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IELTS Writing Scoring: Are task 1 and task 2 equal value?

Learn about how your IELTS writing test is scored. Many students ask me if writing task 1 and task 2 are worth the same points and how the examiner gives a final total score. This page will explain how your score is calculated for IELTS writing.

Will I get the same score for task 1 and task 2? Are they marked together?

No. Writing task 1 and writing task 2 are marked individually. The marking criteria are not exactly the same. The examiner will give you a band score for writing task 1 and a band score for writing task 2. After that, your final IELTS writing band score is calculated.

Are IELTS writing task 1 and writing task 2 worth the same points?

No, they are not. Writing task 2 is worth more than writing task 1. You get twice the points for writing task 2 than you get for writing task 1. In other words, writing task 2 is about 60% of your marks and writing task 1 is about 30%.

Example of IELTS Writing Scoring:

For example:

Writing task 1 = band score 8

Writing Task 2 = band score 6

Total Writing Score = 6.5

You can calculate your own score:  8 + 6 + 6 = 20/3 = 6.66. Take one task 1 score and two task 2 scores and divide by 3.  IELTS usually round the number up or down to the nearest half score which means it would go from 6.66 to 6.5.

Please note that these scores are only estimated calculations. I do not have access to the precise scoring used by IELTS. Your estimated score will be accurate within 0.5 band score.

Will IELTS tell you your score for task 1 and task 2?

No. It’s a shame but IELTS don’t release that information. So you won’t know what score you got for which task. You will only be told the total final score for all your writing.

Are writing task 1 and writing task 2 marked using the same criteria?

No. Each writing task 1 is scored using 4 assessment criteria. Each of the criteria is worth 25% of your marks for that task. 3 of those marking criteria are the same for task 1 and task 2. But one of the marking criteria is different See below:

  • Task Achievement (Writing Task 1 Only): Information, Overview, Key Features
  • Task Response (Writing Task 2 Only): Ideas, Addressing the Task, Conclusion, Developing Ideas
  • Coherence & Cohesion: Paragraphing, Linking and Referencing
  • Grammatical Range & Accuracy: Sentence Structures, Tenses, Punctuation, Number of Errors
  • Lexical Resource: Vocabulary, Collocations, Spelling, Number of Errors

Differences between Band Scores 5 to 8 & How to Improve your Scores:

IELTS Writing Task 2 Scoring & Tips

IELTS Writing Task 1 Scoring & Tips

All IELTS Band Scores Explained

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Comments

  1. http://Nithya says

    Hi Liz , thank you so much for your lessons . They truly helped me during my exam .
    However , the title in my writing task 2 had a grammatical error . I don’t seem to recall the exact words . Will this affect my score?

  2. http://christell%20Roelands says

    Hi liz, It is possible to get a Lower than band 5 in any Categories in Ielts? either in Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing task 1 and 2.

    Just wondering, But aiming only a band 5, but still nervous. Thanks for your reply!

  3. http://Kazi%20Adnan%20Mostafa says

    Could you please kindly tell me why I got 6 in writing task 1 and task 2 ? and might be the exact marking for my writing task 2?

    I never tried doing diagram for task 1 thus when I appeared for formation of sand dunes in writing task 1 in 13th December 2018, I just copied the structure of bar chart/ pie chart. I was sure did wrong because I measured and compared the number of sands in different stages.

    I have been following your writing task 2 band 9 structure and gave good vocabularies there. So please kindly answer what was the exact mark for my writing task 2?

    • http://Liz says

      How can I know what mark you got in your writing task 2? I haven’t seen your essay. You said you had “good vocabularies” – having good vocabulary is about knowing that the word “vocabulary” is uncountable and cannot be plural. Your score for writing task 2 is based on more than just structure. I suggest you start learning more about the band score requirements and start spotting the errors in your English language to reduce the number of mistakes you are making.

      • http://Kazi%20Adnan%20Mostafa says

        Okay thank you for correcting me Liz I wasn’t aware of that unfortunately. Surely I will be working on it.
        However could you please answer me from your long past experience assuming that my answer for task 1 was wrong but I had ended up with scoring 6 in writing, assume if writing task 1 was correct then what score I would have obtained ?

        • http://Liz says

          It isn’t possible to calculate or guess. It is not possible to guess what you got in task 1. Even if you misunderstood the task, you would still get a score for paragraphing, linking words, grammar and vocab. You will need to stop worrying and wait for your results.

