IELTS General Training Writing Guide

This page will discuss all your required information, tips and strategies for IELTS General Training test. Like Academic IELTS, General Training also has two sections of writing:

  • Writing Task 1

  • Writing Task 2

There are some similarities and some differences between IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic writings. Le's discuss these below: 

The Similarities 

Task 2 is same for both Academic and General Training. The question type, marking criteria etc. all are same.

Wherever you see our task 2 discussion on this website, the discussion is both for academic and general training exam.

The Differences 

The major area of difference between General Training and Academic IELTS is Writing task 1. In General Training writing task 1, you will be asked to write a letter. But in Academic task 1, you will never be asked to write a letter. If you are looking for Academic writing task 1 discussion, click here. Because, the following discussion is only for the General Training writing task 1 exam.

IELTS General Training Writing Task 1

You will face one of the two types of letters:

If you are asked to write a letter to your friend or a close family member, it's an informal letter.

Without friend or a close family member, if you are asked to a letter to anyone else, you will write an informal letter. Remember this simple rule.

The main difference between a formal and an informal letter is, in formal letter you will use formal languages, whereas in informal letter you will write informal languages.


Click on the links below to understand the details about the formal and informal letters for General Training writing task 1.

Let's write a 7, 8 or 9 band essay 

You know there are different structures to answer different types of questions. For instance, if you respond to an opinion essay question, definitely it needs to be written in a different way than that of a problem-solution essay question. Likewise, response to a single pie chart question will be surely different from the answer of a multiple graph question. Also, a map description will be obviously different from a data table discussion. When it comes to a letter writing, you must apply the appropriate formats for different types of informal, semi formal and formal letters. 

In addition to the proper writing structures, your choice of words is also very important, because if you cannot use right vocabulary and expressions, you will fail to convey your intended message to the examiner, and eventually will lose marks for Task Achievement, one of the four marking criteria.


Meanwhile, just answering the specific question and using contextual words are not enough, your response needs to be presented in such an organised way that it can give a coherent message to the examiner. To do this, you have to use cohesive devices very carefully, otherwise it will be like, you have constructed a strong building with the finest ingredients (bricks, cement, ceramics etc.), but the building is not liveable, as the doors, windows etc. are not placed properly.

Moreover, just giving an organised clear response is not enough, your sentences have to be free from grammatical errors, otherwise all the hard work will be of no avail. Therefore, if you want to secure a 7+ band score in IELTS Writing, you must confirm that at least 70% of your sentences are free from grammatical errors.

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