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IELTS WRITING

If you’re looking to improve your IELTS score, you’ve come to the right place. On this page, you’ll find a wide range of information about the IELTS writing exam and how to study for it.

Where should I get started with IELTS writing?

 If you’re studying for the IELTS writing exam, there’s a lot of information out there and it can be overwhelming. The most important resources on this site are:

The practical to IELTS writing

This guide covers everything you need to know about IELTS writing including how the writing section is graded, question types and how to structure out essay.

The practical guide to task one

This is the sister guide to our task two guide. It takes a comprehensive look at this tricky section of the test.

A book of model essays

If you want to be successful in the IELTS writing section, you need to know what success looks like. This book of band nine essays you can mine for vocabulary grammar and structure.

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  • Fast food IELTS sample essay with vocabulary

    Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar. This IELTS essay on fast food gives the advantages and disadvantages of this type of meal.

  • Crime and punishment IELTS model essay with vocabulary

    Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar. This IELTS essay on crime and punishment explores the advantages and disadvantages of harsh punishment for criminals.

  • Band Nine Sample Essay: Vacation at home or abroad?

    Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar. This IELTS essay is about weddings and if they should be big or small. This question is about if it is better to stay in your own country or travel abroad for vacation..

  • Four Ways Band Nine Students Improve Their Vocabulary

    Most students waste lots of time when they’re studying vocabulary for the IELTS exam.

    In fact, it’s easy for learners to spend a lot of time on activities that are easy but don’t help them make progress. We’ve made articles in the past about how not to study IELTS vocabulary, but what should you do if you want to make progress? This guide shows you four techniques you can use to effectively improve your vocabulary in less time.

  • IELTS Band Nine Sample: Does University Guarantee You a Good Job?

    Two common topics in the IELTS writing exam are work and education. On this page, you can look at an IELTS band nine sample of an essay that covers both topics. Keep scrolling at the end of the essay for a breakdown of the vocabulary I’ve used. If you want to improve your writing, you can check out our ultimate IELTS guide.

  • IELTS Essay review: Tradition vs New Ideas

    In this series, I look at IELTS essays from real students. This week, I am reviewing an essay by Harpreet, a student from out mailing list. The essay is about comparing tradition to new ideas. The process I follow is a short version of the one I follow with my one-on-one students. I’ll give a grade, but more importantly, I’Il give my reasons for the grade and ways to improve on what she’s written. As you’ll see, a few small changes can have a big impact in IELTS writing. By getting help with your writing, it’s possible to identify problems and make changes quickly.

  • IELTS Essay Review: SO Close to Band Seven

    A few weeks ago, I sent out an email to our mailing list asking for real IELTS essays from real IELTS students. Today, I’m looking at an essay submitted by Nelson. This essay makes is interesting reading because while I gave it a band six overall, it would not take long for this student to advance to a band seven.

  • Essay of the Week: Should school children have homework?

    Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar. This essay is an opinion type question about a controversial issue: should children have homework?.

  • Essay of the Week: Going to the cinema alone or with friends?

    I love going to the cinema on my own, but some people are scared to do it. In this band nine sample essay, I look at the good and bad points of solo cinema trips.

    Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar.

  • Essay of the Week: Big or small weddings

    Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar. This IELTS essay is about weddings and if they should be big or small. This question is a good example of a ‘both sides and your point of view’ essay.

  • Essay of the Week: Old or new buildings?

    Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar. This opinion type question asks you to consider if it is better to live in a new or old building.

  • Essay of the Week: Traditional or modern wisdom?

    Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar. This essay is a ‘both sides and an opinion’ type essay about if it is better to look to the past or present for wisdom.