Timing: 60 minutes
Tasks: There are 2 tasks
Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least
250 words for Task 2
Test Parts: There are 2 parts
In Task 1, there are a variety of questions based on a graphical representation of data, a tabular description of information, pie chart or diagram and candidates are asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in their own words.
In Task 2, candidates are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
Responses to Task 1 and Task 2 should be written in a formal style.
General Training Writing
In Task 1, candidates are presented with a situation and are asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
In Task 2, candidates 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
Topics are of general interest
Candidates are assessed on their writing abilities including the structure and form of the essay and how well they are able to present their argument in terms of content, correct grammar and range of vocabulary, comprehend and compare data, engage in personal correspondence thereby expressing factual information, opinions and views, present a solution after recognizing the problem and express opinions and ideas effectively.
Marking: Candidates are assessed on their performance on each task by certificated IELTS examiners according to the four criteria of the IELTS
Writing Test Band Descriptors:
Coherence and cohesion
Grammatical range and accuracy