Sample IELTS essays

These sample IELTS essays come with lessons essay vocabulary exercises to help you write them. If you are new to IELTS I suggest you check my main IELTS task 2 writing page and this lesson on essay structure first.

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Band 8.0 writing skills essays

Learn better essay vocabulary

I suggest you try these exercises from the Academic Word List to improve your essay vocabulary

Essay writing exercises from the AWL

Points to note in using the sample essays

  • Each essay follows the same basic 4 or 5 paragraph structure
  • How the introduction focuses on the question and introduces how the essay is going to be written
  • How each paragraph focuses on one main idea and expands it, using PEE (Point – Explain – Example)
  • How sentences within paragraphs are linked together using pronouns, linking words and repetition.
  • These essays are either argument based or opinion based

How to use the sample essays for vocabulary

One way to use these samples is to find vocabulary you can use for yourself. This vocabulary can be divided into:

  • topic vocabulary – specific vocabulary relating to the topic of the question
  • structural/organising vocabulary (eg “One point to note is..”)
  • academic vocabulary

Here is my link to useful vocabulary to structure an essay. You can practise the academic vocabulary on my Academic Word List page where you will find an interactive quiz on each essay.

How to use the sample essays for essay structure

Another way to use these essays is to see how an IELTS essay is structured:

  • note how the introduction addresses the question and leads into the main body of the essay
  • identify the main point of each topic paragraph
  • note how the topic paragraphs link to each other (do they present similar or contrasting attitudes?)
  • note the functions of the conclusion: to summarise and/or present the answer to the question

How to use the sample essays for paragraph structure

Note how each paragraph focuses on one main idea and how that idea is expanded by the use of examples and reasons. You will find more about this under coherence.

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41 Responses to Sample IELTS essays

  1. Nazia May 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Dear Dominic,

    I appreciate your hard work and thanks for this wonderful blog. I have an exam next month can you please go through this essay and give me a brief idea about how far do I need to work to get a 7 band.

    Thanks in anticipation

    Q: Some businesses now say that no one can smoke cigarettes in any of their offices.Some governments have banned smoking in all the public places. Do you agree or not. Give reasons.

    Public smoking is an issue with growing concern and several actions are expected to work in place. It has now been prohibited by some governing bodies to smoke in public and many organizations have restricted its use in offices. I am in favour of the changes implemented by the authorities however this essay intends to view both sides of the issue.

    The proponents put forward strong arguments based on several major consequences. Firstly, smoking in public has direct affect on the health of surrounding people as they are forced to inhale carcinogenic air as a result of passive smoking. Secondly, the work environment is disturbed by smokers leaving the work place occasionally for smoke breaks. The third reason lies to the fact that cigarette smoke is deteriorating the atmosphere by adding harmful inhalants in the air.

    On the contrary, the opponents argue on the basis of liberty on making personal choices. The reasoning behind this debate is that smoking is an individual choice, businesses and government should refrain from such amendments. They emphasize that it has no affect on their work effectiveness instead it is a medicine for anxiety and depression. Furthermore, neurological research favours them by asserting that nicotine present in cigarette relieves short term work stress.

    However, my prospective, after assessing both aspects of the situation, leads me to believe that the favouring argument out weights the opposite. This is because smoking has ill effects not only on the person inhaling it but also on the whole immediate environment and the people. Hence the ban on public smoking helps all those who choose not to smoke.

    • Abbos April 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

      I think your essay is worthy to be marked 7 band score. clear ideas, no gramatical mistakes. all in all very good essay

  2. yenglay July 13, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    The quality of health care a person receives should not depend on the size of their bank balance. The government is responsible for providing a high level of health care for all its citizens. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the above statement

    • ngong December 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

      Dear Dominic,
      thank you for your wonderful assistance. I no longer carryout research but relying completely on IELTS BLOG. I wish to have more sample essays, listening, reading and speaking test. for I am writing in January

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        Dominic Cole December 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

        the plan is a new essay, reading and listening practce each week.

