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.

Latest posts

  • Essay of the Week: Paying money to parents to take care of their kids

    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 about if giving money to parents to care for their children is a good use of government funds.

  • IELTS myths: Should you be aiming for a band nine?

    After reading this page you’ll have a better idea about a common IELTS myth: that everyone who takes the IELTS exam should be aiming for a band nine. You’ll learn about IELTS band requirements for visas and university admissions. You’ll also know how to set goals for IELTS study and why it can be more effective to aim for a band seven than a band nine.

  • IELTS myths: Should you follow a ‘band nine’ vocabulary list?

    This article looks at a common myth that you should be using a band nine vocabulary list when studying for the IELTS exam. Let’s take a look at why this isn’t true and how you should be studying vocabulary.

  • Rewriting an IELTS task two essay: Two question question

    This essay is a task two essay from Adeyemi, a student from Twitter who asked me to take a look at some of his essays. If you haven’t, take a look at his task one essay too.

  • Rewriting an IELTS task one essay: Describing a bar chart

    Want to find out how to improve your IELTS task one writing? You’ve come to the right page. On this page, you can watch me break down a real IELTS essay sent in by a student. I’ll then show you how I would rewrite this essay to improve its score. The student who sent me this essay also send me a task two essay, so be sure to take a look at that too.

  • Question types in the IELTS exam

    Many students feel overwhelmed by the different type of questions in part two of the IELTS writing exam. However, while these questions often look like too much to ever learn, it is possible to break them down into five broad types. Once you know these, you will know how to handle any IELTS writing question that you get in your exam. This article will introduce these question types and how you should go about answering each one.

  • IELTS Writing Part Two Structure: Conclusions

    The conclusion is probably the easiest part of your IELTS writing part two. However, conclusions are still important to get right for several reasons. They play an important structural role in your essay. They’re also important because the final impression is memorable. Finally, if something is easy, you should be trying to do it perfectly!

  • IELTS Writing Part Two Structure: Body Paragraphs

    Body paragraphs make up the most of your essay and so it’s important to pay attention to them. This guide will teach you how to put together IELTS style body paragraphs even if you’re not sure what you want to say in your essay. Each body paragraph you write should have one topic sentence and three-four supporting sentences.

  • IELTS Part Two Structure: Introductions

    The introduction is an essential part of your IELTS writing part two essay. Your introduction sets your essay off in the right direction and makes your ideas for the whole essay clear for yourself and the examiner.

  • The Complete Guide to IELTS Writing Grading: Grammatical Range and Accuracy

    This article is part of our series about how the IELTS graded. If you haven’t yet, check out our sections on task response, coherence and cohesion and lexical resource.

  • The complete guide to IELTS writing grading: Lexical Resource

    Lexical resource is all about the words you use. In many ways, it should be the most simple part of the IELTS grading criteria to understand. However, it’s also the area with the most misconceptions around it. This article will take a look at the grading criteria, unpack what those criteria mean and explore what mistakes people make around lexical resource. Make sure you also check out our guides to task response, coherence and cohesion, and grammatical range and accuracy.

  • The complete guide to IELTS writing grading: Coherence and Cohesion

    This is the second part of our series on how the IELTS writing exam is graded. Learning how the exam is graded is essential for your success in the exam. If you don’t know what the examiners are looking for, it’s becomes more difficult to meet their criteria. Make sure you check out our other grading guides on task response, lexical resource and grammatical range and accuracy.