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Below you can see a copy of the chart (reproduced with permission from Chris Green at - yasi.englishlab.net/ ). Please note that Chris was an examiner several years ago and created this chart based on what he estimates the current score chart to look like. Thus,
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it may not accurately reflect the numbers used by today’s active IELTS examiners (click the image to enlarge): Knowing that Task 1 and Task 2 are weighted 1:2, some interesting observations can be made. For example, if you perform at a band 8 in your Task 1 response, but only receive band 5 for your Task 2, your writing will be labeled an overall band of 6. However, if these marks are reversed
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(that is to say your Task 1 is band 5 and your Task 2 is band 8), you will be honoured an overall band of 7. In fact, even if your Task 1 mark were to fall to a band 4, you would still be awarded an overall band of 7. Let me summarize the above in a few quick equations: Task 1 Band 8 + Task 2 Band 5 = Overall Writing Band 6 Task 1 Band 5 + Task 2 Band 8 = Overall Writing Band 7 Task 1 Band 4 + Task 2 Band 8 = Overall Writing Band 7 So what conclusions can we draw from this? The above equations illustrate three things. The first is that the 1:2 weighting ratio can shift slightly depending on the combination of marks you receive. The second is that perhaps the best strategy a student can take is to engage Task 2 first, then proceed to Task 1. In
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  • Winter '16
  • NAda
  • IELTS examiner

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