What is the ideal word count for IELTS writing?
Updated July 2022.
This is a common question many IELTS candidates have but there seems to be misinformation out on the internet about word count in the IELTS writing section.
Although the word count penalty has been abolished I would advise writing more than 250 words in an essay and over 150 words in writing task 1 to fully develop your answer. Here are some examples of what I have heard about the word count in IELTS essays and writing task 1.