One of the most misunderstood aspects of IELTS preparation is how to use IELTS writing samples.
IELTS Writing Sample Answers: How should I use them?
IELTS Writing sample answers are great because they provide a good model for you to compare your writing with. However, simply reading lots of them is not going to make you a better writer.
Think about it this way, how many millions of people watch world-class footballers like Messi and Ronaldo every week? Does it improve their football skills? Maybe if they go and practice what they learned, but not a bit if they do nothing.
In order to really improve you have to actively use the Writing Task 2 sample answer below, not passively read them and then expect to magically improve. Follow the plan of action below.
Plan of Action
- Read the questions, but DO NOT read the sample answers. Even taking a brief look at the question will influence your answer.
- Attempt the answer under exam conditions.
- Compare what you have with the sample answer.
- Think about the ideas, the structure, the organisation, vocabulary, and grammar. It is important that you really think deeply about how the author used each of the elements above.
- Don’t worry if your answer is very different. There are many different ways to answer a Task 2 question.
- Go back and improve your original answer with some of the elements of the IELTS Task 2 sample answer.
100 Task 2 Sample Questions
If you don’t want IELTS Writing sample answers and just want to look at lots of practice questions, here is a list of over 100 of them:
Answers with Examiner’s Reports
To give you an insight into how the examiner marks your test, here are some Task 2 answers with examiner’s comments at the end.
Agree or Disagree Samples
In these questions, you are given a statement and asked if you agree or disagree with it. They are also sometimes called ‘Opinion’ questions.
In these questions, you are given two opposing points of view and asked to discuss both of them and give your opinion.
Advantage and Disadvantage Samples
In these questions, you are normally given one issue and asked to discuss the positive and negative sides of that issue.
Problem/Causes and Solutions Samples
Sometimes you are asked about the problems that a certain issue causes and sometimes you are asked about the causes of a certain problem. An important distinction as you will see below.
An increasingly common question gives one issue and then asks two separate questions about it.
Free Study Plan
Video Lesson: How THIS student scored a Band 8.5 in IELTS Writing
In this video, my student will reveal how she scored a Band 8.5 in IELTS Writing, sharing the EXACT answer she wrote on her exam day.
We’ll break down her essay step-by-step, talking about the ways she used vocabulary to score high, came up with strong ideas and much more:
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