Free Writing Samples

Writing samples for the General Training test

This sample package includes letters and essays, all with examiner’s comments, as follows

1) A letter of Band 5
2) A letter of Band 7
3) An essay of Band 5
4) An essay of Band 8

Click here to download the samples (ZIP file, 7 MB)

Also in the sample package there are one Letter topic and one Essay topic you can use to practice.

Writing samples for Academic Module

This sample includes 4 reports and 4 essays, all with examiner’s comments, as follows

1) A report of Band 5
2) Two reports of Band 6
3) A report of Band 7
4) Two essays of Band 5
5) An essay of Band 6
6) An essay of Band 7

Click here to download the samples (ZIP file, 7 MB)

There are also task statements for Writing Task 1 (bar graph) and Writing Task 2 (essay) in the same package.

Click here download a real Answer Sheet for the Writing section.

The IELTS Writing test – How to avoid getting your essay penalized or disqualified

Did you know that in IELTS your marks are taken away for writing an essay, a letter or a report that is too short? The length of your essay dictates how many marks you may lose. Let me explain: if you have written 240 words (instead of the required 250 for an essay), you will lose fewer marks than if you have written only 200 words.

The lesson here is this: even if you don’t have enough time to write 250 words, try to write as much as you can, because then you will lose fewer marks. Obviously the best is to aim at 250-265 words to avoid penalty for underlength.

Did you know that if you write an essay/letter/report but not on the topic you were given, your work can be disqualified? Yes, that’s true and here is another sure way to lose all the marks for writing: memorizing. The examiners are not fools; they are trained professionals and can easily spot a memorized work.

The lesson here is this: don’t take any chances, write an essay on the topic you were given, even if you don’t have brilliant ideas on it. It doesn’t matter how original you are, as long as your writing makes sense and follows the rules of an IELTS essay.

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