What is the objective of testing writing skills in IELTS Writing?

You should have a certain level in all four skills of the language – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing- to study or work in an English speaking country. Your communication skills are tested on all parameters. You should be able to communicate effectively even in writing by presenting your opinion with your solution and suggestions. In case you wish to work in an English speaking country, you may have to communicate through letters. In case you wish to study in an English speaking country, you should have the ability to describe the information given in the form of tables, charts etc.

What is asked in IELTS Writing?

You get 60 minutes for the writing test. Whether Academic or General, spend 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on Task 2. Task 2 in both – Academic and General – is worth double the marks of Task 1. Though Task 2 is similar for both, it is slightly easier for IELTS General. IELTS Writing Task 1 is different for IELTS General and IELTS Academic.

How are you assessed in IELTS Writing?

You are assessed according to your ability to achieve the following:
  • Task achievement/ Task response:You should be able to cover all the requirements of the task.
  • Coherence and Cohesion:You should be able to present all the information logically in paragraphs.
  • Lexical Resource-Range of Vocabulary:You should be able to use a wide range of vocabulary to convey precise meanings.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy:You should be able to use a wide range of structures. Your sentences should be a good mix of Simple and Complex sentences with rare grammatical errors.
You should be able to use a wide range of structures. Your sentences should be a good mix of Simple and Complex sentences with rare grammatical errors.

IELTS Academic Writing

You should take IELTS Academic Writing in case you wish to pursue your higher education in an English speaking country. You get two tasks in IELTS Academic writing.

Task 1 (20 minutes)

In this task, you will get some information presented in the form of a diagram, table, graph, pie chart etc. You will have to accurately describe the given information and summarise it in your own words in 150 words. You should not write under 150 words. Practise IELTS writing topics on the official IELTS writing paper.

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

In this task, you are required to write a summary of at least 150 words. You should be able to summarize the information presented to you in the form of a graph (bar/line), pie chart, table or process. In this task, you are required to summarize the following in response to the visual input.
  • Report the main features
  • Describe and compare data
  • Describe a process
  • Identify trends in factual information

How to write this task?

Paragraph 1 – Paraphrase the question Use words such as – The graph shows….. Or The chart gives…. Paragraph 2 – Describe the most general trends. Include the most striking features in this paragraph. Give an overview. Paragraph 3 – Give a more detailed description. Paragraph 4 – Give other or contradictory detailed description. Paragraph 5 – Write one or two sentences to conclude.

Example:

The chart below shows the number of Olympic medals different countries received till 2016.

Write a report for a university teacher describing the information given below.

You should write at least 150 words.
How to write this task?

Two sample answers are given below.

  • Sample answer 1has figures to support and the information is organised. So, it will get a band score of around 8.5.
  • Sample Answer 2does not have figures to support and the information is not organised properly. So, despite being grammatically correct it will get just around 5.5.

IELTS Writing Samples

IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer(High Band Score)

The chart illustrates the number of medals seven countries ( the U.S.A., Russia, Germany, Great Britain, France, China and Italy) got in the Olympics till 2016. Overall, the U.S.A. surpassed all others in the number of gold, silver and bronze medals. Germany and Great Britain were second though the number of their medals was nowhere near that of the U.S.A. On the whole, the other countries were far behind the U.S.A. in the medal tally, with Russia being the last. In terms of gold, the U.S.A. led with around 1100 medals, whereas Germany and Great Britain were second (280 each). France and Italy were third (250 each), closely followed by China (around 240). Russia got the least gold medals (200). As regards to silver, U.S.A. had the highest(900), Great Britain was second (300), Germany and France third(around 280), Italy followed with 210. However, China and Russia lagged behind (around 180 and 170 respectively). In bronze too, the U.S.A. led the medal tally by getting 790. Great Britain was third with 310, followed by France(300) and Germany (290). Italy, Russia and China got around 220, 190 and 180 respectively.

IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer (Low Band Score)

The chart illustrates the number of medals seven countries ( U.S.A., Russia, Germany, Great Britain, France, China and Italy) got in the Olympics till 2016. Overall, the U.S.A.’s performance was the best as it surpassed all others in the number of gold, silver and bronze medals. Germany and Great Britain were in the second position. However, the number of their medals was nowhere near that of the U.S.A. Comparatively, Russia was the last in ranking. Germany and Great Britain were second in the number of gold medals, but France ranked second in the number of bronze medals, and Great Britain received the second highest number of silver medals. Russia got the least number of silver and gold medals and China was the last in bronze medals received by any of these seven countries. Though China’s and Italy’s performance was similar in getting gold, Italy did better in getting silver and bronze. Both beat Russia but fell behind France. On the whole, the other countries were far behind the U.S.A. in the medal tally, with Russia being the last.

IELTS Writing Tips

  • Use linkers such as moreover, however, on the contrary, although etc.
  • Take care of spellings and punctuation.
  • Take care of grammar.
  • Cover all the requirements of the task – don’t leave any point.

Types of Questions

You can get Task 1 based on any of the following:

IELTS Writing Task – General

You take IELTS General Writing in case you wish to work in an English speaking country.

Task 1 (20 minutes)

In this task, you will write a letter in response to a given situation in 150 words. You should not write under 150 words. (Write between 170 and 190 words.) Practise writing on the official IELTS writing paper.

IELTS Writing Task 1 (General)

In this task, you are supposed to write a letter in at least 150 words. It can be personal, semi-formal or formal letter depending upon the situation. You are supposed to write a letter in response to a given situation, describe a situation or to request for information. You get instructions about the points to be included in your letter. You must include all the points in your letter otherwise you will get a low Band Score. Before writing the letter, you must decide which type of letter you have to write. There are three types of letters in the IELTS writing topics and all have a different beginning and a different way of ending. Personal letter: You write to someone you know very well – your friend or relative.
  • Dear James or Hi James
  • See you soon or Take care or All the best
Semi-formal letter: You write to someone you don’t know well personally – your landlord or professor.
  • Dear Mr Holmes
  • Yours sincerely
Formal letter: You write to someone you don’t know – a company or a college.
  • Dear Sir/Madam
  • Yours faithfully

How to write this task?

Plan and structure your letter. Salutation Paragraph 1 – opening statement(reason for writing) Paragraph 2 – first point with detail Paragraph 3 – second point with detail Paragraph 4 – final point with detail Paragraph 5 – closing statement Signing off Salutation Paragraph 1 – opening statement(reason for writing) Paragraph 2 – first point with detail Paragraph 3 – second point with detail Paragraph 4 – final point with detail Paragraph 5 – closing statement Signing off

Example:

You have seen an advertisement in an English newspaper for a part-time job in a city restaurant during the holidays. You decide to apply for it. Write a letter to the manager of the restaurant. In your letter
  • Introduce yourself
  • Explain what experience and special skills you have
  • Explain why you are interested in the job

Write at least 150 words. You do not need to write any addresses.

IELTS Writing Samples

Sample Answer (High Band Score)

Dear Sir/Madam I am a second-year student at London University. I am writing this letter in response to your advertisement in today’s newspaper for a part-time job at ‘For All’ restaurant. I have been in London for two years and earlier also I have done part time jobs during my holidays. My last job was at the City Museum. Now, I am looking forward to another as I have my holidays for a month from next week. The part-time job gives me an opportunity to interact with the locals as well as the tourists from across the world. Additionally, it provides me with the chance to practise my communication skills in English. This part-time job will also help me financially as by working during my holidays, I will be able to earn some money to support myself here. I am open to working in different shifts. Please let me know when I can come for the interview. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours faithfully

Sample Answer (Low Band Score)

