IELTS Writing Answer Sheet: Video Tutorial

Practice using the official IELTS writing answer sheet before your test. Learn how the examiner uses the paper to record your band score and what extra information is contained on it. This lesson also explains how to fill in the answer sheet and how to use it effectively to estimated your word count.

Below is a link to download the answer sheet so you can practice writing on it before your test. Any student taking the IELTS test for the first time, should watch this lesson. Click link to download the official IELTS writing answer sheet .ielts-writing-answer-sheet


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hello in this lesson we’re
going to look

at the official writing paper

that you will use to write your

writing task one report and

your writing task 2 essay in the IELTS

test this is the official

IELTS paper here and I will explain to you

in this lesson why you need to practice

writing with this this paper

and how you need to fill it in when you
have your test

so let’s have a look at why it’s

to practice writing using the

answer sheet the main reason

to practice writing using this
writing paper

is mainly because of the word count: now

in the test for writing task 1 you need
to write

150 words or above you shouldn’t

write under a 150 words

now the examiner is I going to check

how many what you’ve written and in the

you don’t have time to sit

and count how many what you have written

but what you can do is you can

download this paper I will give you a

at the end of the lesson you can
download the official writing paper

and you can practice writing on this

and when you practice writing you’ll
see how

big the paper is and more or less how
many words

you will write for your writing on
each line

you can also start checking

how many lines and how much space

you usually take to write 150 words

and that will save you a lot of time and
lot of worry

when you’re in the exam and of course another

that you may need to practice

with this paper and practice your

a lot of students are typing on a

rather than handwriting but in the test

you need to use a pen and paper so

what you need to do is practice make

that you do not go over the lines

keep your handwriting clear

and easy to read if the examiner cannot

what you write you can’t get a very good
band score

and of course just avoid any surprises

now let’s have a look at how to fill

in this writing paper at the top

of the answer sheet you’ve got some

information that you need to fill in at
the start of your test

and the information is your candidate

your candidate number the center

now this information you will be given

when you go to your IELTS test center you
also have to fill in

the date so don’t forget that but a very
important part

is this and this is just above

the beginning of the writing paper
we’ve got

two boxes and we’ve got academic or

and that means which IELTS test

are you taking there are two IELTS test

for writing there’s the academic writing

and the general writing paper and you
need to

tick and choose which one you’re doing

so for example be academic

after that you’ve got the writing the

down here that we have an area

where the examiner can write some
comments down there

and information over the back we’ve got
more lines

and at the bottom here this is where

examiner is going to write in your
band score

the examiner has 4 criteria

now we’ve got task one task two

these are the four criteria we’ve got

task achievement or task response
coherence and cohesion

lexical resource and grammar

this is your information and you ideas
your answer

this is your structure and your

your vocabulary and your grammar and the
examiner will write

a band score for each one

after that you will get a complete band

for your whole writing test

and at the side here there is some
more information

that the examiner it going to write down

and you can see this is the information
that the examiner

is going to check the first one is

under length so that means a number words
the examiner will check how many words
you’ve got

if you are under the word count:

so you’ve written less than a hundred
and fifty for task one

or less than 250 for task two

and also he will make note if

you are going to have a penalty a

for having too few words

also the examiner will check if your
writing is

off topic and that mean it

is irrelevant and not following the

also if you have any memorized

answers in your writing any memorised

now I know there are some teachers that
tell you

to memorized a piece of writing for
example a paragraph

don’t do it the examiner will check

to see if there is something memorized

in you’re writing and of course the
examiner will

also check if your handwriting can be

if your handwriting isn’t clear that’s a

and maybe a reason for a very low band

so I think it’s really worth you

downloading this writing paper

and practicing and just having a
look at the information that on there

so here it is a link so that you can

this answer sheet and if you would like

anymore IELTS lessons then please

just follow this link here and you will
be able to get some more

writing task 1 and writing task 2 lessons

well that’s all for this lesson I’ll
see you

in another IELTS lesson


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  1. Hi,
    Can I use personal pronoun in writing task 2 for giving example.

    • To keep your essay academic and boost your score, it is best to write in general when giving examples. This means to write about people and the world in general rather than writing about yourself or your friends.

  2. Dear Liz,

    My natural style of writing is quite ornate and I am used to using idioms and flamboyant words and phrases. It is easy for me to accuse my secondary school language teachers for developing this flair, but very difficult to change the style now. What are my chances of getting penalised for memorising?

    • You will only get penalised for memorising if you have learned long sentences or phrases by heart and use them inappropriately or wrongly. The main problem will be your style of writing. You need to practice putting your ideas simply and clearly rather than using descriptive language.

