When an IELTS examiner assesses your essays, they will give you a band score for IELTS writing task 1 and a separate band score for IELTS writing task 2.
To calculate your final IELTS writing band score, an IELTS administrator will use a table that is similar to the one shown below.
Note: we think the table is the same as the one shown below, but IELTS keep the exact table secret!
IELTS Writing Task 2 is worth more than Task 1
Writing task 2 is worth more marks than task 1. In effect, task 2 is worth double the marks of task 1. (Your final band score is not the average of the two band scores.)
So, if a candidate gets a band score of 9.0 in task 1, and nothing in task 2 (maybe they forgot to do task 2!), they will get a final band score of only 3.0. However, if a candidate gets a band score of 9.0 in task 2, and gets nothing in task 1, they will get a band score of 6.0.
Here is another example. If a candidate gets a 6.0 in task 1 and a 5.0 in task 2, their final band score will be 5.0. But if a candidate gets a 5.0 in task 1 and a 6.0 in task 2, their final band score will be 6.0.
Take a look at the table. Click on it to see it full size.
What does this mean for you?
Remember, Task 2 is double the marks of Task 1. Therefore, make sure you do a great Task 2.
You have one hour to do both writing tasks, but you can do them in the order you want. I always advise candidates to do Task 2 first because it is better to run out of time while writing Task 1 than Task 2.
I hope this helps!
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