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Sample IELTS essays

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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.

Latest IELTS sample essays – two versions of each essay

These are my latest essays. Each essay comes in two different versions – to show you that there is always another way to write an IELTS essay.

5 paragraph essay structure

These sample IELTS essays following a 5 paragraph model

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

Band 8.0 writing skills essays

Improve you IELTS essay writing

All my sample essays come with lessons on how to write them. The idea is to give you model essays you can adapt for yourself. You can learn to improve all the key points the examiner is looking for:

how to address the question

task response

coherence and cohesion

vocabulary and grammar

See how sample essays  can help you

Read this original essay written by me. Then look at the answer submitted as a comment. It’s a great example of how the system can work.

See how the learner essay

follows the basic 5 paragraph pattern of the model essay

uses the same sentence structures

borrows words and phrases

is original!!


Read my model IELTS essay

It is certainly true that the more people nowadays do not have a close relationship with their neighbours and that this has weakened communities in our cities. This is probably due to a combination of our more mobile society and the nature of new building developments and is a problem that will require better  planning policies.

One main cause of this change is the trend for people to move home to find work. This mobility means that there is less chance for people to put down roots in a community and establish relationships with their neighbours. If, for example, a person moves city once every five years then it is most unlikely that they will form lasting relationships where they live.

Another important factor is that when people move into a new area they often live in apartment blocks and not houses. This matters because these blocks do not have common social areas where people can meet each other in the same way as is possible in more traditional housing estates. It is possible for people who live in these new high rise buildings never to see each other, still less get to know each other well enough to form a bond.

Any solution to this problem will probably involve local government adopting planning policies that are focused on the community. While it is unlikely that anything can be done about social mobility, it is possible for local authorities to encourage a greater sense of community by ensuring new building developments have social spaces where people can meet each other regularly. These could include green spaces where children can play together, local markets and community halls.

My conclusion is that there may be nothing to be done about social mobility but it is possible for local government to foster a greater sense of community by ensuring new developments are more community friendly.

Now see learner version – it borrows and adapts

It is certainly true that the more people nowadays do not have a close relationship with their neighbours and that this has weakened communities in our cities. This is probably due to the change in work patterns and entertaniment culture and is a problem that will require better planning policies.

One main cause of this change is city dwellers’ daily working patterns. This means that the more citizens in the metropolitan areas are inclined to work longer and often commute for over one or two hours. This matters because the more city people spend most time at the workplace, the less they absolutely interact with their neighbours.

Another important factor is that there is a change in how city people spend their leisure time. As the advance in technology seems to be apparent, watching TV, playing video games and surfing the Internet have replaced our traditional entertainment culture, such as going camping and playing conventional games with their neighbours. It is possible for young people who are addicted to new industrial entertainment devices never to talk to their next doors.

Any solution to this problem will probably generate the effort of local governments to adopt new policies that are focused on the communities. It is possible for governments to encourage cooperations to create new regulation which do not allow employees to work longer, and for local authorities to establish a lot of clubs where residents can socialize each other. These could, for instance, be social sports match, local markets and community halls.

My conclusion is that due to the change of working patterns and individuals’ leisure habit, a sense of bonding with neighbours have weakened. However, it is feasible for firms and local officials to foster a greater sense of community by ensuring new development are more community friendly.

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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89 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

    • Anonymous July 5, 2015 at 7:34 am #

      Dear DOMINIC

      Is there any way to send you my sample essay and you can check it for any grammatical errors? I will appreciate it much!

      • Mishal March 2, 2016 at 8:31 am #

        This is worth 8.0. I scored 7.5 and I can say this is better than my writing

    • Umber September 30, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

      House is basic need of man. Govt should donate houses to needy people . To what extent you agree or disagree ?

      It is true that shelter is the vital necessity of human nowadays. It is often debated whether government should give houses to the people who do not own them or not . I completely agree with the govt involvement in donating housing schemes to poor. It will be analysed by discussing both the social and economical benefits .

      To begin with , giving shelter to poor has a positive social impact . This is because homeless people are the usually planning head quarters of criminal activities and so there will be less involvement in street crimes and other terrorist activities . For example ,according to a report by international magazines ,after removing afghan refugee camps , there has been decreased in terrorist attacks in Pakistan in the last few years . Thus , it has a strong pesticide effect on social ambient of the country .

      Secondly , providing homes to homeless and needy people has a important economical benefit . This is due to the fact that slums are mostly reservoirs of many epidemic diseases . It is because of poor sanitation and low standard of life . For instance , by giving homes to people living in slums , govt can cut down the sources of many harmful diseases . In the consequence , can save millions of money spend in cure and rehabilitation .

