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)

  2. Coherence and Cohesion (CC) = how well is your text structured.

    To increase score for CC:

  3. Lexical Resource (LR) = how good is your vocabulary.

    To increase score for LR:

  4. 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:

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.