IELTS writing
Useful tips for IELTS Writing from professional IELTS experts
tips for ielts writing
Types of IELTS Essays
Assessment criteria
Your IELTS essay is going to be assessed according to 4 criteria:

  • Task responce
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy;
  • Lexical Resources;
  • Coherence and Cohesion.

Well, to score more on TASK RESPONSE you need to write exactly that type of essay which was asked in the question and also to cover all the points that were mentioned in it. If you mix up the types of essays, you will lose marks on this criterion.

That is why it is of great importance for you to manage with understanding different essay types.

Types of IELTS Essays

  • Discussion essay
  • Reason-Solution essay
  • Opinion essay

Let's discuss them in details.

Discussion type.
In this essay, you will be asked to discuss two different points of view/ advantages or disadvantages of a particular situation.
Pay attention, that your opinion is not required in the introduction, but you can write about your point of view in the conclusion of your essay.

Reason-Solution (Cause-effect)
This type of question will ask you about reasons of a particular problem and the possible ways of solving it / causes of a particular situation and possible effects of it. Please, note that your opinion again is not required, so make sure you do not write about it in your introduction.
Opinion (Agree-Disagree)
In this essay type, you are going to write about your point of view on a particular question, that is why it is critical to put your opinion in the introduction. Also, we advise you not to give a balanced opinion, but always completely agree or disagree with the statement. It will help you to organize your essay in a more logical way so that you will get a higher mark on Coherence and Cohesion.

We hope this information was useful for you!

We wish you the highest score in IELTS and good luck!
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Introductions of IELTS Essays
How to write a good introduction
they say "Well begun half done" and it is very true when we speak about writing an introduction for IELTS essay.

If your introduction is clear, well structured and covers all the main points of the question, examiner will have a good impression about your work and your chances to achieve a desired score will become higher.


To compose it nicely, you need to read the task carefully.

Let's consider a sample Task 2 IELTS question:

"Some people think that the best way to reduce crime is to apply longer prison sentences, other people think that there are better methods of doing this. Discuss both views and give your opinion."


Well, everything is given in the task.

FIRSTLY, think what is the general topic of the question.

In our case it is CRIME. So, your first sentence should be a general statement about this topic. It should not be long, but should show clearly to your examiner that you are going to write an essay about crime.

Following steps.

SECONDLY, you need to understand what details are mentioned about the topic.

In our task they are: Longer prison sentences are necessary to reduce crime, other types of punishment are better options.

These are two points of view, so you need to present them in your introduction, but of course, you should not copy sentences from the task. You need to paraphrase these ideas and present them with the help of your own words.

Besides, as these are two contrusting ideas, it is better to use the linker of contrast between them (for example: however, nevertheress, etc.) It will make your introduction more cohesive.

THIRDLY, after working with the main points of the question, you need to understand what type of essay you are going to write.

To do this, it is necessary to look at the question given.

We have: "Discuss both views and give your opinion." It means, we are asked to write a discussion essay. So, to write the last sentence of your introduction you need to tell the reader your plan, in other words, to explain, what are you going to write about.

For example: This essay will analyze both sides before a reasoned conclusion is drawn.

This sentence clearly shows that you are writing a discussion essay.

Now choose one of the IELTS questions and try to implement this technique in your writing!

We wish you the highest score in IELTS and good luck!
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Body Paragraphs of IELTS Essays
How to write a good paragraph
Remember, In IELTS Writing it is very improtant how you organize your ideas. Logical presentation of your thoughts will definitely have a positive impact on your overall score.
These are the key tips that will help you to write a good body paragraph.

1. Firstly, one paragraph should be devoted to one idea.
For example, if you write Advantages-Disadvantages essay, one of your body paragraphs should be about advantages only and another one about disadvantages.
Don't mix contrasting ideas in one paragraph.

2. Always make sure that you start your paragraph with a topic sentence.
It means that when examiner reads the first sentence of your paragraph, they will easily understand what this paragraph will be about.

3. If you state the topic, you need to develop it.
In other words, you need to explain your topic sentence further, to add some details or to give an example of it, or even both. Pay attention, your example should be relevant to the idea you describe.

4. Don't forget about linkers!
Linkers are indispensable, as they will show exactly the purpose of every sentence. Are you going to add some information, to write about cause or effect of a situation, to explain given information in more details or to draw a conclusion? A suitable linker will assist you in explaining it to your examiner!

5. Draw a small conclusion to the paragraph.
Although it is optional, usually this strategy helps to show your ability of paraphrasing ideas and also gives you an opportunity to explain your idea better.
This is an example of a good body paragraph:

"First of all, maintenance of cultural heritage increases capital inflow to the country through attraction of foreign groups of tourists. In other words, growing tourists' attention to innovated city sights positively affects national welfare. So, income from selling entrance tickets to the Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg goes to the city budget, and allows then additional expenditures on social needs. Herewith, investments in arts are lucrative, as they provide the state with further recourses for development."
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