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Free IELTS practice tests: WRITING

Academic Writing

The IELTS Writing test will take 60 minutes.
The here 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.

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 describe an object or event. You need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes.

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).

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Downloadable Academic Writing samples

Academic Writing Sample Task 1 (PDF, 34KB)

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Academic Writing Sample Task 2 (PDF, 11KB)

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IELTS Writing Answer sheet – Task 1 (PDF, 367KB)

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IELTS Writing Answer sheet – Task 2 (PDF, 114KB)

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IELTS Academic Writing Sample Script (PDF, 1.4MB)

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General Training Writing

  • The General Training Writing test is 60 minutes long.
  • It has two writing tasks of 150 words and 250 words.
  • In Task 1, candidates are asked to respond to a situation, by writing a letter for example, requesting information or explaining a situation.
  • In Task 2, candidates write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

Below are samples of Task 1 and Task 2. (Note that candidates for the General Training module do a different Writing test to the Academic module)

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Downloadable General Training Writing Samples

General Training Writing Sample – Task 1

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General Training Writing Sample – Task 2

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IELTS Writing Answer sheet – Task 1

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IELTS Writing Answer sheet – Task 2

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General Training Writing Sample Script

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