Writing 

IELTS Writing Task 1 (Academic & General)

*Note: Task 1 is different for both Academic and general training whereas Task 2 is the same.

Academic Task 1 

There are a total of 7 common question types that one needs to prepare. The task requires you to write a report on the data given.

 

You may get a bar chart, pie chart, line graph, table, multiple charts or a process diagram wherein you are expected to write a process/stages/steps of how something works, e.g. lifespan of an animal or a manufacturing procedure by inspecting the diagram on the question paper.

General Task 1

One needs to prepare for a letter. It could be for requesting information or describing an explanation. It is important to know the criteria that an examiner will look for in your writing.


The following features should be included in your Task 1:

  • The purpose of the letter is stated

  • The tone of the letter is suitable and presented well

  • Bullet points are presented, highlighted, and extended

  • The format of the letter should be appropriate

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IELTS Writing Task 2

You are required to practice different topics for attempting this task. Moreover, there are mainly five different kinds of essays in task 2: Opinion essays, discussion essays, problem-solution essays, advantage-disadvantage essays, and direct question essays. The examiner will expect your response with a clear structure.

*Note: Task 2 holds much worth than task 1, so it is extremely crucial that you invest your time organizing this as soon as you finish with task 1.

Recommendation: It is highly advisable that a candidate spends 20 minutes on the first task and 40 minutes on the second task. If one fails to use the said time, there might be chances of submitting an incomplete answer sheet.

Writing Format - (Task 1 + Task 2)

IELTS Academic Paper

Duration: 60 minutes for 2 tasks

Task 1 requires you to write a report on the data given. You may get a bar chart, pie chart, line graph, table, multiple charts, or a process diagram wherein you are expected to write a process/stages/steps of how something works.

e.g. Lifespan of an animal or a manufacturing procedure by inspecting the diagram on the question paper.

For Task 2, test takers write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

Scoring criteria: You are marked on various parameters:

  • Task achievement

  • Coherence & cohesion

  • Lexical Resources

  • Grammar range and accuracy

For Task 1, the word limit is 150 words whereas, for Task 2, the word limit is at least 250 words.

 

If you fail to write the instructed limit, you will get a lower band score since your response to the task is unfinished.

IELTS General Paper

Duration: 60 minutes for 2 tasks

In Task 1, test takers are asked to respond to a situation, for example, by writing a letter requesting information or explaining a situation.

In Task 2, test takers write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

Scoring Criteria - You are marked on various parameters:

  • Task achievement

  • Coherence & cohesion

  • Lexical Resources

  • Grammar range and accuracy.

For Task 1, the word limit is 150 words whereas, for Task 2, the word limit is at least 250 words.

 

If you fail to write the instructed limit, you will get a lower band score since your response to the task is unfinished.