In this article, we will explain on what basis and how IELTS examiners assess your Writing Task 2 Essay.
In simple terms, your essay is checked and evaluated on a band scale from 0 to 9 according to IELTS writing band descriptors and on the four IELTS writing marking criteria:
- Task Response
- Coherence and Cohesion
- Lexical Resource
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy
It means that each of these criteria will impact your overall score in Task 2.
Next, we will explain what these marking criteria mean.
- Did you form a position in relation to the topic question or statement?
- Did you support your position with evidence (facts or views)?*
- Is there enough content included? (at least 250 words)
*Evidence can include examples from your experience or knowledge.
Coherence and Cohesion
- Is your view presented clearly and fluently?
- Is your response well organised?
- Are there different views or points of information well connected?
- Are there connecting words, such as: ‘so’, ‘and’, ‘but’, or even more complicated versions of these words: ‘therefore’, ‘furthermore’, ‘although’?
- Is the view that you develop clear to the reader?
- Is there a wide range of vocabulary (nouns, adjectives, adverbs)?
- Is the vocabulary used correctly?
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
- Is there a wide range of grammar structures used (correctly)?
- Is your grammar error-free, and is the punctuation correct?
To sum, your answer must relate exactly to the given topic. If you write an excellent essay that is off-topic, you cannot get a good score. On the other hand, if you use very simplistic language, you will not get a high grade either.
Therefore, for attaining a high score in IELTS Writing Task 2, you must correctly address the task, clearly organise the response, connect your ideas, show a wide range of vocabulary and use grammar correctly.
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