IELTS Academic Writing Sample Tests

Practice IELTS Academic Writing

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

How is the IELTS Writing test marked?

The IELTS Writing test is marked by qualified IELTS examiners who are intensively trained and monitored to ensure consistency and quality of marking, no matter where in the world the test is taken. A minimum of two examiners will mark your Writing test, and sometimes even up to three or four – we do this to ensure the highest level of accuracy and fairness possible.

Your Writing test response is scored in the areas of ‘task response’, ‘coherence and cohesion’, ‘lexical resource’, and ‘grammatical range and accuracy’. To understand what each of these mean you can view the Writing band descriptors, which have detailed information about each phrase and how they relate to the different band scores that are possible.

Download the IELTS Writing band task 1 descriptors

Download the IELTS Writing band task 2 descriptors


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