  4. http://Roshni%20Vania says

    Hi there,
    I made one huge mistake in writing task 2. I misunderstood the essay and written the whole essay that way. I wrote the essay nicely, minimum grammar mistakes, good lexical resource and no spelling mistakes. Task 1 was good enough. How many bands can be deducted for task 2? Will they give me zero band?

    • http://Liz says

      Being on or off topic is part of the marking criterion of Task Response which counts for only 25% of your marks in task 2.

  5. http://MUHAMMED%20SHOEB says

    Hi Liz,
    Thank you for your tips,I am extremely overwhelmed the kind of great work you do each and everyday to support millions of students. A question where I can find Idiomatic language & complex sentences resource over the internet to get a highest score in my writing task 2?
    Secondly I have gone through all your writing task videos. A second question what are most frequently asked questions type for IELTS writing task 2?

  6. http://Leyla says

    Hi Liz. Please clarify my confusion. I took IELTS GT on 18 August. In writing task 2 the topic went like this: Most people argue that all employees should wear uniforms at workplaces. Do you agree or disagree?
    Liz, I followed the structure given by you and I do hope I did well. However, I am a bit confused. I didn’t mention the phrase ‘I agree’, instead I used ‘I believe, I would argue, I opine, I am in favour of the opinion + that + a clause in which I explained my preference about wearing uniforms.
    Will that do? Is it all right not to mention ‘agree’ in such essays? Thanks a million for your response and guidance.
    Looking forward to your reply and my results 🙂
    All the best

    • http://Liz says

      You do not need to use any specific word in your essay. As long as your opinion is clear, it’s fine. Also make sure your opinion covers all issues in the question.

      • http://Harshavardhan%20Reddy says

        Hello Liz,

        I forgot to write the closing signature in writing task 1. It was a informal letter writing to a friend. This is how I ended the letter.

        Hope you enjoy the stay. I will be missing all the fun.
        (Forgot the signature like : Yours Lovingly, Harsha)

        What will be the impact on score for writing task 1?

        • Yes, it will impact your score not to sign off. It will affect your score for TA which is 25% of your task 1 marks. Task 1 is only 33% of your overall writing score.

  7. http://Umang%20Ghimire says

    Dear Liz , I have answered one of the task 2 question please evaluate
    Many people believe that social networking sites (such as facebook)have a huge negative impact on both individual and society. To what extent do you agree ?
    ********************************First attempt ******************************

    Social Network this days have been the part of people daily schedule.Huge mass have been engaged in social network like facebook most of the time.I agree with those people who believes that social networking sites have a negative impact on both individual and society.

    First of all ,we have an example of so many people in our society who have a conflict with there partners due to social network.This may be because of giving most of there precious time to social media rather than their family.Moreover,people on social media flirt others for fun which later converts into dispute in the family. As flirting other is most common in social media people invest most of there time flirting others which is not accepted by the family.Hiding owns identity and flirting others by sexual harassment is also common in our society. There are many examples of those people who have been caught by police officers and prisoned for doing such kind of shameful activities.It has not only been the trend of any particular country but this kind of activities have been increasing through out the globe.

    Secondly,People these days have been so informal that they have been giving more priority to social medial than the task they are offered to perform.People are being unpunctual to their work as they hang up with the social sites as they have nothing to do with it. They just pass there time talking unwanted with the people around the universe rather than performing their task.People this days are being so addicted that they talk less with the people around them but chats with the people who are not really known well to them.

    Lastly,We have heard so many cases of rape and kidnapped and is being increasing day by day.The latest data of UN published on 2018 has shown that 3 girls are being rapped in my country everyday.This data make us to think about the reason behind this and one of the may be the social networking sites.People interact with all kind of people around the universe with this sites and hence come in contact with the negative minded people of the universe and gets motivated to their words and commit such kind of activities.

    To conclude,I strongly believe that social networking sites has a huge negative impact on both individual and society as they lead to relation breakdown ,unpunctual to work and social crime.

  8. http://Rachel says

    Hi Liz
    Firstly, thank you so much for all your tips. They are really helpful.
    I have a question that is killing me.
    I took general IELTS two days ago and the letter was something like that
    “You son needs extra class to learn a foreign language. Write a letter for a teacher asking for help.
    – explain why your son needs extra class
    – ask her some question about her experience
    You should start your letter with Dear…,”

    Would that be friendly letter ? or Sem-formal?
    How should I finalise that letter ?
    Kind Regards or Your Sicerely ?
    How much marks do I lose if I’ve chosen the wrong type of letter ?

