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How to write a band 7 essay for IELTS

This download lesson is kindly provided by Tish Kirkland of Yes! IELTS. Tish has special insight into the examining process and here she talks you through what it takes to score band 7 in task 2 – the essay. It should be particularly useful for people who are stuck on band 6 or 6.5.

One of my favourite pieces of advice for IELTS candidates is to learn how IELTS is marked – on the basis that unless you know what to do, you won’t do it. And this is exactly what Tish does for you here. What she does is analyse in detail how the band score descriptors work and what examiners look for when they decide if an essay is good enough for band 7.0.

I should add that if you are aiming for a higher band score, then Tish has a link on the download to take you to more advice for that level.

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24 Responses to How to write a band 7 essay for IELTS

  1. irfan August 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Sir I had been living in england ,now iam in my country which is in asia please advice me I already attempt twice time I got 5 band overall .Teacher usually say if you read you improve writting same with the of listenning you improve speaking .
    I am very bad in writting with same in reading listenning now better and my speaking well ,but when I speak to front of my teacher he said wrong grammer you using .for example english people they speak very short word .say that again= I beg my Pardon .
    In writting ?
    in reading ?
    please advise me any more help fo improve all parts with free
    In over country people usually give advertise 8 band ,7.5 band granted
    What do you think how long does it take for that person ,who got 5 band want to improve?
    Email me please

    • Anonymous October 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      Give me a writing tips to improve for 7bands

  2. Dominic Cole August 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    There are no rules about how long it takes to improve – it can take months and months though. There is a huge difference between band score 8 and 5. Sometimes people seem to improve very quickly but that only happens when there base level of English is already high and they just need to find out a little about the exam.

  3. priya August 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    will yo please give me a suugestion to improve my essays as Iam always stuck on to 6.5

    • Dominic Cole August 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      If you keep getting the same score, you really need to talk to an experienced teacher to see what it is you are doing wrong – it may be for instance that you are have a grammar problem that is holding you back or it might be that your Task Response isn’t quite right.

  4. Mansi August 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    i got less band in writting and reading,so can u suggest me dat how shud i score 7 band ion both these sections……….mu speaking n listening is quite good but i have to work hard in writting n reading

    • Dominic Cole August 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      All I can do is suggest you read through the advice above and maybe contact Tish for lessons – a good teacher may be the answer

  5. Angela August 8, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Hi, this is a very useful article about the marking for ‘Task Response’. Are their similar articles for the remaining three descriptors? I was unable to find anything that specific on Tish’s site. Thanks, Angela

  6. Sweet August 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Your blog is such a great help to all of us who are studying for the IELTS exam. I find myself to be improving with my writing skills; however, I’m still criticized for not being able to show some style in my essays. I was advised to add in figures of speech and use idiomatic expressions — (e.g. puffing their lungs out – smoking excessively). Do you have any references or recommended sites for which I could look this up? Thank’s!

  7. Nance October 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I am getting overwhelmed by thoughts while trying to write. I am failing to organize my ideas. I am writing short essays for task 1.
    The first two things are my problem, I will decrease my stress levels, but the third idea, I need your advice please.

  8. gelyn February 17, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Oh, so it is fine to use idiomatic expressions in essay writing? Im quite confused because one of my friends told me that no idioms should be written on my essay. ^^

    • Dominic Cole February 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      This is not an easy question to answer. You do need to be careful though in how you use idioms in your writing. The best advice is to aim for a relatively neutral tone.

  9. Archana mann February 24, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Your Blog assist me alot but i stuck to band 6 score in writing and i want 7 band ,so could you plz let me know what extra efforts should i put in writing task

    • Dominic Cole February 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      Sorry, I really can’t help you without seeing your writing – each student is different. That said, it is worth considering your “error count”. If you make enough mistakes, you cannot get a grammar score of above 6. Though you should always be aware that grammar is only ove score and vocal, coherence and task response count equally.

  10. HET April 24, 2013 at 3:15 am #




  11. door 23 June 13, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    hey dominic cole
    i writing is very bad at now i am preparing for ielts i gave more than 5 paper but everytime i got 5.5 band in writing.can you help me ?

  12. Sana December 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Hey Dominic, I got a band 6 in writing in my ielts. I’m going to have to take the exam again because I needed at least a 6.5. Any advice for the writing please?

  13. KAZMI January 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Please provide me with the links where I can upgrade from 6.5 to 7.5,without searching or sifting through the maze of advice and sites

  14. amandeep kaur January 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    How to write a good graph?plz answer me₹

  15. Dara October 3, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Hello sir, I gave IELTS twice already. I got no problem with my LRS since I achieved above 7 in my two successive exams. The problem stands in writing module. I tried to use wide range of vocabulary, I took note on my grammar and I utilized a lot of linking words. I kept on achieving 6.5 despite all my efforts on modifying my style. I really don’t know what is wrong. Furthermore, does penmanship also matters in the IELTS because I don’t really possess a very presentable handwriting.

    • Dominic Cole October 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

      Provided the examiner can read what you write it shouldn’t make any difference.

    • ingrid October 27, 2014 at 1:22 am #

      hi , in which country are you taking the test so that you consistently get Writing 6.5 despite all your strenuous efforts ?

      • Olga October 31, 2014 at 9:57 am #

        I also have the same problem of getting 6.5 for Writing, with all other parts of 7.5 or more. It is Russia where I took IELTS exam two times. Even though test centers were different, I still got both times only 6.5. Despite all my attempts to change the style of writing and extending my vocabulary, I got the same score the second time

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