Writing part tests your ability to produce written English in an academic environment. It also tests the grammar, vocabulary and written discourse. Spellings are also important to get high score.

Writing (total time 50- 60 minutes)

Task type Number of tasks Task description Skills assessed Prompt length Text/ Recording length
Summarize written text 2-3 After reading a text, write a one-sentence summary of the passage. reading and writing text up to 300 words 10 minutes
Write essay 1-2 Write a 200–300 word essay on a given topic. writing up to 4 sentences 20 minutes

Writing task types are timed individually. Candidate also must write in the given words limit. You can refer to the timer in the upper right-hand corner of the computer screen “Time Remaining” which counts down the time remaining for this section.

Candidates must make sure not to go over the word limit specified on the screen.


COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS Enabling skills and other traits scored
Summarize written text
2 Provides a good summary of the text. All relevant aspects mentioned.
1 Provides a fair summary of the text, but misses one or two aspects.
0 Omits or misrepresents the main aspects of the text.

1 Is written in one, single, complete sentence.
0 Not written in one, single, complete sentence or contains fewer than five or more than 75 words. Summary is written in capital letters.

2 Has correct grammatical structure.
1 Contains grammatical errors but with no hindrance to communication.
0 Has defective grammatical structure which could hinder communication.

2 Has appropriate choice of words.
1 Contains lexical errors, but with no hindrance to communication.
0 Has defective word choice which could hinder communication.

  Write essay
 WRITING Content:
3 Adequately deals with the prompt.
2 Deals with the prompt, but does not deal with one minor aspect.
1 Deals with the prompt. but omits a major aspect or more than one minor aspect
0 Does not deal properly with the prompt.

2 Length is between 200 and 300 words.
1 Length is between 120 and 199 or between 301 and 380 words.
0 Length is less than 120 or more than 380 words. Essay is written in capital letters, contains no punctuation or only consists of bullet points or very short sentences.

Development, structure and coherence:
2 Shows good development and logical structure.
1 Is incidentally less well structured, and some elements or paragraphs are poorly linked.
0 lacks coherence, and mainly consists of lists or loose elements.

2 Shows consistent grammatical control of complex language. Errors are rare and difficult to spot.
1 Shows a relatively high degree of grammatical control. No mistakes which would lead to misunderstandings.
0 Contains mainly simple structures and/or several basic mistakes.

General linguistic range:
2 Exhibits smooth mastery of a wide range of language to formulate thoughts precisely. give emphasis, differentiate and eliminate ambiguity. No sign that the test taker is restricted in
what they want to communicate.
1 Sufficient range of language to provide clear descriptions. Express viewpoints and develop arguments.
0 Contains mainly basic language and lacks precision.

Vocabulary range:
2 Good command of a broad lexical repertoire, idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.
1 Shows a good range of vocabulary for matters connected to general academic topics. Lexical shortcomings lead to circumlocution or some imprecision.
0 Contains mainly basic vocabulary insufficient to deal with the topic at the required level.

2 Correct spelling, but there may be one typing error.
1 One spelling error and/or more than one typing error.
0 More than one spelling error and/or numerous typing errors.