    Thank you in advance =)

    • http://Liz says

      It is a formal letter. You do not have a personal relationship with the teacher.

      • http://Emma says

        I think this can also pass for a semi-formal letter as the parent may actually know the teacher by name. Teacher could even be one of those in the child’s school. I guess in that case, the content of the letter will put the stamp on what sort of letter it is – Formal or Semi formal.

        Just my thoughts, might be wrong.

        • http://Liz says

          It doesn’t matter if you know the person by name. You need to have a close relationship / a personal relationship with them. It is 100% normal to know a teachers name and chat to them, but that isn’t a personal relationship. You really need to grasp the meaning of “personal relationship” – this isn’t with a teacher or a boss or a doctor or landlord – it is with a friend – someone you have a friendship with, someone you tell your secrets to, someone who eats with your family – do you understand? So, this letter will be formal.
          Informal = a close friend – someone you have a friendship with – someone you share your private life with
          Semi-formal – a close friend but a serious/formal matter
          Formal – someone you don’t know or someone you know by name (not on a personal level – not on a private close level)

  9. http://Nino says

    if we didn’t write 150 words in task 1,will we get a score above or equal to 7

  10. http://Nour says

    Dear Liz,
    Thank you for the amazing tips.
    Now I’m wondering, if i get the below scores in my writing essay task 2;
    Task achievement: 8
    Coherence/Cohesion: 7
    Lexical resource: 6
    Grammar and Accuracy: 6

    what would my overall score be?

  11. http://Dr.%20Vibhuti%20Kaul says

    Hello Liz! First of all, I can’t thank you enough for all your virtual guidance. I was pretty confident about my English since the very beginning, but IELTS is a different ball game altogether. In addition to my own practice, your videos were of immense help to me. I’m expecting my ‘academic’ result around the 6th/7th of June and I have one constantly nagging concern, that I wrote a lot! Task 1 had two graphs, with the planning and everything, I ended up spending 25 minutes on it and I got a little panicky for my task 2, which was a problematic essay. However, I managed to write a fairly decent essay, covering all my bases of heavy duty vocabulary, commas in the right places, etc. I barely managed a revision in the end, correcting a few silly mistakes here or there. Overall, I’m confident I wrote a quality essay, but I’m worried that over writing would drastically reduce my band score. I’d really appreciate your advice on this. I’ll surely be sharing my score with you. Thanking you in anticipation!!

    • http://Liz says

      In writing task 1, you are marked on your ability to select information and group it together. This means if you get lost in giving too much detail, instead of selecting information, it will lower your score for Task Achievement (25%). But as you see, that is only 25% that is affected. In task 1, your aims is to write under 200 words (only very rarely does it go to 210). Your task 2 essay is marked on being concise and highly focused. You mentioned using a lot of heavy duty vocab – vocab counts for only 25% of your marks. Anyway, you won’t know anything until your results arrive. Nothing can be predicted because there are so many other variables being tested. Let me know your results when they arrive 🙂

      • http://Dr.%20Vibhuti%20Kaul says

        Thank you so much for your prompt reply, I’ll surely be updating you about my score. 😊😊

      • http://Dr.%20Vibhuti%20Kaul says

        I got my results today:
        L: 8.5
        R: 8.5
        W: 8
        S: 9
        Overall 8.5!
        I’m sure I’d have done better in writing had I not crossed the word limit so dramatically. Anyway, I’m really grateful for all your help and can’t thank you enough Liz, god bless 🤗

        • http://Liz says

          Fantastic!! It’s a great result to be proud of. Well done 🙂 Thanks for letting me know 🙂

        • http://Priyanka says

          Congratulations 🤗🤗……………..
          How did you get so much score?????
          Please give me some favour and help me.I have also filled ielts test on November 1st.
          Atleast help me in writing please….,……..,….😔I need to improve my self

  12. http://DEEPU says

    Hi Liz,
    I am Deepu writing from India. Today, I have written the IELTS general training exam. In my writing test, I wrote the task 1 answer on my task 2 answer sheet. After finishing the task 1 answer, I found that I was mistaken. I rewritten the answer on task 1 answer sheet but my handwriting was ugly. The exam invigilator strike out the answer sheet which I had written wrongly and attached it. After that I was challenged to finish the task 2 with in 20 minutes. The question was a discussion type but I did not get time to explain the given statement. Anyway I finished my writing with opposite point view. But I was panic about my band score. What score I can expect? My word count and grammar were fine but handwriting was little bit ugly. Can you reply me?

