IELTS Task 1: Assessment Criteria

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edited July 2018 in IELTS Test
There are four (4) key areas in which you will be assessed in your writing:

1. Task Achievement
This means did you actually answer the question. In IELTS Task 1 Academic you must 'summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant'.  If you do all of this well, then you will score high for Task Achievement.

2. Coherence and Cohesion
Coherence means how easy it is to understand what you have written. When the examiner reads your writing, can he/she understand 100% of what you have written? Is it clear and does it make sense? If the answer is 'yes', then your score will be high for coherence. Cohesion refers to how well your answer flows from one point to the next. If your answer uses 'cohesive devices' well then your score in this key area will be high.

3. Lexical Resource
This simply refers to the vocabulary/words that you used in your writing. The important point here is that you must use academic language. This means no contractions (it's, I'm, don't) no slang (that sucks, you should bail) and no texting abbreviations (gr8, CU). Imagine you are writing will be read by a university professor - this will help you to understand they type of vocabulary to use.

4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Your grammar must be good. This means you can accurately write about the past, present and future. A lot of student have problems with modal auxiliary verbs, others with past, present and future tenses.  If you use tenses correctly, you will score high in this area.

So these are the four (4) key areas in which you will be assessed. Don't worry about what anyone else says: these are the 4 areas you need to focus on to do well! For more detail in relation to each category, click on the attachment below.

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