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  • Gaurang

    Dear Ashok Sir,
    Although I have not met you personally , I am glad that you are kind to guide me, always ready to remotely with your kind words.
    Many thanks to you.
    But again I am stucked with short of 0.5 band in writing.
    My L/R/W/S score this time -7/7.5/6.5/8- overall 7.5

    My Q to You – whether I should ask for recheck for which I have to pay extra bugs from my pocket or rather than just wasting time and money and praying God for miracle , shall I book for the next date ?
    I hope you must have come acrossed to such problems f student.
    I further study may get delay because this just 0.5 band.
    Kindly guide and give your valuable inputs.
    ward regards
    waiting for reply eagerly

    • ashoksir

      Dear Gaurang,
      I understand that you are looking for a quick-fix or an easy remedy to move up a band on your IELTS writing. To be honest with you, there are no short-cuts as such. Undoubtedly your scores are overwhelming in the rest three areas of the language but a 0.5 lower score than you require in writing is the cause of your frustration.
      It is a common problem at high levels where the aspirants with plenty of vocabulary and ideas score a half band less because they fail to use them effectively. Now as I can presume, “you are in a big dilemma whether to try your luck once again by giving best shot or go for rechecking by paying some extra bucks.” For the former option, you can practice a little harder and leverage your performance as the gap to bridge is only 0.5. And you are certainly capable of scoring a higher band. And of course, you need a greater degree of assurance. And the other option is equally reasonable, especially considering your outstanding scores in listening, reading and speaking. Advising either of them may be a risky task for me without checking some samples of your writing.
      Nevertheless, the only favor I can do for you is to give you a general overview of what is required to score a 7 band or higher in the writing module. It is important to look at four marking criteria (available in the public version of IELTS BAND DESCRIPTOR) for writing task 2.
      1. Task Response:
      The examiner gives a 7 band if the candidate:
      (i) Addresses all parts of the task but MUST not leave some parts partially covered.
      (ii) Presents a clear position throughout the response but MUST not draw repetitive or unclear conclusions.
      (iii) Presents, extends and supports main ideas, but there may be a tendency to over generalize and/or supporting ideas may lack focus but main ideas MUST not be inadequately developed/unclear.
      2. Coherence and cohesion
      The examiner gives a 7 band if the candidate:
      i. Logically organizes information and ideas; there is clear progression throughout but a candidate with a 6 or less band may lack overall progression.
      ii. Uses a range of cohesive devices appropriately although there may be some under-/overuse but a candidate who gets 6.5 or less has faulty or mechanical cohesion within and/or between sentences. Inadequate, inaccurate or over use of cohesive devices makes the answer of 5 or 5.5.
      iii. Presents a clear central topic within each paragraph but a lower band scorer uses paragraphing but not always logically or may not write in paragraphs.
      3. Lexical Resources (Vocabulary):
      The examiner gives a 7 band if the candidate:
      i. Uses a sufficient range of vocabulary to allow some flexibility and precision but a lower scorer has a limited range of vocabulary but this may be minimally adequate for the task.
      ii. Uses less common lexical items with some awareness of style and collocation but not with any inaccuracies.
      iii. May produce occasional errors in word choice, spelling and /or word formation but MUST not make noticeable errors in spelling and/or word formation which impedes communication or causes difficulty to readers.
      4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy:
      The examiner gives a 7 band if the candidate:
      i. Uses a variety of complex structures but a lower scorer uses a mix of simple and complex sentence forms or a limited range of structures.
      ii. Produces frequent error-free sentences.
      iii. Has good control of grammar and punctuation but may make a few errors but a lower scorer makes some or frequent errors in grammar or punctuation and errors can cause some difficulty for the reader.
      I hope this will help you move on to the next level. Ask for “Masterclass” for sure improvement.

  • ashoksir

    Thank you for posting your query. I will respond to this shortly.

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