What does IELTS writing module assess?
The IELTS writing module is designed to test your task achievement and task response for the assigned tasks.
The writing module is comprised of two different tasks (task 1 and task 2) and you are given 60 minutes to complete them.
The Task 1 is different for both Academic and General IELTS Training.
In the Academic Task 1, you will be asked to describe one of them- It may be a bar graph, line graph, a pie chart, a flowchart or a table and asked to compare and highlight the necessary data & make comparisons wherever needed and in the General training, you will always be asked to write a letter for Task 1. The letter types will be formal, semi-formal and informal.
You need to follow a different way for General writing Task 1, you should state purpose of the letter, then write your letter in two to three bullet points and sign off with your name.
You should not spend more than 20 minutes for Task 1 (Academic or General)
The Task 2 is the same for both Academic and General IELTS Training.
You need to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem (to present and justify an opinion, evaluate and challenge ideas or an argument, present a solution to a problem.
You should not spend more than 40 minutes for Task 2
Task 1 should be written in a minimum of 150 words and the word count of task 2 is 250 words. It is not just meeting the word count, but indispensable to follow a strategy so that you score a minimum score of band 7. The tips below will help you achieve a good band score for task 1.
You will be assessed in four main areas for both the Tasks:
- 25 % for Task Achievement & Task Response
- 25% for Coherence and Cohesion
- 25% for Lexical Resource
- 25 % for Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Tips to get a good band score
Always paraphrase the question. Paraphrasing skill helps you to boost your score and make the sentence sound more vital. Paraphrasing means rewriting a sentence or phrase using synonyms to make sure it has the same meaning.
Read the question carefully and try to grasp what actually the question is about. Take a minute to go through it and answer in relevance.
Using Signposting language. These are the words and phrases used in order to guide the reader logically through what is being written. It is used to make clear what has just happened, and predicting what is going to happen. Click here to know more about Signposting Language.
Blend of Simple and Complex Sentences. It is advisable to use simple sentences while writing the main points. Usually, at the starting point of a paragraph. Then we can use complex sentences while expanding on the main point, for instance when giving a supporting example or explaining the main point.
Avoid informal usage of language in formal & semi formal letters of general task and academic writing task as they may be a reason for your low band scoring.
Meeting the required word count. It is mandatory for anyone who is giving the IELTS writing test to meet the word count. For instance, if one wants to score well in Task 1, then the candidate must write at least in 150 words (can write even up to maximum of 170 words)
For Task 2, the essay should be answered in at least 250 words (can write even up to maximum of 270 words)
If one fails to meet the word count, they will be marked down.
Avoid word repetitions. It’s quite common that candidates often write the same words again and again in the essay. Doing so will also be a reason behind getting a lower band score. Using correct synonyms or similar words will definitely help you get a better band score.
Using a wide range of vocabulary for IELTS Writing Task 2 is extremely helpful in getting a good band. Connective words as well as phrases are very important to complete the task 2 in a logical way. Usage of connective words in the writing task 2 is one of the most important factors for a better band score. The reasoning must be supportive and it is advisable to present arguments which are convincing in a clear way.
Checking the task after writing. During the writing task, the time allotted is to be followed strictly. So, it is good for the test giver to check the content which he has written. This can be done by developing fast writing skills and saving some time to check the content.
Maintain neat handwriting. The IELTS examiners appreciate neat handwriting. So, you need to write your task 1 and task 2 neatly to make the examiner understand your content. Avoid untidy handwriting. If your handwriting is like illegible, the examiner will not be able to give you a good band as he faces difficulty in reading your written text.