How Important is Grammar for IELTS?

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally focused in its content. Like texts and tasks are sourced from publications from all own the English- speaking world, a range of native- speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand British etc.) are used in the listening test, and all standard varieties of English are accepted in test takers’ written or spoken responses.

  • So to be successful in all the components, one must possess good communication skills in English. If you lack in spoken English skills, your chances of working or studying in a foreign country are limited, and inspire of having good credentials, you would lose many opportunities.

  • As we talk about Grammar as an important element of IELTS, we can say that Grammar is definitely important for IELTS but its value varies from module to module. In case of writing and speaking modules, grammar holds more value as compared to reading and listening modules.


  • In writing and speaking modules: In these two modules grammar matters a lot as candidate does most of the descriptive work in these two modules. So while attempting writing module, the candidate has to be Grammatically correct in Task I and Task2 and there should be few grammatical errors as possible to score good bands.

  • In Reading and Listening modules: In these modules, grammatical knowledge comes into play while selecting the correct option, getting a clue regarding the requirement of question and while writing down the correct answer. Most often the answer is given in the passage itself in Reading or spoken by the speaker on listening CD. However, for some tricky or difficult questions, a sound  knowledge of grammar is needed to get the answer right.
  • The only difference between writing and speaking is that, in writing module the candidate can erase or edit whatever he feels is incorrect. In speaking module, the candidate has to be extra careful while uttering words because whatever is once spoken cannot be taken back. So candidate has to be very alert while speaking.
  • So, no denying the fact that Grammar plays a vital role in each of the components of IELTS.