IELTS Writing – Student’s Question

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What are the differences between Academic Writing Task2 and General Training Writing Task2? Are they marked the same way?

In Academic Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The issues raised are of general interest to, suitable for and easily understood by you entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. Academic Task 2, depending on the task type, you are assessed on your ability to present a solution to a problem; to present and justify an opinion; to compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications; to evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.

In General Training Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay. (You may use your personal experience as an example, but don’t try to tell a story and make sure it is relevant to the question. If part of your answer is not related to the topic you will lose marks, even if your grammar is perfect.) In General Training Task 2, you are assessed on your ability to provide general factual information; to outline a problem and present a solution; to present and possibly justify an opinion; to evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.

Both of the Academic and General Training Task2 are marked the same way by certificated IELTS examiners according to the four criteria of the IELTS Writing Test Band Descriptors (task achievement/response, coherence and cohesion, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy).

5 Comments IELTS Writing – Student’s Question

  1. IELTS Singapore

    I’ve been very interested in this topic and I’ve been trying to find the answers. Are you an IELTS Examiner? COz I’ve hardly found much official information regarding the differences between the two. GT definitely looks slightly different and easier, yet many ppl think it’s the same. Would be interested to know what the official answer is.

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    1. Jeffrey

      For academic task2, i usually don't recommand using personal experience. coz your own experience may be unrepresentative for an academic task. However, General Training task2 is more personal in style.

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  2. Grace

    hi, Jeffey
    i am a little bit confused as you mentaioned above: In General Training Task 2 (You may use your personal experience as an example. can i use my own experience to support my argument in academic module ?especially when the question is what is your opinion?

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