OVERVIEW OF THE IELTS GENERAL TRAINING WRITING

 

60 minutes Two tasks

GENERAL TRAINING WRITING Task 1: a report

GENERAL TRAINING WRITING Task 2: an essay

Describe a visual or a set of data Write about a given topic
20 minutes 40 minutes
150 words minimum (no maximum limit) 250 words minimum (no maximum limit)
The imaginary recipient of the letter
The correct style to use
The content of the letter
Read the question and make sure you understand
Write your introduction
Main body paragraphs
Quick conclusion

Recipient: The imaginary recipient (the person who receives and reads it) may be a friend, a stranger, or a social or professional contact. ‘Imaginary’ means it exists only in imagination; don’t base your answer on a real person that you know

1.Opinion-le

Some people believe that television programmes are of no real value for children.
How far do you agree or disagree?

Style: Depending on this, the letter may need to be in a personal style, or a formal style.Occasionally, a Task may require a semi-formal style

2.Argument-led

Some people think that a sense of competition in children should be encouraged. Others believe that children who are taught to co-operate rather than compete become more useful adults.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Content: The task will ask you to write a letter or email in which the content ideas are a mix of:
→Complaining about something
→Requesting something
→Explaining and/or apologising about something
→Suggesting something
(There will be a combination of these ideas, not just one.)

3.Advantage/Disadvantage (Opinion Type)

In some countries, it is usual for young people who graduate from high school to spend a year working or travelling before going to university.
What are the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this?

GT Writing letter 1: Key principles in a formal style letter (complaining, explaining, suggestin)

GT Writing letter 2: Key principles in a personal style letter (requesting, explaining, proposin)

GT Writing letter 3: Formal style greetings & endings; complaining, explaining, requesting

4.Problem/Issue (Causes + Solution)

While some people prefer to live in apartments, others do not think an apartment is a suitable form of accommodation.
Do you think the advantages of living in an apartment outweigh the disadvantages?

 

GT Writing letter 4: Personal style greetings & endings; explaining, suggesting, requesting

GT Writing letter 5: Explaining, suggesting (personal style)

GT Writing letter 6: Explaining, requesting (semi-formal style)

5. Problem/Issue (Consequences + Solutions)

Housing and accommodation has become a major problem in many countries around the world.
What are some of the main factors that have contributed to this problem?
What can be done to help reduce the number of homeless people?

 

GT Writing letter 7: Complaining, explaining, requesting (formal style)

GT Writing letter 8: Explaining, suggesting, requesting (formal style)

6.Problem/Issue (Causes + Consequences)

While mobile phones have many advantages, a number of problems have also resulted from them or the ways in which they are used.
What are some of these problems?
What solutions can you suggest for solving these problems?

 

GT Writing letter 9: Complaining, requesting (semi-formal style)

GT Writing letter 10: Apologising (personal and formal styles)

7. Mixd

Universities should provide students with the skills they will require in order to succeed at their future jobs.
How far do you agree or disagree with the above opinion?
What are some of the job skills that employers look for in new employees?

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