1. How can IELTedits help me?

IELTSedits offers you the chance to help your writing skills improve more quickly.

With over 50 years of combined experience (including IELTS examining) the IELTSedits team offers you the chance to really learn how to write IELTS tasks the way the examiner wants to see them.

We not only offer lots of writing tips but we can also look at every writing task you write and suggest ways for you to improve by sending you a Student Report.

In every Student Report we will:

  • Correct your writing
  • Review your task with the four criteria used by the IELTS examiner
  • Suggest ways to improve your writing
  • Give you a word profile showing the percentage of academic level words

Regular feedback means you will become aware of your errors and adjust your style of writing to match the style needed to get a higher grade in the IELTS exam.

2. Where do I get Task 1 and Task 2 practice material from?

It is very easy for you to get samples of both Task 1 and Task 2 Writing tasks to practice.

Just click on the links below to download the task you want.

After you have written it (remember to try and finish it within the stated time: 20 minutes for Task 1 and 40 minutes for Task 2) you can then send it to IELTSedits for your Student Report feedback.

Task material – Task 1 Academic (Downloads)

Task material – Task 1 General (Downloads)

Task material – Task 2 (Downloads)

3. How do I pay?

Writing Task 1 and Task 2 Corrections US $ 30.00

Paying for your Task 1 and Task 2 Student Reports couldn’t be easier and costs only US$30 for ANY four tasks (either Task 1 or Task 2).

If you would like us to help you get the grade you deserve then please follow the instructions below:

1) Select a Task 1 or Task 2 question from the selection provided (you can also use your own questions from other sources.)

Task Material – Academic Task 1
Task Material – General Task 1
Task Material – Task 2

2) To make corrections easier for us please send your writing tasks in the following formats – Microsoft Word – PDF – to: enquiries@ieltsedits.com

3) Your corrected writing tasks with Student Reports will usually be sent to you within 24 hours.

4) Payments can be made by PayPal or credit card.

4. How does an IELTS examiner grade my writing?

To ensure that every IELTS exam is standardised, trained IELTS examiners will use four criteria to assess your writing tasks. These are:

Task 1

  • Task Achievement
    Does your report fully satisfy all the requirements of the task and your letter clearly present a fully developed response?
  • Coherence and Cohesion
    Does your report / letter use cohesion in such a way that it attracts no attention and skilfully manages paragraphing?
  • Lexical Resource
    Does your report / letter show a wide range of vocabulary with a very natural and sophisticated control of lexical features with only rare minor errors?
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
    Does your report / letter show a wide range of structures with full flexibility and accuracy with only rare minor errors?

Task 2

  • Task Response
    Does your essay fully address all parts of the task and present a fully developed position in answer to the question with relevant, fully extended and well supported ideas?
  • Coherence and Cohesion
    Does your essay use cohesion in such a way that it attracts no attention and skilfully manages paragraphing?
  • Lexical Resource
    Does your essay show a wide range of vocabulary with a very natural and sophisticated control of lexical features with only rare minor errors?
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
    Does your essay show a wide range of structures with full flexibility and accuracy with only rare minor errors?

You can download the public version of these criteria and the band descriptors here:

Task 1 Criteria
Task 2 Criteria

5. Can I write more than the minimum number of words stated in the task?

Writing less than the stated minimum will result in a lowered grade for Task Achievement (Task 1) and for Task Response (Task 2).

Writing more than the minimum is possible but might result in problems because you still need to complete both essays in the 60 minutes allowed. Also, some paragraphs might now be seen as over developed and, therefore, show signs of a lack of conciseness. More words could also mean more mistakes and so affect the grading for lexical resource and grammatical range and accuracy.

6. How many different types of Task 2 essays are there?

There are a number of different Task 2 essays that you must practice before taking the IELTS exam. All of these can be written with four paragraphs and can be divided into three main types:

Opinion Led – in this type of essay you are always asked a direct question

This is where your personal opinion is given first and then the two main body paragraphs justify this opinion. Your opinion is also given in the final paragraph

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  • Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
  • What is your opinion?

Argument Led – in this type of essay no direct question is asked

This is where the argument (or reasons for certain opinions) is given in the two main body paragraphs and is followed by your personal opinion in the final paragraph.

  • Discuss both points of view and give your own opinion
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages and give your own opinion
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages

Two Question Essay – in this type of essay you are always asked two questions

This is where the two main body paragraphs are used to answer the two questions, one paragraph for each question. The final paragraph is then a summary of these answers.

  • Problem / Solution
  • Cause / Solution
  • Opinion / Solution

7. How important are my ideas when writing Task 2 essays?

Ideas are very important and form part of the final band score for Task Response (Task 2).

It is not enough to state, for example, that the advantages of going overseas to study are more knowledge and a chance to live independently. You must ALWAYS explain why you think these are advantages rather than assume that everybody will agree with you.

You could, for example, write:

From an academic point of view, the chance to broaden your knowledge and experience new ideas and concepts can only be seen as positive. It is also essential for people keen on furthering their career and enhancing their chances of promotion.

In addition, the chance to hone interpersonal skills, develop a more international outlook on life as well as have the opportunity to become more independent are priceless experiences that will benefit you for the rest of your life. In fact, this is an ideal way to create self-confidence and a sense of purpose in the student that is hard to develop in any other way.

8. Can I see a sample Student Report?

Original Question

In the past children were taught how to save money, but today they only learn how to spend it.

To what extent do you agree?

