IELTS Writing Test

The IELTS Writing Test takes 1 hour and is divided into 2 sub-parts: 20 minutes to write a report and 40 minutes to write an essay.

The IELTS Writing Test

The Writing test has 2 tasks. The first one is to write a report based on a graph, a diagram, or a table you receive, using about 150 words. The second task is to write an essay on a given topic, present and justify an opinion or give a solution to a problem, using no fewer than 250 words.

There are two tasks. The instructions specify the minimum number of words for each task and also recommend the amount of time you should spend on each one. It is important to follow these guidelines, because Task 2 carries more weight in marking than Task 1 and you will need to give the appropriate time to each part in order to get good marks. Answers must be written on the answer sheet. They must be written in full, not in note form.

IELTS Writing Task 1

You are given a diagram or table of some kind and you have to present the information in your own words. For example, you may have to consider a set of statistics and then write a description outlining the key features. You have to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and you are recommended to spend 20 minutes on it.

IELTS Writing Task 2

You have to discuss a current issue, present and justify and opinion or analyse and assess a development or problem. You have to write at least 250 words for Task 2 and you are recommended to spend 40 minutes on it. You will lose marks if you write less than the required number of words.




IELTS Writing Marking:

Scripts are assessed according to the foll owing criteria:

  •  Task Achievement (Task 1):

Have you satisfied all the requirements of the task? Have you presented a clear overview of all the key features?

  • Task Response (Task 2):

Have you discussed all parts of the task? Have you developed and supported relevant ideas and argument s, and made your position clear? • Coherence and Cohesion (Tasks 1 & 2): Is your writing well organised? Is there a clear progression of information and ideas? Are sentences and paragraphs logically linked?

  • Lexical Resource (Tasks 1 & 2):

Have you used a good variety of appropriate vocabulary? Is your spelling and word formation reasonably accurate?

  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy (Tasks 1 & 2):

Have you used a good variety of structures? Is your grammar and pronunciation reasonably accurate?

The overall result is translated into a score on the IELTS nine-band scale.

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