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A sample IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

You have seen what you need to do in the Academic Writing test, and how it is assessed. Now we will look at some examples.

In this step you can see and try a sample Writing task, then in the next step you will read a sample answer and some examiner’s comments. We hope this will help you understand how the assessment criteria are used and how you can improve your own writing.

Here is a sample IELTS Academic Writing Task 1.


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How would you answer it? You don’t need to write a full answer, but write some notes in the comments below.

You can download a pdf of the task by clicking on the link below.

In the next step, we will look at a sample answer for this task, and some comments from a Cambridge English IELTS expert.

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