Last week a student wrote to me saying that he didn’t understand why his most recent writing test score was so low. He wanted my advice on how to improve his writing task 2 essays.
Before giving any advice, I asked the student whether he thought he had done well or badly in writing task 1. His answer surprised me: he hadn’t written anything at all for task 1; he had spent the whole hour in the test doing task 2.
Hopefully you can guess what my advice was! I think students often worry so much about task 2 that they really neglect task 1. If you’re not getting the score you need, it might be that task 1 is the problem.