27th October 2018

Using sample answers I am often asked for sample answers to #IELTS writing task 2 questions. However, in my view, these only have a very limited use. In this post I will explain why. An educated native speaker should be able to achieve Band 7, 8, or 9 in IELTS writing. The difference in their scores will…

20th October 2018

The vast majority of people who contact me are stuck at band 6 or 6.5 in writing.  In my experience, there are five common problems that cause this.  Below you will find a description of those problems and the best ways to solve them. 1 2 3 4   5   You can find more…

14th October 2018

The  introduction above was sent to me by a follower of mine asking for feedback.  It was written in response to a writing task in my book The Key to IELTS Success.  The question says: ‘Many people believe that playing video games is a waste of time and can even have a negative effect on the…

5th October 2018

I was recently asked to comment on an essay written in answer to the recycling question from an earlier post.  The sample answer has a common problem for candidates stuck between band 6 and band 7: the writing contains a mixture of different levels.  To use a sports analogy, this is like a tennis player…

28th September 2018

Writing task 1 requires different writing skills to those of writing task 2.  This is a short task, which is why you must select and summarise only the key ideas in the visual information.  There are several important points to bear in mind for Academic writing task 1.  To illustrate these, look at the following…

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