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IELTS Writing Task Samples

As you likely already know, the IELTS is offered in two versions: General Training and Academic. One of the key differences between them is the writing portion of the test. Regardless of which version you’re taking, you’ll be provided with an hour to complete two writing tasks. While timed writing may seem daunting, what the examiner is looking for is rather straightforward. Check out the IELTS writing task samples below for an idea of what you’ll be expected to do come test time!

General Training Writing Task Samples

General Writing Task 1

The IELTS describes the first writing task presents you with a scenario that will require you to use written language in order to explain a situation or to request information. These represent the kind of writing tasks that you may encounter in everyday life. You’re given 20 minutes to, for example, write a letter, using the details provided for a hypothetical circumstance.

Check out the example below:

IELTS general writing task 1 -magoosh

General Writing Task 2

The second writing task is in essay format. This means that you’ll be writing in paragraph form, introducing the topic at the start and concluding your main ideas as you finish. You’ll be provided with the necessary background information, a point of view on a topic, and other relevant data along with a prompt instructing you about what to include.

Here’s an idea of what you might expect:

IELTS general writing task 2 - magoosh

Academic Writing Task Samples

Academic Writing Task 1

The tasks on the academic version of the IELTS are intended to be representative of the kinds of tasks that you’d encounter in an English-medium university. Task 1 allows you to demonstrate that you can understand visual data and importantly, that you can describe it in a way that demonstrates this understanding.

Here’s a sample:

IELTS academic writing task 1 -magoosh

Academic Writing Task 2

The second writing task will invite you to demonstrate your English essay writing skills. This means in paragraph form with a clear introduction, thesis, supporting arguments, and conclusion. You will be provided with a topic, background information, and any relevant data that will be necessary to form a coherent argument. You may be asked a specific question to answer using the format of an essay, as in the example below.

IELTS academic writing task 2 -magoosh

Give the practice prompts above a try! Looking for more inspiration for your preparation? Check out this article for helpful hints on where to find the best free resources -including writing prompts. For more ideas about the kind of topics covered in the writing test, read Magoosh’s article on IELTS Writing Topics.

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