IELTS Writing – Academic and General

IELTS Writing

The writing section is considered to be one of the most challenging parts of the IELTS test. As a result, students tend to get a lower score in this part in comparison to the other parts.

Writing task types and their complexity depends on the IELTS test type. There are two types of IELTS tests: academic and general. If you are not sure which IELTS test you need to take, check out this link.

Now, let’s move on to the differences between academic and general IELTS writing tests.

IELTS Academic – Writing

The writing test for the academic module has two tasks. The first task is to describe a graph, and the second task is to write an essay. You are given 1 hour to complete both tasks, and it is up to you how you will divide your time. For example, you can spend 25 minutes to describe the graph, and 35 minutes to write the essay. However, we recommend that you spend 20 minutes describing the graph, and 40 minutes writing the essay. To understand how to manage your time and what the minimum requirements are, please check out this page.

IELTS General – Writing

The writing test for the general module has two tasks. The first task is a letter to write, and the second task is an essay to write. The essay is similar to the academic essay, but the questions are usually easier to answer.

Similar to the academic writing test, you are given 1 hour to complete both tasks. Like academic writing, we recommend that you spend 20 minutes on task 1 and 40 minutes on task 2. Furthermore, you can check out how to manage time in the writing assignment.

How to Study?

We recommend that you take a look at our free materials, tips and resources. Make sure to learn IELTS writing tips which can help you to get a high band.

The information that you will find in our blog posts will help you understand the exam requirements, how to approach the task, and how to achieve the best possible score. You will get familiar with each question of the writing part, and learn how to improve your writing skills.

ALISTAIR BROWN: As a writing and speaking examiner for more than 10 years, I bring a lot of experience. I have seen the frustrations that students have with IELTS from a career where I have actively guided and corrected students’ studies. I am looking for the most effective ways to teach IELTS as I understand students’ needs.