Dear Sir/ Madam I am a second year student at London University. I am writing this letter in response to your advertisement in today’s newspaper for a part time job at ‘For All’ restaurant. I am in London since two years and earlier also I have done part time jobs during my holidays. My last job was at the City Museum. The part time job gives me an opportunity to interact with the locals as well as the tourists from across the world. Additionally, it provides me with the chance to practise my communication skills in English. This part-time job will also help me financially as by working during my holidays, I will be able to earn some money to support myself here. I look forward to hear from you soon. Yours faithfully

IELTS Writing Tips

  • Read the instructions carefully to decide the type of letter.
  • Spend 3-4 minutes on planning the letter type and the details to be included.
  • Your language and vocabulary must suit the type of letter.
  • Plan what information you are going to include to support your points in each paragraph.

Types of Questions

  • Application letter
  • Apology letter
  • Amendment letter
  • Complaint letter
  • Letter to a friend
  • Invitation letter
  • Instruction letter
  • Request letter

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Both types of test takers can enroll in any of the above courses. Since most of the content is similar for IELTS Academic and IELTS General exams, there will be common group classes. At the same time, trainers will ensure that there are separate classes whenever required. So you can enroll for any of these courses without worry whether you are preparing for the Academic or the General version of the IELTS exam.

Yes, you can. Zoom works on all sorts of devices but we highly recommend that you attend classes from your PC (desktop or laptop) because the instructor would show you different things during the class and mobile screen is too small to study well. However, we have several students who attend the classes from their mobile phones and are happy about it.

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No, all course material will be provided to you by us. We will be sending you the book called, “The Official Cambridge Guide To IELTS Student’s Book With Answers With DVD ROM” to practice full length mock tests. This book is part of the course fee. We will deliver the book at your doorstep during the second week of the course.

We use Zoom software for our live classes. It’s free to use and works just like Skype. It works both on a PC as well as on mobile phones. If you haven’t installed it already, please install from this link: https://zoom.us/support/download

Getting your target band score depends on your current level of English and the target you have in mind. We are the experts of IELTS training and what we guarantee is that you will not find a better quality, more rigorous course anywhere else. We cannot guarantee you any specific score but you will make a significant improvement in your score. Please check our student testimonials. Anyone who guarantees you a target score is lying to you.

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You should be able to spend about 1 hour to 90 minutes each day on self-study. All the self-study material will be provided to you by your trainer.

While our trainers will deliver group classes to explain what concepts are important to improve your listening skills, each learner will practice from tens of available listening practice tests. The tests are online and can be accessed at…. You will be asked to attempt several of these tests on a weekly basis.

There will be sub-groups formed, of 3-4 learners each, to practice for the speaking skill. There will be weekly speaking practice classes where each learner will be asked to speak on a specific topic and the trainer will give him/her feedback on how he/she can improve.

You will get writing assignments from the trainer that you will write in Google docs (Google docs are free to use. All you need is a free Gmail account). Once you write your assignment, the trainer will check your assignment and mark-up improvements. The trainer will then schedule a 1-to-1 live class with you to discuss it further with tips and suggestions on how you can improve.

Yes, these days mobile connections are great too, especially if you have 4G (or a LTE) connection. You can also ‘tether’ (also called hotspot) your phone connection with your PC and attend classes on your PC. Learn about tethering on Android Learn about using iPhone as a hotspot

  • You study from the comfort of your home
  • You study from the best instructor
  • There’s more interaction in classes
  • You save time by not having to travel
  • You meet other students who are from different parts of the world

Well, studying from a real instructor means that you should attend all the classes so you don’t miss any concept. However, if you still miss a class or two because of an unavoidable reason, you can watch the recordings, or request your instructor to re-do the class for you. We are happy to help whenever you need.

There will be different homework assignments for each of the skills required. Example homework assignments will be like taking practice tests, watching videos, reading articles and writing assignments based on topics given to you by the trainer.

Yes, while there will be daily group classes, there will be 1-to-1 classes available depending upon your weak areas. For example, feedback about your writing assignments and speaking practice will often be in 1-to-1 classes.