IELTS Writing Exam
In this course we will be looking at the two forms of the IELTS writing exam: General and Academic.
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First of all we will show some samples and tips on how to complete the different types of IELTS writing exam papers with excellent videos that are especially relevant to the criteria that examiners are seeking. We show you how to approach each question and the technique to use to ensure you get a good mark. Sample questions are shown for each type of the IELTS writing exam as well as a satisfactory answer..
Furthermore, as part of the course you will have an opportunity to look over some model answers for each question. There are mock writing tests for you to practice with where you can upload your answers to have a qualified teacher assess your work and provide feedback.
General v Academic?
The IELTS Writing component tests your ability to write English in appropriate styles for your audience. Like the Reading component of the IELTS exam, the writing component exists in either General or Academic versions. The main difference between the two versions is the expected level of English vocabulary and grammatical construction that you are required to know.
Whichever format you chose depends on why you need to sit this exam: If you are hoping to enroll in a university/course then it is very likely that you will need to do the Academic version. If you do not need the exam for university/course purposes then we advise you to sit the General version. When deciding which version you will study for, always check with the person requiring you to have this exam, as some universities are okay with students just completing the General version whereas some courses state that you need the Academic version.
The format of the exam
Both versions of the writing exam have a limit of 1hr in which to complete both tasks. It is recommended that you spend 20mins on Task 1, and 40mins on Task 2. This is only a guideline and can be adapted slightly to suit your own needs
Question 1 carries less marks than Question 2. If you do not write at least 150 words then you will be penalised. If you write more than 150 words you will not but remember that Question 2 carries more marks so you will want to give as much time as possible to this.
Both questions are awarded points assessed on:
- Task Response – how you answer each point of the question
- Coherence and Cohesion – how your answer flows
- Lexical Resource – using appropriate words in the correct place
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy – how you form and use sentences
In both the General and Academic versions of the writing test, one thing you MUST NEVER DO is to write, at any point within your essay or letter, in bulleted points.
- This is what a bulleted point looks like
- This is another bulleted point
- examiners don’t like these
- this will lose you marks
- So don’t do them!
How IELTS assesses your writing
|Task 1||Task Achievement||The question must be answered fully and be at least the minimum requirement of 150 words.|
|Task 2||Task Response||
|Task 1 & 2||
In the following lectures we will look at some actual examples of questions and answers that scored highly in past exams.
There is an opportunity in the last section for you to try some questions yourself that will be graded by a qualified TEFL teacher.