    • It is not possible to predict scores. When this happens, you should label the answer sheets so that the examiner knows that your task 1 is on the task 2 paper. As long as the examiner can clearly see what happened, it is fine. You should NOT write your answer twice – you don’t have time.

  13. http://Sathyanarayan%20Krishnamurthy says

    Dear Liz,

    I am writing this to you, to express my sincere gratitude for all the wonderful lessons, tips, useful information and great videos that you post, in helping IELTS students.

    I am going to give my IELTS – GT exam on 03rd March, 2018 and I am seriously preparing for it by following and depending only on your blog, videos and tips.

    I have attempted to write my first letter (informal) and I feel you are the only right person to evaluate and provide your feedback and guide me in achieving high band score of 8 or 9, which is not easy though.

    I am not sure if it is right for me to write like this in requesting you to evaluate my writing skills, as you would be receiving such innumerous requests from all over the world, however I want to give it a try and see my luck.

    It would be really grateful, if you could evaluate my below letter and tell me where I would stand in band scores. I am sure, my current request is also a good candidate for “Forma letter”, evaluation.

    I, once again take this opportunity to thank you for all the invaluable inputs that you are posting here, which is helping millions of IELTS students, all over the world.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Sathya Narayan
    —————————————————————————————————–
    Letter of Instruction: You have spent a week with your friend on a holiday. When you got home, you realized that you had left your wallet there

    Write a letter to your friend. In your letter
    > thank your friend for the holiday
    > explain that you left your wallet in their house
    > give them instructions of how to send it back to you

    My letter below (I took about 15 minutes in writing this on a paper, which I am typing here)
    ——————————————————————————————————–

    Dear James,

    I’m writing this letter to express my sincere, heartfelt thanks for the wonderful holiday, that we spent at your place last week.

    It was such a pleasurable and much needed break for me from my hectic work schedule and I can not thank you and your family enough, in ensuring that my stay was a pleasant one and most importantly a memorable one, which I will never forget in my life.

    After the fun filled trip, when I reached my place, I realized that I left my wallet, containing credit cards, insurance cards and my driving license, back at your home, which I must have forgotten while rushing to catch the early morning flight, on that day of my travel. I am sure that, by now you are aware of it and keeping it safely with you.

    Luckily, my neighbor, Mr. Brent, is attending a conference in your city tomorrow and he told me that he will have some free time to visit you to collect my wallet from you. He has your number and will call you to collect it from you. Please hand over the wallet in a sealed pack to him.

    Once again, I’d like to thank all of you for your hospitality and expect you to visit my house for a relaxing vacation as well. Talk to you soon.

    Take care,
    Sam

  14. http://daniel says

    hello liz, just wanted to ask how IELTS is scored. I took my test 1 day back but the problem is that i only forgot to discuss both sides of the topic in writing task 2. Although, i did describe one side and also gave my opinion. the word count of my essay was above 250. My question is how much will this affect my band score?

  15. http://Jay%20chudasama says

    Hello liz!
    I deviated from the topic in essay section so probably how much band score would I get for task response? Please help! I am little scared!

    • http://Liz says

      Task Response is based on both relevancy and how to develop ideas. You will be penalised for being off topic but could still do well for developing ideas sufficiently.

  16. http://lakshan says

    Hi Liz

    Please let me know whether below sentences are correct
    1. I think people can grasp knowledge easily in training sessions rather than in theory based sessions
    2. Me and my friends suggested
    3. I urged from your to send me that letter soon
    4.At last not the least, please help me reserve the main boardroom

  17. http://Mahdy says

    Hey Liz,
    I wanted to know if scoring 3 7’s and 1 6 on task 2 is worth a band 7 or 6.5. I have visited many websites, and they all seem to have conflicting views with regards to this issue.

  18. http://Naseem says

    Hi Liz,

    Greetings.
    I gave the writing test today. Unfortunately, I had to frequently erase words and rewrite them in several areas but I wrote a decent essay with good sentences (I believe). The erased portions look little blurry. Please tell me how extent is the chances of my score reduction regarding this (from your standpoint) My handwriting is legible though, the normal cursive. But I wonder if the evaluator would make effort to see through sentences…

    • If the examiner can’t read it, you will get a low score. So it depends how easily the examiner can read what you wrote.

