Not Finishing the IELTS Writing Task 1

by meki
(milano)


Hi

I've done the ielts test this morning. I had no problems with all the sections, but writing test one: I ran out of time and I didn't finish the first task. Now, are there any chances for me to achieve good marks (5.5 at least) in this section?

Task 2 was ok, I did everything coherently, so I wonder: how much the previous one could penalize my mark?

Thank you in advance

Dom

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Feb 10, 2015
Ran out of time for the Task 1
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Dom,

It is still possible to get a 5.5 but it is impossible to say much more than this as it depends on so many other things.

For instance, an incomplete Task 1 with very good grammar, coherency etc is going to still get a better score than an incomplete Task 1 which is also poor in other respects.

Also, it depends to what extent it was incomplete. What data were being described? How much of it was not described etc?

All these kinds of things get taken into account, not just the fact that it was under-length itself.

And of course it will also depends on how well you did in the Task 2. That is weighted more heavily, so obviously that will go in your favour if you think you did well on that.

Really you will just have to wait for your score.

Good luck

May 18, 2015
My experience
by: Michael

When I first took the IELTS exam, I didn't finish my Task 1 as well, but I did get 6 on writing. I think, if you wrote a clear and good Task 2, it will pull up your score.

Also, if you were able to include the main points in your Task 1, then I think you can get 5.5 even if you did not finish your essay.

Jul 23, 2015
I didn't finish the IELTS Task 1. Can I still get a band score of 7?
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Is it possible to get a band score of 7, if I wasn't able to complete task 1?

I have missed out only on the last part but I was able to properly convey the required points.

Also, I have completed task 2 properly and I feel pretty much confident about it.

Do let me know. Thanks

Jul 27, 2015
Not finishing task 1
by: IELTS buddy

Not finishing one of the tasks doesn't automatically mean you can't get a 7, so it is possible, but it is impossible to say for sure as there are so many factors that can influence your score.

If the part you didn't complete meant that you didn't describe something important in the graph then it can have quite a negative affect on your score, but you seem to say you described the key points.

Also, if you went below 150 words, this could impact your score as 150 is a requirement of the task.

Of course your task 2 is important as well because this is weighted more heavily than the task 1 so if you got say an 8 in this it may compensate for a slightly lower score in the task 1.

So really you need to just wait for your result.

Jul 09, 2016
Couldn't do the IELTS Task 1
by: Anonymous

Today I had ielts exam but I could not write task 1 at all.

What will happen in that case. Is it possible to get 5 or more than 5 score?

Jul 10, 2016
Task 1
by: IELTS buddy

It's really not possible to give you any kind of prediction on this because saying "could not write task 1 at all" is too vague.

It depends what you did do but we can't know that without seeing your answer.

Sep 04, 2016
Didn't put similar things together
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I was supposed to put 2 similar looking data in BP1 and the 3rd thing in BP2. But, somehow I ended up writing 2 non similar things in BP1 and third thing in next BP.

Writing task 2 was OK. Just curious to know whether this thing could lead to a score of less than 6?? Sentence formation was OK allover. Please help

Sep 04, 2016
Didn't put similar things together
by: IELTS buddy

The marking really doesn't work in that way.

There isn't something in the marking criteria that says "Candidate did not put similar data together in the paragraphs = band 5".

You are graded on the way you organise things, and grouping similar trends together helps to make a coherent answer that is easy to read. But it's really not possible to know how well you organised your answer without seeing it.

So in theory yes you could still get a 6, but whether what you did was good enough overall to get a 6 is impossible to know. You are graded on many different factors.

Nov 26, 2016
Penalty for doing task 2 only
by: Anonymous

Hello,

if one only completes task 2 and does not attempt to write the answer for task 1 at all, does this mean getting a zero for task 1 when calculating the writing score?

Thanks

Nov 26, 2016
Penalty for doing task 2 only
by: IELTS buddy

Yes you would get no score if you wrote nothing, and so of course it would considerably reduce your overall writing score as it is an average of both.