ORIGINAL Student Version

Recently, there are number of young people who do not consider about saving their money and they tend to spend all of their income immediately after earn money from their part time job. I strongly agree with this statement.
In this essay I will describe the reasons why nowadays youths shop excessively compare with past.

The one of most obvious reason is internet improvement. In today’s society, internet has been developing rapidly, therefore people not only youths but also elders enjoy shopping by online. They are frequently able to find better value than retail so they often push the purchase button like addictively. It may cause spending money excessively.

Second reason is job opportunity. It seems to be effortless to get a part time job for teenagers;
they often work as a waiter or waitress at cafés or restaurants after school. Hence they may never learnt that how hard to earn money. It definitely causes young people to spend money without savings.

From my point of view, when I was high school student, it is not commonly to work after school as many employers did not allow students to work, besides we do not have own mobile phone as parents banned to use it. However these common senses have been changing over a decade.

In conclusion, it is true to say that young people tend to spend their money more easily compared with past and there are several causes to lead them that way.
I firmly feel that their parents and teachers should have responsibility to educate about how to save and spend their money properly

266 WORDS

Student Report

EDITED Version

Currently Recently, (Recently – suggests not now) there are a number of young people who do not consider about saving their money and they tend to spend all of their income immediately after earning money from their part time job. I strongly agree with this statement.
In this essay I will describe the reasons why today’s nowadays (nowadays is seen as rather informal and is best avoided) youths shop excessively compared with the past.

Is the last sentence in the first paragraph a separate paragraph? If not, it should follow on more neatly with the previous sentence. This is poor cohesion.

The o One of the most obvious reasons is the improvement of the i Internet improvement. In today’s society, the i Internet has been developing rapidly, therefore, people not only youths but also the elderly s enjoy shopping by online. They are frequently able to find better value than retail stores so they often push the purchase button like addictively. It may cause them to spend ing money excessively.

The S second reason is job opportunity. It seems to be effortless to get a part time job for teenagers; they often work as a waiter or waitress at cafés or restaurants after school. Hence, they may never learn t that how hard it is to earn money. It definitely causes young people to spend without saving s.

I think people who work in a café or restaurant would argue that it is tiring work.

From my point of view, when I was a high school student, it was is not common ly to work after school as many employers did not allow students to work, besides we did do not have our own mobile phone as parents banned their to use it. However, these common sense s has have been changing over a decade.

It would have been better here to state that this is why people had a more saving mentality than today.

Why are you talking about mobile phones? If this is connected with your previous point about online shopping you should say so.

What is the common sense you refer to? Allowing young people to have mobile phones or part-time jobs or both?

In conclusion, it is true to say that young people tend to spend their money more easily compared with the past and there are several causes to lead them that way.
I firmly feel that their parents and teachers should have the responsibility to educate them about how to save and spend their money more properly.

Is the last sentence in the first paragraph a separate paragraph? If not, it should follow on more neatly with the previous sentence. This is poor cohesion.

Task
Response
√ 250 -340 words
X all parts of the topic are responded to well
X all parts of the question are responded to well
Paragraph 5
You have not stated to what extent you agree with the Task 2 statement.
Cohesion &
Coherence
X good overall structure
ALL essays can be written using only four paragraphs.
Here, you have used 5 (possible 7) paragraphs as it seems the first and last paragraphs actually have two paragraphs each.

It is possible to use more than four paragraphs but I would recommend practicing with only four as this makes it easier to write in a concise, coherent manner. You also only have to write two topic sentences which some students find difficult and if you get wrong will affect Cohesion and Coherence.

√ the first paragraph clearly introduces the essay
X logical paragraph development
The original Task 2 information implies this is ALL youth but you changed this to – a number – which is quite different.

X linking phrases are used well
You should start your topic sentences with linking phrases that indicate your opinion as follows below:

The main reason why I agree is because
Another reason I agree is because
VocabularyX appropriate word choices

e.g. it does not much lead to/it does not lead to
x control of word endings/forms
e.g. material/materials – shape/shaped
√ spelling is correct
GrammarX articles

a, an, the

x sentence structures are correct

e.g. extra energy is fairly low if we go for finding oil and gas
/extra energy is fairly low if we go to (for) finding oil and gas


√ coordinating conjunctions

for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so

x punctuation is correct
General advice

Proofread after writing to help reduce errors in vocabulary and grammar.

Practice your punctuation skills:
https://www.thepunctuationguide.com/index.html
     
Estimated Grade
Overall Grade
Task Response
Cohesion & Coherence
Vocabulary
Grammar
6
6
6
6
6.0

9. What is the difference between Academic and General IELTS?

The most important difference is that Academic IELTS is for students who want to go overseas to study and General IELTS is for people who want to emigrate to another country in order to work or retire.

In terms of the actual IELTS exam, the differences are as follows (with differences highlighted in RED)

 AcademicGeneral
Reading3 reading passages (more text)3 reading passages (less text)
Writing
Task 1a report – 150 wordsa letter – 150 words
Task 2an essay – 250 wordsan essay – 250 words
Listening20-25 minutes20-25 minutes
Speaking12-14 minutes test12-14 minute test

NOTE: All of the skills needed for the Reading exam are exactly the same for both Academic and General.

10. Is my vocabulary level high enough?

Students will need to know the Academic Word List (AWL) if they hope to study in an English-speaking university environment. In fact, because some of these words are very common, they are even useful to those who do not have academic goals of this kind.

Academic Word List