IELTS Writing Marking Scheme

IELTS Writing Marking Scheme

IELTS Writing Task 1 and Task 2 scores are calculated using 4 criteria:

    1. Task Achievement (TA) = how well you answer the question.To increase score for TA:
      • present the information accurately
      • answer all parts of the task
      • provide a clear overview
      • highlight key features and support detail with data (Academic task 1)
      • give a clear position, have a definite opinion (Task 2 and General task 1)


    1. Coherence and Cohesion (CC) = how well is your text structured.To increase score for CC:
      • manage paragraphing
      • make sure that each paragraph has a central idea
      • use linking words and cohesive devices (firstlyin contrastthusin my opinionto sum up etc)


    1. Lexical Resource (LR) = how good is your vocabulary.To increase score for LR:


  1. Grammatical Range and Accuracy (GRA) = how good is your grammar.To increase score for GRA:
    • use a wide range of grammatical structures and tenses
    • manage punctuation
    • avoid errors in sentences


IELTS Writing score calculation

Each of these four criteria receives a score from 0 to 9 points. After that, an arithmetic mean is calculated to determine the task’s total score.

For example, if Task 1 gets following marks:

  • Task Achievement: 6.0,
  • Coherence and Cohesion: 7.5,
  • Lexical Resource: 7.0,
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy – 7.5.

then score for IELTS Task 1 is (6.0+7.5+7.0+7.5)/4 =7.0.


IELTS writing total score

Note that Writing task 2 weights two times more than Writing task 1.

So if you get 8.0 for task 2 and 6.5 for task 1, the total score for IELTS Writing Section is 8.0*(2/3)+(6.5)*1/3=7.5

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