IELTS Academic Writing

About the IELTS Academic Writing test

The writing test is different for IELTS Academic and IELTS General candidates.

Academic Writing

2 pieces of writing, 60 minutes

  1. In Task 1, candidates are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in their own words. They may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
  2. In Task 2, candidates are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
    Responses to Task 1 and Task 2 should be written in a formal style

See IELTS Marking Schemes

Read these articles explaining how to answer the writing questions .