What is in the IELTS General Training Writing Test?

IELTS General Writing Test

IELTS General Writing Test Tasks

Most of the candidates want to study and live in Canada, which is the second-largest country all around the world, as we all know. Many Indians shift to Canada for their higher studies because of less prising in education and living, work permits after graduation, education brand, and a Secure Environment. To go to Canada, one has to clear IELTS Exam. They will have to clear this exam in four steps. And these are- listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The IELTS general writing section is the third part of this test, which is taken immediately after the reading and listening section.

Duration: Its duration is-60 minutes

The IELTS General Writing test is including 2 tasks, which are based on topics of general interest only. And these two tasks have to be completed in just one hour only.

Task 1  

In task one, you will be given a situation there, and you have to write a letter on the given information or explain that situation. The letter may be of any type, personal, semi-formal, or formal in writing style.

Task 2  

And in the second task, you will be asked to write an essay in response to the point of view, argument, or problem. This essay might be kind of more personal in writing style as compared to an Academic Writing task. You will explain your point of view with relevant examples from your knowledge and experience.

Now we will explain to you these tasks in detail-

Task 1: To write a short letter for a specific purpose

In Task number one in the IELTS General Writing test, you will be asked to write a letter, where you will show your ability to communicate with the help of English letter-writing conventions. You might spend appx 20 minutes on this work. You have to write personal, semi-formal in the formal style.

You will be given a common, or everyday situation like writing to apologize for missing a cousin’s birthday party, complaining to an office or the company for its bad service, writing to give good suggestion or the advice to a friend about where to go on vacations or to write just to express your interest in a new job.

Apart from just being given the situation, three bullet points will cover exactly what are the things you need to include in your letter. You may have to describe details, give reasons, and express likes or dislikes, or you can make suggestions or any type of recommendations.

You will require to use the correct tone and lines with perfect words in your letter. Your tone is the only way you communicate with people or show the kind of relationship you have with them. In all letters, the tone you use is directly proportional to the situation and clearly indicated by a proper salutation, and it should also be conveyed clearly by your choice of words or phrasing.

Letters are usually written in both the tones- formal and the informal. Usually, if the letter is for your friends, people you know very well, or family, and the reason for writing is positive, your tone must be informal. And letters to everyone else and for all complaints or negative messages must be more formal.

Task 2: To write an essay

In task 2 of the IELTS General Writing test, you are usually asked to write an essay in response to the point of view, a problem, or an argument. They will be giving you the topic right there. Topics might be of general interest like whether it is a better option for home-school children, whether the hard drinker’s age should be increased, who will be responsible for the care of the elderly people, or how families can be brought closer together. These can be of general interest.

To get success, you must spend the remaining time, that is 40 minutes, on this second task, which is an essay. And you must explain your reasons also for your answer.

They will give you the task instruction and every information regarding the question, which will tell you what and how to discuss the topic in your essay. You may be asked to write some factual information, justify an opinion, outline and present solutions, or evaluate the evidence and your ideas. You must complete the task very carefully, using as many relevant ideas and examples to support your essay and answer. All the ideas must be organized clearly, by using paragraphs for each idea. You have to write an essay of a minimum of 250 words.

You will be assessed on your ability to follow English language essay-writing conventions to organize and link information in a relevant way using the English language accurately and appropriately to express your ideas and opinions based on given instructions.

Instructions for the candidates applying for this test

In the IELTS general writing test, you are supposed to be given the following instructions:

  • Don’t open this question paper until you are asked to do so.
  • Write your name and candidate number in the given spaces, which are at the top of this page. And this should be done very carefully; if your name or the candidate number is written wrong, then your test will be rejected or marked as unidentified.
  • You must read all the instructions for each task very carefully.
  • You will be given two tasks there, and you must answer both of the tasks.
  • For task 1, you should write 150 words, which is a short letter.
  • And you must write at least 250 words for task 2, which is an essay.
  • Do write your answers in the answer booklet only, as this booklet only will be checked.
  • You should write clearly with pen or pencil, and you may make alterations, but make sure your work is easy to read for the examiners.

At the end of the test, hand on both the question paper and your answer booklet.

We hope by now you are very clear about IELTS general writing test.