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How to Get a Band 7+ for Task Reponse in IELTS Writing Task 2

Updated: Aug 11

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 2 essay is evaluated in terms of Task Reponse.


To do this, we're going to do 4 things.


  1. ๐ŸŽฏ Define what Task Response is.

  2. ๐Ÿ” Look at how to get a good Task Response grade (7+).

  3. โš–๏ธ Compare a good essay and a bad essay.

  4. ๐Ÿ“ Write our own Writing Task 2 essay.



1. ๐ŸŽฏ Defining Task Response


  • What is Task Response?


Essentially, the Task Response 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.


Some important questions to keep in mind include:


  • Do you show the examiner that you understood the question?

  • Do you address every part of the question?

  • Is your answer to the question clear and easy to understand?

  • Is your response focused on answering the question?

  • Do you develop your ideas with relevant, specific examples and explanations?


2. ๐Ÿ” How to Get a Good Task Response Grade (7+)


To achieve a band 7+ for Task Response, you need to do the following:


โœ… Make sure you understood the question before you start writing.

โœ… Plan before you start writing.

โœ… Address all parts of the question.

โœ… Keep your ideas simple.*

โœ… Give a clear position throughout (from intro to conclusion).

โœ… Stay focused on the topic, and not go off on tangents.

โœ… Develop and support your arguments with relevant, specific examples.


* There are no extra marks for complicated, interesting, or original ideas. In fact, if you try to answer a simple IELTS question with a complicated answer, in 40 minutes, in 250 words, your essay will probably be pretty confusing. ๐Ÿฅด Keep your ideas simple! ๐Ÿ’ก



3. โš–๏ธ Good and Bad Essays Compared


Before we compare the essays, take a look at the following Writing Task 2 question, and plan your own essay in response. Hold on these notes; you'll need them later.



Now read this first essay, and answer the following questions.


  • Is it similar to what you would write?

  • Do you think it's a good or a bad essay? Why?



This essay, I'm sure you'll agree, is pretty awful. Hopefully, your essays aren't like this!


  • What problems did you notice?


๐Ÿ‘ˆโ˜น๏ธ Click here to see the problems with this essay.


  • Which of these do you think would negatively affect its grade for Task Response?


Although all of the above mistakes are serious and should be avoided, the following mistakes in particular would affect this essays Task Response grade:


๐Ÿ‘ˆโ˜น๏ธ Click here to see the problems with this essay which affect Task Response.


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 essay? Why? (hint: It's going to be better than the last one!)


This essay, I'm sure you'll agree, is a lot better than the first one.


  • What good things did you notice about it?

๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ™‚ Click here to see the what's good about this essay.


  • Which of these do you think would positively affect its grade for Task Response?


๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ™‚ Click here to see how this essay would get a band 7+ for Task Response.



4. ๐Ÿ“ Writing your Own Writing Task 2 Essay


Now it's your turn!


Using your notes from earlier, it's your turn to write your own essay in response to this question:



Make sure to keep in mind all of the โœ… points and try to avoid all of the โŒ points!


If you'd like a copy of the good and bad essays, click on the following link.


WT2 - 1 - Good and Bad Essays Compared
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