IELTS Writing Part One and Two Answers

Many people are worried about writing an essay or structuring your answer. This IELTS Writing Part One and Two Answers Guide will help you pass. Follow the links below to find an in-depth way to advance your writing level for the IELTS exam and get yourself as prepared as possible before exam day to give yourself the best chance!


First… the Writing Paper Basics:

  • The IELTS Writing Paper consists of two parts.
  • You will receive a question paper and an answer sheet for each part of the exam.
  • You can make notes on the question paper but remember only the answers on the answer sheet will be marked.
  • Part 2 is worth twice as many points as Part 1.
  • The test lasts for 60 minutes, so you should spend 20 minutes in Part 1 and 30-35 minutes on Part 2, leaving 5-10 minutes to check your work.
  • General and Academic Candidates take different tests, BUT only Part 1 is different.

What does Part 1 look like?

Remember that only the first part of the writing exam is the only difference between the academic and general tests. Let’s look at what you can expect from both…

IELTS General Part 1

You will have to write a short letter or email of 150 words minimum. You could be writing to a family member, a friend, a colleague or a job application. You should spend 20 minutes on this task.


IELTS Academic Part 1

Students are given a chart, map or diagram and are asked to summarise and explain the data. You should spend 20 minutes on this task.


What does Part 2 look like?

Students will be required to write an essay of 250 words minimum, demonstrating their ability to convey opinions and ideas about the situation, problem, or question presented within the paper. You should spend 30-35 minutes on this task. Remember that Part 2 is the same for both General and Academic Candidates.

How do they mark you?

You will receive a score from 0-9, just like the rest of the test. If you cannot respond to the question with advanced vocabulary and only minor mistakes, you will only achieve a maximum IELTS Band score of 5.

Read below to see how the IELTS examiners mark you and what to study for a higher score…

The examiners are looking for the following four criteria to assess your writing ability in English:

Task Achievement

Are you answering the question? You can always elaborate or go off-topic BUT ONLY when you have responded to the question. Please look at our paraphrasing blog, where we practice paraphrasing the question in your first sentence and answer the question immediately. Then you have room to play by giving examples, sharing opinions, or telling a story.

Coherence and Cohesion

Does it make sense? Does it logically follow an order? Make sure your answer makes logical sense to somebody that doesn’t know the story. Remember, stories mainly follow a logical chronological order, an introduction, the main story, and a conclusion. Don’t tell us the end of the story before you’ve told us what’s happening, who’s there and why you’re telling.

Lexical Resource

Do you have an expansive vocabulary? Hopefully, you have practised your cue cards in our blog post and free eBook. The IELTS Writing paper will present you with questions about a wide range of subjects. Therefore you need to be ready to have synonyms, collocations, and idioms prepared to go. Don’t sell yourself short. Research things you’re interested in, and then you will have fun building your vocabulary library.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Are you using the correct tense when answering the question? Make sure you pay attention to the question. We can often use the tense of the question as a starting point to play with tenses. Remember, it’s not about displaying the greatest number of tenses, but they need to be relevant! Answering the question with a story about your past using present tense will confuse the reader or listener.

How To Plan Your Study

Lesson 1 – First, you’ve read this post to be familiar with the Writing Exam and what to expect. If you want a summary and guidebook to all the other posts attached to this training, come back to this post.

Lesson 2 – General Part 1

Lesson 3 – Academic Part 1

Lesson 4 – Academic Part 2

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