IELTS Academic Writing is probably the hardest part of the test. Aside from having two tasks, it is done only in an hour. So it is really a two in one task.
In task 1, examinees maybe asked to compare and contrast data,
explain a process
describe information given in a diagram, table, or graph
or even a
. Answers in this part should have at least 150 words. Underlength answer will yield a deduction from your score or mark on this part.
Task 2 is an
. The question in this task may ask you to give an opinion or to give a response to a problem in 250 words. Just like in task 1, answers in task 2 below the word count needed will be penalised.
It is advisable to allocate enough time for both tasks. You need to give more time in task 2 since it is a little longer and has more weight than in task 1, 35 and 20 minutes respectively. The remaining 5 minutes will be used for proofreading of your answers for possible grammatical errors like spelling and punctuation.