Some people in Iran say that it is not possible to receive a band score of seven or above in IELTS writing skill because there is a deficiency in this testing system and its examiners..
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
IELTS writing 7.0 plus: some Iranians believe it is not feasible to achieve. Although there is a combination of factors as to why this belief is commonly held in this country, I strongly believe it is not true.
Unfortunately, many Iranians suffer from a deficiency in critical thinking skills, which is of paramount importance in IELTS writing. In order to give an appropriate answer, especially for a band score of 7.0 above, candidates must know how to think, discuss, argue, and consider counterarguments logically to do the task completely. This problem stems from the education system whose focus is not on writing skill at all, even in Persian. Since candidates do not know where the underlying reasons lie, they pass the buck to this testing system and its examiners.
Another role player is IELTS instructors who have had a misunderstanding of the public band descriptor, defining the four criteria in writing assessment. Many instructors do not go beyond the scope of lexical resource and grammatical range and accuracy because they usually have a good command of them. This results in teaching learners some fancy vocabulary and complicated structures that many students have no idea in what context and how they can use them. Consequently, many essays in Iran seem as if there has been a vocabulary or grammar competition in which communication_ the sole purpose of any piece of writing_ has no place. This means that 50% of their score, which is under the scope of task response and coherence and cohesion, is adversely affected.
IELTS is also a lucrative business for many in undeveloped countries, which leads to deception. There is some mafia in this country that takes advantage of naive learners who are not proficient enough to sit the IELTS test, but with false promises, such as receiving band 7.0 in two or three months, they charge them heavily and leave their side after a couple of months. IELTS is nothing but a test to evaluate a person’s English level. Should a candidate not be at C1, they cannot receive a band 7.0 in this test and have to improve their general English knowledge and performance first.
On the other hand, the number of IELTS candidates who are stuck at band 6.0 is significant, and there have been some cases that applied for a remark which have led to a boost in their result. Since bad news travels faster than good news, many jump into conclusions that the test and its examiners are to blame. However, to err is human, and the number of such cases is negligible compared to the total test takers. Moreover, what the test critics do not consider is that IELTS is an international standardized test, revising its testing system continuously, and its graders’ performance is subject to an extensive and detailed review on a regular basis.
In conclusion, admittedly, a considerable number of people are stuck at band 6.0 in IELTS writing skill in Iran, but I, as one, opine that it is easier to find faults with others than with yourself.