        I know that this is hard advice to take but if you are a month or so before the exam, I really do believe in quality of practice over quantity of practice. Spend plenty of time doing English language things, but put the pressure on yourself with the IELTS Exam practice. If you only allow yourself to do one a day or so, then you concentrate and are much more likely to improve. There’s a real danger that if you practise too much, you stop Improving because you know you always have another chance.

        • ynah September 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

          hi dominic,

          i have taken ielts academic thrice already, in fact, i even enrolled to a review center, however, writing has always been the problem.. my scores were 6.5, 6 and 6.5 (i needed 7).. i did not know where i was going wrong, have checked my grammar, spelling, coherence and all.. i wrote around 20 essays just to practice, but turned no good.. i even came to the point that it was so depressed already.. the catch here is i was a literary editor when i was in highschool (ironic right? haha) and then along came a miracle.. i came into your blog (after so much googling) i have read through the writing tips esp the sample essays (this time i did not write any essay).. but i was so keen on every detail stated on this blog (i read it through and through.. around 10x..).. so last sep 15, i took the test.. the results were released just now.. and viola!!! listening 8.5 reading 7.5 writing 7 speaking 8..

          i promised myself to thank you in this blog once i pass.. so now.. let me take this time to say, thank you so much.. God bless!

          To my fellow ielts taker.. don’t lose hope.. good luck..

          • hue han March 27, 2013 at 2:10 am #

            You wrote very well. i will have an exam ielts next week. I’m very nervous. Could you give me some advices??

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            Dominic Cole March 27, 2013 at 6:53 am #

            If your exam is next week, now is the time to focus on your exam skills. This means that you want to go into the exam knowing exactly what you have to do in each paper and how you intend to achieve this. Do one or two practice tests to make sure that the timing is right, but most of all get yourself organised. You won’t learn much English in a week, you can improve your skills. take a look at my tip pages to give yourself a start.

          • sahil June 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

            i am also need full becose i am very week in reading and writing,i tried lot to do but no improvement.any body sugest me what will i do ,my exam is in this weak.ply guyz help me.thanks

  3. Name August 19, 2010 at 3:57 am #

    In the past age, computers are playing increasing role in our livs.

  4. Rohith November 30, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    You are doing a great job here.Thanks

  5. Anonymous February 16, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    thanks dominic thats a very good blog really

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  7. singh June 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    that is a real site which i was lookig for. it could be the base for ielts worms. only one month is quite enough to achive 7 band individually . i dont have words to adulate the generator of this site.

  8. Apov November 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    hi dominic, i just took the Gen one and it frustrates me to have 6.5 on writing even though i got a band score of 7, I tried to study hard in writing but i always end up losing ideas when the topic in essay is bit tricky. Can you please give me tips or advise just to help me get through this ;(

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      Dominic Cole November 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      My advice comes in 2 parts.

      1. You don’t really need many ideas for essays. You only need one idea per content paragraph which means 2/3 ideas for the essay and these ideas are big ideas like “I agree” and “I disagree”. What you do need are reasons and examples to support those ideas. I often find in class that students are much happier trying to think of reasons (“Why do I think that?”) and examples than ideas.

      2. A practical tip is to brainstorm vocabulary before writing. This will not just help the vocab in your essay but can also help with ideas. You see a word and then get an idea fro the essay from it.

  9. Snehal March 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Dear Dominic, thank you so much for your guidance through this site. I followed your tips about coherence and cohesion and managed to score 8.5 in writing. Thank you.

  10. emily May 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Thank you .You are very kind and I really appreciate for you help .
    your blog is excellent and best .I wish I saw this site befor ,my exam is on 9th June 2012

  11. niana May 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    This site is really satisfies all the needs of all learners….all thanks to dominic….

  12. sue August 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    hello dominic i am preparing for ielts i started with vocabulary sublist one most of them i know. but still i have to study those words.

