Writing assessment criteria

Mostly students do not know that how their writing will be assessed. I have discussed Task 1 for both general training and academic modules. In general training you need to write a formal/informal/semi-formal letter while in academic module you need to describe tables, graphs, chart or a diagram. You have to write 150 words in 20 minutes to complete this task.

In Task 2, you are required to write an essay of about 250 words on a given topic which you must complete in about 40 minutes. For both these tasks:

  • You must answer all the bullet points given in the question. If you leave any point, marks will be deducted.
  • Before starting your task brainstorm your ideas and make a mind map of all the bullet points. You can use your question booklet, but examiner will not check it.
  • Write your answer directly on the answer sheet.
  • Block your paragraphs.
    • For task 1, divide 150 words into three or four paragraphs accordingly; it means more or less 50 words in each paragraph.
    • For task 2, divide 250 words into four to five paragraphs; it means more or less 50 words in each paragraph. 10 words per sentence and five sentences in each paragraph.
  • Proofread after completing your writing task.

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Now come to the assessment criteria. The examiner will look four things before giving you score:

Task achievement/response assesses how accurately, appropriately and relevantly your response covers the task requirements, using the minimum of 150 words for Task 1 and 250 words for Task 2. Does your writing covers all the points asked in the question? In Task 1, all the information you require is given in the diagram. In Task 2, Task response includes how well you develop your argument in response to the task, giving evidence and examples which may be from your own experience.

Coherence and cohesion assesses how clearly and fluently you write and organized your ideas by using appropriate cohesive devises (for example, linking words, pronouns and conjunctions, etc.). Your writing must have a logical order by having a clear opening, body paragraphs and a conclusion. Do not write too long introduction and your conclusion is a summary of your overall essay; do not include any new idea in the conclusion.

Lexical resource assesses that how accurate and appropriate the range of vocabulary you have used in your writing.

Grammatical range and accuracy assesses that how accurate and appropriate grammatical structures you have used in your writing.


Source: http://www.britishcouncil.org


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