The third component of the IELTS exam, writing, helps determine how good your writing skills are. Students are given writing assignments based on reading an article or data and asked to write complete answers to related questions. Students are graded on how well they can articulate their answers with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

This exam is 60 minutes long and has two components.

What are the sections?

Like the reading component, there are two options for the IELTS writing test:

 

IELTS Academic Writing

There are two writing tasks for the academic writing test.

IELTS writing task 1 often involves students summarising the statistical information on a chart or graph. Students are required to write a minimum of 150 words in 20 minutes.

IELTS writing task 2 is often a short essay where students are given an idea or argument and asked to comment on it in writing, such as: ‘Children today are ruder than previous generations. Do you agree or agree or disagree with statement?’ Students must write a minimum of 250 words in 40 minutes.

 

IELTS General Writing

There are also two writing tasks on the general writing IELTS test.

IELTS writing task 1 often requires students to write a letter or message of at least 150 words in 20 minutes.

IELTS writing task 2 presents students with an idea and asks them to comment on the advantages and disadvantages of it. Students should then give their opinion on it, e.g.: ‘Many cities have imposed high taxes on soda to help improve people’s health. Discuss the advantages of this and give your own opinion.’

 

Marking and Scoring

The IELTS Writing test uses bandwidth scores from a range of 1 to 9. The grade comes from evaluating students’ ability in categories like task achievement, coherence and cohesion, lexical resources, sophisticated language, and accurate grammar. 

 

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