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IELTS Writing tips and lessons

There are two writing tasks in both the Academic and General Training writing modules. Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1. Consider the importance of Task 2 as you plan and write.

Task Number of Minutes Minimum Number of Words
1 20 150
2 40 250

QUESTION TYPES

You should be familiar with types of tasks in both the Academic and General training Writing modules.

Academic Writing Module
Task 1 Write a short report summarizing information presented in one or more charts, graphs, or tables.

-OR-

Write a short report describing a diagram that illustrates changes over time or steps in a process.

Task 2 Write an essay supporting an opinion with reasons and examples.
General Training Writing Module
Task 1 Write a letter in response to a situation

  • requesting or giving information
  • making an invitation or an apology
  • explaining a  problem
Task 2 Write an essay supporting an opinion with reasons and examples.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Responses to the IELTS writing tasks are assessed according to the following criteria:

TASK ACHIEVEMENT : This refers to how completely you respond to all parts of the task.

COHERENCE AND COHESION : This refers to how well you organize your writing and connect your ideas.

LEXICAL RESOURCE : This refers to the variety of vocabulary words you use and how accurately you use them.

GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY : This refers to the variety and accuracy of the grammatical forms and structures you use.

Writing Tips

1. Make sure you plan before you begin writing. Use the bottom of page 2 of your test booklet to make an outline or concept map.

2. The examiners judge your writing on its clarity. Make sure you have supported your ideas with specific details.

3. You can write more than 150 words for Task 1 or more than 250 words for Task 2, but you can’t write less. You will lose points if you have less than the assigned numbers of words in your essay.

4. Learn to look at your writing and estimate how many words it is. Don’t waste precious time counting words.

5. Remember that you will be allowed to use a second sheet of paper if necessary.

6. Paraphrase the question in your introduction.

7. Learn the words and phrases used to link sentences and paragraphs.

8. Write your essays in the correct place. Task 1 needs to be written on pages 1 and 2 of your writing test booklet. Task 2 needs to be written on page 3 and 4.

9. Understand the question before you begin to answer. You must answer the question completely.

10. Organize your time carefully. Leave time for planning, writing and revising.

11. Indent each paragraph or leave spaces between paragraphs. Make sure it is clear where each paragraph begins and ends.

12. Write clearly and legibly.

13. Cross out changes neatly or ERASE THOROUGHLY.

14. Leave some time at the end to check for and correct spelling and grammar mistakes.

15. Read as much as and as often as you can so that you become more familiar with the way writing is organized.

16. Watch your Time !!! You have only 20 minutes for Task 1 and 40 minutes for Task 2.

Exam day Tips :

During the Exam

1. Read the task carefully and make sure you understand exactly what it asks you to do.

2. Do not copy complete sentences from the task.Paraphrase and use synonyms.

3. Write in complete sentences. You can make notes in abbreviated form when you plan, but your finished essay must have complete sentences and paragraphs.

4. Vary your sentences. Use sentence structures that you know you can use correctly, but do not write the same type of sentence over and over.


Writing skills and lessons:

Writing Task 1 Lessons and Exercises

Writing Task 2 Lessons and Exercises