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IELTS Writing

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.

Writing Task 2 Linking Words

Here is a table with some nice linking words and phrases for your essay.

A big help when making an essay:

Writing Task 1 Vocabulary

Here is a table with some useful vocabulary for describing trends. (Avoid “go up” and “go down” by using more academic words)


Linking words

This is a table of linking words to use in your writing. Some of them are also appropriate for speaking, but these are not indicated in the table, so do some research!

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