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City & Guilds IESOLSample Writing Tasks at A1 Preliminary level
The aim of this booklet is to familiarize teachers who prepare candidates for the City and Guilds ESOLexaminations with tasks, performance samples, assessment criteria and benchmark performance samples.The tasks and performance samples in the current material represent level
according to the
CommonEuropean Framework of Reference
. The CEFR levels and descriptors are embedded in every stage of theproduction and delivery of the International ESOL and Spoken ESOL tests and are also incorporated in themarking procedures.The material includes sample tasks from former live tests and authentic performance samples produced byESOL candidates. An attempt has been made to select samples which represent a wide variety of performancelevels within the given CEFR level. All samples have been double marked to ensure that the evaluation criteriaare rigorously followed and marking is consistent, accurate and reliable.
Marking the writing tasks
The current guide includes only the
open writing tasks 
which are evaluated with the help of task-specific markschemes.Each level has a task-specific mark scheme with descriptors for
Task fulfilment, Grammar, Vocabulary 
Task fulfilment mark reflects how far the candidate has achieved the task, the Grammar markmeasures the range, appropriacy and accuracy of grammar, the Vocabulary mark assesses the range,accuracy and appropriacy of vocabulary as well as spelling accuracy. The Structure mark reflects howcoherently ideas are linked in the text and how accurate the punctuation is.There are four levels of performance with a corresponding mark in each of the above criteria: First Class Pass,Pass, Narrow Fail and Fail. The total marks awarded for the task are the sum of the marks awarded to eachcriterion.The writing tasks are marked by trained markers who use the task-specific mark scheme for the evaluation ofthe tasks. The mark-schemes are regularly updated and markers are trained regularly to ensure that they aremarking to standard.
Grading the Writing section
If a task has not been attempted, a zero mark should be awarded for that task.Once each Writing task has been marked, an overall mark is awarded for the Writing section. This overall markis translated into one of the following grades:
Fail, Narrow Fail, Pass or First Class Pass 
Maximum marks for each writing task
Part 1
completing a form
Maximum mark: 12Part 2
identifying correct punctuation
Maximum mark: 5Part 3
writing to produce four sentences on specified topic
Maximum mark: 12Part 4
writing to produce a simple text for a specified reader.
Maximum mark: 12
Grade table for Writing section for A1
Grade Total marks: 34 
FCP 28-34 
PASS 17-27 
NF 15-16 F 0-14 
Spelling and capitalisation
American spelling is accepted if used consistently. Inappropriate use of capital letters is generally not penalisedunless spelling is the focus of the task.
Over and under length answers
The Task Fulfilment criterion with seriously
under length 
answers will probably attract a score of 1 or 0 as therewill most likely be no or little expansion of the topic.Answers which are seriously
over length 
are awarded one mark less for the Task fulfilment criterion than wouldotherwise have been awarded.
Writing - Tasks
Preliminary Level – (A1)Skills and focus FormatWriting 1: complete a form with personal details Complete the formWriting 2: Identify correct punctuation Circle the letter of the correct optionWriting 3: simple sentences to communicate ideas orbasic informationWrite four sentencesWriting 4: short simple text for an intended audience Write 20 30 wordsParts 1 and 2 are marked in accordance with paper-specific mark schemes.
Writing – MarkingCEFR Overall WrittenProduction descriptorA1
 Can write simple isolated phrases and sentences.
CEFR descriptors related to assessment criteriaTask Fulfilment Grammar Vocabulary StructureA1
Can write simplephrases andsentences aboutthemselves andimaginary people,where they live andwhat they do.Shows only limitedcontrol of a fewsimple grammaticalstructures andsentence patterns ina memorisedrepertoire. Errorsmay causemisunderstandings.Has a very basicrepertoire of wordsand simple phrasesrelated to personaldetails andparticular concretesituations.Can link wordsor groups ofwords with verybasic linearconnectors like‘and’ and ‘then’.

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