Introduction to IELTS Writing Section
IELTS (International English Language Testing System), an English proficiency test is designed to evaluate the language aptness of the candidates who intended to study, work or migrate in the non-native lands where English is used as the language of communication and this test as a requirement. We will discuss about the IELTS Writing Section in this article.
Since 1939, British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment have jointly managed to make many notions true with the frequent and efficient conduct of this test.
As IELTS test has been accepted as sole evidence of English proficiency by over 9000 organizations in more than 135 countries for education, immigration, and professional purposes. This IELTS test has attained the heights of popularity and this increased competition has made it a hard task to crack this.
It might be hard but not impossible. To excel in this IELTS test it’s better to start by getting familiar with the goal i.e. IELTS test here.
Types of IELTS test
Depending upon the purpose of interest to take IELTS test, the exam is further categorized into IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
IELTS Academic Test
This exam is suitable for students who want to pursue a bachelor or postgraduate degree programme or the ones who are seeking professional registration in the UK.
IELTS General Training
This exam is taken by ones who are either planning to migrate, work or train in an English native land like Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the U.K.
The difference between the Academic and General training version arises on the behalf of context, content, and purpose of the exam.
IELTS: Test of four skills
IELTS is a task-based test which not only analyses your reading or writing skills but listening and speaking too which further consolidates into IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
As we already know in IELTS Exam, you are going to be evaluated on the basis of four testing skills.
In Academic IELTS Test and IELTS General Training, the two testing skills are exactly the same i.e. listening IELTS Module and Speaking IELTS Module. But Reading IELTS Module and Writing IELTS Module are two testing skills that are completely different in two of the IELTS type.
Let’s see how the IELTS Writing Module is different in IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
IELTS Writing Module
The first difference in IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training is represented in the no. of words you have to write, which is a minimum of 150 for the Task 1 and 250 for Task 2.
Task 1 is of 20 minutes, in which you have to write at least 150 words whereas the rest 40 minutes are for task 2 where your write up must have at least 250 words.
|Task 1 (150 words)||Describe a graph, map, chart or diagram||Write a letter.||20 minutes|
|Task 2 (250 words)||Write an essay.||Write an essay.||40 minutes|
You will be castigated if your answer is too short or not related to the topic.
No bullet points or use of notes is allowed but only a well-written answer in complete sentences.
Writing Module in IELTS Academic
IELTS Academic Task 1
In the first section, you need to describe or explain a graph, diagram or table charts.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The chart shows the number of Regional origins of English migrants in percentage.
Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons with relevant examples.
Write at least 150 words.
So, you will have to explain the graph in about 150 words, in place of this you might also get a pie chart or a map in this task.
IELTS Academic Task 2
Task 2 of the IELTS Writing Module is an essay writing task. You will have to write a response to the questions giving reason and example in support of your answer. The topics are of general interest.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic –
Increased use of mobile phones a boon or bane for the society.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include a relevant example from your own experience or knowledge.
Write at least 250 words.
IELTS General Training Task 1
In the IELTS Writing Module task 1, you will be asked to write a letter.
You will be presented with a situation or with an information. It may be based on any three of listed below.
Here is an example
You want to sell your car. You think a friend of yours might buy it from you. Write a letter to your friend regarding it.
- Explain why you are selling the car.
- Describe the car
- Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it.
Write at least 150 words.
You do not need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follow:
IELTS General Training Task 2
This is similar to IELTS Writing Academic Module. You will ask to write an essay responding to a point of view or regarding any situation. Though, the essay will be different to the one given to those of IELTS Speaking Academic Module.
It is slightly more personal type than for academic essay, but the attempt rules for the both are same.
Essential IELTS Writing Module Tips
Most important writing tip for IELTS writing module to write a strong IELTS essay in task 2 is:
- Search for and attain knowledge about the recommended essay length, how to plan your essay, when to give your opinion and how to write an introduction etc.
Meanwhile, we have already got a little idea about the tasks of the IELTS Writing Module then be it IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training.
Now let’s get a little proposition about the marking scheme of the IELTS Writing Module.
IELTS Writing Module Marking Scheme
The two of the Writing task are marked on the basis of 9- band scoring.
IELTS band score ranges between 0-9 (Non-user to expert). Candidate IELTS skills (listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) gets a band score in this range.
The criteria on which you will be evaluated are:
- Task Achievement
- Coherence and Cohesion
- Lexical Resource
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy.
|Task Achievement||Coherence and Cohesion||Lexical Resources||Grammatical Range and Accuracy|
|9||If you have satisfied all the requirements of the tasks.||If you have used cohesion in the best manner with a skilful art of paragraphing||If you have used a wide range of vocabulary in a very sophisticated control of lexical resources.||If you use a wide range of grammatical structures with full accuracy.|
|8||If you have presented and highlighted all the key features/ bullet points clearly.||If you have sequenced the information and ideas logically.||If you use a wide range of vocabulary fluently and flexible to convey precise meaning.||If you use a wide range of grammatical structure and sentences are error free.|
|7||If you have covered the requirements of the tasks in both IELTS Academic and General Training.||If you have logically organised information and ideas.||If you use less common lexical items with some awareness of style||If you have a good control over grammar and make few errors.|
|6||If you have addressed the requirement of the task.||If you have arranged information and ideas coherently.||If you attempt to use less common vocabulary with some inaccuracy.||If you use a mix of simple and complex sentences.|
|5||If you have generally addressed the task but the format may be inappropriate in places.||If you have arranged information in a little-organised way but lacks in overall progression.||If you use a limited range of vocabulary but this is inadequate for the task||If you use limited structures and complex sentences.|
|4||If you have addressed the task but do not cover all the key features/ format may be inappropriate in places.||If you have presented information and ideas but they are not arranged coherently.||If you use basic vocabulary which may be repeated too||If you use limited structure and rare use of subordinate clauses|
|3||If you have failed to address the task, which may have been completely misunderstood||If you have does not organize ideas logically.||If you use very limited words and expressions with a very limited control||If you attempt sentence but grammar and punctuation is wrong|
|2||If your answer barely related to the task.||If you have a little control over organisational features.||If there is control of the formation of words||If you cannot use sentences form except in some memorized form|
|1||If your answer is completely irrelevant to the task.||If you fail to communicate any message.||If you have used only some isolated words||If you cannot use sentence form at all.|
This is all about the IELTS Writing Module. Wrapping this article here but not before the wishes and luck to you for cracking this test which most probably will change your life in a better way!
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