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Factually Correct

In IELTS Writing Task 2, the main points/arguments developed by the candidate, in response to the question/s, have to be relevant, with good supporting evidence, all of which must logically fit into the overall argument, presented in the answer script.

It is believed by many, that it is necessary for the content of the answer to be correct, as is often thought about IELTS Speaking. However, this is not the case, for either, and while this does not mean Task 2 answers can be irrelevant, they do not need to be correct! The examiner will not mark someone down because they are not convinced by the writer’s reasons for having a certain view or opinion.

Factually Correct

Text containing irrelevant responses, or where nothing is connected to the question, will be severely penalised by the examiner.

An examiner is looking for a correctly structured and relevant response. Obviously, if the writer’s views are very well, and convincingly presented, this will benefit the overall impression of an appropriate and adequate response. But, nowhere in the band descriptors is there any mention of the response being correct and/or convincing!

In Task 2, examples may be taken from the candidate's own experience, which is not the case in Task 1 AC.

A clear and consistent position throughout the script is essential. The examiner needs to be clear throughout what the writer’s position is, and contradictions or ambiguities should be avoided, as they will result in a reduced Task Response (TR) score.

Where the writer’s position is difficult to identify, is not relevant to the task, or cannot be identified at all, the TR score will be severely reduced.

A good Task 2 answer has to be very logical, in its thinking and structure; things have to connect well, make sense and not confuse the reader.

As with all IELTS Writing Tasks, the format should not use a sub-heading and/or bullet point organisational structure. Where these are used, the TR will be reduced.

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