  19. http://Shweta says

    Hello Liz,
    Is is good to add quotes, idioms and proverbs in essay?

  20. http://Kerolos%20Sameh says

    Hello Liz ,
    May I ask if bad hand writing will affect my score ? I have heared before that candidate with unclear hand writing can not achieve band 7 in writing .

    Thanks in advance

    • http://Liz says

      If the examiner can’t read it, you will get a low score. The examiner must be able to read your writing.

  21. http://Andrew says

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for a great website.

    Regarding memorization, will IELTS compare my wordings and phrasing from previous exam attempts? I came up with a good introduction on my first attempt that I intend to reuse, if applicable, also on the succeeding attempts. After reading your scoring scheme I am afraid it might be taken as memorized. It will go with the style and level of the rest of the paper.

    Thank and regards,
    Hakan

    • http://Liz says

      How can you plan your introduction – you don’t know what topic you will get. If you plan to use a hook sentence to start your introduction, then it shows a lack of focus and relevancy which will lower your score. Do not memorise language (for example – a full sentence) to use in your essay.

  22. http://Hojiakbar%20Sobirov says

    Is it possible to use BY AND LARGE insted of IN CONCLUSION?

  23. http://Gaurav%20Kaushik says

    Hi Liz,
    I really find the blog useful. I have a query regarding the GT Writing Test2 and looking towards you for suggestion . Whether we should write ” its is being said by few people” or ”it is said by few people”. which one is correct or better to write
    Thanks
    Gaurav

    • http://Gaurav%20Kaushik says

      Sorry there’s a typo in the query. “It’s being said by few people” or “It is said by few people”. Which one is correct or better to write ?

      Thanks
      Gaurav

    • http://Liz says

      It is best to say “It is believed (or thought) by some people that …”. If you write “few people” it means not enough people. If you write “a few people” it means just a handful (so to speak) – so avoid that and write “some”.

  24. http://Jean%20Chau says

    Hi, I have a question regarding writing task 2. Say I have neglected to discuss both sides and only focused on one side, will this badly affect my score?

    Thank you !

    • http://Liz says

      If you don’t fulfil the task or the instructions, it will affect your score for Task Response which is 25% of your marks.

  25. http://Rosey says

    Hi Liz,

    My ielts general score is L- b, R-8.5, S-8 unfortunately I mange to get on 6 in writing. I am feeling depressed and not feeling like giving exam again. Could you please help me with the writing section.

  26. http://angela says

    hello Liz
    i just wrote me LRW test in south africa.
    Liz in writing task 2 , i think i deviated from the question been asked. Do you think i will be penalized for not understanding the task properly ?

  27. http://Shilan%20H.%20Shkur says

    Hi liz
    Can you explan speaking test criteria for all part pleas ?

    • http://Liz says

      The speaking test is not marked on parts. The examiner decides your score at the end of your test. See the criteria on this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-band-scores/

      • http://Parneet says

        Hi Liz
        I do extraordinarily good in my writing. i do not have problem with grammar or anything else. I filled around four pages while writing essay but still my overall Writing band score was 6.5. i am really disappointed. What to do?

        • http://Liz says

          I don’t understand about filling 4 pages. A long essay doesn’t give you a higher score. You should be aiming for between 260 and 280 words in writing task 2.

  28. http://Bishal%20gurung says

    hy mam
    i practise daily by your website
    mam my exam is after 1 month
    i can do well in others but i cannot do good in readimg
    i become fery frustated while reading
    my answer become more wrong specially
    true/false and paragraph heading
    …so plz mam give me some useful technique
    so that i can do better in reading

  29. Hi..
    I want some question paper for Mauritius..

  30. http://vicky says

    hie i heard in academic writing task 1 specially in pie chart question , in exam will get only 1 pie chart no other graph associated with it,only in general u wer getting 2 combine graphs but in academic u wont.is it true?

    • http://Liz says

      Sorry, I don’t understand your English. You will need to write your comment again without mistakes so I can understand.

  31. http://Adikkappan says

    Hello Liz – Why is that task 2 score counted twice in your calculation?

