IELTS Academic Writing practice tests

The 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).


Academic Writing sample tasks


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