IELTS Writing Assessment Criteria

IELTS Writing tests consist of two compulsory tasks . Each of these tasks are scored with respect to four different criteria.

Know the Marking Criteria in Detail

The examiner assesses your IELTS Academic Writing & General Training Writing Test on the below listed criteria. Each criterion contributes 25% of your total marks for Task 1 and Task 2.

Task Achievement (for Task 1)

This criterion examines the overview and information that you provide, details of your content and the accuracy with which you have mentioned key features and illustrations.
You are supposed to write 150 words for Task 1. Else there will be penalty for under word count.

Task Response (for Task 2)

In this criterion, the type of response that you write for the essay type question is determined. It assesses the main idea of your essay and the way you develop it with relative examples.
You are supposed to write 250 words for Task 2. Otherwise you will be penalized for under word count. To avoid such problems, you must learn how the examiner counts your word and how many words you must write.

Coherence & Cohesion

Your information organisation, paragraphing skills and use of proper lexical devices (for example, connectors, conjunctions) is determined.
Number of paragraphs are also taken into consideration. Dividing your essay into more or less paragraphs might lower your score.

Lexical Resource

The use of sufficient range of vocabulary, proper spellings, correct implementation of collocations and word formation are taken care of while scoring this criterion. You must avoid using wrong words and informal language.

Grammatical Range & Accuracy

To score this criterion, things taken into consideration include sentence structures, proper use of tenses, putting right punctuations, use of simple as well as complex statements with clear idea and control over Grammar.

Take a look on how Writing Task 1 & Task 2 are scored.
Task 1:

Task Achievement: 7

Coherence & Cohesion: 7.5

Lexical Resource: 6.5

Grammatical Range & Accuracy: 7

Total Score for Task 1: 7 + 7.5 + 6.5 + 7 = 28 / 4 = 7


Task 2:

Task Response: 6

Coherence & Cohesion: 7

Lexical Resource: 7

Grammatical Range & Accuracy: 6

Total Score for Task 2: 6 + 7 + 7 + 6 = 26 / 4 = 6.5

Total Writing Band Score: 7 + 6.5 = 13.5 / 2 = 6.75 = 7 (rounded up)

To learn the band score in detail, you can refer the below band descriptors.

Click here to download the Writing Assessment Criteria for Task 1.

Click here to download the Writing Assessment Criteria for Task 2.

IELTS sample writing tests will examine your writing skills, help you manage time and develop strategies so as to complete the tasks in stipulated time. Practise more and more to fetch a high score.