Top Tips for IELTS

IELTS writing guide


General and IELTS writing academic band scores

The place to start is to know how IELTS writing is marked. If you don't know what you need to do, then you may well not do it! My very strong suggestion is that you start by understanding how IELTS writing is graded.
  • Tips on IELTS writing and preparation
  • Explanation of writing band scores
  • How to get band score 8.0

Essays for IELTS task 2  writing

You will find a huge amount of materials here. This is much the largest part of my site.
  • Practice materials
  • Sample essays
  • Planning the essay
  • Reading the question
  • Essay vocabulary
  • Introductions
  • Conclusions

Academic IELTS task 1

  • Practice materials
  • Sample reports
  • General Skills
  • Graphs
  • Bar charts
  • Pie charts

Letters for General Training IELTS

  • Sample letter questions and model letters

IELTS writing skills

This section is for people who may be looking for more detailed advice on why they are having problems with particular IELTS writing skills. The focus here is less on the IELTS exam, more on the core writing skills you need to improve your band score for the exam.

  • Editing
  • Coherence
  • Cohesion
  • Spelling

IELTS essay writing tips

This is the part where you will find quick advice on how to approach the writing paper. If you follow the links in the tips, you will get some more detailed advice:

The basic tips: if you are new to IELTS, this is the place to start - these are some basic dos and don'ts for the exam

Tips for band 8.0 candidates: if you are aiming for a higher band score or are confused about why you band score isn't improving, take a look here.

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