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The Academic Writing test is 60 minutes long.


It has two writing tasks of 150 words and 250 words.


In Task 1 candidates are asked to describe some visual information (graph/table/chart/diagram), and to present the description in their own words. They need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes. In Task 2 candidates are presented with a point of view or argument or problem. They need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.


Below are samples of Task 1 and Task 2. (Note that candidates for IELTS Academic do a different Reading test to IELTS General Training) ).

Downloadable Academic Writing samples
Academic Writing Sample Task 1 (PDF, 257KB)
Academic Writing Sample Task 1 (PDF, 411 KB)
Academic Writing Sample Task 2 (PDF, 249KB)
Academic Writing Sample Task 2 (PDF, 249KB)


Academic Writing Answer sheet
IELTS Writing Answer sheet Task 1 (PDF, 700KB)
IELTS Writing Answer sheet Task 2 (PDF, 400KB)


Academic Writing Sample script
IELTS Academic Writing Sample Script (PDF, 1.4MB)


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