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Academic Writing

he Academic Writing test is 60 minutes long.

There are two tasks. Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2. Both responses should be written in a formal style. IELTS Academic Task 1 You will be asked to describe some visual information (graph/table/chart/diagram), and to present the description in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works, or write about an object or event. You need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes.

IELTS Academic Task 2 You will be presented with a point of view, argument or problem. You need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes. Below are samples of Task 1 and Task 2. (Note that the Academic Writing test is different to the General Training Writing test)

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Academic Writing test – paper

You will be allowed 1 hour to complete two tasks in the IELTS Academic Writing test.

The two parts of this practice Writing test are presented on two separate web pages. Make sure you move swiftly from one page to the next so that your practice is as realistic as possible. If you prefer to work offline, download the test paper. In the actual test you will do your writing in an answer booklet. Timing The total time allowed for the IELTS Academic Writing test is 60 minutes. Time yourself and allow just one hour to complete both parts of the test. Task 2 contributes twice as much as task 1 to the Writing score

You should spend each task

Writing task 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on task 1 write in a formal style write at least 150 words Writing task 2 You should spend about 40 minutes on task 2 write in a formal style write at least 250 words

Instructions to candidates

In the actual test you will be given the following instructions: do not open this question paper until you are told to do so write your name and candidate number in the spaces at the top of this page read the instructions for each task carefully answer both of the tasks write at least 150 words for task 1 write at least 250 words for task 2 write your answers in the answer booklet write clearly in pen or pencil; you may make alterations, but make sure your work is easy to read At the end of the test, hand in both the question paper and your answer booklet.

How to answer this task?

Introduce the pie charts. Write what do they summarize. Write a general overview. Write in brief the main trends. Describe the first chart. Tell about the activities on the boys' chart and their popularity. Use linking structures and vocabulary to describe graphs. Describe the second chart. Tell about the activities on the girls' chart and their popularity. Use words from academic wordlist.

Model answer

The two pie charts draw the conclusion of a survey of boys' and girls' cultural and leisure activities. Overall, equal quantities of both sexes enjoyed listening to music, but a dramatically larger number of girls liked reading. There were also many differences in terms of the children's preferred sports. Turning to the first chart, we can observe that boys prefer playing computer games (34% participation rate) than taking other activities. Playing basketball comes as the second most popular leisure, practiced by almost a third of male children. Basketball is followed by soccer, which is exercised by 17%. Skateboarding and listening to music are less preferable activities, chosen by 11% and 10% of boys respectively. Reading, the least popular cultural activity among boys, represents only two percent. Taking a closer look at the second chart, we can see that girls' most preferred activity is dancing, being 27% of the total. In contrast to the boys' preferences, reading is chosen by more than a fifth of all girls. Although percentage of female children who play computer games is roughly twice less than that of boys (16%), this activity is third most popular on the girls' chart. With a slight difference between computer games and netball, the latter is practiced at 15% rate. Similarly to skateboarding popularity among boys, 11% of girls go in for gymnastics. Listening to music comes as the least popular leisure, with a proportion of 10%, equal to those on the first chart (244 words).

IELTS General Writing Task

How to answer this task? Introduce yourself and state your reason for writing. Start letter in a formal style (it's a job application letter!) and dedicate first paragraph to the letter opening. Write body paragraphs. Tell about your education and work experience in separate paragraphs. Make some details if you need and use linking structures. Write a polite letter closing. Thank your future employer for his consideration and mention that you are ready for the interview. Model answer Dear Mr Walker, I am writing to apply for the post of Quality Assurance Manager, which was advertised on the Student Affairs Office notice board on 2 September 2016. I believe that my qualifications, personal character and work experience make me a perfect candidate for this job. Currently I am studying on M.B.A. program at the Loren Brusque University, graduating in 2017. I’m studying subjects that are relevant to the offered post. Moreover, I constantly perfect my management skills by taking various additional courses. During my studies I have held the post of Junior Executive at «Hansel's Corporation» and improved my leadership skills, communication competences and ability to work in a team. While leading and supervising subordinates, I gained a valuable experience for the post of Quality Assurance Manager. I am available for interview at any time. You can contact me most easily by the mobile phone number given above. Thank you for your consideration of my application. I look forward to meeting you in the nearest future. Yours sincerely, Paul Carter (172 words)

Overview of IELTS Writing Testt

IELTS Writing test stretches for a complete duration of 60 minutes. You have to answer 2 tasks (whichever the respective category you have chosen). IELTS Writing module is different for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The basic pattern is similar for both categories in which task 1 is entirely different and task 2 is same again (variation exists in topic). Know more difference between IELTS Academic and General tests Unlike IELTS Writing Task 2, Task 1 differs for both the categories and we will provide a step by step guide to crack the Writing Task with an 8 band score.