You will be allowed 1 hour to complete two tasks in the IELTS General Training Writing test.
The two parts of this practice Writing test are presented on two separate web pages. Make sure you move swiftly from one page to the next so that your practice is as realistic as possible. If you prefer to work offline, download the test paper.
In the actual test you will do your writing in an answer booklet.
The total time allowed for the IELTS General Training Writing test is 60 minutes. Time yourself and allow just one hour to complete both parts.
Task 2 contributes twice as much as Task 1 to the Writing score.
Writing task 1
You should spend about 20 minutes on task 1
- write in a personal, semi-formal or formal style
- write at least 150 words
Writing task 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on task 2
- give reasons for your answer and include examples from your own knowledge or experience
- write at least 250 words
Instructions to candidates
In the actual test you will be given the following instructions:
- do not open this question paper until you are told to do so
- write your name and candidate number in the spaces at the top of this page
- read the instructions for each task carefully
- answer both of the tasks
- write at least 150 words for task 1
- write at least 250 words for task 2
- write your answers in the answer booklet
- write clearly in pen or pencil; you may make alterations, but make sure your work is easy to read
At the end of the test, hand in both the question paper and your answer booklet.
Once you have completed both tasks, review your work. Download the model answers to see good examples of how to complete the Writing test.