      In the conclusion , I believe that government should make an effort to provide its citizens with the basic need of homes and shelter for a positive social and economical impact .

  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

      • 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??

          • 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

        • Anonymous October 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

          Sir I want to talk with month my ielts exam but I have no preparation. I really need ur help.ple send me some advice how to achieve my goal

          • Dominic Cole October 15, 2014 at 7:41 am #


            I’m sorry I can’t really help you personally – not least because I’m busy writing IELTS courses and books and updating the site. Take a look at the IELTS tutors page, there are lots of people there who can help. It’ll cost of course but they are professionals

        • himanshu November 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

          Sir, I am New to ielts so please help me in writing to get 7 bands

          • Dominic Cole November 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

            Sorry that is much to general a question.

  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

  6. paul May 31, 2011 at 4:42 am #’!

  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 ;(

    • 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. Girish Shah March 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Dear Mr Cole, i would like to thank you for the wonderful tips that you have shared on this blog. I wonder what i would have done without
    I scored an 8.5 on the test and it is all thanks to you. Your sample essays are wonderful and the section on coherence and cohesion is extremely impressive.
    Thank you once again and please keep up the good work for future candidates.

  11. 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

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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

    Dear Dominic,

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

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

    Very good Blog! Congratulations

  17. 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.


  18. 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.

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

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

      • Anonymous December 12, 2014 at 11:27 am #

        Dear Sir Dominic,

        Tomorrow is my exam. Any advice on what should i do before the day of the exam?

        Thank you!

  19. 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.

    • Anonymous September 21, 2014 at 2:29 am #

      This was exactly my ordeal when I took the IELTS writing test! My advantage was I was able to come across relevant essays here and I managed to finish Task 2 in 25 minutes, utilizing the ideas that I have read here. Albeit my essay was simple in terms of structure since my throat was already drying up, literally, because of tension caused by time constraint, still I was able to integrate complex vocabulary. I have to thank this site for that! God bless!!!!!

  20. 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

  21. 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?

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

    i like yours blog very much .plz you tell me how can i improve my english plz send advise to my email

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

    I enjoy your way of writing truly enjoy this site.

  24. 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?

  25. 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..

  26. 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.

  27. 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

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

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

  28. 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 …,

    • 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

  29. Ahmad September 3, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    I have visited your website and it is fantastic work. My problem is that I am lack of confidence in English writing and speaking . Whenever I try to write my mind become stagnant . I feel I have nothing to write down . Please help me how to develop my ability to write essays.I have palnned for IELTS in Sep and now I change it to Oct for further study. Please suggest me some work programme for daily practice and some material on which I can concentrate. It is pertinent to mention I am on Job and I have little time to spare for my study.

  30. Maverick September 20, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Dear dcielts,

    Thank you for all the information that you have integrated in this site.

    This site had been my ultimate guide on my road to IELTS and I am blessed to have performed well, gaining an average band score of 8 and atleast 7 in all areas. I am very grateful to the staff of this site especially to Mr. Cole!

    Please keep inspiring thousands of aspirants! Thank you a lot!!!!!

    Mavy <3

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  32. Rejoy Matthew October 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Q. Many children these days have their own mobile phones. What are the advantages and disadvantages of it?

    With the dawn of new era, mobile phones have a great extent on people irrespective of their ages. Children are also not exempted from it. Usage of mobile phones can have negative or positive influence on them. However, I strongly feel that its disadvantages are more than its merits on juveniles.
    One reason for my view is that children at their younger ages get addicted to mobile phones which detach them from their studies and home work. For instance, my 4 year old cousin denies to go to school as he is more interested in playing games in his mom’s mobile phone.
    Another reason for my opinion is that children are more vulnerable to misleading circumstances. They tend to browse illegal websites or offensive contents which may lead to dreadful consequences such as crimes and juvenile delinquency.
    Perhaps, the overriding reason for my belief is that, the radiations emitted from the mobile phones are dangerously harmful to the kids. Moreover, extensive usage of mobile phones can merely cause health hazards. From the above-stated reasons, I strongly agree that mobile phones have a lot of drawbacks on children.
    However, it has got some benefits as well. Mobile phones are boon to them in case of emergency situation. To illustrate it, my friend’s child who had missed his school bus in the evening, used his mobile phone to inform his parents about the situation. Moreover, proficiency over an electronic gadget at the younger age, enables them to enhance their social and intellectual abilities which eventually make them more successful in the highly competitive world. Nonetheless, as the disadvantages outweigh the merits, I firmly opine that mobile phones have always been a negative influence on children.

