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IELTS Writing

Task 1 – Maps

I recently had a question about how to write an IELTS report about maps. Here are some resources to help:


Letter Writing Advice

Here are a few links to help you with writing letters. (Remember: plan and organize first, use appropriate tone, make the purpose clear and include all necessary – but no irrelevant – detail)



Here are a few links to IELTS essay questions and samples. I believe IELTS Liz is trustworthy. However, in general, if you are going to read essays from the Internet that claim to be Band 9, be skeptical. (It may be fine, but most reliable websites label their essays with adjectives like “very good” rather than a band score)

Online Practice Tests

Here is a list of sites with online practice tests. I haven’t checked them all personally, but take a look and leave a comment if something does not work.



On the IELTS test, you must be able to paraphrase for your writing test (and a little bit for your speaking test). Additionally, understanding paraphrase is essential for listening and reading.

Here is some practice:


Common Errors

Here’s a link to some common English mistakes and how to fix them.

Writing resource

If you are not sure how to structure an essay, this might help. It allows you to put in your main ideas to get an organized outline, and then you can use the outline to write an essay. Of course, on your real exam, you will need to make your own on paper 🙂

Phrasal Verbs

Here is a link to some useful phrasal verbs.

Writing Task 1 Examples

This website has a lot of examples of everything, really. It’s not all worthy of a band 9, but there is some good information. This example is quite strong, although the use of paragraphs is not completely logical.

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