Nov 28, 2016
Writing band score
by: Anonymous

I gave my IELTS exam on 26th November. I completed my writing task 2 with good discussion of both sides because it's a discussion essay. I'm slightly weak in preposition.

But, I wrote only the introduction and 1 more sentence in writing task 1. Is it possible to get a 6 in writing?

Dec 01, 2016
Not finishing the IELTS Task 1 Writing
by: IELTS buddy

To be honest it may be very difficult if you wrote that little amount on the Task 1. You will get a very low score for just an introduction then one sentence.

It's possible but you'd have to get a great score, like 8 or 9 on the Task 2 to even have a chance as they average it out.

Dec 05, 2016
Ran short of words in task 2
by: Anonymous

Hi, Just want to ask how much score you can lose if you run short of words in task 2. Can I still get 7 band?

Jan 27, 2017
Not enough words in Task 2
by: Anonymous

Completed writing task 2 but short of the word limit. What will be the score in that case?

Feb 02, 2017
Not enough words in Task 2
by: IELTS buddy

It's impossible to predict scores even with knowing how many words you wrote. You are marked over several criteria then given the average so it really can't be worked out at all what you may have got.

Feb 11, 2017
Task 1 under length and one bullet point not mentioned.
by: Anonymous

Hello sir,

I am so tense about the writing task that I took today. In the task 1:

Firstly, I wrote 126 words only.

Secondly, I was unable to address the last point resulting to forget to write about one bullet point.

Lastly, I made 5-6 paragraphs because I panicked as I ran out of time. But managed to conclude the task 1.

But, in the task 2:

I have written very well covering all the aspects and crossing 250 words with good vocab and grammar and all.

How will this affect/effect my score either band wise or individual score? I request for a reply, please.

Feb 14, 2017
Task 1 under length and one bullet point not mentioned
by: IELTS buddy

I understand your concerns but it really is impossible to predict how your overall score could be affected by the points you mention without seeing the whole response for both parts.

There are many other factors taken into account apart from the ones you mentioned and all those things will be put together to give the result. So you can't really pick out one or two things and work out what may be the impact.

You will just have to wait for your result unfortunately.

Good luck

Mar 18, 2017
Overthinking IELTS writing word count
by: Anonymous

Hi, yesterday I took my IELTS exam. In the writing section, I did really well; however, I didn't have time to check how many words I wrote. I filled up 1 and a 1/4 pages in task 1 and 1 and 1/3 pages in task 2. Also, I have small to medium sized handwriting. Do you think I'll be okay? <_<

Mar 19, 2017
Overthinking IELTS writing word count
by: IELTS buddy

I'm sure that much for the Task 1 is ok. I'm not so sure about the Task 2 but it's really difficult to know.

Mar 29, 2017
my bad lol
by: Anonymous

Oh, I'm sorry! I meant 1 and 3/4 pages. My bad @_@
(Just for further clarification: if I were to write another paragraph, I'd run out of space. haha. Thanks :3)

Jun 17, 2017
Incomplete conclusion in writing task 1
by: Anonymous

Hi!
I just took my IELTS exam today. In the writing section,I did first the writing task 2 because it has much percentage than writing task 1. I was able to express my thoughts in the essay and was able to have more than 250 words.

However, I feel so anxious after the exam because I was not able to finish my conclusion in Writing task 1 although I know that I already had 150 words but still not enough conclusion.

Mr./Ms., do you think I would still be able to get a band 7 in the Writing section even if I have incomplete conclusion in task 1. Thank you in advance.

Jun 17, 2017
Incomplete conclusion
by: Navroop

Hi I have my exam few mins before. I did task 2 appropriately but incomplete conclusion of task1 (ielts). I already mention overview, but too much mess up in conclusion. Will realy effect my writing scores 😞😞

Jun 18, 2017
Incomplete conclusion in writing task 1
by: IELTS buddy

In answer to both the last questions about conclusions:

Firstly, you do not need a conclusion in the Task 1. What you must have is an overview - a statement which identifies the main trend/s in the graph or diagram, map etc.

