The academic writing module takes approximately 60 minutes

There are two tasks

Task one

This takes about 20 minutes. You write a report about a graph, table, bar chart or diagram, using a minimum of 150 words.In task one, candidates are asked to look at a diagram or table, and to present the information in their own words. Depending on the type of input and the task suggested, candidates are assessed on their ability to:

  •     organize, present and possible compare data
  •     describe the stages of a process or procedure
  •     describe an object or event or sequence of events
  •     explain how something works

You are marked on task completion and use of a range of vocabulary and grammar, organization and development.

Task two

This takes about 40 minutes. You write an essay discussing an argument, opinion or a point of view.You may be asked to write about one or more specific aspects of a topic: causes, effects, solutions, factors, problems, measures, steps, proposals, recommendations, suggestions, arguments of other people for/against, reasons, dangers, advantages and/or disadvantages, etc.

You may be asked to give your opinion and suggestions for causes and solutions.You are marked on use of a range of vocabulary and grammar, organization and development and how you respond to the task. Specialist knowledge of the subject is not being tested.


1. Do task one first. There is a reason why it is task 1! From the psychological point of view, it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you have finished it.

2. Do not spend more than 20 minutes. Spend the recommended time as follows

(a)    2-3 minutes analyzing and planning

(b)   14-15 minutes writing

(c)    2-3 minutes checking

3. Work out how many lines 150 words are in your handwriting, e.g. if you write about 6 words per line, then you will need to produce at least 26 lines. Aim to write no more than 180 words.

4. Check that you have written at least 150 words. If you write less, it will affect your score.

5. Compare general trends, differences etc and support this with information from the diagram. Avoid focusing too closely on the details.

6. If you have more than one graph or chart or mixture, link the information.

7. Make sure you write in paragraphs: an introduction, one or two paragraphs for the body of the text. Then write a brief conclusion.