How your essays are graded

by Cherry

This is how they grade your essay: you receive points for Task AchievementCoherence and CohesionnLexical Resource, and Grammatical Range and Accuracy.

  • Task Achievement means that your essay shows that you understood and covered the topic from all its sides, aspects, etc. Let's take this topic for example - Internet: connecting or isolating people?. Those who choose to write about how Internet connects people - lose marks, those who choose to write about how Internet isolates people - lose marks, those who compare and contrast both sides of the Internet and give arguments for and against - gain marks.
  • Coherence and Cohesion means how well you connected the paragraphs and sentences inside each paragraph. You see, all of your paragraphs need to be logically connected. For example, if paragraph 1 explains the advantages of the Internet, and paragraph 2 explains its disadvantages, then paragraph 1 should have a last sentence saying something like this: "In spite of Internet being such a help in communication, its drawbacks cannot be overlooked". This sentence creates the connection between 1st and 2nd paragraphs. If it wasn't there, the examiner could have thought that you jumped from advantages to disadvantages without a reason. The same rule applies to sentences inside the paragraph. Every sentence should lead to the next one.
  • Lexical Resource means vocabulary and different types of sentences, simple and complex. You should be able to use words and their synonyms.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy means spelling and grammar of sentences. You should be able to spell the words correctly, do not forget the articles "a/an" and "the", the punctuation is also important, and so on - you get the picture, don't you?

One more important thing to know: the four criteria are equally weighted. It means that if you forgot about the "Coherence and Cohesion" in your essay, you will lose 1/4 of your essay points.

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