So as long as you have that (and it could appear in various places in the graph, including in a conclusion, as long at it is very clear it is an overview) it will be ok.

If you don't have an overview or it is unclear, it will bring down your score for Task Achievement (please refer to the Public Band Descriptors which you can find online).

Jul 29, 2017
wrong chart name
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I have written wrong chart name instead of writing pie I wrote bar chart. Will all my task 1 get wrong?

Aug 01, 2017
wrong chart name
by: IELTS buddy

That won't make it all 'wrong' - that is just one mistake with your vocabulary.

Aug 19, 2017
Didn't end the letter with any signature
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I recently gave my IELTS General and the writing portion was finished all successfully on time. However, just realised I forgot to end with the signature, like, Yours Sincerely at the end.
Albeit, I have given my best to both the tasks.
How much will it affect my band, please revert.

Thanks

Aug 20, 2017
Didn't end the letter with any signature
by: IELTS buddy

There isn't anything specifically in the marking that sets a certain band score or penalty for not writing a signature at the end.

An examiner could take it into account as affecting the 'tone' of the letter as that would mean it was not ended politely but the tone of the whole letter would be taken into account along with this, so you can't focus on one aspect and predict a band.

The tone of the whole letter would need to be looked at.

Aug 26, 2017
Writing task1
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I couldn't finish only my last sentence in task 1. Will it influence much to my score. Other things ok.

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It's impossible to know - it depends whether missing that last sentence meant that there was anything important about the graph you did not say. Or whether it was your 'overview', which you must have.

If it was neither of those it may not really have much impact.

IELTS buddy

Aug 26, 2017
without mentioning the graph name
by: Anonymous

Can anyone say that if we do not mention the name of the graph in task 1 do u loose the score? Or how it is please suggest me as i forgot to mention it in task 1 name of the graph?

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You mean as in 'bar graph' or 'line graph'? That probably won't make much difference if you still wrote a good description.

IELTS buddy

Aug 26, 2017
Task 1 incomplete, and Task 2 able to finish
by: Anonymous

Hi IELTS buddy, I'd like to know where I can improve on.

On task 1, i felt I wasn't able to finish and explain the graph well. I only had 2 paragraphs, first paragraph is the paraphrase, the 2nd paragraph about 2-3 sentence about the trend and just wrote on the first page.

On Task 2 I think I did well and able to finish it. However, i got Band 5 overall in writing. What could possibly go wrong? Where do you think I should focus on? Thank you.

Aug 27, 2017
Task 1 incomplete, and Task 2 able to finish
by: IELTS buddy

You might have issues with grammar etc but of course I don't know whether that is the case or not so I can't advise you on that.

But the issue you talk about is time, and not having enough.

That is all about planning and practice under timed conditions.

So for example you need to practice analysing different types of graph questions and essay questions so you are familiar with them and don't waste precious time at the beginning confused over something you have never seen before.

And also the practice under timed conditions means you will get to know how quickly you can write and what you can get done in time.

Also make sure you are not writing too much on the Task 2 - stick to around 260 words so you have plenty of time for Task 1.

I'd go through the lessons and model essays / graphs on my site then do lots of timed practice till you are confident about doing a Task 2 in 40 mins and a Task 1 in 20 minutes.

Sep 21, 2017
task 1 NEW
by: ajay

task 1 is incomplete due to time period but instead i just write introduction and overall only how much i can get scored??

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Can you write less than 150 words in IELTS Task 1?

by KD

What if one completes the writing task 1 in less than 150 words? (All the points are covered). Does that affect the final band score?

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Sep 23, 2013
Writing less than 150 words
by: IELTS buddy

Yes, you will be penalised so make sure you write at least 150 words.