  3. Hi Liz!

    I just wanna know. You mentioned in the video that it is better to practice on paper than typing on computers. I will be taking a UKVI IELTS and I heard that it is a computer delivered exam. Is it okay if I do practice on computers or my cellphone for the writing tasks? I find it difficult to write on papers because I make lots of erasures and it’s time consuming for me. Thanks in advance for your comment or suggestion on this matter.

  4. Varun Thoonoli says:

    Good day Liz,

    Your website is extremely useful and the tips are very informative and makes it easy to remember. I am having trouble downloading the answer sheet. On clicking the link, it says that the account has been suspended. Could you please help?

  5. HI LIZA,
    I find your website very didactic and tranquil.I have my exam on 5th nov 16 and was in turmoil,period,but you drove me to the shore .thank you thou

  6. hi,
    i like to know,how many papers will they give for task 2.just only one paper or more than that. if we need?

  7. hi lizard.
    ur blog has been a great support for me to prepare for ielts.. I was wondering if the marker will deduct my points for several time erasing n rewriting .I tried to keep it legible tho

  8. hi Liz, i was wondering where should i put my first sentence on both it above or under the first line in the writing answer sheet. Thanks

  9. Georgi Trevnenski says:

    Hello Liz,
    I was wondering whether I have to write Writing Task 2 before I begin writing my essay or I should just write the two tasks one after the other?
    Thank you in advance

  10. i could only manage 180 words in task 2 . how much marks should i expect

  11. Nguyen Tuoi says:

    thank for your useful lesson. I took the first test one month ago, but nobody tell me clearly like you. thank you so much. I will have a preparation for the next test.

    • Hi Liz
      I did IELTS in June and your blog was sooo very much helpful. Thank you!! 🙂
      I got an overall band score of 7.5 (listening 8, reading 7.5, writing 6 and speaking 8)
      I only had nearly two weeks for preparations and it was the IELTS guide book I got from the British Council and your blog that saved me.
      Thanks again

  12. falguni says:

    such a useful tips for ielts

  13. Hi Liz,

    First of all , Thank you much for providing me ,all these IELTS for free, your site is one stop for all IELTS needs, and helping me alot.I did paid for some online tutorial they not even teaching half of you work, you are amazing Liz.
    I m trying to download paper but it seems link has broken , would you please check it?

    Thank you

  14. Hi Liz,

    I need to score 8 and above from all parts in IELTS. I took the test 3 times and everytime my writing was 7. The rest are fine, but I pparently I can not improve my writing which is weird. I have previosly scored 8 on academic writing but can not do it for GT test. Can you give me some advise?

    Another question of mine is about giving personal opinions at essays. Sometimes the question does not ask about opinion, like discuss questions, but under the question box it states ” give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience” so shall I include my personal opinion although it is a discussion essay?


  15. Lyubomira says:


    I want to ask if the candidate should rewrite the given topic of both tasks in the beginning or he/she starts to write immediately about the topic without title?

  16. Hi liz, you really discussed all things very well. Should I put a “tab space” in every paragraph that I start? or is it proper to just start along the border/margin. Thank you

  17. Hi Liz!!!
    I would like know if I can use pencil to write my essay on taks 2??? or only pen is allowed???
    Thank you!!!!

  18. Hi. Just want to post a quick comment . Answer sheet that I had was different for Task2 than the one you have posted . It had same candidate information section in beginning like Task1 meaning same writing space not more. May be this is the one for British Council , as I sat with IDP and had difference experience than the downloaded one I was used to practising on.


  19. Hello. If I need more space to write the answer for Task 1, what should I do? I’m asking because I do see that after the writing space for Task 1, there is Task 2 written on the answer sheet. Can I continue it in the writing space for Task 2?
    Thank you

  20. Monir Hossen says:

    Hello Mam,

    I really enjoy your lessons and videos that are enriched both in information and guidelines. I believe they also very effective to achieve maximum band score in IELTS. I’m preparing myself without going any teaching centre because I can’t afford the cost. So, I make myself use your materials, videos and lessons. I would like thank you for your efforts to guide and inspire us providing vast field of information.

  21. Task2 criminals should not be sent into and job should be given to what extent do you agree or disagree?
    I want to get answer of this question(please mam)
    Could i give partial agree answer and not lose my marks? Or should be agree or disagree with this statement?

  22. Hi liz I want to thank you for all your efforts to assist us in this most challenging test of my whole life… I have really improved in my reading , that was nightmare for me , got 7 band in this module, also I got improved in my listening a lot after watching your videos, with band 8 in listening part.
    I have some questions regarding my writting.

    In task 1 I didn’t mention billion along with £ sign in description.. Meaning that I came up with wrong figures . Like I mentioned 12 pound instead of 12 billion pound … Did it affect my task score so badly ?.?

