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 to those in the General Training Writing test.

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

In Academic Writing Task 2, you will be 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, or 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.

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What order will I complete the IELTS test in?

If you take computer-delivered IELTS, you will do the tests in the following order on the same day: Listening, Reading and Writing, with the Speaking test before or after this test session.


For PB test is the same order as the CD test which is Listening, Reading, Writing and same format for the Speaking test. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test can be done on the same day, or up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

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