IELTS Writing information for fresh candidates
The writing section of IELTS consists of two parts. Task 1 and Task 2. In total, you will get 60 minutes for Writing task. The questions are different for Academic and General Training module exams.
For Academic version, task 1 is a report writing in which you are required to write an academic report from given chart, map, flow chart, process, table or graph. This is similar to report writing in university or high school.
For General Training module, task 1 is letter writing. This task requires you to write a formal, semi formal or informal letter. This task is similar to formal e-mail and correspondences.
Task 2 for both versions are similar. It will be an essay. The only difference lies in the fact that the question for them are different. For General Training, the question is about general topics, related to social problem, environment, upbringing, etc. The academic version asks question about scholastic topics.
In total, you will get 60 minutes to complete the task.
The task 1 asks you to respond with 150 to 170 words and it carries less points than task 2.
Task 2 asks you write an essay of around 250 to 270 words.
Task 2 of the IELTS test carries more marks than task1. It usually carries two thirds of the total Writing task band score. So, it is naturally recommended that you spend around 20 minutes on task 1 and 40 minutes on task 2.
You can take notes in the writing paper and can look at those notes during your writing. You will have two different sheets for the task 1 and task 2. You can take extra answer sheets in case you need. You can find information about how answer sheets look in this post.
On a given day, writing test is the last of the three skills test. So, usually students feel tired after three hours in the test room. So, practise well before you face the real test.
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