    Q2:::at the bottom of the task 2 sheet , they was a spare space for official use, I made a blunder by putting my conclusion under that line . And I think I tried to insert several words forcefully which led my writing untidy . … What do you think my conclusion would be excluded from my writing as I wrote under official use area ?.

    And may be for these mistakes I ended up getting merely a 6 band :(?

  23. M Owais Khan says:

    Hi Liz,

    Please clear about “Memorised” that you discussed in the video about how to check IELTS writing and scoring.
    For example we start personal letters as “It’s been so long since we last in touch with you and we haven’t forgotten such wonderful time ….”, Is it consider “memorised”? Or if its mean in the body , so how examiner knows that this is memorized sentence. Waiting for detailed response.

    Muhammad Owais Khan

    • Memorised language is high band score words or phrases which are above the level of the student and are used to try and boost their score. Many students think using such language will impress the examiner but in reality the examiner can see which language is learned and copied because it doesn’t match the rest of the essay. The sentence you have provided is natural language and even contains a mistake so it can’t be considered high level language that is memorised to get a good score, it is just natural language that is suitable for certain types of letters. Letter writing is more formulaic but essay writing isn’t.
      All the best

  24. Narinder Singh says:

    TASK 2 test date November 07
    many people are doing study using distance educational courses(using internet ,TV ).
    These type of courses never take place of regular study.
    center-Amritsar (PUNJAB) India

  25. Do linking words/phrases from other model answers are considered as memorised?

  26. Dear Liz,

    thank you very much, althought even with all the help, my writing task 1 is still very bad, at least I think so 🙁
    Do you have any advice in terms of being nervous and anxious (don’t know if I spelled that correctly), because I am veeerrryyyy nervous, I can’t even explain how much. And can we bring water inside?

    • Many students choose to book two tests because they are so nervous with their first one. You must find a way to cope with your nerves. Hopefully you will be concentrating so hard that you will forget to be nervous. As to taking water into the exam, I don’t know. You must ask IELTS Official about that or your local test center.
      Good luck!

  27. Hey mam,
    Can i use some phrases in the introduction ,such as: ‘to set the ball rolling’ or ‘to set the clock ticking’
    Will they help to improve my band score or be considered as memorised language?
    Thnx in advance!

    • No. Most idioms are not appropriate to writing and also are considered learned language. Just write naturally.

  28. hi liz,
    can we use short forms in writing task 2 for some words like “i.e.,=that is, viz,=namely, eg=example”

    please replY back as soon as possible..
    thank you…

    • I have already answered your question. You posted this question on the life cycle diagram lessons. Please check your answer.

  29. Hi, Liz!
    Thank you very much for help!
    My question is quite silly: What should I do if I write a word (e.g. knowledge) but there is no enough space for the whole word on the line? Leave the space and write the whole word on the next line? Divide it using a dash like
    …know- (the first line)
    ledge… (the second line)?
    Or the same but without a dash?


    • It’s best to write the whole word on the other line. We divide words in a particular way in English when we use hyphens so it’s easy to make mistakes. Just write the whole word on the next line – it’s easier and safer.

  30. Sanjay Chowdhury says:

    Hello Mam,
    I do follow your tube channel and that’s really helped me lot to feel confident while appearing for the 1st time IELTS Exam on 19 September 2015… Well, I want to know about the individual mark that conveyed by both of Task 1 and Task 2….


  31. Ahmed Samir says:

    How can I download the writing answer sheet for task one and two of ielts?
    I will be thankful if you send it to me on my email.

  32. Dear Liz
    I just want to thank you for your efforts , next month I will do the test , wish me luck.
    You are the best.

  33. Dear Liz,
    I am writing to appreciate your efforts on giving best possible lessons to not only do well in ielts but also to learn English language in general. Particularly, I’d like to say thanks because there are many helpful lessons for free of cost.
    Last month, I appeared in ielts general test and scored 8, 7.5, 6 and 8 respectively in L,R,W and S. I am displeased with my writing result, as I need 7 in it as well. In my opinion, while practicing and during test, I found lacking in coming up with ideas within time due to pressure, which inhibit me to produce better task response.
    I’d really appreciate your advice and how to approach devloping eassy ideas.
    Thanks in advance.

    Kind regards,

    • Start reading my essay ideas on the writing task 2 page. Then read all the model essays you can find online and make a note of their ideas.

  34. Hi Liz! 🙂

    I have a question regarding the answer sheet for writing.
    What is ‘Centre Number’ ?

