To achieve the grade you want in IELTS, it is important to understand how the examiners evaluate your English.
In this post, we will focus specifically on how your Writing Task 1 report (we will look at General Training letters in a different post) is evaluated in terms of Task Achievement.
To do this, we're going to do 4 things.
🎯 Define what Task Achievement is.
🔍 Look at how to get a good Task Achievement grade (7+).
⚖️ Compare a good report and a bad report.
📝 Write our own Writing Task 2 essay.
1. 🎯 Defining Task Achievement
What is Task Achievement?
Essentially, the Task Achievement grade is given based on how well you understand and answer the question. It evaluates the focusedness and the completeness of the response. It makes up 25% of your writing grade, so achieving a good score for Task Response can make a huge difference to your overall grade.
2. 🔍 How to Get a Good Task Achievement Grade (7+)
To achieve a band 7+ for Task Achievement, you need to do the following:
✅ Make sure you understood what the image represents before writing.
✅ Plan before you start writing.
✅ Include an overview which highlights 2-3 of the main features of the image.
✅ Support your overview with some carefully selected details from the image.
✅ Make comparisons where relevant.
✅ Write over 150 words.
✅ Stay focused on the task - describe what's in the image without giving your opinion.
3. ⚖️ Good and Bad Reports Compared
Before we compare the reports, take a look at the following Writing Task 1 question, and plan your own report in response. Hold on these notes; you'll need them later.
Now read this first report, and answer the following questions.
Is it similar to what you would write?
Do you think it's a good or a bad report? Why?
The chart shows the number of men and women in further education in Britain in three periods and whether they were studying full-time or part-time.
If you look at the guys, you will see that in 1970/71 there were a million males studying part-time in further education and just below a 100,000 studying full-time education. In 1980/81 there were almost 800,000 males studying part-time in further education and just over 100,000 studying full-time in further education. In 1990/91 there were 900 males studying part-time in further education and 200 studying full-time in further education.
Now let’s talk about the girls. The figures for the number of females studying part-time in further education initially rose slowly and then there was a dramatic rise. The figures for the number of females studying full-time in further education started low and then increased sharply and then increased by just a small amount.
The reason why there are more females than males studying part-time in further education is because they have families to look after and do not have enough time to study full-time. There are also more females than males studying full-time in further education as there are more females who’d like to study and have a career so that they can be independent.
This report, I'm sure you'll agree, isn't very good. I imagine your reports are much better than this!
What problems did you notice?
👈☹️ Click here to see the problems with this report.
Which of these do you think would negatively affect its grade for Task Achievement?
Although all of the above mistakes are serious and should be avoided, the following mistakes in particular would affect this essays Task Achievement grade:
👈☹️ Click here to see the problems with this essay which affect Task Achievement.
Now let's take a look at another essay responding to the same question.
Is it similar to what you would write?
Do you think it's a good or a bad report? Why? (hint: It's going to be better than the last one!)
The bar graph above displays statistics regarding the number of males and females in higher education in Britain at three different times and if they were studying full or part-time.
Overall, in all three of the given periods of time, a far greater number of people studied in part-time education in comparison to full-time. Additionally, from 1970 to 1991, the number of women in both types of education increased, while for men, the number only increased for full-time, but decreased for part-time.
Over the whole time period, taking into account both men and women, an average of around 800 people, studied part-time, while an average of around 200 studied full-time. The highest number of men studying part-time was in 1970/71, at 1000, whereas the greatest number of women studying part-time was in 1990/91, at just over 1000.
From the beginning of the time period to the end, the number of both sexes in full-time education gradually went up from around 100 to around 200. However, regarding part-time education, from the seventies to the nineties, the number of women rose by about 250, while the quantity of men fluctuated, ultimately dropping by about 100.
This report, I'm sure you'll agree, is a lot better than the first one.
What good things did you notice about it?
👈🙂 Click here to see the what's good about this essay.
Which of these do you think would positively affect its grade for Task Achievement?
👈🙂 Click here to see how this essay would get a band 7+ for Task Response.
4. 📝 Writing your Own Writing Task 1 Report
Now it's your turn!
Using your notes from earlier, it's your turn to write your own report in response to this question:
Make sure to keep in mind all of the ✅ points and try to avoid all of the ❌ points!
If you'd like a copy of the good and bad reports, click on the following link.