IELTS Writing Task 2 requires you to write 250 words or more on a supplied topic.
The IELTS partners recommend that you write your essay within a 40-minute window. In reality, you have 60 minutes to write both Task 1 and Task 2 and can divide your time as you like.
Most test candidates write their essay on paper with a pencil. We recommend that you practice writing your essay in exactly the same way. You can even download a PDF version of the exam paper here.
Over the last few years, IELTS centres have also rolled out a computer version of the test.
The computer version of the test provides you with several advantages. For example, the software gives you a word count, and you can cut and paste. Click here for instructions on how to find a centre where you live.
IELTS General and Academic
When you register for IELTS, you can choose to sit for the General or Academic version of the test.
IELTS Writing Task 2 General
Most people take this version of the test for emigration purposes.
The General test contains questions that are more straightforward and more connected with everyday life. Common topics circle around the family or social media.
You can find a more complete list of topics below.
IELTS Writing Task 2 Academic
As the name suggests, the Academic questions are a bit more … well … academic. You will take this version of the test when planning to enter university or to work in a professional field.
The topics often cover education or the kind of subject you might study at university. As a result, you might find the questions slightly more challenging.
IELTS Writing Task 2 topics
Below we have listed the most common topics covered in IELTS Writing Task 2. All the below topics could appear in either version of the test.
Topics with a link will take you to a model essay and/or video course showing how to answer the topic.
Crime and punishment
Family and friends
Health and fitness
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Working from home
IELTS Writing Task 2 Question Types
Many websites talk about different kinds of IELTS question types. In truth, IELTS exam writers do not confine themselves to the 4-5 categories that most sites identify.
However, separating the questions into different categories can help us to consider slight differences in the way we might answer them.
IELTS Writing Task 2 Marking Criteria
Examiners mark IELTS essays to strict criteria called descriptors. Knowing what they contain will put you one step ahead of many candidates.
In true IELTS fashion, the IELTS partners have paraphrased the descriptors and published them here.
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