The IELTS Writing Test has two versions, IELTS Academic Writing and IELTS General Writing. The duration of the test is 60 minutes.
Both versions of the IELTS Writing Test are divided in two parts:
- For Part 1 you are required to write a paragraph of at least 150 words in 20 minutes.
- For Part 2 you are asked to write an essay of 250 words or more in 40 minutes.
Part 1 of the IELTS General Writing test asks you to write a short letter. It is a simple and straightforward task, and the following link will provide a number of samples for you to go through.
Part 1 of the IELTS Academic Writing test requires you to write a summary in response to a particular graph (bar, line, or pie graph), table, chart, diagram, or process (how something works, how something is done).
This task tests your ability to select and report the main features, to describe, compare, summarize and/or explain data (information), identify significance and trends in factual information, or describe a process. You may be asked to describe the stages of a process and/or how something works or describe an object or event. Your response should be in formal style.
The following links present various types of graphs, tables, charts, and diagrams as well as test samples for you to practice:
Part 2 of the IELTS Writing test is common (only with different topics) and requires you to write an essay. You will be presented with a topic and will be tested on your ability to respond by giving and justifying an opinion, a point of view, argument or problem, discussing the topic, summarizing details, outlining problems, identifying possible solutions and supporting what you write with reasons, arguments, and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Topics are of general interest, suitable for anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. Responses to both tasks must be written in a formal style.
Topics can be divided in the following categories:
- Agree or Disagree stating Arguments
- Description / Explanation/ Preference
- Compare and Contrast/ Express opinion