How to improve your IELTS Writing score

The IELTS writing paper has two parts:

Task 1

Sample task

Task 2

Sample task

When working on your writing for this exam it is important to be aware of how it is assessed. For IELTS there are four criteria:

1. Task response

How comprehensively have you completed the task?

For task 1
— introductory sentence.
— summarise the main patterns and trends.
— compare data or describe changes as appropriate.
— finish with a concluding statement.
— Or describe each stage in a process.

For task 2
Have you followed each of the instructions (usually four)?
— introduce the topic or argument appropriately.
— express and/or discuss a variety of relevant ideas.
— support arguments with examples, give reasons for any opinions.
— finish with a conclusion that summarises what has been said.

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— Is your answer within the word count?


2. Coherence and cohesion

— Organise the information or argument logically.

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— Write clear, well-ordered paragraphs.
— Use linking words or phrases and referencing devices, such as pronouns or determiners (this, these), effectively.


3. Lexical resource

— Use a range of relevant vocabulary and lexis (phrases, collocations, fixed expressions) accurately and appropriately.
— For task 1, use verb + adverb and adjective + noun collocations to describe trends and changes over time, or to compare data.
— Or, for processes, use a range of suitable vocabulary.
— For task 2, use a range of lexis to discuss the given topic.


4. Grammatical range and accuracy

— Use a range of tenses and grammatical structures accurately and effectively.
— Use prepositions and articles accurately.

Click this link to a series of four British Council videos discussing the criteria:

So, to do well, you have to:
— make sure that your general level of English is improving all the time – work on grammar, build your vocabulary.
— develop your writing skills: generating ideas, planning, paragraphing, linking ideas and checking and editing your work to reduce errors.
— get to know the Writing Paper and the two Tasks well.
— practise frequently, learn from your mistakes and build your speed over time until you feel ready to practise under exam conditions.

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