Academic and general training writing module

The academic writing module is different from the general training writing module. Both modules require students to complete two tasks and take around 60 minutes.

<b>Academic writing module</b>

In the academic writing module, the first task is to write a report based on information given in a chart, table, graph or diagram. It tests your ability to interpret visual information. You must also demonstrate your skills in summarising the main points.

You can spend up to 20 minutes on this task. You will have to write at least 150 words. Note that writing fewer than the required number of words will lower your score.

The second task is to write an essay of at least 250 words. You will be given a topic suitable for students entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies. You will have to do one of the following:

  • Discuss ideas abstract in nature
  • Provide a solution to an existing problem
  • Present and justify an opinion
  • Compare and contrast facts or opinions
  • Discuss and challenge an argument

You have to do exactly what you are asked to do. For example, if you are asked to justify an opinion you are not supposed to challenge it. Read the question carefully to know what you have to do.

<b>General training writing module</b>

The first task is to write a letter of at least 150 words asking for some information or explaining a situation. Sometimes you will be asked to write a letter to complain about something.

The second task is to write an essay of at least 250 words on a topic of general interest. Test takers will have to demonstrate their ability to do the following:

  • Discuss issues
  • Provide factual information
  • Describe a problem and provide a solution
  • Present and justify an opinion or hypothesis
  • Evaluate and challenge ideas, arguments etc.

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