Academic Writing

The Academic Writing test is 60 minutes long.

The here are two tasks. Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2.  Both responses should be written in a formal style.

Task 1

You will be asked to describe some visual information (graph/table/chart/diagram), and to present the description in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works, or describe an object or event. You need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes.

Task 2

You will be presented with a point of view, argument or problem. You need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.

Below are samples of Task 1 and Task 2.

(Note that the Academic Writing test is different to the General Training Writing test).


Downloadable Academic Writing samples

Bullet Academic Writing Sample Task 1 (PDF, 34KB)
Bullet Academic Writing Sample Task 2 (PDF, 11KB)
Bullet IELTS Writing Answer sheet - Task 1 (PDF, 700KB)
Bullet IELTS Writing Answer sheet - Task 2 (PDF, 400KB)
Bullet IELTS Academic Writing Sample Script (PDF, 1.4MB)

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