    Writing task 1 = band score 8
    Writing task 2 = band score 6
    Total Writing score = 6.5

    Why is it calculated as ((8 + 6 + 6)/3) as against (8 +6)/2?

    • http://Liz says

      Writing task 2 is worth twice as much as task 1. Band 6 counts for 66% and band 8 only 33%. The total is 6.5 as a band score.

  32. http://sai%20ashish says

    I have a doubt regarding ielts writing score criteria for example if i get writing task 1=7
    and writing task 2= 5.5. Overall how much band score i will get in ielts wrting section

  33. http://James says

    I would really appreciate some feedbacks on my writing, and, if possible, give it a band score. Thanks

    Topic: More and more people are relying on the private car as their major means of transportation. Describe some of the problems over reliance on cars can cause, and suggest at least one possible solution.

    Answer:

    The increasing preference of using private vehicles as the means of transportation has caused an array of issues in many parts of the world. This essay will examine some potential impacts that this trend has on society and suggest some feasible solutions to ameliorate such backlash.

    Predominantly, the rise of private vehicles has led to a number of issues which severely affect the quality of life of the people. To begin with, this trend is the root cause of traffic congestion in many metropolitan areas. More vehicles simply mean more traffic; road infrastructures are unable to keep up with such a sudden increase, thus lead to traffic jam. In addition, this malpractice is one of the contributing factors to pollutions which affect us day by day. For example, the amount of burning fossil fuels significantly increase in order to fire up the engines of the millions vehicles. This translates that the severity of the pollution to the environment are gradually rising due to the amount of carbon dioxide being emitted to the atmosphere. Apart from this, noise pollution is also derived, though partially, from the increasing number of vehicles, and it tremendously degrades the quality of life people used to have before the advent of the development.

    This, however, is not an impossible-to-solve issue if proper measures have been in place by the government and individuals. First of all, heavy tax can be introduced by the government in order to deter commuters from tempting to use their private means of transport, due to its high cost. At the same time, it also encourages people to start using public transportation. Individual people can also contribute to solving this matter. Carpooling, for example, is an effective solution to traffic congestion, and should well be adopted by many, so that, instead of one car for one person, a group of four or five can share if their destination is identical.

    In conclusion, although increasing number of vehicles poses some serious issues to the society, it can still be easily resorted if everyone joins hands and takes some serious steps to solving it.

    • Did you learn this sentence from a book or website? “This essay will examine some potential impacts that this trend has on society and suggest some feasible solutions to ameliorate such backlash.”. The examiner will not accept learned sentences.

      • http://James says

        Hi there, I have been using this kind of style for years. I was wondering if you could give me a score on the essay.

        Regards,

        • This is not about writing an academic essay. It’s about writing an IELTS academic essay. This means not using learned phrases. It is a language test so you can’t memorise language in such large parts. You really need to learn more about how the examiner marks your essay. Sorry, but I don’t offer free marking or free scoring.

          • http://James says

            Hi Liz,

            I don’t really get the point why you keep saying I used learned phrases. This is not that sophisticated that I need to incorporate in my essay. Honestly, this came out of my experience from years of writing. I am just so new to IELTS but I may take this as a bit offensive. I have followed your website as suggested by some of my friends who managed to score high in the test, so I decided to give a shot in writing and hoping to get some feedback, yet I came to this. Thanks for letting me know that I my own writing is an alleged learned phrase despite grounded evidence.

            • I am trying to help you, not criticise you. I have been trained as an examiner and know how the marking is done. This is not the way to write a thesis statement in IELTS. It is 100% correct as a thesis statement for other essays, but not for the IELTS test. It does not relate to the task and will definitely not help your band score. Let me show you a good thesis statement for IELTS:
              This issue can lead to both traffic congestion and increased pollution, therefore feasible solutions need to be considered to tackle the problem.
              In this thesis statement we are presenting the causes directly and mentioning solutions will be made. This is the right technique. Your introduction is not to tell the examiner what the essay intends to do – he/she knows this already – the examiner has the instructions. Your aim is to present your main points or position.
              While I can see you are upset, I rarely give free feedback on essays. I suggest that instead of getting upset about it, you learn from it. This is the main page for writing task 2 where you can find plenty of techniques explained: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/.
              However, this is your exam and your choice.

              • http://James says

                Hi Liz,

                I really appreciate for your continuous replies. It definitely sheds a beam of of light on how I should approach IELTS. I may end up following my style had it not for this comment of yours.

