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IELTS Writing band descriptors (Public version)

Task 1

Band Task Achievement Coherence and Cohesion Lexical Resource Grammatical Range
and Accuracy
9 fully satisfies all the requirements of uses cohesion in such a way that it uses a wide range of vocabulary with uses a wide range of structures with
the task attracts no attention very natural and sophisticated control full flexibility and accuracy; rare
clearly presents a fully developed skilfully manages paragraphing of lexical features; rare minor errors minor errors occur only as slips
response occur only as slips
8 covers all requirements of the task sequences information and ideas uses a wide range of vocabulary uses a wide range of structures
sufficiently logically fluently and flexibly to convey precise the majority of sentences are error-
presents, highlights and illustrates manages all aspects of cohesion well meanings free
key features / bullet points clearly uses paragraphing sufficiently and skilfully uses uncommon lexical items makes only very occasional errors or
and appropriately appropriately but there may be occasional inappropriacies
inaccuracies in word choice and
collocation
produces rare errors in spelling
and/or word formation
7 covers the requirements of the task logically organises information and uses a sufficient range of vocabulary uses a variety of complex structures
(Academic) presents a clear ideas; there is clear progression to allow some flexibility and precision produces frequent error-free
overview of main trends, differences throughout uses less common lexical items with sentences
or stages uses a range of cohesive devices some awareness of style and has good control of grammar and
(General Training) presents a clear appropriately although there may be collocation punctuation but may make a few
purpose, with the tone consistent and some under-/over-use may produce occasional errors in errors
appropriate word choice, spelling and/or word
clearly presents and highlights key formation
features / bullet points but could be
more fully extended
6 addresses the requirements of the arranges information and ideas uses an adequate range of uses a mix of simple and complex
task coherently and there is a clear overall vocabulary for the task sentence forms
(Academic) presents an overview progression attempts to use less common makes some errors in grammar and
with information appropriately uses cohesive devices effectively, vocabulary but with some inaccuracy punctuation but they rarely reduce
selected but cohesion within and/or between makes some errors in spelling and/or communication
(General Training) presents a sentences may be faulty or word formation, but they do not
purpose that is generally clear; there mechanical impede communication
may be inconsistencies in tone may not always use referencing
presents and adequately highlights clearly or appropriately
key features / bullet points but details
may be irrelevant, inappropriate or
inaccurate

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5 generally addresses the task; the presents information with some uses a limited range of vocabulary, uses only a limited range of
format may be inappropriate in organisation but there may be a lack but this is minimally adequate for the structures
places of overall progression task attempts complex sentences but
(Academic) recounts detail makes inadequate, inaccurate or may make noticeable errors in these tend to be less accurate than
mechanically with no clear overview; over-use of cohesive devices spelling and/or word formation that simple sentences
there may be no data to support the may be repetitive because of lack of may cause some difficulty for the may make frequent grammatical
description referencing and substitution reader errors and punctuation may be faulty;
(General Training) may present a errors can cause some difficulty for
purpose for the letter that is unclear the reader
at times; the tone may be variable
and sometimes inappropriate
presents, but inadequately covers,
key features / bullet points; there may
be a tendency to focus on details
4 attempts to address the task but presents information and ideas but uses only basic vocabulary which uses only a very limited range of
does not cover all key features / these are not arranged coherently may be used repetitively or which structures with only rare use of
bullet points; the format may be and there is no clear progression in may be inappropriate for the task subordinate clauses
inappropriate the response has limited control of word formation some structures are accurate but
(General Training) fails to clearly uses some basic cohesive devices and/or spelling; errors predominate, and punctuation
explain the purpose of the letter; the but these may be inaccurate or errors may cause strain for the is often faulty
tone may be inappropriate repetitive reader
may confuse key features / bullet
points with detail; parts may be
unclear, irrelevant, repetitive or
inaccurate
3 fails to address the task, which may does not organise ideas logically uses only a very limited range of attempts sentence forms but errors in
have been completely misunderstood may use a very limited range of words and expressions with very grammar and punctuation
presents limited ideas which may be cohesive devices, and those used limited control of word formation predominate and distort the meaning
largely irrelevant/repetitive may not indicate a logical relationship and/or spelling
between ideas errors may severely distort the
message
2 answer is barely related to the task has very little control of uses an extremely limited range of cannot use sentence forms except in
organisational features vocabulary; essentially no control of memorised phrases
word formation and/or spelling
1 answer is completely unrelated to the fails to communicate any message can only use a few isolated words cannot use sentence forms at all
task
0 does not attend
does not attempt the task in any way
writes a totally memorised response

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