Writing for the Academic and General Modules

This page is designed to improve your writing skills for the Academic Module or for the General Training Module.

Writing Tasks for the Academic Module

The Academic Writing module consists of two essay tasks.

Academic Module – Task 1

In task 1, you will be asked to examine a chart or diagram.

You will then write a 150-word essay that summarises the key features of the figure.

Academic Module – Task 2

In essay task 2, you will be asked to write another essay.

The second essay is a written response to a statement or question.

The essay for task 2 should contain a minimum of 250 words.

For both tasks, the essay question or statement is provided for you in your exam booklet.

Improve your Writing Skills for the Exam

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Tasks for the General Training Module

For the General Training Module of the test, students write a letter for task one.

Task 2 of the General Training Module is the same format as the Academic Module.

It is a written response type essay.

What Examiners Look for in Your Writing

For both the academic and general modules, examiners will look for the following skills:

  • ability to answer the question without going off the topic
  • ability to communicate with the reader in the appropriate style
  • grammatical and sentence construction skills

Writing – Tips

You will have sixty minutes to complete both tasks.

You should spend about 20 minutes on task 1 and about 40 minutes on task 2.

Try our free exercises to improve your grammar.

Improve YOUR Skills with Our Download

Each one of our practice tests includes tasks 1 and 2 for the Academic Module.

Most important, our practice tests include high-level model answers and teacher’s comments.

You should also improve your other skills for the exam: