IELTS General Training Writing In Detail


IELTS General Training Writing Test determines your writing abilities in different aspects like Letter writing, Essay writing, Grammar and so forth. You are supposed to write your answers onto the given answer sheet. Writing answers in form of notes or bullet points is not allowed. So, you must write answers in full sentences. The IELTS General Writing practice tests designed by IELTS Tutorials will help you acquire a better understanding about this module of the test. You can also make notes on the question paper.

Duration Task Version
60 minutes 2 General Training Download Answer Sheet

IELTS writing tests consist of following two tasks.

Task 1

In this task, you are given a situation. You need to respond to the given situation in form of formal or informal letter with respect to the target audience. For example, writing letter to a friend is informal while writing letter to some government bodies or people at high authorities is formal. You are supposed to provide all the necessary details, explain the situation, make a request or suggestion so that the purpose of your letter is clear to the examiner.

Write at least 150 words in about 20 minutes.

Skills Assessed
  • Ability to interpret the given situation, follow letter-writing conventions, organise and link the information accurately with correct usage of English

Task 2

The essay question for General Training Writing is often easier than Academic Writing. In this task, you are provided with a point of view, argument or a problem. The topics usually are of general interest. For example, education, environment, lifestyle and more. You need to write an essay presenting a solution to the problem, express your ideas, present them in an organised manner and justify your opinions with relevant illustrations.

In this task, you are provided with a point of view, argument or a problem. The topics usually are of general interest. For example, education, environment, lifestyle and more.

You need to write an essay presenting a solution to the problem, express your ideas, present them in an organised manner and justify your opinions with relevant illustrations.

Write at least 250 words in about 40 minutes.


Skills Assessed
  • Ability to present ideas in proper order, organise and link information appropriately, justify argument with relevant examples

Scoring Criterion

The IELTS General Training Writing Test is scored on the following criteria:

  • Task Response
  • Coherence & Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range & Accuracy

Task Response refers to covering all the main points, elaborating them and supporting them with suitable examples.

Coherence is linking ideas in a proper sequence and Cohesion is making suitable use of cohesive devices (e.g., connectors, pronouns, conjunctions) to link ideas logically.

Lexical Resource determines your range of vocabulary.

Grammatical Range & Accuracy assesses accurate usage and wide range of complex structures.

General Tips

  • Make use of sufficient range of Vocabulary
  • Write content relevant to the subject provided
  • Use a mix of simple and complex sentence forms
  • Make correct use of punctuations
  • Pay attention to the number of words required for each task; you will lose marks for less words

You can improve your writing skills by taking IELTS General writing practice tests. To know where you are making mistakes, you can make use of
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