Why The IELTS Writing Module Is So Tough - IELTS University (Singapore)

Why The IELTS Writing Module Is So Tough

Ask any candidate what was the toughest module to prepare for and I guarantee that 90% of the response will say that IELTS writing module. When it comes to the writing module we have to flex skills that we might not have had to use in years. Like for example, when was the last time you had to write an actual letter.

It might not be the content of the writing test that is that difficult but rather that the skills needed during this exam are not skills that we use In our daily life.

The other three skills are somewhat incorporated into our daily routine. We often have to speak in English or listen to the other participants in a conversation, and thanks to the internet, we are definitely exposed to English text on a large scale.

Another reason why the writing test is hard to score well in is that it is the only module where you don’t have many opportunities to make up for a mistake. If you answer the question incorrectly during the Listening, Reading, or Speaking it is highly unlikely to affect your score in a substantial way

However, for the writing module if you fail to understand the question you might end up writing an entire essay that is off-topic, which will result in a low Task Achievement score.

Failing To Understand The Skills Needed

Another reason why students fail to score well is that they are unaware of which features, examiners, look out for in a good piece of writing. Candidates tend to focus more on having good ideas rather than how to frame their arguments in a logical and easy-to-understand manner.

Therefore in order to score well, it's important to familiarize yourself with public writing band descriptions. These will give you a better idea about the type of language skills you need to ace the writing exam. you can find these descriptors on the official IELTS website.

Time Constraints


Additionally, the writing module is tough due to strict time limits for the test. Test takers have to write a minimum of 400 words for both tasks, as well as brainstorm ideas, and have enough time to recheck their answers. If you are not used to writing under a time limit you could start to panic as the clock runs out, and this can affect the quality of your answer.

Formal Language


Both the essay and report of the IELTS exam requires the use of formal language. Even though a candidate may have a good grasp of conversation English, writing in a formal language requires the use of high-level language and phrases, which not all candidates make be comfortable using.

Now that you have a better idea about some of the trendier aspects of the IELTS writing module you can begin with your IELTS writing preparation.