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IELTS Writing Assessment Criteria

Each task is analysed independently.Task 2 assessment carries more weightage in marking than Task 1.

There is an independent assessment of both tasks and IELTS scores are assigned as bands, ranging from 0 to 9. You might get whole or half IELTS bands scores too.

The examiner analyses your IELTS Academic Writing & General Training Writing Tests based on following basic criteria:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2)
  • Last three criteria are similar for both tasks:
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Task 1: Achievement

Task 2: Response

Task achievement criteria evaluates whether you fulfill the requirements set in the questions given in task 1 with appropriate, relevant and accurate responses within the word limit of 150 words. Requirements are having understanding of the main idea and explaining them with related examples.

Your answers should cover all the main points and should be supported by evidence and examples which could be taken from your experiences.

It will be instructed to write not less than 250 words as you will be penalised. Though there is no penalty for writing more, doing so will only give you trouble managing your time.

Coherence and cohesion

Coherence means linking of ideas in a logical sequence and Cohesion is the appropriate use of cohesive aids such as, logical connectors, pronouns and conjunctions to establish clear and conceptual connecting links within the sentences.

This signifies your paragraphing skills, overall clarity and fluency in your answers and assesses how your responses organise and provide link between the information.

Lexical Resource

This means the range of vocabulary, proper spellings, correct implementation of collocations and word formation you used with accuracy and specificity in your answers.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

This refers to your accurate and appropriate usage of wide range of grammatical measures, such as, sentence structures, proper tenses, correct punctuation, usage of simple as well as complex statements with well described idea and command over Grammar.

Score distribution of Writing Task 1 & Task 2 


Writing Assessment Criteria

Score distribution for Task 1

Score distribution for Task 2

Achievement and Response



Coherence and Cohesion



Lexical Resource



Grammatical Range and Accuracy



Total average score

28 / 4= 7

26 / 4= 6.5

Total Writing Band Score

7+6.5= 13.5

13.5 / 2= 6.75 or 7

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