IELTS Writing Practice: Diagnostic Quiz

What if you could measure your basic IELTS Writing ability right now? You can, with this IELTS Writing diagnostic quiz! This IELTS writing practice test contains a full IELTS Academic Writing section, taken directly from Magoosh’s full-length free IELTS practice test. Though we cannot provide an automatic IELTS writing score calculator for you, we did take the time to write out some sample essays to help you score your own IELTS writing evaluation. Ready to get started?

How to Use This IELTS Writing Diagnostic Quiz

Basic Instructions

Complete the two writing tasks below. These tasks come from Magoosh’s full-length IELTS practice test. They are example prompts for IELTS Writing Task 1 (Academic), and IELTS Writing Task 2 (Academic and General Training). Follow the stated instructions for each task as best as you can.

Hold yourself to the given time limits if possible. However, you may find you need more than the recommended amount of time. If you go over the time limit, that’s OK. This just means that you need to work more on your pacing as you continue your IELTS Writing prep.

How (and where) to Write Down Your Answers

Are you taking the paper-based IELTS? In that case, for a truly test-like experience, it’s probably a good idea to write your quiz responses by hand, just like you would on the test. You can write your answer on lined notebook paper, or print and use the official PDF answer sheets: the IELTS Writing Task 1 sheet, and the sheet for IELTS Writing Task 2.

Of course, there can also be some value to creating and storing your essay responses electronically, and if you’re taking the computer-delivered IELTS, that’s probably the very best approach. If you want to do this, you can type your answers into a word processing document (MS Word, OpenOffice, etc.). Note that with a Magoosh IELTS Premium subscription you can type and save all of your practice essays online in your Magoosh account.

How to Assess and Grade Your Answers on the IELTS Writing Practice Test

Carefully judge the quality and possible score of your essays using the official IELTS Writing rubrics: Writing Task 1 Band Descriptors and Writing Task 2 Band Descriptors.

We’ve also got some model top-scoring responses for you, which you can compare your own writing to. Those responses appear at the bottom of this page, below the prompts in the IELTS Writing Diagnostic quiz.

Ideally, you should also show your completed essays to an actual human being (teacher, classmate or friend with high English ability, etc.) and get feedback.

Note: Magoosh itself does not provide feedback for students’ individual IELTS Writing responses.

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Take the IELTS Writing Practice Test

Complete the two writing tasks below.

Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below gives attendance figures for Grandville Stadium from 2017, which are projected through 2030 after a major improvement project.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 Words

Writing Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic:

An increasing number of schools provide tablets and laptop computers for students to use in school, replacing books and other printed materials like exams and assignments.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

Write at least 250 words.

End of IELTS Writing Evaluation

Once you’ve written your sample essay, move on to the next section to learn how to grade your IELTS writing practice test!

IELTS Writing Score Calculator: Model Essays for Comparison

As we mentioned at the top of the post, we can’t automatically grade your essays for you—though we certainly wish that we could! However, we really want to help you grade your own writing samples, so we wrote some “ideal” responses to the two prompts in this IELTS Writing diagnostic quiz. Compare your own responses to these “ideal” essays to get a sense of your own writing level.

Model Essay: IELTS Writing Diagnostic Quiz, Task 1

The bar graph shows the number of attendees at Grandville Stadium, focusing on theater, sports, and music events in the year 2017. The chart makes attendance projections for the years 2020 and 2030 after a major renovation project.

Overall, these data show a predicted rise in yearly attendance among all three types of events during the period of 2017 to 2030. The greatest increases will occur for theater and concerts, while sporting events will see a more moderate gains after the renovations. However, attendance has been and will remain much higher for sporting events than the other two categories.

In the baseline year of 2017, theater events accounted for only 10 thousand visitors. Yet, theater attendance should jump to roughly 50 thousand in 13 years. Similarly, concert attendees are predicted to reach nearly 125 thousand visitors in 2030, up from nearly 25 thousand in 2017.

By contrast, the stadium improvements will only increase sporting event attendance by about 10 thousand in 2030. However, athletic events were already bringing in 150 thousand people in 2017. The 2030 figure of about 160 thousand annual sporting event attendees is just shy of the 2030 combined numbers for both theater and concerts, which will bring in about 175 thousand people together.

Model Essay: IELTS Writing Diagnostic Quiz, Task 2

Some schools have begun supplying students with computers or tablets that they can use instead of texts and other printed resources. This shift towards technology offers several environmental and educational benefits, while the drawbacks relate to the sharp increase in “screen time” for students and the possibility that the devices will cause distractions in school.

One major benefit of providing computers and tablets to students is the opportunity to save paper resources. Even though paper is easily recycled, it still requires a lot of energy to produce. Adopting these technologies will make schools much more environmentally friendly. Computers and tablets also possess unique educational value. On a very basic level, students must learn how to use computers to thrive in the modern world. Just like learning math or reading, computer proficiency has become an essential and basic life skill.

Replacing paper-based learning resources with technology does have some disadvantages. One area of growing concern is the amount of time young people spend in front of screens. With cell phones, computers, and television, many children already spend hours outside of school staring at devices. Some medical professionals suggest that all of this screen time may have negative effects on a child’s physical and psychological health. Therefore, adding screen time in school may exacerbate an already serious problem. A second drawback is that tablets and computers can cause distractions. There is a lot of unsuitable material for school on the web. Putting devices in students hands opens the possibility that students will use these devices in ways that are not educationally sound.

In conclusion, replacing traditional paper learning materials with devices like computers and tablets has some very clear environmental and educational advantages. However, schools must take care to monitor student screen time and ensure that students are using their devices for educational purposes.

Your Next Step: More IELTS Writing Prep

Now that you’ve practiced with our IELTS Writing evaluation, take your IELTS Writing prep to the next level with Magoosh. You can check out our complete guides for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 and IELTS Writing Task 2. And for IELTS General Training test-takers, we also offer tips for IELTS General Training Writing Task 1, and sample IELTS General Training Writing questions.

To measure your other IELTS skills, see our diagnostic quizzes for Reading, Listening, and Speaking.

When you’re ready to take your IELTS prep really seriously, consider a free trial of Magoosh IELTS.

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