Sep 23, 2013
Thanks
by: KD

Thanks a lot.

Can you also let me know how will it affect the score? Will it affect the band score or will my task 1 be considered as incomplete?

Sep 24, 2013
ielts task 1
by: Anonymous

Although words limit is essential, organizjng ideas and the use of cohesive devices are the main focus. I can write less than150 words but i pay more attention to ideas than the words count.

Nov 01, 2014
help??
by: Anonymous

I am worrying so much. Because I
have written 70 words for task 1 and
274 words for task 2 (by
approximation). How heavy am I
going to be penalised, especially task
1?

Nov 02, 2014
Under the word length
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

You will not be penalised for your Task 2, but your Task 1 is considerably under-length so you will be penalised.

It's not really possible to assess how much it will affect your band. You are assessed on many things, not only the word length, so you will really just have to wait for the result.

Dec 24, 2014
Task 1 under word length
by: Anonymous

Oh I did the same! Can you tell what happened? What was your writing score?

May 09, 2015
Task 2
by: Anonymous

I have read your comments. Writing less than 150 words lead penalization. Well! I think I saw someone saying that there will not be penalization for task 2 in the case of incomplete of the word requirement.

Did I understand the points clearly?

May 10, 2015
Word requirement for IELTS
by: IELTS buddy

You must follow the instructions - minimum 150 words for Task 1 and 250 for Task 2.

Jan 25, 2016
Under length penalty
by: Bilge

Hello everybody,

I'm really worried about my writing task 2 and I need a bit of information as I'm confused. I took the test last Saturday. My writing task 1 response was good. I addressed all the points. But unfortunately for task 2 I wrote only 220 words. I read in a website that I can get no more than 5 if I write under length. Is that true?

Jan 25, 2016
Under length penalty
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Bilge,

No there isn't a rule that anything under-length is automatically no higher than a 5.

But the marking rules for writing under-length papers is not in the public domain so you'll just have to wait and see what you get.

Apr 02, 2016
Writing task 1
by: Anonymous

Hi. I've done the exam this morning. I am so worried after i asked my friend how he had answered in the writing task 1. I think i have misunderstood the questions. From what i have understand, i should write a letter of complaint to my manager but as per my friend we need to write a letter of complaint to the other manager.

Apr 30, 2016
OMG, I might lose it
by: an IELTS taker

Hi everybody,

People seem to have a very clear idea about what they want. How much is the penalty for under count words?

Somehow, nobody seems answering the question yet they keep dancing around.

You should learn to say "I don't know" when we don't actually know the answer.

May 04, 2016
Went off track in tAsk 2
by: Anonymous

Hi , I have taken my exam yesterday. I have done very well in listening and reading. I am expecting to get 8.5 in listening and 9 in reading. However I was unable to do well in writing as I misunderstood the topic of essay, but the structure of essay, linkers and grammar used by me was correct.and in task 1 I missed writing anticipation due to shortage of time .lettet was written well. I need 6 in each module. How much I can expect in writing?can I get 6 in writing? Thanks

May 04, 2016
Went off track in Task 2
by: IELTS buddy

It's still possible to get a 6 based on what you said.

If you get a lower score because you did not meet the word length this could get counterbalanced by very good scores in grammar and coherence and cohesion for example.

But it is really difficult to have any idea without seeing your essay and letter so you'll just have to wait.

Jul 17, 2016
Writing
by: Anonymous

I did my IELTS last week, and everything went very well apart from the writing. I wrote everything I could, but when I started counting my words I found out I had only 90 words. Same thing goes for task 2, when I started counting I found out I was missing roughly 100 words.

Now I only need to get a 5.5, but I am really worried I'm not going to score high enough...
Any opinions?

Jul 19, 2016
Underlength on both writings
by: IELTS buddy

You wrote quite a lot under the required amount so it will affect your score but you'll have to await your result to see what you get. Nobody can predict it as you are not just marked on the length but a number of other things.

