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IELTS - IELTS Writing Test
ielts writing introductionThe purpose of the IELTS Writing Module is to:

  • Establish your ability to answer perform a task correctly using facts and figures.
  • Establish your ability to answer questions where facts and figures are not given and where your opinions, thoughts, and views need to be expressed.

The Writing Module always has the same format:

The test is 60 minutes long, there are always two sections (or 'Tasks'):

Task One
In Task One you are asked to write approximately 150 words in 20 minutes. It is important to remember that you are not stopped after 20 minutes and told to go on to Task Two. It is your job to manage timing the test yourself.   

In Task One you are given a 'Visual Representation' of some information. This could be given in a number of formats:

  • Table
  • Graph
  • Pie chart
  • Diagram
  • illustration

You are usually asked to write some form of report to a teacher or a university lecturer using the information given. Less frequently you are asked to describe a process based on a diagram or an illustration.

Task Two
In Task Two you are asked to write approximately 250 words in 40 minutes. You will be asked to write a short essay that expresses your opinion on a issue, or shows how to solve a problem, or requires you to speculate about future trends. Again, like the Reading Module, the topics you are given are 'General Interest' meaning that even if the question is related to a specific area of knowledge (e.g. science) you do not need specialist scientific knowledge to write about it.      

Task Two is more important than Task One in that there is more 'weighting' towards Task Two. If your performance in Task One is not as good as it is in Task Two, you can still receive a good writing score.

Assessment

Your writing is marked by a native English speaker who trained in assessment of IELTS writing tasks. Traditionally, scores were full bands only (i.e. Writing Band 6, etc.), but recently, half bands were introduced. It is now therefore possible to get a score of 5.5, 6.5, etc. for your writing score. 

Get an overview of the test: IELTS Listening TestIELTS Reading TestIELTS Writing TestIELTS Speaking Test...

When you have an overview of all parts of the test, try our IELTS quiz
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Check your answers against our 
Answer Key. 

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Can you provide me some more samples!. Can you provide me some more samples!
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I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well.

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i need a help for writing task 1 & 2..first tell me how to begin writing d both tasks...n i m nt able to pick out d main features of given graph so plz help me in that....
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hi
could you tell me if i can write everything in capital letters in writing test?
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Hi i'm Shoxrux Saidkarimov i have problems from wtiting Task1 and task2 can you give examples for me to begin from 0 score by the why my exam in coming 16 of july thats why i need practise my self writing and improve=)
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hi i am having problem with reading can u suggest some good tips for reading and also for writing and how to use different vocabulary in writing tasks 1 & 2.my ielts exam is on 22 jan,2011.
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hi i am having some problems with my writing due to the fact that there are scarce of materials being used by me for self studying. it would be very great if you inform me about the new materials that people are utilizing in order to obtain overall band score of 7.5 and/or more from the writing task of IELTS examination.
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Following information is very helpfull,but i want to know how to start paragraph,then write in body and finishing it ? Kindly guide me because my exam will held on 29th of May 2010.
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hi plz give me a writting tips my exams will b com now
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avatar Narayan Adhiakari
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Im so intested about ielts but i don't about
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avatar Rashid
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hi,can u help me for writting task.i would like to praper for myself General Traning plz help me and give me some useful time for writting in General Traning.
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Is it possible to write in capital letters task 1 and 2 of the writing test?
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give me good tips for writting my writing very poor
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can any one help me out in this writing module.This is going to be my last attempt..I need to secure atleast 6.5...please give me some tips
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plz send me good tips for writing my writing is very poor
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Please, Give me some good tips for reading.
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avatar Eva Chanda
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Is there any specific writing format for Academic task 1 or task 2
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hello sir the tips given by u are very useful but i m frightened about my score... i have booked my slot in the first week of Nov... so i want some more tips regarding speaking and writing so that i can reach my target of 7 band scre. thank u
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dear,


i am planning to write ielts exam this month.. can u help me to give some tips ...i want 7 band scre....thank you
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I also need some writing tips
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how can i write good essay and lso solve my problem im not speak english i dont know why please help
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its my humble request please give me tips of reading and writing as i hav appeared two times still i got just 5.5 bands even i know its my level i can acheive near about 7but i could n\'t figure out where i m wrong
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Is handwriting also a criterion to grade the written capabilities of the candidate?
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You should write clearly. Although you will not lose marks for your untidy hand-writing, however it is important for the examiner to understand your writing and examine your spellings. You may lose marks if the examiner cannot understand or asses your spellings.

For more information on IELTS
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Hello, is handwriting also a criterion in grading the written capabilities?
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hello sir can u help me pls pls send me some writing tips my yahoo id sagar_ldhh@yahoo.co.in
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Can you help me correct my essay writing? I also need someone to talk to in order to practice speaking in English. Here is my yahoo account gensan2006aviles. thanks
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please provide me some technique so that i can score good in writing.
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I need some writing topics for practice
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I need some writing topics for practice
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How can get, writting task 2 starting & finishing ways?
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can I please get, task 2 starting & finising ways?
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Can you give me some tips for the ielts writing test task 2 ,my exam is in the month of August.
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CAN YOU GIVE SOME TIPS TO GET A GOOG IELTS BAND IN ALL FOUR MODULES
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I dont know how to star or begin the task 1 and task 2? Can you please give me some clues for this? Moreover i need the tips to write the essay. Can you provide me some more samples!
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how to start the essay for task 2?
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i want some writting tips
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i need practces writing pappers
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please help me learn more techniques and strategies in reading and writing as well,i\'m planning to take the exam in August..thank you!
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good
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Is there anything special????
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can u give me some writing tips,my exam is on july last week and my target is for atleast a score of 7.5
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Can you give me, some writing tips, my exam is in the month of July and my target is for at least 8.0 band in General training. can you help me out
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i need sum writing tips
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How can I assiss my writing achivement?
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please tel me the techniques to achieve the above 7 bands in writing task.how could i get this.elucidates me the specific logic.
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