IELTS Writing Academic


About - Writing IELTS Academic Test


Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:
Task 1 – You will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
Task 2 – You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
Writing Academic

Tips & Tricks

Strategies For Listening


analyse each task properly and spend some time making notes, highlight or underline key words in the tasks to make sure that you focus on what you have to do, plan your answers, use paragraphs clearly; put one idea in each paragraph


do not repeat ideas using different words, do not copy whole sentences from the question – you will receive no marks for this, keep to the topic; do not write about unrelated subjects, manage your time; remember, Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1, spend approximately 20 minutes on Task 1 and approximately 40 minutes on Task 2


pay attention to the number of words required for each task; you will lose marks if you do not write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2, learn to recognise how long 150 and 250 words look in your handwriting; you will not have time to count during the test


you must write your answers in full; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks, pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes, avoid informal language


do not memorise model answers; examiners are trained to recognise them and your test will be invalid, spend several minutes re-reading and correcting your answers

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