The Academic Writing and the General Training Writing modules both consist of two tasks that do not require you to have specialised or technical knowledge. The Writing test is designed to assess whether you possess the following skills:

  • ability to describe diagrams, tables and lists
  • ability to develop an argument supported by evidence
  • ability to communicate ideas clearly
  • range and accuracy of English vocabulary and sentence structures

You will be given two answer sheets—one for Task 1 and one for Task 2. Answers must be written in full, not in note form. Currently, you can choose whether to write your answers in pen or pencil. You should therefore take a pen, pencil and eraser with you into the exam.

You need to know what you have to do in both tasks in Academic or General Training writing:


As you see above, task 2 in Academic and General Training modules are the same.

Task 1 carries one-third of the marks. You have to write at least 150 words for Task 1. It is recommended to spend 20 minutes on it.

Task 2 carries two-thirds of the marks. You have to write at least 250 words for Task 2.It is recommended to spend 40 minutes on it.

The overall result is translated into a score on the IELTS nine-band scale. You will lose marks if you write fewer than the required number of words in both tasks. It is important to follow these guidelines because you will need to spend the appropriate time on each task to get good marks.

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