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Frequently Asked Questions
What do I have to write about in the IELTS writing section?
All IELTS candidates must write two short essays: Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2. If you wish to study abroad you must complete the IELTS Academic Module, in which youwill be required to write a 150-word essay describing a graph, table or diagram (Task 1)together with a 250-word essay expressing your opinion on a set topic (Task 2). If, on theother hand, you wish to migrate to an English-speaking country, you must complete theGeneral Training Module. This involves writing a 150-word letter (T1) along with a 250-word essay similar to that completed by Academic Module candidates (T2). A total of one hour is allowed for the completion of both writing tasks. Candidates are encouragedto spend about 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on T2. In order to achieve a highscore, it is important that both tasks be answered well.
How does the examiner decide what band score to give me?
In IELTS writing the lowest band score is 1 and the highest band score is 9. Mostcandidates can expect to get a score of between 4 and 7. In marking your writing, theexaminer will firstly check to see whether or not you have answered the question – if youare asked to write 250 words about air pollution in cities, you should not write 150 wordsabout side issues such as traffic problems. The examiner will then check whether or notyour essay is cohesive and coherent – your ideas, sentences and paragraphs must belogically organized and linked. He/she will also assess your grammar – you must use avariety of different grammatical forms and use them accurately. Finally, the examinerwill assess your vocabulary – you must use a wide range of vocabulary and ensure that itis appropriate to the task set. In most cases, you will be expected to use formal, academicEnglish.
What happens if my essay isn’t long enough?
Length is certainly important; you should aim for 150 words in T1 and 250 words in T2.However, this should not be your main focus. It is still possible to attain a high score if you write a little less than this. Your grammar, vocabulary and spelling, as well as the