IELTS Writing

Free Lessons & Practice Tests

On this page, you’ll find all links to all my IELTS Writing lessons. I’ve brought them together in one place so that you can find what you need easily.

They include:

  • Information
  • Tips
  • Advice
  • Strategies & Techniques
  • Sample Questions & Answers


Everything has been created to save you time as you prepare for your IELTS Writing test.




IELTS Writing Test    Information & Lessons

IELTS Writing Test

Understand the format & marking criteria, know what skills are assessed & learn the difference between the Academic & General writing tests. More...

Academic Writing Test

Essential information including important facts, test format & assessment. Also, lots of sample questions & model answers. More...

General Writing Test

The basic information you need to know including important facts, test format & assessment, with sample questions & model answers. More...

IELTS Writing Tips 

Top 10 tips to bring you success in your IELTS writing test. Essential information you need to know to achieve a high score. More...




Task 1 – Academic

Academic Writing Task 1

The format, the 7 question types & sample questions, assessment & marking criteria. More...

Vocabulary for Task 1 Essays

Learn key vocabulary for a high-scoring essay. Word lists & a downloadable PDF.  More...

Understanding Task 1 Questions

How to quickly and easily analyse and understand IELTS Writing Task 1 questions. More...

Grammar for Task 1 Essays

Essential grammar including, verb tenses, key sentence structures, articles & prepositions. More...

How To Plan a Task 1 Essay

3 reasons why you must plan, the 4 simple steps of essay planning and learn a simple 4 part essay structure. More...

The 7 Question Types


Step-by-step lessons on each type of Task 1 question.

You’ll find all these lessons on Task 1 essays very similar in format. I have done this purposely to show you that once you understand the structure of a Task 1 essay, you can easily adapt it to any essay question you might get.





Task 1 – General

Letter Format

The format, the 7 topics, letter structure, formal & informal, assessment & marking criteria, sample questions. More...

Letter Planning

Learn the easy way to plan. Simple 5 step process & 6 part letter structure. Help to understand the question & generate ideas. More...

How To Write a Formal Letter

Step-by-step instructions, simple 4 step plan & 6 part letter structure, model letter. More...

Letter Writing Tips

Understand the four marking criteria & know how your letter will be assessed. Vital information for achieving a high score. More...

Formal or Informal

How to decide what type of letter to write. Includes sample questions & 2 model letters. More...


How To Write an Informal Letter

Step-by-step instructions, simple 4 step plan & 6 part letter structure, model letter. More...

Letter Structure

Find out how to use this easy to learn letter writing structure to write a high-scoring letter. Includes a model answer. More...

Letter Writing Vocabulary

Learn useful phrases to help you achieve a high score. Also, know how to start & end your letter. More...


Letter Topics

Learn the 7 most common letter topics. Includes 20 sample questions. More...


Common Letter Topics

Step-by-step lessons on the most common letter topics.

You’ll find all these lessons similar in format. I have done this purposely to show you that once you understand the structure of an IELTS letter, you can easily adapt it to any type of letter.




Task 2

IELTS Writing Task 2

The format, the 5 question types, the 5 step essay writing strategy & sample questions. All the key information you need to know. More...

How to Plan a Task 2 Essay

 Why planning is essential. Learn a 4 step strategy, the 4 part essay structure & 4 methods of generating ideas. More...

Task 2 Main Body Paragraphs

 Learn the simple 3 part structure for writing great main body paragraphs and also, 3 common mistakes to avoid. More...

The 5 Types of Task 2 Essay

How to recognise the 5 types of Task 2 essays. 15 sample questions to study and a simple planning structure for each essay type. More...

Task 2 Marking Criteria

Find out how to meet the marking criteria in Task 2. See examples of good and poor answers & learn some common mistakes to avoid. More...

How to Write a Task 2 Conclusion

Learn the easy way to write the perfect conclusion. Also discover 4 common mistakes to avoid. Top tips for high marks. More...

Understanding Task 2 Questions

How to quickly and easily analyse and understand IELTS Writing Task 2 questions. Avoid common mistakes. More...

How to Write Task 2 Introductions

Why a good introduction is vital. How to write one using a simple 3 part strategy & 4 common mistakes to avoid. More...


The 5 Task 2 Essay Types


Step-by-step instructions on how to plan & write high-level essays. Model answers and common mistakes to avoid.


IELTS Writing Ebook

All the main lessons in an easily accessible, downloadable ebook.

Full details…


IELTS Writing Videos

You'll find videos of all these IELTS writing lessons on this page: IELTS Writing Videos

You may find these 4 videos a good place to start.


The IELTS Writing Test

IELTS Academic Writing Test

IELTS General Writing Test

IELTS Writing Tips





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