How the examiner assesses your essay writing in the IELTS exam

How NOT to lose points in the IELTS exam!
It's important when answering the writing questions that you understand what the question is asking and that you don't do things that cause you to lose points.  Here are some important things to think about.
IELTS practice exams and exercises

Holmesglen Institute of TAFE provides some excellent practice and advice

Links to practice exams on the internet.

IELTS Writing

In the IELTS exam the writing test is 60 minutes long with 2 tasks.
In Task 1 you need to write 150 words. As this section is shorter and represents about 40% of your overall score it is recommended that you spend about 20 minutes.
In Task 2 you need to write an essay of 250 words. This task represents approximately 60% of your overall result and therefore you should probably spend about 40 minutes.
You can make notes on the question paper but your answer must be written on the answer sheet.

For specific information regarding the Academic and General versions of the exam check out the Academic Task 1, Academic Task 2, General Task 1 and General Task 2 pages.
Australia Networkhas produced an IELTS exam TV series!
Each episode is about 10 minutes long and focuses on various parts of the test, as well as grammar and vocabulary. I've used some of these programs with my IELTS class because I think they're so good! For Writing take a look at Series 1 and 2.

my IELTS teacher book

click here for a sample

​​A comprehensive guide on how to
​achieve higher scores in your writing
and speaking exam.

​​It looks at each part of the speaking
exam in detail with recordings and
​scores from student practice tests,
​and recordings of a native speaker.

Extensive details on how to answer both tasks in the writing exam, with student answers, scores and assessment reports, as
well as sample answers from ​​​​​​​​​​a native speaker.