Sep 01, 2016
Academic Task 1 incomplete - Still a good score
by: Anonymous

Hi,

My Ielts result was released today.

I got overall 7.5. I didn't expect my writing to be more than 6 because I wasn't able to finish task 1 since i spent a lot of time for task 2.

Task 1 essay length was not more than 100 words and i didn't even describe important facts. In fact, I only finished writing the Introduction, summary, description of one of the bar charts of two.

So what i anticipate is that if you did well in task 2, you still can get 6 for writing since task 2 weighs twice as much as task 1. But you need to show some attempts in task 1 (eg. a non-repetitive introduction, an overall description paragraph).

Hope it helps!

Sep 09, 2016
count words in the writing task
by: Anonymous

Please someone let me how to count words in the writing task

Sep 10, 2016
task 1 incomplete
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I just gave an IELTS test today. In writing I completed task 2.

But task one is incomplete. I almost wrote 150 words but I wasn't able to write a conclusion so can I get 6 band in writing?

Sep 11, 2016
task 1 incomplete
by: IELTS buddy

Yes you can still possibly get a 6 but it depends on other things.

Firstly, you don't need a conclusion for an academic task 1 but you DO need an overview.

You can find out more about that here:

Writing an Academic Task 1

If you have been penalized for writing under-length you could make up for it by getting higher scores for good grammar, vocabulary etc but it is impossible to know how you did in the other criteria.

So you really just need to wait for the result.

Sep 13, 2016
Paper Correction
by: Star5

Hello

I wonder if you could tell me how Task 1 and 2 are valued being corrected. Are both papers of the same value meaning 9 and then the calculation happens or that is different. Thanks in advance.

Sep 13, 2016
Paper Correction
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Star5,

I don't really understand your question. But you are given a band for task 1 and another for task 2.

A total band is then worked out for your writing, but more weight is given to the task 2 as it is longer.

Oct 23, 2016
Trend opposite match?
by: Anonymous

I have to compare for bar chart for female and male but I came to know that the chart which was for female I name it male and for male I write female,,, What do u think how it will effect my band for task 1?

Oct 23, 2016
Trend opposite match?
by: IELTS buddy

It may affect your score a bit as you have misinterpreted the data (possibly affecting Task Response) and it may very well have affected coherence as well.

But it's really impossible to say for sure if it did actually impact your score or to what extent. That would have been the examiners decision based on reading the whole answer.

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About word count of writing task 1

by Harish
(Vijayawada)

I've written the task 1 by following this structure by covering all the information.

paragraph 1 - intro by paraphrasing.
paragraph 2 - Overview.
Paragraph 3 - body by using comparisons.
Paragraph 4 - remaining body by using comparisons.

I've written a total of 18 lines with approximately 140 words.

Is it a problem for my assessment. Please help me by answering.

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Oct 14, 2016
Word Counts Task 1
by: IELTS buddy

You should try to write 150 words but it's not really possible to say whether your score will be affected or not.

Nov 19, 2016
Can I get 6 in writing?
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I gave my IELTS test today, Listening and Reading went well.

But I am worried about the writing task, I have a conditional offer, according to which I need to have at least 6 in each section.

I did okay in task 1 (Missed out in mentioning the values of table 2).

In task 2 (Language was not very complex and also the content was normal with repetition of words. Number of words 240)

If someone has got 6 even after messing up the same way please share the result.

Dec 04, 2016
task 2
by: Sukhjeet Sidhu

I forgot to wrote my candidate number and name on the extra sheet for writing task 2. Will I lose marks because of it?
Please answer.

Dec 04, 2016
candidate number and name
by: IELTS buddy

No you won't lose marks for that. You just have to hope they put it together with your first part.

Dec 12, 2016
Not enough words
by: Anonymous

I wrote 112 words in task 1 and 160 words in task 2. I ran out of time, but I think the content is ok. Do you think I could get a band 5.5? Or the penalty will send me to 5 even if I have good grammar? Thank you.

