The essay reflects an overall sophistication that distinguishes it from the lower-scored essays. It takes a clear position and succeeds in expressing a point of view or telling a story. The development of ideas is thorough, including several appropriate points directly related to the topic, without repetition. The examples used,particularly those from personal experience, are rich. The essay is clearly organized possibly with occasional digression ; the writer demonstrates evidence of skillful use of cohesive devices. The writer demonstrates the ability to write in an appropriate academic register and demonstrates a wide range of vocabulary for academic purposes,with some problem in word choice or usage. Sentence variety and complexity reflect a command of standard written English. Grammatical errors may be noticeable but do not interfere with meaning.