Whether you are taking IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, you will need to write a 250 word essay in the IELTS Writing Task 2. You will perform much better if you understand what the examiner is looking for — and you will find success if you can deliver it.

The easiest way to fail is not knowing the basics. First, let’s look at the IELTS Writing assessment criteria:

  1. Task achievement
    This means you should answer all parts of the question, your answer must be relevant, and you should provide supporting ideas for the points you are making.
  2. Coherence and cohesion
    Your writing should be structured so it is easy to read and understand. This means you need to organise your ideas into paragraphs. You also need to link your ideas with words like however, therefore and despite.
  3. Lexical resource
    To get a good score, you need to use a wide range of vocabulary. Not everything has to be 100% correct, but any errors you make should be few in number and should not affect understanding.
  4. Grammatical range and accuracy
    As with vocabulary, you should use a variety of grammatical structures, and any grammatical errors should be few in number and should not affect understanding.
IELTS Writing

Understanding IELTS: The basics

  • What is IELTS?
  • The content and the test format
Understanding IELTS: The basics