Getting the Rubric

IELTS Writing Task 2 is the second part of the writing test, where you are presented with a point of view, argument or problem and asked to write an essay in response. Your essay should be in a formal style, at least 250 words in length and you should aim to complete it in under 40 minutes. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to IELTS or if you’ve failed the exam before – I’ve broken everything down into a simple 3-step process that anyone can use to improve their scores! Watch the video above to find out what they are.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Essential Information

  1. You must write an essay in response to a question.
  2. It is important that you write 250 words or more.
  3. Task 2 is worth 2/3 of your total mark on the Writing test.
  4. You should spend around 40 minutes on this part of the test.
  5. General Training and Academic are essentially the same for Task 2. However, they are different for Task 1.
  6. There are certain types of questions that you will be asked, for example, opinion, discussion etc. See below for more detail on these.
  7. You will be assessed in four areas:
    1. Task Achievement (25%)
    2. Coherence and Cohesion (25%)
    3. Lexical Resource (25%)
    4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy (25%)

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