1. Task Achievement (TA)
The British Council advises us to factor in Task Achievement (Task Response) by simply covering the requirements of the task:
If you are taking the Academic IELTS, you need to present a clear overview of the main trends, differences or stages:
Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the key features and make comparisons where relevant.
However, if you are planning to sit the IELTS General Test, you are expected to present a clear purpose with a consistent and appropriate tone. All of the bullet points in the prompts need to be clearly presented and extended.
Your company recently sent you to a conference. The conference was very useful and you would like to give a presentation to your colleagues about it.
Write a letter to your manager. In your letter
◆Explain why the conference was useful
◆ Say what your presentation would be about
◆ Suggest why this presentation would interest your colleagues
2. Coherence and Cohesion
Coherence and Cohesion (CC) for a Band 7 Task 1 means the logical organization of information and ideas with a clear progression throughout the task. A wide range of cohesive devices (e.g. transition words) should be appropriately used throughout the essay to show logical relations (contrast, addition, sequence, conclusion, importance, emphasis, etc.) between and among thought groups.
Here are a number of cohesive devices:
Contrast: conversely / on the contrary / nonetheless / however
Conclusion: in a nutshell / in short / in sum / all in all
Addition: plus / moreover / furthermore
Condition: if / unless / otherwise
Equation: or / alternatively / correspondingly
3. Lexical Resources
Lexical Resources (LR) as the third criterion is of great significance. A sufficient range of vocabulary together with some less commonly used lexical items are expected to be flexibly and precisely used in a Band 7 Task 1 Essay. Adequate awareness of style and collocations should also be demonstrated.
4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Grammatical Range and Accuracy (GRA) is another criterion that needs to be met. The writer should use a wide variety of sentence structures (complex sentences, reduced sentences, adverbial clauses, etc.) with full flexibility and accuracy. The writer needs to demonstrate proper grammar and punctuation.
Below you can find two sample Task 1 Essays for both Modules (Academic IELTS and General IELTS):