How to meet the criteria in IELTS Writing

As many candidates would have already known, IELTS writing papers are assessed against a set of criteria. If these criteria are not met, candidates will not be able to obtain a high score, regardless of how good a writer they are. Before you submit your papers, you need to make sure that you have provided all that is necessary to help yourself get the score that you need.

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Let’s take a brief look at the four assessment criteria that examiners measure your writing against.

Task Achievement/Response:

  • Have you answered all parts of the question?
  • Have you balanced your arguments?
  • Have you included an introduction and a conclusion?

 Coherence and Cohesion:

  • Is it easy to follow?
  • Have you used paragraphs effectively?
  • Is each paragraph well organised with a topic sentence, expansion, examples?
  • Have you used linkers?

Lexical Resource:

  • Is there a range of vocabulary?
  • Is the vocabulary used accurately?
  • Is the spelling correct?

Grammatical Range & Accuracy

  • Is the grammar used correctly?
  • Are there examples of complex grammar as well as simple forms?
  • Is the punctuation good?

Until next time!

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