The Writing test takes 60 minutes. There are two tasks to complete. You are advised to spend about 20 minutes on Task I and write at least 150 words. Task 2 requires at least 250 words and should take approximately 40 minutes.
You may write on the question paper, but this may not be taken from the examination room and will not be seen by the examiner. Answers must be given on the answer sheet and must be written in full. Notes or bullet points are not acceptable as answers.
Task Types:Academic Writing
- In Task 1, you are asked to describe some given visual information (graph/ table/chart/diagram) in your own words. Depending on the type of visual input and the specific task given, you are assessed on your ability to organise, present and compare data; describe the stages of a process or procedure; describe an object or event or sequence of events; or explain how something works.
- In Task 2, you are presented with a point of view, an argument or a problem. You are assessed on your ability to present the solution to a problem; present and justify an opinion; compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications; or evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.
The issues raised are suitable for and understood by candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies.
Task Types: General Training Writing
- In Task 1, you are asked to respond to a given problem with a letter requesting information or explaining a situation. Depending on the specific task given, you are assessed on your ability to engage in personal correspondence; elicit and provide general factual information; express needs, wants, likes and dislikes; or express opinions, views or complaints.
- In Task 2, you are presented with a point of view, argument or problem. You are assessed on your ability to provide general factual information; outline a problem and present a solution; present and justify an opinion, assessment or hypothesis; or present and possibly evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.
The topics are of general interest and do not require any specialist knowledge on your part.