2 Academic and General Writing:
1. Academic Writing
The IELTS Academic Writing module is designed to test candidates' ability to write clear and formal English, as is commonly required in an academic context. The test consists of two tasks that you must answer in one hour. If you only finish one of them, you don't have any score.
The two tasks usually focus on separate aspects of academic writing. Still, examiners rate your scripts with similar criteria, such as how accurately to address the task, how to organize your essay, range of your vocabulary, and correctness of your grammar.
A high score writing needs you to organize ideas well, write accurately, and use rich vocabulary with correct grammar. Considering that task 1 contributes 1/3 score to the final writing mark, you should allocate test time accordingly. If wasting too much time on Task 1, you may ruin Task 2 in a narrow time frame.
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2. General Training Writing
The IELTS General Training writing module tests the ability to write about practical issues on common topics of personal interest, everyday life, or campus activity. The tasks usually ask candidates to offer information or suggestions, say likes or dislikes, or present opinions or views.
In the module, you should finish two writing tasks in one hour. Task 1 is a 150 words short letter and contributes 1/3 points to the final writing mark so that you may allocate less time on it accordingly. If you waste time on Task 1, you won't have enough time to complete Task 2. Then you won't have a chance to get a good mark. Besides, you have to finish both tasks to accept writing band.
As similar as Academic writing, examiners assess the General writing tasks by criteria in four aspects: right understanding and response to tasks, organizing essay logically, a good range of vocabulary, and correct grammar.
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