According to Cambridge the specific style of writing and organisation of ideas required by a task may not exist in your students’ cultures, so make sure students understand what is expected. Some students may struggle with basic paragraph structure, so focus on the basics of topic Sentences, linking paragraphs etc.

Task marking criterion is about your answer to the IELTS essay question, your main ideas and how you develop them. Your score will increase if you: pay attention to all issues in the essay question. You are expected to write about the issues rather than just the general topic.

The IELTS Exam consists of 4 sections – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The writing section of the IELTS Exam is designed to check your ability to assess relevant information from the given details and write a response by adequately structuring your ideas and grammar.

There are two types of IELTS Exams: Academic and General. Both of them consist of two parts – Writing task 1 and Writing task 2, and 1 hour is given to complete the test.

To assess your English language skills, you will be given a topic and required to write a 250 word essay where you will justify your opinion with arguments, discuss views, give examples and supporting statements. 

You might get the following essays in IELTS Writing tasks:

  • Opinion essay
  • Discussion essay
  • Problem solution essay 
  • Advantage/disadvantage essay
  • Direct question essay

Marking Criteria:

  • Task Response (25%)
  • Coherence and Cohesion (25%)
  • Lexical Resources (25%)
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy (25%)

Marking criteria of IELTS Writing tasks are almost identical, except for task response. A big part of getting ready for IELTS is understanding the test format and knowing what type of questions to expect. You also need to know what our expert examiners are looking for when they mark your responses.

Once you understand the format and know the score you need it’s time to practice with IELTS sample questions. There are a range of questions for both IELTS on paper and computer, so you can practice in the same format that you are taking the test.

Make sure you get a good sleep the night before the test. On test day, try and relax. You understand the test format, have prepared with official practice material, and know the score you need to achieve. Take a deep breath, focus and you are ready!

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