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Criteria in Writing IELTS

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In Writing IELTS, there are two tasks that you have to complete. Each task is assessed independently. However, it should be noted that task 2 carries more weight in marking compared to task 1. There is a slight difference between scoring criteria of task 1 and task 2. Check the difference as follows.

Task 1:
  • Task achievement
  • Coherence and cohesion
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy
Task 2:
  • Task response
  • Coherence and cohesion
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy
Here, we can see that these are only one thing different from these two tasks. In task achievement, you will be judged through your response. Your response should be accurately and relevantly meets the requirement set out in the task. Remember that you should make it at least in 150 words. This is so as there is a big possibility for you to be penalized if your writing is under that amount of word.

On the other hand, in task two, you need to formulate and develop a position in relation to a given prompt in the form of question or statement. You should support the idea that you have with some evidences. The example can be taken from your own experience. Remember that at least you should write in 250 words.

You have to keep being aware that there are some other things that can make you get penalty in this section. The first is plagiarism. You will get the same consequence whether you do half plagiarism or full one. The second is using bullet in writing. It seems simple but very important for you to know that it may not be used in IELTS. It is better for you to use normal font and style to make yourself in a safe position. Being simple does not always be bad.

Reference: http://www.ielts.org/pdf/115004_General_Training_Writing_sample_scripts.pdf

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