There are between 38 and 42 questions to answer. The questions may come before or after the reading texts. There is a variety of questions. Often there are examples of how to answer the questions. | Do not copy whole sentences or long phrases from the question. The examiner will recognise them and they will not count towards the minimum number of words you must write. You may write on the question sheet if for example you want to underline key words or to write notes. The person who marks your writing will not see the question sheet. How Answers are Assessed Task 1 and Task 2 are marked separately . when the marker is assessing your answer to one task he she will not look at or consider your response to the other task. Task 2 is longer and therefore it is more important in calculating your final mark. For example if you get Band 6 in Task 1 and a Band 5 in Task 2 your overall mark will be Band 5. However both questions must be answered satisfactorily in order to get a good overall mark. If you write a very good answer to one task and do not attempt the other task your overall score will be much lower. When assessing your writing the examiner looks at three things content the information and ideas organisation how the information and ideas are organised language sentence structure vocabulary etc. You should not neglect any of these aspects. For example if the grammar and vocabulary of your answer are good but the content and organisation are poor your score will be lower. Writing Strategies To answer Task 1 and Task 2 questions you should work through the follow-ing steps. Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Analyse the question Make notes of ideas which could be useful Make a plan Write the letter or essay Check for mistakes In this section the five-step strategy will be used to guide you through various sample writing tasks for both Task 1 and Task 2. Task 1 When the IELTS marker looks at a Task 1 answer he or she has three basic questions in mind Does the letter do what the question asks Or is the content the ideas and information appropriate to the task 104 IELTS Preparation and Practice Is the letter written in a well-organised logical way Is the .