IELTS Writing General

IELTS Writing General

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About Writing IELTS General Test


IELTS tests candidates' ability to produce two quite different pieces of writing in a fairly short period of time. The test is divided into two parts and candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete both parts.

IELTS Writing General


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Writing Time Duration: 60 minutes

Candidates have to complete two tasks, of 150 and 250 words, as in the Academic module. However, task 1 is always a letter, while task 2 is an essay based on a given topic.

The topics of the questions will be of general interest, and no specialist knowledge is required. For example, topics can include travel, accommodation, current affair etc. 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.

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    1. Tips

    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.

  • 02
    2. Tips

    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.

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    3. Tips

    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.

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    4. Tips

    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.

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    5. Tips

    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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