IELTS Writing Academic – Module Overview:

The IELTS Writing (Academic) module assesses your ability to present and organize information in a clear and coherent manner, as well as your skill in constructing well-structured essays based on visual data and written prompts.

Module Duration:

Approximately 60 minutes.

Syllabus Breakdown:

  1. Task 1: Describing Visual Data (150 words minimum)
  • Interpreting and describing data presented in graphs, charts, tables, diagrams, or maps.
  • Presenting key trends, comparisons, and significant features of the visual information.
  • Summarizing and selecting relevant information to meet the word limit.
  1. Task 2: Essay Writing (250 words minimum)
  • Addressing a specific question or statement related to an academic topic.
  • Developing a clear thesis statement or viewpoint in response to the task.
  • Presenting a well-structured essay with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  • Provide reasons, examples, and evidence to support your arguments.

Marking Criteria:

Both tasks are assessed based on four criteria:

1. Task Achievement: (40%)

  • Have you addressed all the requirements of the task?
  • Have you provided a clear and accurate overview of the information (Task 1) or presented a well-organized argument (Task 2)?

2. Coherence and Cohesion: (20%)

  • Is your writing well-organized and easy to follow?
  • Do you use appropriate transitions and connectors to link your ideas?

3. Lexical Resource: (20%)

  • Have you used a wide range of vocabulary and grammar structures?
  • Is your language appropriate for an academic context?

4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy: (20%)

  • Do you make few or no grammatical errors?
  • Do you use a variety of sentence structures?

Key Focus Areas:

  1. Task Understanding and Response:
  • Analyzing the task requirements and ensuring a relevant and complete response.
  • Addressing all aspects of the question or task statement.
  1. Coherence and Cohesion:
  • Organizing ideas logically within paragraphs and throughout the essay.
  • Using cohesive devices (e.g., conjunctions, transition words) to link sentences and paragraphs.
  1. Vocabulary and Lexical Resource:
  • Demonstrating a wide range of vocabulary, including academic and subject-specific terms.
  • Using appropriate collocations and idiomatic expressions.
  1. Grammar and Sentence Structure:
  • Employing a variety of grammatical structures, including complex and compound sentences.
  • Demonstrating accurate use of verb tenses, articles, prepositions, and punctuation.
  1. Argument Development:
  • Developing clear, well-reasoned arguments and providing relevant examples.
  • Ensuring a balanced and thoughtful discussion of multiple perspectives (if applicable).


Both Task 1 and Task 2 are scored separately on a scale of 0 to 9 bands. The scores are then averaged to determine your overall Writing band score.

Tips for Success:

  • Practice both tasks regularly: Familiarize yourself with the format and requirements of each task.
  • Plan your writing: Take some time to brainstorm ideas and structure your essay before you start writing.
  • Use formal language: Avoid slang, contractions, and informal speech.
  • Vary your sentence structure: Use a mix of short and long sentences to keep your writing engaging.
  • Proofread carefully: Check for typos, grammatical errors, and inconsistencies.


This syllabus is a general guideline for the IELTS Writing (Academic) module and may vary slightly based on the test center and location. Refer to official IELTS materials for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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