IELTS – Writing

The writing section of the IELTS is different depending on which test you take, IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. Both tests have a similar format:- 60 minutes to answer 2 tasks. The difference however is the type of tasks you have to complete.

IELTS Academic

Task 1

You will be presented with some visual information (chart/diagram/graph/table) and asked to describe it in your own words.

  • At least 150 words
  • 20 minutes
Task 2

You will have an argument, point of view or problem presented to you before you have to respond to it.

  • At least 250 words
  • 40 minutes

IELTS General Training

Task 1

You will be presented with a situation that you will need to respond to, e.g writing a letter.

  • At least 150 words
  • 20 minutes
Task 2

You will have to respond to an argument, point of view or problem in the style of an essay.

  • At least 250 words
  • 40 minutes