Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

What is the difference between the IELTS Academic Exam and IELTS General Exam?

Today we’ll show you the major differences and we’ll tell you exactly what to expect on the General IELTS Writing test.

There is not a huge difference between the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Exam.

The Reading test is slightly easier and the Writing test for Task 1 is different and the Writing Task 2 essay topic might be a bit easier.

On the IELTS General Exam for Writing Task 1 you will need to write a letter.

The key is to make sure that you use the right tone when you write the essay based on the goal of the letter.

For example, you might have to write a letter of complaint to return a product.

In this case you would need some formal vocabulary in the letter.

For Writing Task 1 on the IELTS Academic Exam you will see a graph and you will need to write about it.

We’ll give you more details on how to write an essay for the General Exam in future episodes.

Are you taking the IELTS General or the IELTS Academic?

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