Level 2 writing requires well developed abstract thinking skills, as well as a command of the skills taught in my Level 1 class.
Students 8th grade and up who have completed my Level 1 class with at least an 80% for the year are eligible for Level 2.
Students in 10th grade+ with a strong IEW background from other IEW courses may be assessed for Level 2.
Students younger than 10th grade or with little or no IEW background must begin with Level 1. Level 2 is the most challenging of my courses, and I have found that younger IEW students from other courses struggle greatly in my Level 2.
The IEW method is unique. Each level builds on the previous level(s). As a comparison, consider a flutist who decides to learn to play the piano. Although piano and flute utilize the same music theory, both require many skills that are specific to the instrument. The flutist cannot skip the first piano book. An experienced flutist will quickly absorb and begin to apply the new piano knowledge, but the knowledge still must be learned first.
I was in my 40s when I first began to learn the IEW method! I had many writing skills, but I still had to start at the beginning, with the same skills my students learn in Level 1. However, being an older and more experienced writer, I was able to quickly absorb and begin applying the new skills.
All students must start at the beginning, but older and/or more experienced students will write at a more complex level more quickly than the younger students.