Writing task 2 – How to get a 7 (or more)


This official IELTS document tells you exactly what you need to do to get the score you need in writing task 2:

The examiner will use a version of this document to give you a score from 0-9 in each of these areas:

  • Task response
  • Coherence and cohesion
  • Lexical resource (vocabulary)
  • Grammatical range and accuracy

These four scores will be combined to give you a total score from 0-9.


How to get a 7 (or more) for Task Response


The table below uses the same descriptions that are in the IELTS task 2 writing band descriptors document.

You must do ALL of the things in green to get a 7 for ‘task response’.

If you do ANY of the things in red, you won’t get a 7.


Bonus tip:

Additionally, all IELTS writing task 2 questions say this:

“[1*] Give reasons for your answer and [2*] include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.”

[1*] These are your ‘main ideas’.

[2*] Do this when you ‘extend and support your main ideas’ (see the table under 7 for ‘main ideas’).


How to get a 7 (or more) for Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammar


Below is an excellent video by E2Language explaining how to get a 7 (or more) in all four assessment criteria.



Jump to a specific part of the video by clicking on the times below:

0:34 Document overview
1:18 How is your score calculated 
2:21 Task response: address all parts of the task
3:02 Task response: present a clear position throughout the response
3:53 Task response: present, extend and support your ideas   
4:30 Coherence and cohesion: how to get a 7
4:59 Coherence and cohesion: faulty or mechanical cohesion (band 6)
5:16 Coherence and cohesion: example of faulty cohesion (band 6)
5:43 Coherence and cohesion: example of mechanical cohesion (band 6)
6:26 Coherence and cohesion: referencing and substitution (this/that/these, etc.)
8:01 Coherence and cohesion: how to use paragraphs
9:15 Lexical resource (vocabulary): how to get a 7
9:38 Lexical resource (vocabulary): accuracy
10:07 Grammatical range and accuracy: how to get a 7
10:26 Grammatical range and accuracy : frequency of errors
12:25 Summary: what you need for a 7 overall

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