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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Writing Penalty in IELTS: How Will It Affect Your Score?

The writing part of the IELTS exam is quite possibly the hardest part of the IELTS. This is due to the essay format of the exam that most test takers find challenging to accomplish. Even with the help of your chosen IELTS review center inManila, in Makati, or anywhere near you, the topics featured in this part of the exam can’t be predicted.

On a positive note, several guidelines for the IELTS Writing Tasks are featured all over the web. The best thing you can do is prepare for topics that have the potential to be featured in the IELTS Writing Tasks.

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Now, let’s talk about how you’ll be scored.

Writings Tasks 1 & 2 have 4 criteria on which you will be scored on – Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. You’ll get a score out of 9 in each criteria, which are then added together and divided by 4.

For the Writing Tasks, test takers will be penalized for a number of things:

Length: Your score will be affected by the length of your essays – not less than 150 words for WT1 and not less than 250 for WT2. Accordingly, going over that limit too much will affect your score negatively as well, as this means you’ve included unnecessary or irrelevant information in your essay. 

Our advice? Aim between 160 and 180 words for WT1 and 260 and 280 for WT2.

Off-Topic: If your essay –or some of – is not related to the question, your score will be affected negatively.

Our advice? Some essay questions will ask you to present an argument, some will ask for your opinion. Make sure to pay close attention to how the question was asked, so you can answer it properly.

Legibility: If your handwriting makes it hard for the examiner to read your essay, your score will resort to 0. Even if you have the perfect grammar, punctuation placement, and amazing essay essence, if your examiner can’t read it, then it will all be for naught.

Our advice? Take advantage of the mockexams given by your chosen review center for IELTS. Write your essay as you normally would while taking mock exams and ask feedback from your teachers regarding your handwriting. You should take no longer than 25 minutes for each Writing task, so before you take the actual exam, you should already have your handwriting’s readability sorted out.

Remember, if you’re having a hard time meeting these criteria on your own, do not be afraid to seek the assistance of an experienced IELTS test taker or an IELTS review center. Both can help you take the test successfully, but the latter will be able to evaluate your level better and provide you with the necessary lessons, materials, and exams. Choose wisely! 

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