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How to get ideas for an IELTS essay

You guys often ask me this question in the emails: “How do I get ideas for an IELTS essay, when I don’t understand the topic?”. And you’re right, it is extremely hard to write about something you don’t understand.

So here’s what you can do to solve this problem:

  • Work on your vocabulary and learn new words, to make sure you will be able to understand the topic or at least take a very good guess.
  • Read as many IELTS essays as you can. You can find many sample essays here. Reading other people’s essays helps with the ideas, if you don’t have any of your own – “borrow” from others.
  • Read as much IELTS essay topics, as possible. You can find essay topics in every post in the Recent exams category. Why should you do it? Simply because sometimes the topics repeat in the future exams 🙂
  • Important! Don’t try to memorize essays. IELTS examiners are trained to look for memorized essays and they will disqualify your work on the spot.

    Get your free IELTS samples

    We can’t have too many free tasks samples, can we 🙂 ? The IELTS official site recently released some more free practice materials.

    They have added some Academic and General training reading passages and tasks, Academic and General Training writing tasks and a Speaking test. They also made the answers available and even some listening samples.

    So those of you who haven’t seen the free samples yet can find them here:

    Academic Reading Sample

    Academic Writing Sample

    General Training Reading Sample

    General Training Writing Sample

    Speaking Card Sample



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