The Writing Section

This 1-hour test is where various academic skills are assessed, such as the ability to organise an essay, state personal opinions, and use a variety of vocabulary and grammar.

A brief introduction

In the Writing section of the IELTS exam, you have to produce 2 essays in an hour. In Writing Task 1, you have to describe a piece of graphical information, which can be in multiple forms such as a line graph or bar chart. In Writing Task 2, you have to write an essay discussing an academic topic such as government spending. Your essays in Task 1 and Task 2 must be longer than 150 and 250 words, respectively. 

In Task 1, you are tested on:

1. Task fulfillment - Answering the question, keeping to the topic at all times. 

2. Coherence and Cohesion - Organising your writing well, connecting your ideas and sentences with suitable linking expressions. 

3. Vocabulary and Sentence Structure - Using a wide range of language both accurately and appropriately. 

In Task 2, you are tested on:

1. Arguments, Ideas and Evidence - Showing you can discuss these and putting forward your own opinions. 

2. Communicative Quality - Expressing your ideas clearly, organising and linking them logically. 

3. Vocabulary and Sentence Structure - Using a wide range of language both accurately and appropriately. 

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