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Some Criterion for Marking an IELTS essay

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Some IELTS candidates like to find a teacher or a friend to work with or to buy an IELTS book in order to know how IELTS essays mark. Below, the chart shows some criterion for marking an IELTS essay.

An IELTS
VOCABULARY
GRAMMAR
7
A variety of words.
Correct collocation/ Word choice.
Occasional spelling.
A variety of flexibly and accurately complex structures.
Error- frequently free sentences.
A few grammatical and punctuation mistakes, but not affecting communication.
6
Restricted range of words.
Wrong word choice and less precision.
Some spelling mistakes, but not affecting communication.
Less likely to be accurate to both simple and complex sentences.
Quite a few grammatical mistakes, but not affecting communication.
Occasional problems with punctuation.
5
Simple vocabulary and a lot of repetition.
Inappropriate for using more complex language.
Errors word in choice and spelling.
 Blurred focus.
A limited range of structures.
Nearly always wrong in complex sentences.
Problems with punctuation
Correcting simple sentences, but affecting communication.
Creating a tone.
Conceding
Drawing on others’ ideas
Expressing doubt with a sophisticated adjective.
Inverting for emphasis
Using an It-clause for emphasis
Using the passive
Task Fulfillment.
An IELTS seven: Having a position; some over-generalization, or a little less relevant for examples.

An IELTS six: Addressing the question; fully covered than others and less relevant for examples.  Having a position with an unclear, unjustified, or repetitive conclusion.
Persuasive Techniques.
Use mild language:
The verb ‘seem’ as in:  ‘it seems’ or ‘it might seem’
The adverbs: ‘rather’ or ‘quite’, or ‘very’ instead of ‘extremely’ or completely
The modals + adverbs: ‘might possibly, ‘may conceivably’, ‘could potentially’ instead of ‘will absolutely/certainly/definitely’
Avoid vague: ‘stuff’ or ‘thing’
Avoid extortion: ‘amazing, ‘fantastic’, ‘wonderful’..., so on
Coherence and Cohesion.
An IELTS Seven. A clear main idea with supporting sentences (each paragraph). Various cohesive devices; occasional mistakes with pronouns and references.

An IELTS Six. An unfounded main idea. Misused, overused, and omitted cohesive devices; blurred pronouns and references.

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