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How is IELTS writing task 2 essay checked?

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.

Task Response

It means:

  • 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

It means:

  • 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?

Lexical Resource

It means:

  • Is there a wide range of vocabulary (nouns, adjectives, adverbs)?
  • Is the vocabulary used correctly?

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

It means:

  • 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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