    • Rejoy Matthew October 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Could you please correct and evaluate the band please?

    • Dominic Cole October 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      Sorry this is a service I simply don’t have time for. Apologies.

  33. Rejoy Mathew October 6, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Q. Many children these days have their own mobile phones. What are the advantages and disadvantages of it?

    With the dawn of new era, mobile phones have a great extent on people irrespective of their ages. Children are also not exempted from it. Usage of mobile phones can have negative or positive influence on them. However, I strongly feel that its disadvantages are more than its merits on juveniles.
    One reason for my view is that children at their younger ages get addicted to mobile phones which detach them from their studies and home work. For instance, my 4 year old cousin denies to go to school as he is more interested in playing games in his mom’s mobile phone.
    Another reason for my opinion is that children are more vulnerable to misleading circumstances. They tend to browse illegal websites or offensive contents which may lead to dreadful consequences such as crimes and juvenile delinquency.
    Perhaps, the overriding reason for my belief is that, the radiations emitted from the mobile phones are dangerously harmful to the kids. Moreover, extensive usage of mobile phones can merely cause health hazards. From the above-stated reasons, I strongly agree that mobile phones have a lot of drawbacks on children.
    However, it has got some benefits as well. Mobile phones are boon to them in case of emergency situation. To illustrate it, my friend’s child who had missed his school bus in the evening, used his mobile phone to inform his parents about the situation. Moreover, proficiency over an electronic gadget at the younger age, enables them to enhance their social and intellectual abilities which eventually make them more successful in the highly competitive world. Nonetheless, as the disadvantages outweigh the merits, I firmly opine that mobile phones have always been a negative influence on children.

    Can you please correct it please?

    • Dominic Cole October 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      Sorry I don’t have time to correct individual essays. I suggest you try the forum

  34. Anonymous November 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Dear Dominic,

    I would like to thank you for million times for your hard work. Your blog is extremely wonderful, practical, and easy to understand, and I have recommended your blog to all my friends. I recently took IELTS and thanks to your blog I manage to get the overall band score of 8.0!!

    Thank you very much once again for creating such a useful blog!!

  35. Cooldooh November 22, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Your website has helped me achieve an overall band score of 8. Thank you very much. I am a good English speaker, but especially your essay writing tips guided me about what exactly the examiners were looking from me.

    Thank you very much.

  36. Jane February 22, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    Your website is amazing! You have completely covered what is needed by someone who has lost everything learned in school when it comes to writing essays. The contents are very organized and ideas are astonishingly crisp and concise. The most significant topic I learned from your Website is the importance of coherence in writing essays. Your guidelines are very understandable and indeed helpful. Thank you for your hard work in putting up this site. Please keep it up. God bless and good luck in everything you do.

  37. Ellie Thomos April 14, 2015 at 10:28 am #


  38. Joly Thomos April 14, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks for the valuable information on esaay and insights you have so provided here.

  39. Ethan April 16, 2015 at 4:47 am #

    Hi Dominic,

    I’ve read most of your lessons about writing essays and they are really helpful. However, I still have a question about paras.

    When I am talking about the disadvantages of soar in car ownership and I have 2 points about it, i.e. the first is that more cars means more severe air polution and the second is that more cars lead to more chance of traffic congestion, so how should I put these 2 points out? in one paragraph or divide them into 2 paragraphs?


  40. KS ANOOP June 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    Sir kindly evaluate this essay and tell me what score i can expect..

    • Wars never given any priority to the animal kingdom .How dangerous is it to leave animals defendeless at time of war? How can we save animals free from the perils of war?

    Not many would deny the fact that for ages the world has been facing the drastic effects of wars and related issues .In such a context, our discussions always concentrate on threat to mankind. However, we should admit the fact that like us, animal kingdoms also the victim of wars .Because, they are more prone to the effect of war. As far as I am concerned, we can avoid this situations .let me see it in detail.

    Let me first investigate how it is dangerous to animals. Obviously, it creates an ecological imbalance in our planet. For many years they have been contributing many things for the sustainability of the planet .Let me cite an example; In order to germinate plants small insects, honeybees and the like act as an agent for pollination .From this example, we can understand how important animals are. In my opinion, once animals get extinct, mankind is going to lose more than any other thing in the world. In fact, it may lead to the decline in food production, man-animal conflicts and so on.