Dec 14, 2016
Not enough words
by: IELTS buddy

You are graded on lots of things so it's still possible to get 5.5 overall. Or you may have done very well in the Task 2 which would push your overall score up. And remember the Task 2 is worth more than the Task 1.

Feb 27, 2017
I wrote 100 words in task 1
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I wrote 100 words in task 1 covering all the main points in the graph,still do they consider to score that part (1) ? or they will just leave as word count is less than required.

Mar 02, 2017
I wrote 100 words in task 1
by: IELTS buddy

It will be marked but the fact that it is shorted than required will be taken into account when you are given a score.

Apr 20, 2017
Task 2 Conclusion Missed
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I was not able to conclude the task 2 due to the porblm in my time management.... how much will it effect it???

Jun 08, 2017
Didn't cope with 150 words in task 1
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I have finished my ielts exam and waiting for my result. But in my writing task 1 I wrote less than 150 words. Will they validate it or not?.

Waiting for your response...

Jun 09, 2017
Didn't cope with 150 words in task 1
by: IELTS buddy

Not sure what you mean by validate it. Yes they will grade it but writing 150 words is part of the task requirement so if you didn't do that then it may well affect your writing task 1 band.

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Task 1 and 2 Under Length

by Gowtham
(Chennai)

Hi,

1) I didn't cope with 150 words in task 1. Will they will validate it or not?

2) And in task 2 I wrote above 330 words. Could that be a problem in validation?

3) I have used mix of both simple and complex words in both tasks. Will i get band score of 6 and 6+?

Pls clarify my three doubts

Waiting for your response...

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Jun 10, 2017

by: IELTS buddy

1/2) Reaching the minimum words length is part of the task response / achievement for both tasks, so if you do not write enough words, then yes there will be some kind of penalty. What that is really depends on how many words you wrote under length.

3) It's impossible to predict your score just on the fact that you wrote a mix of sentence types. Firstly we don't know how accurate those sentences actually were or how many, and secondly you are marked on a broad range of criteria, not just that.

Aug 14, 2017
Didn't finish the writing task 1
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I just did a test recently and it didn't go well, how much will be the penalty I receive if I just only finished the overall paragraph?

Aug 15, 2017
Didn't finish the writing task 1
by: IELTS buddy

It's difficult to understand what you are saying about the length. You only wrote one paragraph? There are no fixed number of paragraphs for the task 1 anyway.

Sep 09, 2017
No introductory line in letter and 3-4 spelling mistakes in total in wiring task
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I have appeared for my IELTS LRW today for GT
Though I have met the task requirement but got confused and made 3-4 spelling errors.

Also I did not write introductory line in the letter (like..I am writing this letter to.... or I, the secretary of club is writing this letter to...)

How badly will this effect my bands?

Word limit has been fulfilled.

Grammar and vocab too had been taken care of!

I am really disheartened.

******

Questions like that really can't be answered because the test is not marked in that way.

Spelling is just part of your lexis grade. If you had just 3-4 spelling mistakes and everything else was perfect then you could still potentially get very high band for Lexis.

But you are marked on lots of other factors to do with your lexis and we don't know how well you did on those.

And with the introduction, that would be taken account of with lots of other issues - there is not a specific downgrade of a score for not having an introductory sentence.

So you'll really just have to wait for your result.

IELTS buddy

Sep 11, 2017
not mentioned currency
by: Anonymous

I gave my exam on 9 Sept.. in task 1 I did not mention the currency and even did not use symbols for money.. and there was total earning expenditure and profit.. I mentioned only total earning and profit.. as I thought that it is common sense that total earning-expenditure= profit.. so what u think will be the penalty for these mistakes?

Sep 17, 2017
not mentioned currency
by: IELTS buddy

Please see my response for the person below.

You are mentioning a few specific things but you are marked on a whole range of factors.

So it's not possible to say how those things would affect your score.

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