|Task Achievement||The test taker has largely covered the task requirements, except for the
function of inviting which is expressed more as an obligation and is not of
TO IMPROVE: The test taker needs a better understanding of the way in which invitations need to be expressed informally in English through structures such as "I'd love you to come and visit me…” or “It’d be great if you came to visit”.
|Coherence and Cohesion||This is generally good throughout the task as the test taker has demonstrated an awareness of appropriate linking devices, such as the use of
"Recently”, “as usual”, “to cut a long story short”, and so on. However,
there is insufficient use of linking devices such as “because”, “therefore”,
“for example”, and so on.
TO IMPROVE: The test taker needs to use more linkers to improve the cohesion of the text. For example, if the text taker had used “because” to explain the reason for the move, the first body paragraph would have been less confusing for the reader.
The test taker has used a wide variety of lexical items; however, many have not been used appropriately and this causes occasional confusion as in the case of “let my flap about this idea”, “covered the deal”, “two stored building”, and so on. Also, there are occasional examples of inappropriately formal style, such as “All details will be covered…”, “As far as you know”, “Sincerely yours”, and so on. This has an adverse effect on the score.
TO IMPROVE: The test taker needs to increase awareness of how informal emails should be written in an informal style. Also, the test taker should not try to impress the examiner by attempting idiomatic expressions without knowing exactly how they are used.
|Grammatical Range and Accuracy||
The test taker has attempted a variety of grammatical structures, not always successfully. The main problems concern lack of articles (i.e. “in couple of those days”, “house is masterpiece”, etc.), and prepositions (i.e. “in a new house”, “made with a stone”, etc.).
TO IMPROVE: The test taker should remember that articles are always before singular countable nouns. For example, a table, a masterpiece, a couple, and so on. As regards prepositions, movement is generally expressed through the use of “to”, as in “to go to school”, “move to a new house”, “travel to a foreign country”, and so on.
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