Monday, February 17, 2014

How Your IELTS Writing Score is Calculated?

What do candidates for the International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS) have to take note of when answering the writing section? 

Writing essays challenge candidates on their grammar and idea development skills. For both Academic and the General Training Modules, certain criteria are used to evaluate the response. Let us find out how the essays are evaluated.

Task Response

In this criterion, the essay is evaluated on how well the candidate has answered the question. To get a good score in this criterion, the candidate should be sure to include all points that are needed to be answered in the task. Failure to answer any of these can affect the band score. Most of the time, candidates overlook the question and start writing immediately due to the limited time given. Candidates should learn the importance of developing their ideas through giving examples and reasons. In addition, it is best to check the number of words your essay has to avoid more deductions on the score.

Coherence and Cohesion

The paragraphs in your essay should be organized. The progress of the ideas should be clear all throughout the essay. There should be a clear connection of one paragraph to another. Usage of transitional words is best for this. In developing your ideas, choose the best that would support your claim. Provide details and examples that will make this claim stronger and effective.

Lexical Resource

Showcase your knowledge in your vocabulary. Make sure to use the right words to better express your viewpoints. If you are not sure with how a word is spelled, do not take the risk in writing it. Instead, think of a similar word or word expression that can better describe this idea. Do not use words that you think will confuse the examiner.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Grammar is everything. Practice making complex sentences. Do not just settle with simple sentences. If sentences can be combined and can express an idea better, then do it. Check your essay for verb tenses consistency, prepositions, conjunctions and articles that are commonly overlooked.

Each criterion gets a score of 9 as the highest. The sum is then divided by four and you get your band score.

Since the time in the IELTS writing is very limited, it will be more helpful if you develop an outline to help you be consistent with the course of your ideas in the essay. Moreover, always take time to practice writing essays. Have these essays checked by teachers or someone you consider good at writing. Like what they say, practice makes perfect.


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