The main IELTS writing pages
There’s lots of IELTS essays help here including
practice materials and ideas
the parts of an essay
IELTS essay vocabulary
Academic task 1 writing
This is the part of the site I’m working on now. You’ll find
• Practice materials
• Sample reports
• General Skills
• Bar charts
• Pie charts
Advice on how to write better IELTS letters including:
addressing the question
sample letter lessons
quick tips for better IELTS letters
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
- Coherence and cohesion
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
- Coherence and cohesion
You can read about how this works in detail here
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
This lesson gives you a step-by-step approach to dealing with pie charts in task 1. I talk you through how to identify the main points, select the supporting details and then structure your report. I then show you two model answers: one with standard vocabulary and...
This lesson is designed to help you think about how part 1 IELTS writing works. The idea is that many of the problems with task 1 writing are caused by the thinking part – analysing the data. That matters because the goal in task 1 is not just to describe the...
This quick lesson is intended to guide you through the basics of describing a pie chart in IELTS. The idea is show you some of the problems pie charts present and suggest some of the language you need to describe them. Note that this is an introductory lesson only...
This lesson gives you a sample task one report when you need to describe 3 different charts/graphs. This may look tough, but the principle is the same – organise your writing by selecting and reporting the main features in paragraphs. If you can do that, the writing...
This lesson looks at possibly the hardest of the academic task one diagrams – the table. I have taken the Olympics medal table – a difficult table to describe because it contains so much data. If you can accurately describe this table, then IELTS tasks should be...
This lesson gives you a model IELTS pie chart answer. But what is really about the language you need for task one academic writing. My answer may surprise you. It’s SIMPLE language used well – that means CLEARLY. Another key word (one that I repeat a lot below)...
Sometimes it is good to test yourself a little. Here you will find a task one numbers exercise and an exercise to test you on your transport vocabulary. The idea is that these should be tests that teach – so you will find extensive notes to the answers as you do the...
This is a short lesson, but still an important one. Many candidates go wrong with writing task one in IELTS because they don’t quite understand what they need to do. This is not very surprising because it may well be an unfamiliar task that you have never had to do...
This lesson comes in three halves!! In the first half, I try and persuade you to spend time in planning task 1 answers. This is where many task 1 answers go wrong. I then talk you through one possible strategy for planning an answer. Then I show you a sample...
This lesson is really about thinking how to organise your task 1 answer – something that is often a problem. I suggest some basic principles that may help you with organisation. To show you how this can work, I also show you a sample answer using these principles. A...