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IELTS Writing

WHAT IS IELTS WRITING?

IELTS Writing test is an extremely important part of the IELTS examination as it evaluates a candidate's written English competence. It assesses how well you can analyze the given information and articulate your thoughts and ideas in a structured and organised manner. This test measures your written English communication abilities.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE IELTS WRITING TEST?

In IELTS Writing Test, you will be given two tasks to assess your writing skills and you will have 60 minutes to complete them. The IELTS Writing Test Task 1 will be different for Academic and General Exam and will have different questions. However, the Task 2 remains the same for both the exams. It is recommended that you spend no more than 20 minutes on Task 1 of the test and 40 minutes on Task 2 to manage your time efficiently.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IELTS WRITING ACADEMIC TEST AND IELTS WRITING GENERAL TEST?

ACADEMIC TRAINING

  • book In Task 1 of the IELTS Academic Test, some information will be presented to you in the form of a diagram, graph, chart, map, or a table. Your task would be to summarise the given information in your own words. You may be asked to report the main features, make comparisons, describe the process, explain figures and data, etc.

GENERAL TRAINING

  • book In Task 1 of the IELTS General Test, you are required to write a letter based on the situation that will be given to you. It could be an invitation letter, a request letter, a letter where you are informing, explaining a situation, replying, or apologising, etc. Depending upon the given situation, you could write a formal, semi formal or an informal letter and you must use the appropriate language and the writing style accordingly.

Task 2

As mentioned before, the Task 2 remains the same for both Academic and General Writing Test. In this task, you are required to write an essay. A topic will be given to you in the form of a statement, an argument, a problem, etc. You may be asked to present your opinion, discuss different viewpoints, give your perspective, state your extent of agreement or disagreement while giving examples that are based on your own knowledge and experience.

WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS ARE ASKED IN IELTS ACADEMIC WRITING TASK -1?

In this Task, you are presented with the information that is illustrated using different visual representation and you are required to comprehend the given information and write it in your own words. You may be asked to provide a summary, state the facts, or make any comparisons if required, etc. It is recommended that you spend no more than 20 minutes on the task and write at least 150 words. The information and data in this task may be presented to you using the following illustration:

Line Chart

Line Graph

Bar Chart

Bar Graph

Pie Chart

Pie Chart

Map

Map

Table

Table

Process

Process

Combination

You may also get a question where you are presented with the information using different kinds of graphs or charts in combination.

WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS ARE ASKED IN IELTS GENERAL WRITING TASK - 1?

Formal Letters

These are the letters that are written professionally and use a very specific layout and language. If you are given a situation where you are supposed to write a letter to an employer, a company, some organisation, an official person, a landlord, etc, then you must write a letter using a formal format.

Some of the examples of the formal letter include:

  • Job application
  • Enquiry letter
  • Complaint letter
  • Requesting a service or information

Informal Letters

These are the letters that you write to your friends, family, and people you know. These are personalised letters as you are writing a letter to someone you know personally. In these kinds of letters, you can express yourself more freely and use a casual and an informal language.

Some of the examples of the informal letter include:

  • Invitation letter to a friend
  • Apologising letter
  • Thanking a friend
  • Giving an advice or asking for some advice from your sister
  • Letter to a friend requesting for some help

WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS ARE ASKED IN IELTS GENERAL AND ACADEMIC WRITING TASK - 2?

As Task 2 remains same for both Academic and General training, where you are required to write an essay of at least 250 words, so the kind of questions you get are also the same. It is important that you understand the question properly so that you include all the important points in your essay and present them in a clear and a structured format.

The different types of essays include:

Opinion Essays

You are given a statement, and you are required to present your opinion on the given statement. You must present your opinion by telling “To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement?”

Discussion Essays

You will be presented with two different views on a topic. You must discuss both the views and then in the end give your own viewpoint on the topic.

Multi Question Essays

You will be presented with a topic that has multiple parts. You may be given a statement which will further have two different questions. You must address both the questions in your essay.

Cause and Solution Essays

You will be presented with a problem, and you may be asked to explain what caused the problem and provide a solution for the problem.

Advantages and Disadvantages Essays

You will be presented with a statement, and you may be asked to discuss about the advantages and disadvantages.

HOW ARE IELTS WRITING SKILLS ASSESSED?

Whether you are giving an IELTS Academic exam or General exam, your IELTS Writing skills are going to be evaluated on these four important factors:

1. TASK ACHIEVEMENT

It determines how successfully you have completed the task that was given to you.

2. COHERENCE AND COHESION

It determines how clearly and logically you have presented your information and how your ideas are linked within the sentence and throughout to make them meaningful and understandable.

3. LEXICAL RESOURCE

It assesses how vast your vocabulary is and how you use those words in your sentences. Along with using uncommon and vast range of vocabulary, it is equally important to make sure that those words fit in the sentence appropriately depending on the topic and the task given.

4. GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY

It assesses your ability to present your ideas and thoughts clearly through the sentences that are grammatically correct and varied.

For example: you must use a variety of sentence structures, different tenses, and correct punctuation.

IMPORTANT TIPS

  • 1. Your writing should be well organized. Have separate paragraphs for an introduction, body (which may include 3-4 paragraphs depending on the task) and conclusion or summary of the task.
  • 2. Your ideas should connect throughout, to maintain the flow of information within the paragraph and in between paragraphs.
  • 3. Make sure you are answering all the parts of the question.
  • 4. Stay relevant to the topic. You should read the question properly to make sure that all your ideas and examples are connected to the question and covering the main points.
  • 5. Give enough examples to support your point of view or argument.
  • 6. Use appropriate format and language depending on the task.
  • 7. Avoid using the same words repeatedly. Use wide range of vocabulary and words that are less common.
  • 8. Take care of the word limit. If you write a lesser number of words than asked for, you will lose marks.

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