How IELTS Writing Task 1 is scored: Band 5 to 8 with helpful tips

How IELTS Writing Task 1 is scored

How IELTS Writing Task 1 is scored: Band 5 to 8 with helpful tips

In this post you’re going to learn how your IELTS Writing Task 1 is marked and the difference between bands like 5, 6, 7, and 8. Examiner marks IELTS Writing Task 1 based on 4 Assessment Criteria i.e. Task Achievement, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resources/Range of Vocabulary, and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. You’ll also find useful tips to increase your Band Score fulfilling the requirements of each Marking Criteria.


IELTS Writing Task 1 marking criteria

  1. Task Achievement (TA) which accounts for 25% of total marks
  2. Coherence and Cohesion (CC) – accounts for 25%
  3. Lexical Resources (LR) – accounts for 25%, and
  4. Grammatical Range & Accuracy (GRA) accounts for 25% as well.


  • Task Achievement: The examiner will assess your Task Achievement score looking at your introduction, overview, detail and accuracy. Look at the following table:
Band 5 Band 6 Band 7 Band 8

· No clear overview

· Key features not adequately covered

· Too much detail

· No data to support statement

· Inaccurate information

· Has an overview

· Highlights key features adequately

· Information is well selected

· Some information may be inaccurate

· A clear overview

· Clearly highlights key features

· No inaccurate information

· Some areas could be better developed

· A clear overview

· Key features are clearly highlighted and well-illustrated

· All requirements are sufficiently covered

Tips to increase your score:

  • check and analyse the chart, and identify all key features
  • highlight all key features in an overview
  • support your body paragraph if numbers and data
  • avoid putting wrong information
  • don’t include conclusion
  • write a report based on facts
  • write more than 150 words like 165 words
  • watch my overview/conclusion lessons


How IELTS Writing Task 1 is scored



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