The IELTS General Training Writing Test Task is of 1 hour and there will be two questions which you need to attempt.

The IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing Test

Total time for Writing Task 1 and Task 2 – 1 hour

Type of Task 1 – Letter

Minimum number of words – 150

Note – You should spend about 20 minutes out of the hour for task 1.

Letter will be in response to some situation or problem. They will probably ask you to complain about something, to request information, ask for help, to make arrangements and/or explain a situation. All these are fairly similar tasks.


The IELTS General Training Task 2 Writing Test

Total time for Writing Task 1 and Task 2 – 1 hour

Type of Task 1 – Essay

Minimum number of words – 250

Note – You should spend about 40 minutes out of the hour for task 1.

The IELTS General Training Writing Test Task 1 is always easy to get through. This part of GT test that candidates can prepare easily and get good band score.  However, the scope of the task is fairly limited in total band score so you can practice extremely similar tasks, which will help you for in the examination.

Some Preconception – There are some who consider the task 1 as the same as their school level application writing and they skip preparing for task 1. This is the point where everyone lacks and score minimum marks than their expectations. Practice hard is the main ingredient in good scores.

Even native English candidates need to practice for the IELTS exam which includes task 1 and task 2. Although there is no pass or fail but still you require some level of band score.

Marking for the IELTS General Training Task Writing

The IELTS General Training Writing will be marked in four areas.

You will get a mark from 1 to 9 BANDs based on the following

  • Task Achievement
  • Coherence & Cohesion
  •  Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy.

Task Achievement – Did you answer all the questions?

Here you can really make a difference through careful preparation. It marks whether you have covered all requirements of the task sufficiently and presented, and illustrate the key points completely as well as appropriately.

Coherence and Cohesion – Cohesion is how your writing fits together. Are you writing logically and Does your ideas and content flow logically?

Coherence is how you are making yourself understood and whether the reader of your writing understands what you are saying. Good cohesion and coherence is not noticeable as it allows the writing to be read easily. Good cohesion and coherence also includes good and appropriate paragraph usage.

Lexical Resource Type of vocabulary or words. Examiner will check whether the right words at the right time in the right place and in the right way are used. To get a good BAND score here, one should not only use accurate words but a wide range of vocabulary in a natural and sophisticated way. Try not to use very tough words, instead keep it easy to understand.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy – The examiner will check your appropriate, flexible and accurate use of grammatical structures. Many candidates are conscious about their grammar but, as you can see, grammar is only one section of four used to grade your writing. IELTS is much more interested in communication rather than grammatical accuracy. It is, of course, still part of the marking scheme and important as such. Task achievement is one quarter of your total mark and it is an area in which everyone should do well.