Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Are you wondering why it seems so difficult to rise above a 6 on IELTS Writing Task 2?

The first key to raising your writing score is knowing what the examiner grades you on.

Then, you can design your practice around strengthening specific features that examiner needs to see.

In this article, you’ll learn exactly how the IELTS scoring system works for Task 2, and why you may be hovering around band score 6 level.

A 6 for Task Response means:

A 6 for Cohesion/Coherence means:

  • You have paragraphs, but the ideas in the paragraphs are not always logically connected.
  • You use some good linking words / transition phrases, but not enough to connect all of your ideas smoothly.


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A 6 for Vocabulary means:

A 6 for Grammar means:

  • You attempt different sentence structures: simple, compound and complex. However, there are more mistakes in the more complicated sentence structures.
  • There are quite a few grammar errors, but the examiner can still understand what you want to say.

You can use today’s ideas to evaluate your own writing, and try to level-up to a 7 or higher.

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Does your writing fit any of today’s descriptions?

Share your thoughts and writing experience in the comments section below!

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