IELTS Writing

IELTS Writing Tips

The Duration of IELTS Academic Writing test is one hour. In this test there are two separate writing tasks. You must answer both tasks.

Writing task 1:

Duration: 20 Minutes

Word Limit: 150 words

In this task you need to accurately describe and summarize visual information. The information may be presented in a diagram, map, graph or table.

Writing task 2:

Duration: 40 Minutes

Word Limit: 250 words

In this task you need to write a discursive essay. You will be given an opinion, problem or issue that you need to respond to. You can be asked to compare and contrast different ideas, provide solutions, challenge an idea or evaluate a problem.

Assessment: You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Task Achievement
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and accuracy

Writing Task 2 is worth twice as much as writing Task 1.

IELTS Academic Writing Tips:

  1. Each time you come across any form of graph, chart or table, study it carefully and practice picking out the major changes that the figure shows. Imagine that you are explaining to someone else what you have noticed from the graph.
  2. Get an old map of your own town centre and write about some of the changes that have happened.
  3. Make sure that you leave time at the end to check your writing. You need to make sure that your facts and your language are both accurate.
  4. Remember that to achieve a high score for writing task 1, you need to select and report on the main features and make comparisons where relevant.
  5. Try to get the estimate that, how much space 150 of your words take on a page. This can save you from counting the word repeatedly. Make sure your handwriting is neat and legible.
  6. Remember, you need to identify the most important information in only one or two minutes. To help plan your answer, write the different verbs you will use to describe each stage on the diagram itself. This will make sure you don’t miss out any important steps in your description.
  7. Remember, your answer for writing Task 1 will be marked against specific criteria. One of these is Lexical Resource. To get a good score, you need to use a wide range of vocabulary and use vocabulary accurately.
  8. Try drawing your own diagram of an everyday machine in your home. Divide the process up into different stages and describe it.
  9. You will be assessed on the type of information you write about, as well as the language that you use. If you give information that is incorrect or inaccurate, then you will receive a lower score.
  10. Your answer must accurately describe the information presented in the visual. Don’t draw conclusions that are not supported by the information you are given.