What is IELTS? Writing tips and Information

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The IELTS Academic writing module of the IELTS test consists of two activities: Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2.

IELTS test - writingIELTS candidates are given 60 minutes to complete both tasks. The writing tasks are on a variety of subjects and are chosen for their suitability for candidates entering university as are all our Reuters news article topics.

In Writing Task 1, IELTS candidates are asked to describe information that is usually presented in the form of a graph, table or diagram. They must write at least 150 words. We have many model IELTS task 1 graph reports that can help your IELTS preparation.

In Writing Task 2, IELTS candidates are asked to write an academic essay:

  • putting forward a point of view on a given topic
  • arguing in support of or against a given statement
  • proposing a solution to a given problem
  • speculating on implications of a given issue

The IELTS General Training module consists of two activities: Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2.

In writing Task 1 IELTS candidates write a letter; either a personal semi-formal or formal letter or write on a given topic as part of a simulated class assignment. In Task 2, general training candidates, like academic candidates, are presented with a point of view, argument or problem and asked to provide general factual information, outline and/or present a solution, justify an opinion, and evaluate ideas and evidence.

Task 2 is the more heavily weighted of the writing tasks. In the IELTS test, you should spend more time on this writing task.

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Many students find it difficult to understand and interpret graphs and statistics.
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In order to put forward a point of view on a given topic, some knowledge of that subject is needed. Our exercises help to increase knowledge of current events and the world in general and we provide examples of model essays.

One of the other many ways in which www.selfaccess.com can help is through grammar support. In order to write good essays, IELTS candidates need to understand how to use grammar in context. Many of our exercises give you practise at doing this.

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