IELTS exam Academic and General Writing Task 1

How the examiner assesses your writing

The examiner will read your report and mark your answer according to their assessment criteria - you can download it here.  To help you understand what these categories mean, I have produced a table below with explanations. 

And don’t forget your task 1 result is 40% of your final IELTS writing score.

Content / Task Achievement Organisation / Coherence and Cohesion Vocabulary / Lexical Resource Grammar Range and Accuracy
Include an overview of the graph or process
Select the most important data

Use specific data examples

Minimum 150 words
Use linking words appropriately and accurately, within and between paragraphs

Use a formal/academic style

Write well structured and balanced paragraphs

Logically organize ideas

Use reference words appropriately and accurately
Choose the correct words for the topic

Use the correct word form

Use accurate collocations

Use a variety of words

Spell words correctly
Choose the correct tenses
Use correct punctuation

Use correct prepositions

Use a variety of complex and simple structures

Use comparative structures where appropriate
IELTS practice exams and exercises

Holmesglen Institute of TAFE provides some excellent practice and advice

Links to practice exams on the internet.