason you’re taking the exam and the institution that has requested the test.
I’ll explain the precise nature of each part of the IELTS writing section in a moment but first some general information and tips that are helpful for both modules.
I’ll now explain a bit about each of the four possible IELTS writing tasks as well as give a link to a page dedicated to each.
Academic IELTS writing task 1
In this task you’ll need to study some information, such as a graph or table, and then write a descriptive report about the information. You’ll need to describe the main trends in the data, highlight interesting data points and provide a summary of all the information included in the task. See the page about writing an IELTS report for more information.
Academic IELTS writing task 2
In this task you’ll be given a statement or argument that you’ll have to respond to. Sometimes you’ll have to produce a balanced answer while for others you’ll need to give an answer just supporting one side of an argument. In this task organisation is very important, as well as giving supporting points. See the page about writing an IELTS essay for more information.
General IELTS writing task 1
For the general task 1 you’ll need to write a letter. The question will include a situation and you’ll need to write an appropriate response. You’ll need to use the correct format and answer the question fully, include all the requested information to do well in this task. See the page about writing an IELTS letter for more information.
General IELTS writing task 2
This task is an essay writing task again, similar to the academic task 2 but the topic will be different. Again you’ll need to answer the question fully and support your answer. See the page about writing an IELTS essay for more information.
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