All You Need To Know About The IELTS Writing Module

What Is IELTS?

The IELTS is designed to test your basic knowledge and application of the English Language. It will test your capability to speak, converse, address a foreign degree, or work a foreign job in English.

IELTS has two versions that you can sit for-

Academic IELTS

Academic IELTS, which is for students going abroad for their higher studies, i.e- educational purposes.

General Training

General Training is taken by people looking to immigrate or work abroad.   

What is the Writing Module?

The IELTS Writing Module is divided into two tasks- IELTS Writing Task 1 and IELTS Writing Task 2. The Writing module tests one\’s ability to engage in critical thinking and writing skills. In both tasks, examinees are scored based on four (04) areas:

  1. Task Response, which tests: 
  2. how well a test taker has paid attention to all the given issues in the question
  3. how efficiently the examinee was able to address all the issues without generalization
  4. how relevant the examinee’s writing is to the question
  5. the examinee’s in-depth description of their supporting points
  6. whether the examinee has reached the word limit
  • Coherence and Cohesion, which looks for:
  • presence of 4-5 paragraphs in the essay
  • logical organization of ideas
  • an overarching central topic in the entire essay
  • linking words, phrases, and ideas in a relevant manner
  • minimal to no errors in linking words 
  • Vocabulary and Lexical Resource, pertaining to: 
  • minimal to no grammatical errors
  • minimal to no spelling errors
  • appropriate usage of words relevant to the topic
  • no informal language
  • Grammar, which tests:
  • proper tenses
  • accurate word orders
  • diverse sentence structures
  • punctuations
  • correct grammar

What is IELTS Writing Task 1?

For Academic IELTS, Writing Task 1 is centered around an illustration which may be a table, a diagram, a bar chart, a graph, or a pie chart. Test takers are advised to spend no more than 20 minutes on this task, and will be asked to describe the diagram within 150 words. IELTS Writing Task 1 constitutes 33% marks of the total Writing module.

General Training IELTS Writing Task 1 is usually a letter.

Do’s of Task 1:

  • Partake in formal and academic English
  • Keep it simple
  • Write in the form of essays and/or paragraphs
  • Spend a few minutes to understand the given diagram
  • Analyze and choose comparisons and differences in the diagram to write about
  • Highlight the changes and trends of the diagram in your writing

Don’ts of Task 1:

  • Failure to reach the word limit
  • Grossly exceeding the word limit (remember: more the content, more the mistakes)
  • Informal writing (usage of slurs, slang, and contractions)
  • Answering in bullet points
  • Explaining all the aspects of the given diagram
  • Resorting to personal opinion
  • Inaccurate format and structure

What is IELTS Writing Task 2?

Writing Task 2 is an essay and constitutes 66% marks of the total Writing module. Examinees will be asked to write no less than 250 words per essay- which should contain appropriate arguments justifying your opinions, discussion, examples, and solutions- in around 40 minutes.

While the format, scoring, and mark distribution of both IELTS Academic and General Training are the same, essays given in General Training are usually easier than the ones given in Academic. Examinees will be asked to write one of five different kinds of essays-

  • discussion essay
  • agree/disagree essay
  • advantage/disadvantage essay
  • problem/solution essay
  • two-part question essay

Do’s of Task 2:

  • Understand the prompt and what the question is asking of you
  • Spend a few minutes mentally organizing your content- what you will write and how you will support your argument
  • Partake in formal and academic English
  • Write a solid introduction, along with a brief statement of your opinion about the topic
  • Include topic sentences in all of your paragraphs, and briefly explain that in the next 2 sentences

Don’ts of Task 2:

  • Failure to reach the word limit
  • Grossly exceeding the word limit (remember: more the content, more the mistakes)
  • Informal writing (usage of slurs, slang, and contractions)
  • Inaccurate format and structure in the essay

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