The writing Section is different in terms of its format and type of technicality in IELTS.It is categorized as Academic and General Training Writing.

IELTS Academic Writing lasts a total of 60 minutes. It consists of 2 tasks (Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2) and candidates must answer BOTH tasks. Students are advised to spend 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on Task 2. They must complete both tasks in one hour.


  1. Language used should be appropriate.
  2. Write the correct amount of words. Look at the word count on the exam and make sure you write enough words.
  3. You must have clear idea of what you are writing.
  4. Use academic vocabulary and sentence structure.
  5. Do task 2 first, because it is worth more marks and is easier.
  6. Don’t waste too much time on Task 1. Learn all specific writing structure for each type of task 1. In the real test, you just have to apply that structure with new data and suitable verb tenses.
  7. Read sample essays and take note good structure to have a wide range of academic structures for task 1. Some structure might be used in task 2 as well.
  8. You must complete both tasks. If you don’t, you will be penalized very heavily.


For Writing Task 1 candidates are given some visual information which may be presented in the form of one or more related diagrams, charts, graphs or tables. Candidates are asked to describe the information or data. They must write at least 150 words on this task.

Figures seen in TASK 1:
  • Single line graph
  • Double line graph
  • Bar graph (Single, Double or Triple bar graph)
  • Pie Chart
  • Table
  • Process


  • Write the introduction properly. It should be 1-2 sentences long.
  • Avoid using word from question title.
  • Never use bullets, write as if you were writing essay or letter.
  • Note keywords and try to rephrase them. But don’t waste time on rephrasing names. For example: in the graph that is shown below, one can’t waste time in rephrasing Dubai.
  • Don’t give opinion, transfer information.
  • Focus on additional information. For example: sales in different months in this case.
  • The order to study a graph will be:
  • Notice the y- axis.
  • Key or legend(e.g. sales of gold in Dubai in 2005)
  • Notice x- axis.
However keep some main tricks in mind:





The line graph shows estimated sales of gold in Dubai for 12 months in 2005 in millions of dirhams. There were two main seasons for gold sales.

The main season for sales is in the December to May period. Sales were consistently above 200 million dirhams per month, rising sharply to a peak of 350 million dirhams in March. However, for the next four months, sales declined steadily, reaching an annual low of 120 million dirhams in July.

In August, there was a sudden increase. Sales almost doubled, rising from 120 million dirhams in July to 210 million dirhams in August. This was followed by a drop in September, back to the July figure.

From September to October, sales recovered, from 120 to 180 million. In October and November, sales remained steady, and there was a small increase in December to 190 million dirhams.

In conclusion, the main sales period is in the early part of the year, slumping in the summer, except for a sudden increase in August.


For Writing Task 2, candidates are presented with an opinion, problem or issue which they must discuss. They may be asked to present the solution to a problem, present and justify an opinion, compare and contrast evidence or opinions, or evaluate and challenge an argument or idea. Candidates must write at least 250 words and are advised to spend 40 minutes on this task.


  1. Avoid all informal ways of writing. There are some rules of writing you should follow. For example: no abbreviations, no 1st and 2nd pronoun or possessive (I, you, me, my, your), except in conclusion where you have to state your opinion.
  2. Each body paragraph has to include: topic sentence, supporting sentences (2-3 sentences), and development sentences (evidence: example, experience, and data). In many languages (English included), there are many ways to develop a body paragraph, which results that topic sentence is not the first sentence. But you are advised to put topic sentence at the beginning of each body paragraph. Don’t be creative in this case.
  3. Your essay should be about four or five paragraphs in length, with an introduction, body and conclusion.
  4.  It should not be a list of bullet points, but a properly organized essay, written in full sentences.
  5.  You need to state your thesis, provide evidence or reasons to support your argument and write a strong conclusion.

1st paragraph Introduction
Restate the topic, indicate your position
2nd paragraph Body
Main idea, supporting idea, examples
3rd paragraph Body
Main idea, supporting idea, examples
4th paragraph Conclusion
Summarize ideas, restate position.



You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Present a written argument or case to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic. As computers are being used more and more in education, there will soon be no role for the teacher in the classroom. To what extent do you agree or disagree? You should use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence. Write at least 250 words.

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