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IELTS Writing Test Structure

The IELTS writing section is designed to test candidate’s ability to write a response which is appropriate in terms of content, organisation of ideas, the accuracy and range of vocabulary and grammar.

There are two types of the IELTS exam: Academic and General Training. As you may know, you should take IELTS Academic module if you’re planning to study abroad. if you’re intending to work abroad or apply for PR, then you should take IELTS General module. The Reading and Writing sections (but not Speaking and Listening) are quite different between the two tests.

How long does the IELTS writing paper lasts?

The IELTS writing paper lasts for one hour, in which you will need to complete two writing tasks.

What does writing tasks contain?

There are two tasks. You are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2.

In Task 1, you are presented with a situation and are asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal or semi-formal/neutral in style. In this task, depending on the task type, you are assessed on your ability to engage in personal correspondence in order to: elicit and provide general factual information; express needs, wants, likes and dislikes; express opinions (views, complaints etc.).

In Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay. In this task, you are assessed on your ability to provide general factual information; to outline a problem and present a solution; to present and possibly justify an opinion; to evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.

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