What is IELTS Academic Writing Test?

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By Whizstorm 2021-02-02


- The IELTS writing test is for 60 minutes (1 hour). This section consists of two tasks. As there are only 60 minutes for this section, it recommended for the students taking the IELTS test to spend around 20 minutes on Writing Task 1 and 40 minutes on Writing Task 2 

 -  Task 1 requires at least 150 words while task 2 requires 250 words. The task 2 score contributes twice as much as task 1 to the writing score. You need to write with a pen or pencil and also can make alterations that do not affect your answers and is easy to read 

 -  Task 1 is an information transfer task that involves diagram/data, graphical or pictorial representation of any factual content that requires answers in the form of explanation, summarization, assessment, and comparisons, etc consisting of at least 150 words

 - The four assessment criteria for task 1 are – Task Achievement, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range & Accuracy


  • Task achievement – evaluates whether there is a summary in the response (answer), stages/paragraph description, and introduction of a given illustration

  • Coherence and Cohesion – gauges the follow of paragraphing with smooth and clear transitions

  • Lexical Resource – gauges the quality and variety of vocabulary and spellings

  • Grammatical Range & Accuracy – gauges sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, sentence variety, and overall accuracy


- In Task 2, a question or a statement is given to define and develop for the test takers supported with ideas that are backed with strong illustrations, examples, and evidence derived from the test-takers’ own experiences consisting of at least 250 words


- The four assessment criteria for task 2 are – Task Achievement, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range & Accuracy


  • Task Achievement – gauges that all the parts of the response are addressed with proper examples and whether the response is in essay format

  • Coherence and Cohesion – assessment and organization of all the paragraphs, follow of the response like introduction followed by body paragraphs and conclusion at the end

  • Lexical Resource – gauges the variety and range of vocabulary with less or no unnecessary repeated words or the skillful use of words involving no error

  • Grammatical Range & Accuracy – gauges the range of grammatical structure, frequency of errors, and accuracy of punctuation 


- Some basic things to keep in mind while attempting IELTS academic writing section is: - 

  • Start with writing what you know

  • Be as accurate as possible

  • Be clear with your sentences

  • Know and follow the standard structure

  • Don’t use unnecessary words and information 

  • Be less descriptive with on-point sentences

  • Read whatever you write

  • Use real-life examples and don’t mug up model answers

  • Have a writing style 


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