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SampleCandidateWritingScriptsandExaminerComments

TheGeneralTrainingWritingModuleconsistsof referstothevariedandappropriateuseof
twotasks,Task1andTask2.Eachtaskis cohesivedevices(forexample,logical
assessedindependently.Theassessmentof connectors,pronounsandconjunctions)to
Task2carriesmoreweightinmarkingthanTask assistinmakingtheconceptualandreferential
1. relationshipsbetweenandwithinsentences
clear.
Detailedperformancedescriptorshavebeen
developedwhichdescribewrittenperformance LexicalResource
atthe9IELTSbands.Thesedescriptorsapply
Thiscriterionreferstotherangeofvocabulary
toboththeAcademicandGeneralTraining
thecandidatehasusedandtheaccuracyand
Modules.
appropriacyofthatuseintermsofthespecific
task.
Task1scriptsareassessedonthefollowing GrammaticalRangeandAccuracy
criteria:
Thiscriterionreferstotherangeandaccurate
TaskAchievement useofthecandidatesgrammaticalresourceas
manifestedinthecandidateswritingatsentence
CoherenceandCohesion
level.
LexicalResource
GrammaticalRangeandAccuracy
Task2
TaskResponse
Task2scriptsareassessedonthefollowing
Task2requiresthecandidatestoformulateand
criteria:
developapositioninrelationtoagivenprompt
TaskResponse intheformofaquestionorstatement.Ideas
shouldbesupportedbyevidence,andexamples
CoherenceandCohesion
maybedrawnfromthecandidatesown
LexicalResource experience.Responsesmustbeatleast250
wordsinlength.
GrammaticalRangeandAccuracy
Writingscriptsaremarkedbytrainedand
certificatedIELTSexaminers.Scoresmaybe
Candidatesshouldnotethatscriptswillbe reportedaswholebandsorhalfbands.
penalisediftheyarea)undertheminimumword Onthenext6pagesyouwillfindcandidates
length,b)partlyorwhollyplagiarised,c)not answerstotwosampleWritingtests.Thereare
writtenasfull,connectedtext(e.g.usingbullet twoanswersforeachWritingtask.Eachanswer
pointsinanypartoftheresponse,ornoteform, hasbeenawardedabandscoreandis
isnotappropriate,etc.). accompaniedbyanexaminercommentonthe
candidatesperformanceforthattask.
Task1
TaskAchievement Theexaminersguidelinesformarkingthe
Writingscriptsareverydetailed.Thereare
Thiscriterionassesseshowappropriately, manydifferentwaysacandidatemay
accuratelyandrelevantlytheresponsefulfilsthe achieveaparticularbandscore.The
requirementssetoutinthetask,usingthe candidatesanswersthatfollowshouldnot
minimumof150words. beregardedasdefinitiveexamplesofany
Task1isalsoawritingtaskwithalargely particularbandscore.
predictableoutputinthateachtasksetsoutthe Pleaserefertothepublicbanddescriptors
contextandpurposeoftheletterandthe forWriting.
functionsthecandidateshouldcoverinorderto
achievethispurpose.
CoherenceandCohesion
Thiscriterionisconcernedwiththeoverallclarity
andfluencyofthemessage:howtheresponse
organisesandlinksinformation,ideasand
language.Coherencereferstothelinkingof
ideasthroughlogicalsequencing.Cohesion
GeneralTrainingWritingSampleTask1
SampleScriptA

Examinercomment
Band5
The answer is below the word limit and there is some repetition of the task rubric. (Length is a common problem in
General Training scripts.) Answers that are short lose marks because of inadequate content and may also lose marks
because there isinsufficientmaterial in the answerfortheexaminertogivecreditforaccuracy and coherence.Despite
these problems, the introduction to the letter is appropriate and the purpose of the writer is clear. The points are not
alwayslinkedtogetherwellandpunctuationissometimesfaulty.Thesentencesarekeptquitesimpleandmistakesoccur
assoonasmorecomplexstructuresareattempted.
GeneralTrainingWritingSampleTask1
SampleScriptB

Examinercomment
Band7
Thisanswerisalsoshort.Althoughideasareoftenprovidedinthetaskrubric,candidatesareatlibertytoincludesomeof
their own ideas in their answers. In this case, the candidate has attempted to incorporate some original material. The
answer reads quite fluently, is well organised and there is good use of conjunctions to link points. There are some
grammatical errors but these do not affect the reader greatly and there is evidence of some more complex sentence
structures.
GeneralTrainingWritingSampleTask2
SampleScriptA
Examinercomment
Band5
There are quite a lot of relevant ideas in the answer but they are not always well supported and sometimes they are
unclear. There aresome areasinthe answerwhere the organisation becomesweak andthereaderfindsthemessage
difficulttofollow.Nevertheless,thewritersviewisapparentandthereisalogicalflowtothepointsgiven.Therearealot
of mistakes in the answer and some parts, such as the conclusion, are very hard to follow because of these errors.
Althoughthereis some appropriate vocabulary, sentence control is veryweak. These problemsaremade worse bythe
poorcorrectingwhichsometimesmakeswordsunreadable.
GeneralTrainingWritingSampleTask2
SampleScriptB
Examinercomment
Band8
Thisisaverywellorganisedscriptwhichcontainsalotofwellsupportedargumentsandanalysesthetopicfromdifferent
angles. The ideas follow each otherwell and thereis a very honestconclusion. The answer is easy toread. There are
some areas wherethe expression is clumsy butthis makes little difference to the overall flow of the answer. There are
minorerrorsinspellingandstructure.