IELTS Writing Answer Sheet: Video Tutorial

Practise using the official IELTS writing answer sheet before your test. Learn how the examiner uses the paper to record your band score and what extra information is contained on it. This lesson also explains how to fill in the answer sheet and how to use it effectively to estimated your word count. People taking the computer based IELTS test will see the word count on their screens.

Below is a link to download the answer sheet so you can practise writing on it before your test. Any student taking the IELTS test for the first time, should watch this lesson.

Click link to download: official ielts-writing-answersheet

If you are taking the computer based test, remember that the word count is given for you on the screen. This is really useful.

Recommended Lessons

Writing Task 2 Video Lesson: How to write an introduction



  1. Hi liz,
    Can u plz tell me can we get extra sheet as my writing is big ( in case i am under word count)??

    • Yes, sure you can. Talk to the invigilator prior to the test. When you fill your answer sheet, you can put your hand up and ask for another sheet.

  2. Hi Miss Liss, hope you doing well.
    this is my questions:
    1. From where the examiner know if we memorize an essay/report?
    2. And what if actually we do not memorize but our answer look similar from samples on the books?
    (because we learn to write from IELTS Cambridge books and I think we will become tend to write similar essay/report)

    • 1. Memorised answers contain extremely high level language with very low level language mixed in. This means it’s easy for the examiner to spot. High level language users don’t need to memorise. Only the low level users try to do this and it is easy to spot.
      2. It is unlikely your answer will be the same or “very similar” like anything from a book because topics, questions and instructions constantly change.

  3. Yasin Kabir says

    Hello Liz
    What if I write and the spelling is wrong then i need to pen through it …How will I do it in the answer sheet

    • Just cross it out very clearly so the examiner doesn’t get confused between the correct and deleted words.

  4. Ricardo Silva says

    Hi Liz, your videos are fantastic, thanks for having the time to put this together for us 🙂 I have a question related with the computer based test, could you please advise if the computer will recognise if you have written and deleted any words? For instance, you have deleted a single paragraph many times, and you will be punished on your score? Many thanks. Best regards, Ricardo

    • Just the same as a word doc, you can’t see what has been altered, only what is currently on that page.

  5. Rajendra Singh says

    Hi Liz,
    Hope you are doing good.

    I have registered for Computer based IELTS exam. Can you please suggest how i can prepare for writing or if there is any videos which you have created for Computer based candidates, it will be very helpful.

    • There is no difference in the writing test. The only difference is that you type onto a screen instead of using pen on paper.

  6. Prerna Talwar says

    Dear Liz,
    Your website is amazing. It is really helping me alot. All the points are explained in depth.
    I have a question.
    Can I use block letters in essay?
    Thank You.

    • IT is not advisable to do that. You are being marked on the correct using of punctuation as well as capital letters. Just write normally.

  7. Dear Liz,
    I didn’t get the size of papers, are they A4? 🙂

  8. Do I get extra ‘rough sheets’ for making notes for my writing? Also can I write my writing tasks using pencil instead of pen? Just worried that I might make some mistakes while writing, miss some words, which I may correct during the review. It will be messy with a pen.

  9. Naushad Ali says

    Hi liz, you are amazing.i find your lectures is very helpful. I must say a big thank you to you. I spend most of the time watching your lectures which are very interesting and helpful.thank you so much dear

  10. Tulishre Roy says

    Thank you so much mam for your guidance 😊!

  11. Rachelle Marie Buot says

    Hi Liz,
    Just want to ask something, can i write where the “do not write below this line” is being written? I got confused.. thanks in advance! More power!

    • No. You must always follow instructions. If it says “do not write below this line” it means you must not write below the line. Your writing must be in the lines provided and always be clear and easy for the examiner to read.

      • Can we write in the line which says “Do right below this line”, this last line is lesser than other lines in height.

        • It won’t make any difference. But I advise you not to – the other lines are spaced to make your writing easier to read for the examiner.

  12. Cansu Caferoğlu says

    Hi Liz,
    I want to ask one thing about answer sheet for Task1 and Task2 papers.
    Can we use the back of the papers for writing or just first pages to write report or essay? I didn’t understand this part. Because, just first page won’t be able to write enough words.

    • You use the lines on the paper to write which are usually front and back. You can ask for more paper if you run our of space. For planning, use the question paper.

  13. Thanks so much Liz!!

  14. Hey liz,

    Thank you so much for your guidance. I couldn’t find any link to download the answersheet s there any another link for that?

  15. Hey Liz
    Awesome work with the website. Just discovered it today as it was recommended by my friend. I tried to download the writing task answer sheet; however couldn’t do that. Is there any other link on your website to download it?
    Thanks and regards

  16. Thank you so very much for such a wonderful website!!
    I can’t stress enough on how helpful your lessons are.
    My ILETS was today and I did pretty well in all reading, writing and listening but in My writing test I mistakenly wrote the answer of task 1 in the task 2 paper and answer of task 2 in the task 1 paper!!!
    The supervisor did cross out the 1 and made it 2 but I’m so worried will the examiner cancel it now?

    • I’m sure it will be fine if the examiner marked it correctly on the paper. If you are still really worried, contact your test center and talk to them. Good luck with your results 🙂

  17. K. M. Shakil Rana says

    Hi Liz. I have a query with writing in official IELTS sheet. Can I leave single empty line in paragraph and two empty lines between paragraphs? Thanks in advance for your sincere guideline.

    • It is confusing for the examiner to purposely leave an empty line inside a paragraph. Just leave one empty line between paragraphs and that’s all. If the examiner can’t see your paragraphs easily, you will get a low score. Paragraphing is a very important aspect of your essay. If you plan your essay correctly, you will be able to write it without worrying about filling a paragraph. Each sentence should be planned before you start writing. See my Advanced Lessons and Ideas E-book if you need help:

  18. Oparaugo Ijeoma Prisca says

    Hi Liz, you are amazing. I find your lectures very helpful. I must say a big thank you to you. I spend most of my time watching your lectures which are very interesting.

  19. You are an angel..thank you

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

error: Content is protected !!