IELTS Writing Task Rules

Many candidates struggle to score well in the IELTS Writing Test which ultimately affects their overall IELTS score. You must be aware of the different rules that can help you take the IELTS writing test successfully. Well, do not worry, because in this article we will discuss some of the rules to follow in the IELTS Writing Test.

However, before delving into the rules of the writing test, let's have a look at the format of the IELTS writing test for our better understanding:

Task I – In the first task, the candidates are required to describe any visual information in their own words. In this task, they need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes.

Task II – In the second task, the candidates are required to write on a topic academically or formally. In this task, they need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.

Now that you are aware of what is required from you, let's discuss some rules to follow in the IELTS writing test.

Rules to follow in IELTS Writing Task – I

  • The first and foremost rule you need to follow in this task is the 150-word limit and failure to do so can get you penalized.
  • You need to start the first paragraph, by paraphrasing the question. However, keep in mind not to include words like 'below' or 'above' in your paraphrase.
  • You can start the second paragraph with an overview of the visual chart.
  • You need to determine if the graph is progressive or comparative. Determining this will help you use correct terms to describe the graphs and score some points.
  • In the second paragraph, you need to describe the main trends and characteristics you notice in the graphs.
  • Switch adjectives and nouns with different verbs and adverbs to avoid monotonous language. Keep in mind to not repeat the same words as you will be judged on your vocabulary and language proficiency.
  • You need to use linking words between your sentences to make them seem more coherent and concise.
  • You need to get more detailed and exhaustive in the third paragraph. Focus on the all details depicted in the graph without forgetting the main trend.
  • Adding data in the third paragraph will help your information seem more credible.
  • In the last paragraph, you need to include a conclusion to complete your writing task.
  • While taking the test, you need to focus on your Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Vocabulary, and Grammatical Range, and Accuracy.

Rules to follow in IELTS Writing Task – II

  • The first rule is identifying the keywords from the question to make the writing task easier for you.
  • After you have identified the keywords, spend at least five minutes organizing your essay in 3-4 paragraphs.
  • In the first paragraph, you need to include a thesis statement to grab the reader's attention.
  • Next, you need to include the purpose of your essay which is called a topic sentence, and then state an argument or reason for that topic sentence.
  • In the last paragraph, you need to summarize the entire essay and give an overview of all the points discussed above.
  • While writing the last paragraph, you need to provide your own opinion and not just state the facts you have mentioned previously.
  • Using semi-formal and academic language is a pre-requisite of the Writing Task-II.
  • You need to avoid repeating any words to prove your vast vocabulary range.
  • Coherence and Cohesiveness are marking criteria of the IELTS writing test. So keep in mind to use linking words in your sentences.

Thus, follow these rules of writing to score higher in your IELTS writing test. Good Luck! 

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