    On the other hand, we can take lots of measures to save these animals .firstly, it is is good to set up an international organization to prevent experiments or training in ecologically sensitive areas. Of late, it is very common that pre-war tests being conducted in deep marine systems and experiments like ‘Big Bang Study’ are conduct inside thick forests. AN internationally binding organization can save animals to an extent.

    In short, it may be said that man is going to become the real losers in the absence of animals. n my opinion ,mankind can take countless measures to save animals from this grapples of war

  41. Tanbir Arman September 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    Dear Sir,
    First, I would truly like to thank you for educating us, and appreciate your continuous efforts. I am a regular visitor on this site. I am going to sit for test in the next month. However, can you please let me know if the following essay would deserve 7 or beyond? I have no option but to secure at least 7 in each module. Thanks………….

    Question: The best way to reduce the number of traffic accidents is to rise the age limit for younger drivers and to lower the age limit for elderly ones. Do you agree?

    Traffic accident has become a mundane problem in almost every city and country. However, it is said that the most effective means of minimizing the number of traffic accidents is raising and lowering age limits for younger and elderly drivers respectively. In my opinion, I think that fixing age limit may be one way, but it is difficult to say if it is the best way.

    Certainly, drivers’ age is found to be a factor in many cases of traffic accidents. To illustrate, drivers who are relatively younger and less mature tend to compete with other vehicles, and drive their cars fast. This sometimes results in traffic clashes ,physical injuries and even deaths of both drivers and passengers. With regard to the elderly drivers, they are also prone to committing traffic accidents because they cannot keep themselves attentive at all times.Hence, losing attention while driving can make traffic accidents happen.

    Nonetheless, drivers’ age is not responsible for all traffic accidents. There are also other causes such as lack of training, inadequate and cramped passages , and huge number of vehicles. Drivers who commit accidents are often found having no training and valid license. This is nowhere more evident than in underdeveloped and developing countries where people are lax in abiding by rules and regulations. In addition, the rapidly growing number of vehicles should not be
    exempted from being a cause of traffic accidents. With the constantly increasing number of vehicles , and narrower roads , drivers are more likely to come colliding with one another while they are driving.

    To recapitulate, it is now clear enough that merely setting age limits for drivers might not be a tenable and best solution to this problem. There are a number of issues for us to take into consideration to deal with traffic accidents such as monitoring whether drivers are skilled and have valid licenses, taking policy to keep the number of vehicles low, and ensuring that passages are adequate.

  42. faizan khan September 17, 2015 at 3:59 am #

    Hello Sir, Could you help me Please? I wanna about that if I prepare All the given topics (of wensites) Is I’ll be able to perform well because the day after tomorrow I have IELTS test and I’m confused that how I’ll do that?
    And one more thing that your Blog is magnificent.

  43. jeena October 11, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    Hello sir,
    could you please help me how to write the essay and reading tips.for me i received score like this: reading -5, writing-5.. i need to get score 6..i need to retake on next month.please help me how to get good score

  44. Jaspreet October 27, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    research is important for every project . what are the places for research and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

  45. neethu October 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    Thank you.. sir …for a good essay

  46. Anish November 16, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Dear Dominic
    M.having problem in writing task 2 introduction,please let me know how to tackle this problem

  47. Kevin December 11, 2015 at 2:01 am #

    Dear Dominic

    I just want to ask if I could prove my idea by saying the reverse is not good? Below is my example, I wrote this in the museums essay you posted.

    “””Nevertheless, the art galleries are supposed to place emphasis on the masterpieces themselves and the themes they intend to demonstrate, instead of the monetary value of art. {Fundamentally, art should be pure and not associated with proposals of making money.} [[[Otherwise, if people are charged a price, no matter how much it is, to view the works of the artists, then they will probably regard the items exhibited as various amount of cash. Because they may reckon that the authors create their workings simply to earn some money.]]] [If this were to be the new phenomenon, then it will contradict the true goal of establishing museums, which is the popularisation of art].”””

    If you don’t have time to read, that’s what I wrote in brief: Charging visitors is not good because art is pure. I find it too hard to show this in a short essay, so I just said the bad outcome if people equal artworks to money.

    I know this is a long post. But I just fear that I may suffer from lack of coherence, logically in particular, like I used to ( I got 9 in reading and 6 in writing last time)

    Thanks very much.

    • Dominic Cole August 20, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

      You could try this but the danger is that what you say is not 100% clear and that’s an IELTS crime! I’ll try and get something posted on this as it is a very interesting question.

  48. Tracy January 14, 2016 at 6:16 am #

    Hello,Dominic…thank you for sharing the important blog to us.

    But,there is a question about the sample essay”Global warming”. Would you mind helping me?

