In the IELTS Writing test, you have to write OVER 150 words for IELTS writing task 1 and 250 words for writing task 2 and If you write under the word count, you WILL receive a penalty. That means you will get a lower score as a result of not producing enough words and not completing the task.
On the other side, there is no upper limit to your writing. However, writing too many words does not mean you will get a better mark. In fact, it might cause problems.
How many words for IELTS Writing Task1 and Task2?
OVER 150 words for IELTS writing task 1 and 250 words for writing task 2. It can be over the word count but not under it or you. You should aim for around 170 – 190 for writing task 1 and about 270 – 290 for writing task 2 to stay on the safe side.
How to check how many words you have written?
To know how many words you wrote, you should count the lines you have written and never count the number of words because you will waste your time counting the words. You can also practice writing on the official answer sheet to judge the length of your writing.
Things you should do in the IELTS Writing test.
- Always write over the word count.
- Aim for around 170 – 190 for writing task 1 and about 270 – 290 for writing task 2.
- Focus on writing excellent English and organising your information rather than writing a long essay.
- Always paraphrase your introductions.
- Practice writing on the official answer sheet to judge the length of your writing on that paper.
Things you should not do in the IELTS Writing test.
- Don’t copy the information given by IELTS for your introduction, the examiner will not count those words.
- Don’t try to add a hook to your introduction to make it interesting. You don’t get more points for interest. You get more points for being focused and concise.
- Don’t add information that is not 100% relevant to your task, because you will get a lower score.
- Don’t write too much. Aim for quality rather than quantity, Because you do not get a higher score for a longer essay.