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IELTS writing is divided into task 1 and task 2. IELTS Writing test duration is 60 minutes. 20 minutes on the IELTS writing task 1 and 40 minutes on the IELTS writing task 2.

A lot of students find the IELTS writing test to be difficult because of the allotted time limit to write the full-length essay and description of the graph or a letter. 


IELTS Writing Test Format

You’ll be given an hour to complete the whole writing test including task 1 and task 2. It is advisable not to spend more than 20 minutes for task 1 and invest the remaining time in completing task 2, as task 2 will fetch you more band as compared to task 1.

The scoring will be done based on factors including grammar and the number of words you use while writing the test. Therefore make sure to use around 150 words for task 1 and 250 words for task 2.

IELTS Writing Academic

In the IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 section, a diagram will be given and students will be asked to write and describe the chart based on what they can understand. The diagram may be a table, chart or graph. You should read the graph and focus on writing what you understand from it and not your opinion of the given data.

To get a high band for writing, your grammar and vocabulary must be used correctly. In Task 2 you’ll be asked to write an essay on a topic which will be given by the examiner. It’ll be slightly more complex when compared to the general training section.

IELTS Writing General Training

In the General Training Writing Task 1, you’ll be asked to write a letter on a topic given by the examiner. The letter can be written to anyone, like a friend, family member or a manager. In task 2 the examiner will give you a topic for essay writing. For this task, you have to keep in mind that you’ll only be evaluated based on your language usage and not your knowledge on the given topic. So make sure to use proper grammar and vocabulary while framing the sentences.

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