    I think we probably need to write something about effects and measures..but you show the writing with three causes and some actions.

    Does effects there mean reasons?

  49. krunal patel March 23, 2016 at 5:30 am #

    Essay topic: There should be fix punishment for each type of crime to what extent do you agree or disagree.

    First of all I would like to cite ” Criminals are the victims who creates victims “. I believe, the punishment should very according to crime committed, age, gender and the circumstances under which crime is committed.

    Criminals draw themselves into cringe under the influence of some specific conditions like thief or robbers do robbery or steal something because may be they are unemployed, uneducated or are going through financial crisis, terrorist opt terrorism because may be someone had washed up his mind, etc. Different reasons draw people to commit different crimes. It is the responsibility of our judicial system to hear them and investigate the truth.

    Criminals are also human beings and they also deserve a chance to improve themselves. We can’t deprive them from their rudimentary rights. For example, if a person theft something it doesn’t mean he is a thief and he must be imparted with some punishment. First of all court or polish should hear his arguments, reason for doing that and after investigating they should decide what to do. If a criminal is ashamed of his crime and want to recover than we must try to improvise him.

    But on the flipside, I strongly believe that there are also perennial nuisances in our society who can’t ever be good citizens. So there should be a fix punishment for each of this type of accused as it will send a firm massage to all others. This type of system is well established in some of the countries of middle East like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    In purport,I believe that firstly we should differentiate what types of criminal one is and what crime he has committed. Than should decide the punishment.

  50. krunal patel March 23, 2016 at 5:32 am #

    Please assess my essay above, give some suggestions, and what is the ielts band?

  51. Sara May 27, 2016 at 9:04 am #

    Dominic, Your site is wonderful! I am an elderly teacher and you inspire me!
    What amazes me is where you get the patience not to yell at people who say ” I have my IELTS test tomorrow and have done no preparation. How can I get a good mark” I would be a screaming wreck!

  52. Supply chain management May 30, 2016 at 4:38 am #

    Greetings! I’ve been following your site for some time now and finally got the courage
    to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Caney Texas!
    Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  53. parwinder June 24, 2016 at 1:15 am #

    How I can improve my reading 5.5
    And speaking 4.5

  54. dolly July 16, 2016 at 6:10 am #

    owadays modern gadgets are widely used by young people and the use of these products reduces their creativity. Do you

    How to write this essay. I am worried about the structure of this essay.agree or disagree?

    • Dominic Cole August 20, 2016 at 9:37 pm #


      Please could I have the complete question please and then I’ll help you out.

  55. arshdeep August 15, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    can u check my essay
    if i post and tell me the mistakes , how much bands approximately i can get ..moreover and give tips to improve it …

  56. Varun Gupta September 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Hello Dominic
    I have my G.T. exam in first week of October. In the practice tests, I have been scoring very well in Reading and listening. Although writing is the main issue for me. Can you please check my following essay and whether it is enough to get a Band 7?
    Also, is my technique of writing small paragraphs acceptable or should i focus on writing bigger paragraphs?

    Thanks in anticipation

    Q:- What difficulties will face your country in th next ten years? How can these problems be overcome?

    Let’s discuss some of the major issues that our country will encounter in the coming decade.

    One of the biggest such problem would be the rapidly increasing population. India is already the second most populated country in the world and also it is predicted that by 2025, it would overtake China.

    The huge population also gives birth to other difficulties such as unemployment, hunger, providing shelter for all along with other numerous issues.

    The best possible way to slow down the rate of increase of population is to spread awareness among people through education, ad campaigns, banners, social media.

    Other important and even a severe issue that the entire world is facing along with my country is terrorism. With the rise of ISIS, Al-Qaeeda and other terror groups, there seems to be an unrest among the general public. India along with many countries are under continuous threat from such groups. A country like India, has to shell out a large corpus of fund to strengthen its defense network in order to counter terrorism, thereby affecting the efficiency of the country.

    The only way to counter terrorism would be, if all the countries of the world unite and move in the same direction with only one motive, that is to finish all forms of terrorism.

    India, a developing country would face in-numerous challenges in the coming ten years. It should focus on laying a concrete long term plan for tackling any such issue. In my opinion, it is not possible to handle any country specific issue without the help and support of its masses.

    • Dominic Cole September 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      I’d stick to 5 at most. There are no rules her and you can write essays in lots of different ways but it is dangerous to use too many paras because:

      you’ll write too many words which is inefficient
      you lose marks for coherence as you don’t expand your ideas sufficiently

      Tip: don’t try to include all your ideas, rather choose the one soy can write about best


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