IELTS Writing

The IELTS writing section is meant to analyze the applicants' writing skills, such as their ability to use appropriate vocabulary and grammar and form logically coherent & well-articulated sentences. It also tests how clearly applicants can express their opinions in writing.

What exactly does the Writing Section entail?

The writing section has two tasks. In task 1, you are required to write at least 200 words in about 20 minutes. In task 2, test takers are required to write at least 250 words in about 40 minutes. Test takers run the risk of losing marks if their answer is too short or is not related to the given topics.

Writing Task 1

Here, you’re going to have to write a passage describing what you infer from the information provided in the form of graphs or tables. Topics are generally of academic interest and can be derived from a variety of subjects.

Here is an example of Writing Task 1

Given below, is an aerial map of Wellford City. The government wishes to construct an airport for its residents, and 2 sites, S1 and S2 have been proposed. Now, depending on your analysis, which would be the most suitable site for construction? Justify your answer with appropriate reasons.

Writing Task 2

This task is common to both, IELTS Academic and General. Here, test-takers are required to write an essay about a topic that is usually related to matters that concern the general public. For example, whether plastic should be banned from toys, whether video games made for children should be educational, and how environmental problems can be solved.

There might also be other topics, such as those discussing a particular point of view. Depending on the task, test takers may be required to present a solution to a problem, present and justify an opinion, compare and distinguish between points or implications, and evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.

IELTS Task 2 articles are generally of 5 main types:
1) Opinion
2) Discussion
3) Advantages and Disadvantages
4) Problem Cause/Solution
2-Part Questions

Here are 2 examples of Writing Task 2

1) University students must pay all tuition fees, because it benefits mostly them individually, rather than the society as a whole. Do you agree or disagree?
2) Some say that music, art, and drama are as important as other school subjects, especially at the primary level. Do you agree or disagree?

How Acadamic writing task different from General ?
  • The most discernible differences between the academic and general IELTS are manifest in the writing section. For those opting for the Academic module, the first writing task (of about 150-200 words) will require the candidate to succinctly describe, summarise or explain a chart, graph, table or diagram. The task is designed to gauge the candidate’s ability to choose important features from less important ones, to accurately report factual information, and to describe and compare data.
  • In the General module, the first writing task is concerned with letter writing. Candidates are presented with a problem or situation (such as applying for a job, or asking for time off work), to which they are expected to write a letter that expresses an opinion, engages the reader in a conversation, and also provides factual information.
  • The second task of the Writing component is common to both modules.

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