                Also, the word counts is about 350, which is quite a lot. I am not sure if this is commonly suggested, or I should try tightening it up a bit. Also, I would be more than grateful to learn some comments of yours regarding my body paragraphs and conclusion. I actually aim for 7 in writing.

                Thanks again 🙂

                • It is not recommended to write over 280 words for your essay. Some students with strong English and focused ideas (your level is strong) can get away with about 300 but not more. There’s no upper limit but you are marked on your ability to write a focused, relevant essay. Also more words might equal more mistakes with grammar and vocab which will definitely lower your score. You certainly have the ability to hit 7 in terms of your language skills. If you take the exam twice you can play around with techniques and see what happens.

  34. http://Krishna says

    Hi!
    Today was mine ielts test I ran out of time in task 1. I wrote that table about half but unfortunately I ran out of time and didn’t write it’s conclusion I only wrote it’s information and paragraph 1 in task 1. However I had completed my task 2. Would it affect my band score?

  35. http://noor says

    hi miss,
    I took ielts exam today and the topic was that you discovered a website , write a letter to your friend that how that website could be useful for your friend in his or her studies??
    by mistake , I wrote that I made a website in my study ND I told her about that , how it could be useful for her ?
    Do I have written off topic ?

    • http://Liz says

      You have done off topic as you have not written about a website you have discovered and instead you wrote about a website you made. However, you did complete the prompts as you explained how it could be useful. So, it means you will be penalised for Task Achievement but don’t worry too much as you did partially complete the task. I can’t tell you how you will be scored as your score depends on many other factors. Good luck!

  36. http://Abdullah%20Ali%20Ibrahim says

    My dear
    Thank you very much, actually your manner teaching is strong.
    I wish you be success in the life.

  37. http://prabh says

    plz tell me how i can improve my reading .also i face problem in writing task 2 becz i get confused in sentence formation when i have to use has/have/had/been .i know about their active and passive rule even thn it becoming mine weakest point in writing .plz solve this problem.

  38. http://Sardasht says

    Dear Liz
    I really want to thank you for your help and I want to tell you that I got 6.5.

  39. http://Baleh says

    hello teacher , thank you very much for the videos you really helped me espicially in writing .Yet , i would like to ask you one question in writing task 2 I gave my own opinion in conclusion responding to the question that I did in the introduction . is it correct or not ?

  40. http://Franson says

    Hi, I have one doubt about the marking….if task 2 is worth twice that of task one then task one should be worth 33.33% ?? And task 2 66.66%?? As x+y = 100% and if y=2x then x+y=3x=100. Therefore, x = 33.33 and y = 66.66!!! But in your description, task 2 and task 1 is worth only 60% and 30%, respectively. But this will total to 90% only

  41. http://Kunal says

    Hi Liz!

    I’ve got a question that may sound silly…
    When writing my answers on the answer sheet, I capitalised the first letter of my answers.

    Eg: 1. Capital
    2. Letters

    Is that likely to be an issue?

    Thanks,
    Kunal

  42. http://Jaloliddin says

    Hello lady Liz can I ask question?Today I had ielts exam everything was allright but Icould not write task1 at all but Iwrote task2 completely.Coud you tell me will I be able to get at least 5 from writing

  43. http://Saleh says

    Hello my dear unique teacher ,
    Thank you is the least thing that I can say in your dignity , talent and your generousness.
    The god of the goodness bless you .
    Sincerely yours .The mathematic teacher Saleh .

  44. http://Roberta says

    Hello Liz..could you correct one of my writing task 2?

  45. http://Ravi says

    Hi Liz,

    I have just completed my IELTS. I didnt do very well on the writing section. Task 1 was was good. However, I ran out of time for task 2 and didn’t measure up to the word limit. I wrote only 22 lines averaging 9 words per line (total word count should amount to 198). How would this could affect my score?

    • http://Liz says

      Your score will be reduced for writing task 2 if you are under words. I can’t tell you how many points you will lose. Wait and see your results. At least you will know the reason for any low score.

  46. http://vishal%20sharma says

    hello Mam,
    I have a question. can i write “I” or “we” in task 2.
    plz reply.

    thanks.

  47. http://shubham says

    Hello Mam I Want to Improve My Score in Writing Task. I Never Get More Than 6 Band What Should i Do?

