IELTS Writing Task 2 – Assessing elements

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Assessing elements

You are assessed based on the following four criteria:

  • Task response
  • Lexical resource
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Grammatical range and accuracy

Task Response

This criterion checks the relevance of your answer.

For example, if the essay topic is:

Question: 

Everyone should adopt a vegetarian diet because eating meat can cause serious health problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

If the answer is about health problems caused because of leading a sedentary lifestyle, then task response goes for a toss.For task response, your answer should revolve around the health problems caused because of eating meat ( if you are agreeing) .

Lexical Resource

This criterion checks your vocabulary

For example, if the essay topic is:

Question: 

Everyone should adopt a vegetarian diet because eating meat can cause serious health problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

For example, Your answer should use complex words in the right context.

There are a number of reasons why we should turn vegan and stop eating meat.Rated as Normal
There are several reasons why we should turn vegan and stop eating meatAverage
There are a plethora of reasons why we should turn vegan and stop eating meatGood in terms of Lexical Resource

Coherence and Cohesion

This criterion checks how well the essay is organised using a range of linking words.

For example,

Question:

In some countries, young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decided to do this.

The advantages must be explained in one paragraph and the disadvantages in the other. If mixed up, there is no coherence. For coherence

First para …advantages and disadvantages second para …. advantages and disadvantagesNo coherence
First para …advantagesSecond para …. disadvantagesCoherence achieved

For Cohesion,

The ideas must be linked logically,….

If you are elaborating on the advantages but using on the other hand, as in,A is an advantage. On the other hand, B is also an advantageCohesion is very poor
A is an advantage. On the other hand, B is a disadvantageCohesion is good

Grammatical range and accuracy

This criterion checks your grammar.

For example, simple subject-verb agreement Education is good – CorrectEducation are good – Incorrect
Simple prepositionsIn 10:AM – IncorrectAt 10:00 AM – Correct
Simple tenses:If the government had resolved this problem, we are not in trouble now – IncorrectIf the government had resolved this problem, we would not have been in trouble now – Correct

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