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Let’s get started with Writing Essays

There are two formats
Academic Writing and General writing.

  • Time allotted 60 minutes and no extra time.

  • There are two tasks in writing.

  • Minimum of 150 words are required for Task 1 and 250 words are required for Task 2



Task 1- is a chart. It can be a bar graph/ Pie Chart/ Line Graph/ Table Graph/ Flow Chart/ A process. It can also be a combination of more than one chart containing figures and details.

Task 2- is an essay topic. The topics in academic basically focus about a specific research area it can be environment/ education/ science/technology and so on..


Task 1- a short letter of 150 words. It can be a formal, informal or semiformal style.

Task 2- an essay topic about day to day life i.e. society, children, family, lifestyle, food, education, fashion and so on…


Let’s now have a look on different types of IELTS essays that can be asked in the exam.

  • Agree or disagree

  • Discussion

  • Compare and contrast

  • Cause and effects

  • Problems, reasons and solutions

  • Miscellaneous

Some essays can be categorized as Argumentative, Persuasive and Discursive and so on.

Now let’s move to the structure of the essay.

IELTS essay can be written with minimum of 4 and maximum of 5 paragraphs. The structure and number of the paragraphs depends on the question. Hence; it is very important to read and understand the question before writing.

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