The Writing paper has two tasks which have to be completed. In task 1, test takers write at least 150 words in about 20 minutes. In task 2, test takers write at least 250 words in about 40 minutes. Test takers will be penalised if their answer is too brief or does not relate to the topic. Answers must be written in full sentences (test takers must not use notes or bullet points).


IELTS Academic


  • Task 1: test takers describe a graph, table, chart or diagram in their own words.
  • Task 2: test takers discuss viewpoints, arguments or issues. Depending on the task, test takers may be needed to present a solution to a problem, present and justify an opinion, compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications, and evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.


IELTS General Training


  • Task 1: test takers write a letter in response to a given everyday situation. For example, writing to an accommodation officer about problems with your accommodation, writing to a new employer about problems managing your time, writing to a local newspaper about a plan to boost a local airport.
  • Task 2: test takers write an essay about a topic of general interests. For example, whether or not smoking should be banned in public places, whether children’s leisure activities should be educational, how environmental problems can be solved.
Skills Tested
Again, the focus of IELTS Academic Writing is purely, well, academic. IELTS Academic Writing tests your ability to write a short source-based academic essay (the source is the graph or table). IELTS Academic also tests your ability to write an academic-style opinion essay. This opinion essay writing ability is also found on the IELTS General Training. But in addition, the General Training tests writing as a life skill by asking you to write a letter to a friend or colleague. You can find your baseline Writing score using our IELTS Writing app. Besides, you can use IELTS Vocabulary Flashcards app to improve your IELTS vocabulary. IELTS Vocabulary Flashcards is the app that covers the most important words used for the real IELTS exam and help you to achieve your goals.