  48. http://S.L. says

    Hi Liz, i just took my ielts exam and i think i did quite badly in writing task 1. I was rushing time with only 10 mins to finish task 1, spent too much time in task 2. I think i didnt really fully explain the graph, paragraphs are well-structured but lack in tenses and a good conclusion. By how much band score will it affect?

  49. http://sajjad%20hossain says

    hi, i am sajjad hossain. i have been planning to take ilts test shortly.however,your lesson help me a lot which you have been uploading in youtube in terms of every sectors. but,i m facing problems about reading module and i m trying my best according to ur suggestion.in addition,i m worried about my writing quality.i don’t have such opportunity to check it . Is there any way to check my script ??? just only knew my writing quality . could u hlp me??? OR if you give ur mail id

  50. http://KALEEMULLAH says

    From where, i can check writing task 1 and task 2 free.
    And the another thing that i don’t know that where i should use commas.

    • http://Liz says

      Sorry, I don;’t know anywhere you can get your writing checked for free. To learn about punctuation, just google grammar and punctuation online.
      All the best
      Liz

  51. http://Sandra%20A. says

    I found free essay correction service: http://ielts-up.com/ielts-writing-correction.html
    It’s just great!!

  52. http://Vusal says

    Hi Liz. Can you help me to know my task 2 score if i post essay here ? or how can i send you essay in order to you read it and tell my score ?

  53. http://Behnam%20masoud%20zahedian says

    Hi Liz;
    First of all thank you for your lessons for us;☺️☺️
    And appreciate you so much🌷
    I have a question:
    If my writing task 2 will be less than 250words what happen???
    I want to know is it a terrible problem?!?😔😔

    • You will be marked down if your writing for that task is 10 words below the limit. I can’t predict what your final score will be.
      All the best
      Liz

  54. hey Liz
    please can you help me
    my Reading skills are so poor
    I got only 20 answers from passage
    its not increase And I want 6.5 bands
    How it will be improved???

  55. http://Rufik says

    Hi Liz, thank you for the useful information which you post here. I have question about listening section, on the andwer sheet in some words I wrote the letter “I” instead of small “i”. Will it affect my score? Maybe it is foolish question, but It really worries me.

  56. http://Ticia says

    Hi Liz! I am taking my exam tomorrow. I am taking the time now to thank you whether I pass or fail. Your site has been a great great help to me. More power and God bless!

  57. http://Sharan says

    Hey Liz,

    I have a few queries on the listening test. In one of the sample tests I gave, below are my answers and the answers as per the answer key:
    1. My answer: “4 PM”, Key: “4”
    2. My answer: “Every second day”, Key: “Once in 2 days”
    3. My answer: “22nd October, 1998”, Key: “22 October”
    4. Is there any difference between writing a number ‘5’ or in words ‘five’?

    Appreciate your help,
    Sharan

    • http://Liz says

      Question 1: If the question was “he arrived at …….pm” then you should only give a number because the letters “pm” are given in the question. For other issues, you must write only the words you hear – not the meaning, the exact words. For dates, you write what you hear and can write using either American or UK methods. If you write the year or not, depends on how many words and numbers you can have in your answer. All numbers should be written as numbers.
      All the best
      Liz

  58. http://Avishek says

    Hi Liz,

    Have a question on listening text. A few sampkes I checked required to fill up time li,e 7:30 pm, when I checked response it was mentioned as 7.30 pm , now does this : and . Make a difference if you can advice please?

  59. http://Arslan says

    Hey liz…how can improve listening and understanding skill??coz while reading i forget the things that are given firstly

  60. http://Mutasham says

    Madam!how could I improve my reading and listening skills

  61. http://pearl says

    hi liz! May I ask if it’s true that the one who checks the writing tests are the trained locals and not those that are in Cambridge? If it’s true, how reliable and accurate are they in checking the answers?

    • IELTS examiners are people who have been accepted and trained by IELTS. They may be local people who have been trained and have passed the training or not. The training is intensive and all examiners are able to score accurately. They are also checked regularly by IELTS. So don’t worry – all examiners are experts at marking.
      Liz

  62. http://Tran%20Tien says

    Everything looks clearer with your explanation! Thank you very much.

  63. http://Jennifer says

    Thank you so much for shares, Liz!
    Regards.

  64. Madam, how could I improve my reading skills

  65. Heyy, do you think It is better to start from Task 2 and after that come back to Task 1?

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