How to beat the IELTS Marking Criteria Part 1
When an examiner is marking your writing they are looking for 5 basic elements:
Coherence - Are your ideas clear and simple to understand?
Cohesion - Is your writing in a logical order?
Range of Vocabulary - Have you used a variety of different levelled academic and topic specific vocabulary?
Range of Grammar - Have you demonstrated a variety of different tenses and other grammar?
Task - Have you completed all parts of the question?
So to write an IELTS Writing Task 1 or Task 2, you need to pay special attention to these elements when you write.
In the first of these new blogs, I will show you how you can improve your chances of getting a better IELTS score by knowing how to beat each of the Marking Criteria.
So, let's have a look at Coherence.
What does coherence mean?
The dictionary definition of coherence is 'easy to understand.' Using long and complicated words does not neccessarily mean that people will be able to understand what you mean, so being clear is key.
How do I write coherently?
One of the best ways that I and a lot of writers have found to do this is by using adjectives or noun phrases. By using these words, people will immediately know what you mean and then if they want further information, they can get that when you start to expand on the words. Imagine these words are just like a present or a gift. It is very clear just by looking at the box or the wrapping that it is a special gift. If the person wants to know more about it, they will unwrap it.
And that's what you do when writing your IELTS Writing Tasks. Once you've written your idea up in a neat adjective, you can expand on it and tell people more information about it. And because they are clear about your idea right at the very beginning, any further information you give them will also become clearer.
How do I beat the IELTS Marking Criteria?
Through simple clear adjectives. For example, look at these sentences:
One of the main advantages of watching TV programmes is that they can be educational.
A reason for agreeing that online shopping is beneficial is because it is time-saving.
One of the main issues with being self-employed is that it can be stressful.
Each of these sentences is clear and people can immediately understand what you are trying to say as a reader.
So, the best way to bear the Coherence IELTS Marking Criteria is to learn a list of adjectives that can be suitable for different topics.
For more examples of adjectives and sentences, see my Three Way Writing Method Lessons and other Writing Lessons on this website.
Part 2 of How to Beat the IELTS Marking Criteria will be available soon.
Good luck with your Writing!