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What is IELTS Academic Writing?

The IELTS Academic Writing test is made up of two tasks, Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2. The questions in the Academic Writing test are different from those in the General Training Writing test.

What is the IELTS Academic Writing Format?

Task 1

In Academic Writing Task 1, you are shown a visual representation of information; a graph, table, chart, process or map, and you are asked to summarise, describe, or explain the information you see. Make sure you organise your response into three main parts, the introduction, an overview, and the main features supported by figures from the diagram.

Task 2

In Academic Writing Task 2, you are presented with a point of view, argument, or problem. The topics can range from the environment to immigration, culture, and even technology. You might be asked to agree or disagree with a point of view or argument, discuss two opposing views, write about the advantages or disadvantages of a topic, explain a given problem, or the cause of a problem and offer a solution. Your response for Academic Writing Task 2 will need to be in an essay format.

IELTS Academic Writing Band Score

Examiners assign a band score for each of the four categories using the assessment criteria:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2)

  • Lexical Resource

  • Coherence and Cohesion

  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

The average score for the task is calculated by measuring the criteria equally and the Writing band score is the average.

How can you prepare for IELTS Academic Writing?

With IELTS Prepare, you have access to a range of preparation materials at your fingertips: from practice tests, sample answers, videos and articles, all the way to expert assessments, online courses, webinars, and more.


Can I write my answers in capital letters?

Yes, you can use all capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening sections. If you use capital letters in the Writing section, make sure that your punctuation is correct and the examiner can see where you start and finish sentences.

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