Most students aspire to earn band 7 or higher in the writing module. The highest score in the writing module is band 9. A band 9 essay will have hardly any spelling, grammatical or lexical errors. Here are some tips to get the desired score.
In order to obtain band 9, you must demonstrate sophisticated control of lexical features. Use a wide range of grammatical structures with ease and flexibility. Minor errors will be overlooked if they occur as slips.
In order to obtain band 8, you should be able to use a wide variety of sentence patterns. Errors in spelling or word formation should be rare. The majority of sentences in your essay and letter/report should be error-free. Errors, if any, should be minor.
A band 7 essay will have occasional errors in spelling, word formation or word choice. In order to obtain band 7, the student has to use a range of complex sentences. There should be several error-free sentences. While it is okay to make a few errors, the student should demonstrate a good control of grammar and punctuation.
A band 6 essay or report may contain some errors in word formation or spelling. However, these errors will not impede the flow of ideas. The essay will have a mix of simple and complex sentence patterns. There will be some errors in grammar and punctuation; however, these errors will not reduce communication.
There will be noticeable mistakes in word formation and /or spelling. These errors will also make it difficult for the reader to understand what the writer means. Sentences will be of a limited variety. While the student makes an attempt to write complex sentences, they tend to be erroneous.
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