  13. Alamgir August 25, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Hi Cole,
    Really, it’s a great website for us. I had been looking for this kind of links for last couple of months. I hope to improve myself learning much more from the resources given here.
    Wish your success

  14. Abu Hena October 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    Dear Dominic,

    It’s really an useful blog. Thanking is not enough for you.

  15. Francesco November 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Very good Blog! Congratulations

  16. Farhana November 25, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    could you please organise sample essays according to 3 types? it will be a great help for me.its a very nice & helpful site.


  17. presley December 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Sir kindly evaluate this esasay , and pls tell me what score can i expect if i attend ielts exam .

    Á person’s worth nowadays seems to be judged according to social status and material possessions. Old fashioned values such as honour , kindness and trust no longer seem important.
    to what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion

    The recent advancements made by technology have been continosly influencing human attitudes and behavior, over the past few decades. Although people who have enough wealth and good position in society are given importance in our world, i firmly believe that traits like love , trust and honor still remain the topmost quality for a human being.
    The principal reason for my stance is that, people who are empathetic and kind to his fellow beings are still respected and regarded as something worth. This happens because they uphold several behavior patterns which are quiet indispensable for a good human being. A good illustration for this is a community health worker in my country , India, even though they do not decorate a high position in society no they are wealthy, they gain respect and attention from the community.
    Another compelling reason is that, inspite of having top level education, wealth and social status, a person is not given much respect if he is am empty bucket in the case of personal qualities. It is an irrefutable fact that people regard a person as worthless is one is a threat to others. For instance, there are many underworld kings in our present world, though they are rich, they are considered as social outcasts since they lack qualities like love and kindness. Therefore , it would be wiser to claim that good qualities in a person is still the pivotal criteria for social respect.
    However, according to some, the affluent with good social positions are given more importance. They claim that, the present world scenario has successfully changed and motivated people to lead a life without humane qualities , which provoke them to respect one with money and position. Even though their argument sounds factual, they tend to be rather weak when compared to the opposing views.
    In conclusion, it would be far fetched to suggest that human qualities have lost its significance in present world, since people who uphold such values are still worshiped all over the worls. Meanwhile, the one’s who do not have such traits are disregarded. So, it would be sensible to say that traditional values are intact.

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      Dominic Cole February 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

      Sorry I don’t really have the time to look at individual essays

  18. Pawko December 16, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    Dear Dominic,

    If I were a poet I would write a poem that would describe how I feel about your website. Unfortunately I am not but:

    I took the IELTS(A) on 1st December 2012 and got L6.5 R6.5 W7.0!!! S7.0 (overall 7.0 :D) and your excellent lessons had a huge impact on these scores. I must say that what you do is much more than just helping us to prepare for this exam. You give hope and you show that impossible is possible. You gave hope me and you made me believe that I can overcome my weaknesses. That’s priceless. Thank you so much.

    Dear IELTS candidates, I would also like to share my test experiences with you with regard to Writing.

    First of all, Writing was definitely the most difficult part of the IELTS for me. Two days before the exam I was so afraid of this section that I thought I would have to retake the whole test because of it (in fact, it was just stress ). I studied through around 3 weeks (only writing). I followed all Dominic’s lessons, I fully trusted him and I got band 7.0. How did that happen?
    I spent too much time on task 1 – about 30 min. and I felt that there was no chance for me to get an acceptable score on task 2. Believe me, I was frustrated, nervous for myself and all I wanted was to leave the test room. Nevertheless, I didn’t give up, and that is when a gold phrase from Dominic, namely “keep it simple”, came to my mind. That’s all !!! I had no time to think about brilliant ideas, “cool” vocabularies, complex sentences etc. I focused on simplicity (examples, words, grammar), accuracy and proper structure of paragraphs (4 paragraph model) so that the reader has no doubt what I mean and what the main message of my essay is. That’s exactly what I’ve learn from Dominic. I actually wrote less than 250 – probably 220-230.

    Dominic – thank you once again, IELTS candidates – remember, don’t give up, keep your writing simple and I wish you all the best.

