Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"
Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"

How are IELTS Writing Task 1 and Task 2 different?

How are they the same?

Today we’ll break down the key differences.

We’ll share strategies that will increase your score for both IELTS essays.

Today’s question

The question we’re answering on today’s episode came from Spotify.

Can you please give more tips for Academic writing tasks 1 & 2?


It is wise of this student to be thinking about strategies that apply to both.

As they say, work smarter not harder!

#1: Differences between Task 1 and Task 2

There are many strategies that help with both.

It’s vital to understand the differences between them.

One of the main differences is with the Task score.

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Task Achievement score

For Task 1 the score is called Task Achievement.

It’s more about achieving the task of the topic prompt.

Coming up with ideas is not as important.

Every word has to be reporting what you see.

Task Response score

For Task 2, the score is called Task Response.

For these essays, you are responding to a prompt.

You will need to come up with your own ideas, reasons and details.

There are many different ways to respond, as you will use your personal experience.

#2: Similarities between Task 1 and Task 2

Many strategies you need for Task 1 are also required on Task 2.

For both, the Task score requires you to be specific.

You need to share key numbers on Task 1 and specific details and examples on Task 2.

For both, the Cohesion/Coherence requires a variety of linking phrases.

The Vocabulary score for both essays requires less common vocabulary.

For the Grammar score, both essays need a variety of sentence structures.

This requirement is satisfied by using simple, compound and complex sentences.

Know the scoring system

Succeeding on the IELTS exam has a lot to do with understanding the scoring system.

Each strategy we share is linked to your score.

For the IELTS Writing exam, there are four separate scores.

  • Task Response / Task Achievement
  • Cohesion/Coherence
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

You need to know what the IELTS Examiner is looking for on each of these scores.


Though there are differences between IELTS Task 1 and Task 2, there are also many similarities.

On test day, you need strategies for both.

Today’s tips will help you understand what the Examiner is looking for.

For all the strategies you need on test day, sign up for 3 Keys IELTS.

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