Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today we’ll discuss the differences between a 6.5 and a 7 for IELTS Task 1, so you can improve your Writing score on your next exam!

Recently, a high-level student in our course posted in our closed Facebook group:

I’d like to know the difference between a 6.5 and a 7 on Writing General Training. Thanks.

If you’re an Academic student, this advice is also for you! The only difference in the scores between General and Academic is in Task Achievement.

A General Task 1 asks you to write a letter, while an Academic question usually presents a graph with numbers that you must write an essay about.

Task Achievement

Cohesion / Coherence

  • A 7 essay features a variety of linking words, including some more interesting phrases, such as Regarding the… (at the beginning of paragraph 2) and Turning to the… (at the beginning of paragraph 3).
  • A 6 essay utilizes linking words and phrases, but not as many high-level ones.


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