IELTS Writing Tasks

The IELTS writing test consists of two tasks: Task 1 and Task 2. These tasks assess your ability to write in English, and they have different formats and objectives.

Task 1: Academic

In the Academic version of the IELTS writing test, Task 1 requires you to analyze and describe visual information in the form of a graph, chart, table, diagram, or map. You may be presented with data related to trends, comparisons, or processes. Your objective is to provide a clear and concise description of the key trends and significant features of the visual data. Your response should be at least 150 words. You should spend 20 minutes on this task.

Task 1: General Training

In the General Training version of the IELTS writing test, Task 1 involves writing a letter. You will be presented with a scenario and asked to write a letter for a specific purpose, such as requesting information, making a complaint, or expressing appreciation. The letter format can be formal, semi-formal, or informal, depending on the context provided. Your response should be at least 150 words.

Task 2: Both Academic and General Training

Task 2 of the IELTS writing test is the same for both the Academic and General Training versions. In this task, you are required to write an essay in response to a question or statement. Your objective is to present and support your opinion or argument on the given topic. Your essay should be well-structured, with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. It should be at least 250 words in length.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s expected in each section:

For Task 1 (Academic):

  • Describe the key trends or features of the visual data.
  • Provide an overview and highlight significant points.
  • Use a range of vocabulary to accurately describe the data.
  • Organize your response logically.

For Task 1 (General Training):

  • Follow the instructions for the type of letter (formal, semi-formal, informal).
  • Address all the points mentioned in the prompt.
  • Use appropriate tone and language for the context.
  • Organize the letter with a greeting, body, and closing.

For Task 2 (Both Academic and General Training):

  • Clearly state your opinion or argument in the introduction.
  • Support your points with examples and evidence in the body paragraphs.
  • Use appropriate transitions between paragraphs.
  • Summarize your main points and restate your opinion in the conclusion.
  • Maintain coherence and cohesion in your essay.
  • Demonstrate a good command of grammar and vocabulary.