The original IELTS writing task lasts for 60 minutes and a candidate has to finish two tasks within that time. It is suggested that a candidate should spend about 20 minutes on task 1 and about 40 minutes on task 2. In IELTS writing task 1, a candidate is required to write at least 150 words and in task 2 at least 250 words.
The IELTS writing test varies depending on whether a candidate is taking Academic IELTS test or General Training (GT) IELTS test.
IELTS Academic Writing:
There are two tasks in IELTS Academic Writing test. Task 1 and Task 2.
In Academic IELTS writing Task 1, all candidates are asked to describe information presented in a single or multiple graph / table / chart / diagram etc. and to present the description in their own words. Candidates are required to write at least 150 words in task 1.
In task 1, depending on the type of input and the task suggested, candidates are assessed on their ability to:
• Organise, present and possibly compare data
• Describe the stages of a process or procedure
• Describe an object or event or sequence of events
• Explain how something works
In Task 2 candidates are presented with a point of view or argument or problem. Candidates are required to write at least 250 words in task 2 and they are assessed on their ability to:
• Present the solution to a problem
• Present and justify an opinion
• Compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications
• Evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument
The issues raised on both of the tasks are of general interest and suitable for and easily understood by candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.
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