HOW IS IELTS WRITING SCORED?

IELTS Writing

Many students ask – “Do the IELTS Writing Tasks 1 and 2 carry the same points?” and  “How does the examiner score each task & give an overall score?” We will be answering these question in this article and explaining in detail how IELTS Writing is scored and what all students should pay attention to in order to score high.

To begin with, let us first understand the scoring parameters:

 1.      TASK ACHIEVEMENT

2.      COHERENCE & COHESION

3.      GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY

4.      LEXICAL RESOURCES/ VOCABULARY

We should know that all these parts carry equal points when an examiner scores the writing for IELTS Test. Also, we should know what each parameter covers.

1)      Task Achievement: This means has the test taker answered the question in full or has he left anything unanswered.

2)      Coherence & Cohesion: These two things always go hand in hand because Coherence means being logically clear and cohesion means maintaining relationship in the content/ideas.

3)      Grammatical Accuracy: This means the test taker should demonstrate correct usage of standard grammar rules – such as Subject & Verb Agreement, Tenses and Punctuations.

4)      Lexical Resources: This pertains to correct use of Vocabulary in the right context and  correct Spellings.

As to the question “Do the IELTS Writing Tasks 1 and 2 carry the same points?” the answer is, NO! You will not be marked together for both the tasks. There is an individual scoring for both the tasks. Task – 2 is scored out of twice the scores of Task – 1. That is, Task – 1 is 30% of the score and Task – 2 is 60%.

At Option Training Institute, we train students under the supervision of experienced and tenured trainers who ensure that test takers are familiar with what is required of them to score high. Rigorous training is always followed by rigorous testing that allows test takers to know when exactly they are ready to write the actual exam. In short, the training is result oriented.