    Thank you in advance 🙂

  35. loyio00ielts says:

    Hi Liz, first of all thank you so much for all the interesting and useful advice which thanks to you can be found on this site.
    Anyways, I was wondering how to count percentage in the writing part of the ielts.
    For example is 10% one or two words.
    Thank you so much for your attention

    • 10% is counted as one word. However, if you wrote “ten percent” is would be two words. £20,000 is also one word.
      All the best

  36. ieltstest says:

    I need more pages to write both task 1 and task 2.
    Will they give me more than just 4, if I need.
    Thank you for your help.

  37. Tammy Phan says:

    Hi Liz, It’s so great that I found your blog. Your online lessons are very useful for me. I’m so scare of writing but through your instruction, I feel better now. In the future, I want to be an excellent IELTS teacher just like you. I’m trying my best to learn IELTS harder day by day. My target is to get band 8 in overall within 3 months. Hope that I can success ^,^

    • Good luck! Remember that to get band score 8, you need to have excellent English with almost no errors.
      All the best

  38. Ahmed sajad says:

    Hi liz

    listening ur worthy videos on ielts preparation bt didnt got a chance to pay thank fr your this outstanding effort and superb way of teachng w

    my question z tht f smone dnt hav any idea abt speaking part2 cue card topic thn could it b exchng fr anothr one by telling th examiner … I mean not a language bt f knwlegd problm f ever … guide regardng this plz

    • No, you can’t change the card or topic. The talk is not about knowledge, it is about your life so I’m sure you can find something to talk about. Why don’t you post me an example of a part 2 card you find difficult and I’ll give you tips.

      • Hello Ms.Elizabeth,
        Thank you so so much for your such precious work and great video lectures on YOU TUBE.Com……your marvelous teaching methods has made me possible to achieve my target and by the GRACE OF ALLAH…..I have got 7 bands in IELTS ACADEMIC……Stay blessed always…ameen

  39. Thank you Liz for all the trouble that you have taken to make it simpler for me to appear for the ielts exam. Thank you for your patience. I have found your videos and links extremely helpful.

  40. Noha Faisal says:

    Hi Liz ,
    is it important to write the first paragraph in writing task 1 in a paraphrasing way from the original description of the question ?
    Because i found roughly more than two model answer who have copied the question the same !!

    • This is an English test. You can’t copy words and pretend that it is your English. The examiner will put a line through any words you copy and this can low your word count as well.

  41. Hi Liz,
    I make this an opportunity to thank you for your great effort on educating us. I have three concerns that, is it eligible to use correction fluid at the exam? Second, what will happen if I cross any words that I really need to delete/ignore. Third, is it OK to use sentence within brackets if needed?

    • You can only take a pen, a pencil and an eraser into the exam room. If you need to cross something out, do it neatly and then write the correct word. It is possible to use brackets in writing task 1 not task 2.
      All the best

  42. zulqarnain says:

    hi i dont see any tips or videos on writng task 2 essay body part n conclusion what to write in that? i got your video on introduction .thanks

    • I upload new videos only once a month at most. You will need to be patient to get more videos.
      All the best

  43. thank you very much in advance. your blog is so helpful to me in enhancing my English language and in preparing my ielts exam.

  44. hi madam Liz, i am writing using upper case. is it acceptable in ielts exam?

  45. Sehar Ishrat says:

    Hello Mam,
    kindly tell me that if we describe that what is plotted on x-axis and what is on y-axis( inspite of telling that a graph is plotted between this and that) in case of bar graph,line graph etc in writing task 1, then would this style leave a positive impact on band score or not???

    • Hi,

      It is not necessary to refer to the axis. You can just introduce the information in the chart or graph by paraphrasing the information given by IELTS. It would not necessarily result in higher score.
      All the best

  46. Vivek Sharma Dhakal says:

    Is it necessary to indent before starting a paragraph?

    • No, it isn’t necessary. It’s best to just leave an empty line between paragraphs instead. As long as the examiner can easily see the paragraphs – that’s all that matters.
      All the best

  47. Valentina says:

    Hello Liz,

    Are we allowed to write essays with pencil? I intend to change my mind a lot when writing task 2….

    • Hi Valentina,

      You can use pencil in your writing test. However, it is concerning that you need to change your mind so much. Make sure you are planning your essay appropriately. You should plan not only main points but also supporting points before you start writing. Here’s a link to my IELTS FAQ page with more questions answers about IELTS:
      All the best

  48. Akshay Patel says:

    if i completed all pages with my writing and i have still one paragraph to write so in that case what should i do?

    • Hi,

      Just put your hand up and the exam supervisor will come to you. Ask for more paper and they will give it to you.

  49. Ayman Kenawy says:

    For paragraphing to be clear,can we leave 2 lines between each 2 paragraphs or only one line is sufficent ?

    • It’s best to leave just one line empty after each paragraph. It will help the examiner to see the paragraphing more clearly.

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