The Academic Writing test is 60 minutes long.
There 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.
IELTS Academic 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 write about an object or event. You need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes.
IELTS Academic 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).
Academic Writing sample tasks
- Academic Writing Sample Task 1 (PDF, 34KB)
- Academic Writing Sample Task 2 (PDF, 11KB)
- IELTS Writing Answer sheet - Task 1 (PDF, 700KB)
- IELTS Writing Answer sheet - Task 2 (PDF, 400KB)
- IELTS Academic Writing Sample Script (PDF, 1.4MB)
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