  19. sarahs February 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Hi Dominic, tq for this wonderful website! I will be sitting the academic one this march. I have a favor to ask, could you tell me what band this piece of writing would be? tq :)

    Q: the first car appeared on British roads in 1888. By the year 2000 there may be as many as 29million vechiles on British roads. Alternative forms of transportation should be encouraged and international laws introduced to control car ownership and use. what are your views?

    Car is a major invention from the last centuries which was greatly accepted by the world since then. In the year 2000, cars had been a popular form of transportation and it is recorded that there are 29 millions of cars on British roads alone.

    Today, people prefer traveling using cars than any other form of transportation such as public transports. This is partly due to the increasing in the purchasing power of the modernized world, which means that more and more people are able to spend their money on more luxury things. Another reason that contributed to the consequences is that, people are viewing public transports as troublesome. This is especially true with the developing countries where the growth of public transport are stunned due to the government’s narrow economic ability. Thus, this problem then directly affect the management of public transportation and can be clearly seen by the constant delay of trains, the troublesome bus drivers and the unprofessional ticket officers.

    However, I feel that if cars were never invented, this world could be a better place to live in. To support my viewpoint further, I would like to note that from the last centuries, global warming and green house effect had been an alarming threat to life being on earth. Could that happen without the constant emissions of toxic fumes from millions of cars, worldwide? That’s not all to it, a recent annals shows that car accidents is the second most active killer worldwide. Therefore, I strongly believe that international laws regarding car ownership and usage should be introduced and enforced in every country to protect our fragile earth and also the world population from being the next victim of road accidents. To achieve this, effective measures must be taken, not by individuals but also by the governance. Government should instill the mentality in its populace that public transportation are not troublesome, by strengthen its stronghold on management and its public face. Furthermore, government should spend more resources in city development, in order to make the city easily accessible and are within reach through public transport.

    To recapitulate, car brings us more bad than good – global warming, green house effects and natural resource shortage. Therefore, I believe that the world population could do without cars and all the government in the world must work together to achieve this.

    • wajid March 16, 2014 at 8:48 am #

      good eassay

  20. Amr May 1, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Dear Dominic,
    My teacher has always penalized my for grammatical range and accuracy and as a result, the highest band I often have received is 6.
    Would you demonstrate the requirements for band 7 grammatical range and accuracy?

  21. Anonymous June 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

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  22. Sung July 20, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    I enjoy your way of writing truly enjoy this site.

  23. coecky October 22, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    Dear dominic
    My class has to write an essay on how to make our community a better place to live in. I would like to know the basic parts for this.My mind went blank and i couldn’t think of nothing. Could you please help me?

  24. How We Write essay For You December 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Very good Blog! Congratulations, It’s really an useful and great.. I had been looking for this kind of links for last couple of months. I hope to improve myself learning much more from the resources given here. Wish your success! Thanks..

  25. Scariufi March 28, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Good summary on the main requirements for IELTS essays. It is important to note that sometimes the structure may be more important than the grammar errors.

  26. Khaled April 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    Can we write : There is , no doubt, a case for implementing
    I feel the sentence without these commas becomes more conflict

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      Dominic Cole April 27, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

      Much better without commas. I hope this doesn’t come from one of my essays.

  27. Krushit April 28, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Dear, dominic
    As i have been through your some of your essays and blogs
    But still i’m little more weak in writing and reading section
    As i have my exams withing more 15 days
    I’m quite getting nervous about my vocabulary and ideas
    Please can you suggest me more about this stuff?
    That how should i grasp the words within quick time .. So that i can go on through my writing section
    Hope so you would suggest me!
    Thank you so much
    Waiting for your reply …,

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      Dominic Cole April 28, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Ah I’m afraid vocabulary does take. What you need to do is focus as much as possible and not try and do everything. Another suggestion is to focus on the words that you are most likely to need – that’s why I’ve added exercises to all my essays.

      Good luck


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