Writing practice tests

Writing practice tests

This platform helps you to prepare for the writing module. Sample answers are given to enhance your understanding to complete the writing tasks.

However, it is advised that you go through the test details before taking the practice session.

Academic: Task I

Task I is a description task. You have to look at a diagram or table and then present the information in your own words.

How to start: Analyze the task carefully. Look at the X and Y axis to understand what they mean. For diagrams, note the process or sequence of events and any other information that is supplied. Try to form an overview in your mind of the information that is provided.

How to begin the answer: Write an introduction in your words describing the topic. Avoid coping long phrases or whole sentences as these will reduce the total word count of your answer.

What are the key features: Key features are the most noticeable, significant facts, contained in the graph. You should select at least three key features, which will form the basis of your answer. Do not try to mention everything.

What is an overview: An overview is usually one or two sentences summarizing the general trends or information given in the graph, chart, or diagram. It is very important for Task Achievement criteria.

The information is to be presented in a clear, logical manner using linking words and paragraphs appropriately.

General Training: Task I

Task I is designed to test your ability to write a letter. It may be a personal (but semi-formal) letter, perhaps to a friend,  a family member, or someone you know or are soon to meet, or it may be a more formal letter, perhaps to a person within a particular institution such as a bank, or college for example.

Analyze the Task: Read the task and decide on the main purpose of the letter.

A letter consists of majorly three parts:

Introduction: Remember that you do not need to include any addresses. Explain your purpose in writing if it is a formal letter; perhaps offer a friendly greeting or remark first, if writing to a friend.

Main points: Be sure to use clear paragraphs and topic sentences, if appropriate. Remember the main overall purpose of your letter at all times. Monitor your vocabulary choices and do not over-use. Avoid too much repetition; write fluently to help the reader understand the purpose of the task.

Ending: Try to end politely and in a style/ tone appropriate to the rest of the letter.

Academic/General: Task II

Task 2 for both Academic and General writing task is quite similar as both are discursive essays. The word limit is 250 – 270 words.

Writing – Task 1
Writing – Task 2