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IELTS essays

IELTS essay

There’s lots of IELTS essays help here including

practice materials and ideas
sample essays
the parts of an essay
understanding questions
IELTS essay vocabulary
exam skills

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Academic task 1 writing

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This is the part of the site I’m working on now. You’ll find

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

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IELTS letters

IELTS letter

Advice on how to write better IELTS letters including:

addressing the question
sample letter lessons
quick tips for better IELTS letters
useful vocabulary
video guide

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Find out about how IELTS writing works

What you need to write in Academic IELTS
A report/summary about a chart, graph or other diagram – this must be at least 150 words long

An essay on a general subject that is at least 250 words long

What you need to write in General Training IELTS
A letter – that is more or less formal and is at least 150 words

An essay – on a general topic and is at least 250 words

How long the writing test lasts
One hour in total

Suggested 40 minutes for the essay and 20 minutes for the task 1 letter or report

How the writing is scored
The writing is graded by a trained examiner according to 4 fixed set of criteria – all of which count equally

  • Task achievement
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Coherence and cohesion


Writing skills

You improve by learning better skills in

  • editing
  • coherence
  • cohesion
  • paragraphing
  • spelling
  • focus

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Learn how IELTS writing is scored

IELTS writing is scored according to a fixed set of criteria. The smart candidate learns what these are. They include

  • Task achievement
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Coherence and cohesion

You can read about how this works in detail here

IELTS writing scores explained

In a hurry? Or just stuck? Try these writing tips

The basic writing tips: sometimes it’s easy to miss something obvious. Start here

More advanced writing tips: if you’re aiming higher, these could help with that band score 8.0

Take a lucky dip on some of my more popular IELTS writing lessons

Listing paragraphs

Listing paragraphs explained with examples of how and when to use them in exam and academic writing

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