How Task 2 is scored


On this page, we will look at how Task 2 is scored. The examiner is looking for your essay to demonstrate 4 different aspects in order to get a good result.

  • Task response (have you completed the task?)
  • Cohesion and coherence (does your answer make sense?)
  • Lexical resource (have you used academic vocabulary?)
  • Grammatical range and accuracy (is your grammar correct and have you shown a number of different structures?).

More detail about each criteria:

Now let’s look at each part in more detail. The first (Task response) is whether you have completed the requirements of the Task. That is, have you written at least 250 words but not more than about 270? Also in this section, the examiner will be looking to see if you have presented a clear point of view, and also that you have supported your opinions.

For cohesion and coherence, the examiner will be looking at is whether what you have written actually makes sense. This means that when you plan and write your essay, you must have a logical presentation with ideas that are linked together. You should also have a paragraph structure.

For lexical resource, you are being judged on whether the vocabulary you use is accurate and academic. You should avoid repeating vocabulary – especially using words taken from the question title, and for Task you should use a formal range of vocabulary.

The final area you are being marked on is Grammatical range and accuracy – again, you should use an academic level of grammar and avoid repeating grammar structures. In this IELTS writing course, you will have plenty of practice in order to improve your skills in all of these areas.


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