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