What if you could measure your basic IELTS Writing ability right now? With each IELTS Writing practice test in this post, you can! Here, you’ll find:
- a full IELTS Academic Writing section in video format
- a full IELTS Academic Writing practice test with answers in PDF format
- a full IELTS General Training Writing section
- links to bonus posts containing additional IELTS Academic Writing Academic and General Training Writing sections.
In other words, all of the IELTS Writing Test practice online for free that you could want!
Free IELTS Writing Test (Academic): Video
In this video, Magoosh’s expert Eliot will take you through a full-length IELTS Academic Writing Practice Test!
Once you’ve written your responses, check out the sample answers to see how you did and check your work against the model responses.
Free IELTS Writing Practice Test PDFs (Academic and General Training)
If you’ve already worked through the IELTS Writing practice test in the video, or if you just prefer a written version of a free IELTS Writing practice test with answers, no worries! Here are PDFs you can use for more IELTS writing test practice online (for free).
IELTS Academic Writing Section PDF
If you’re taking the Academic version of the IELTS, check out this IELTS Academic Writing Practice Test 1 PDF for a full writing section you can practice with.
- Make sure Task 1 word count met the 150 word minimum, your Task 2 word count is at least 250 words long. If you haven’t reached those bench marks, your “Task Response” score will be less-than-perfect.
- Did you address each part of the task? Look at each part of the prompt. Can you match each part to a part of your essay? This also impacts your “Task Response” score.
- Do your paragraphs all have clear topic sentences and sufficient supporting details? This is necessary for full points in “Coherence and Cohesion.”
- Does your essay have clear, sufficient IELTS Writing linking words to show how ideas are connected? If not, do not give yourself full points for “Coherence and Cohesion.”
- Is your vocabulary free of serious errors, and varied enough that it doesn’t deem repetitive? If so, that’s a perfect score in “Lexical Resource.” If not, take away some points in this area.
- Do you use grammar with confidence and skill, with no serious mistakes? And do you use a variety of sentence structures? If the answer to any of that is “no,” give yourself a less-than-perfect score in “Grammatical Range and Accuracy.”
IELTS General Training Writing Section PDF
Taking the General Training IELTS instead of the academic test? Then use this IELTS General Training Writing Test 1 PDF!
Just like with the Academic test, you’ll use similar band scoring guidelines to grade yourself. First, look at these the band descriptors for Task 1 and Task 2. Then, review your answers using the following guidelines.
- Where are you with word count? You need at least 150 words for Task 1 and 250 for Task 2 to get full points for “Task Response.”
- Did you address each part of the task? Carefully read the task instructions and see if you really responded to everything that was asked of you. If you did not address one or more parts of the task, do not give yourself full points for “Task Response.”
- Does each paragraph have its own clear topic sentence and supporting details? If not, then take some points away in “Coherence and Cohesion.”
- Do the tasks use adequate transitional language to tie paragraphs together and move from the paragraph to the conclusion? If not, do not give yourself full points for “Coherence and Cohesion.”
- Do you use vocabulary clearly and fluently, avoiding serious errors in word choice, and varying word choice to avoid repetition? If not, your self-score in “Lexical Resource” should not be perfect.
- Similarly, does your grammar demonstrate variety, and have you avoided serious grammar problems? this will determine whether or not you have full points in “Grammatical Range and Accuracy.”
Full Magoosh IELTS Practice Tests, Writing Sections Included
Magoosh also offers to free full-length IELTS exams, one for Academic, and one for GT. Click here to take full Writing sections in the context of the whole test.
Bonus IELTS Writing Practice Tests
If you’ve worked through the above free IELTS Writing practice test with answers for your test and still want more, I’m impressed! And I can also help you out. Here’s even more IELTS Writing test practice online for free.
Bonus IELTS Writing Practice Test for Academic
In the IELTS Academic Writing Practice Test post, you’ll find a PDF practice test with two prompts: one each for Task 1 and Task 2. The PDF also contains answers and scoring rationales for these prompts so you can check your work.
Extra IELTS Writing Practice Test for General Training
Similar to the Academic PDF, the IELTS General Training Writing Practice Test post has two prompts—but these ones prepare you for the GT version of the exam! This free IELTS Writing practice test with answers also contains scoring rationale to help you see how you did.
Additional IELTS Writing Practice Questions
That may already seem like more IELTS Writing practice tests than you could ever need. But wait, there’s more! You can also practice with individual questions here on the blog, as well as polish your skills with our IELTS Writing guides. Take a look below.
Additional IELTS Writing Practice Questions
For more practice prompts similar to those you’ll find on the IELTS Writing section, check out these posts!
- IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: Map With Model Answer — When you need practice with map questions specifically for the IELTS, this sample prompt and answer show you what a high-scoring response looks like.
- IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: Process Diagram with Model Answer — Process diagrams on Task 1 can scare students, but they get a lot easier with practice!
- IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: Line Graph with Model Answer (Band 9) — What does a high-scoring response on this common Academic Task 1 task type look like? Our experts show you here.
- IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: Pie Chart with Model Answer — When the test asks you to analyze a pie graph, what should you do? This sample prompt and response will help you prepare.
- IELTS Writing Task 2: Causes/Solutions Sample Essay — How can you get a high score on a causes/solution essay? Take a look at this sample prompt and response to find out.
- IELTS Writing Task 2: Agree/Disagree — We also have a sample quesiton and model response for the common agree/disagree question type!
- IELTS Writing Task 2: Advantage/Disadvantage — Learn how to discuss advantages and disadvantages with a question and sample response for this variation of Task 2.
- IELTS Writing Task 2: Two-Part Essays — With an example question and an example response, learn how to answer two-part IELTS Writing Task 2 questions.
- The Discussion IELTS Writing Task 2 Question Type — Learn how to discuss both sides of an issue in IELTS Writing Task 2 with a question and example response.
IELTS Writing Guides
If you’re struggling to write any (or both) of the tasks on these IELTS Writing practice tests, check out Magoosh’s experts advice for different IELTS sections in these guides!
- IELTS Writing: Everything You Need to Know
- IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: The Complete Guide
- IELTS Academic Writing Task 2: The Complete Guide
- IELTS Writing Task 2: Question Types
- [ACADEMIC] IELTS Writing Task 1 – Sample Questions and Practice Resources
- IELTS General Training Letter Writing Tips and Examples (Video)
Between the initial Academic IELTS Writing practice test above, the first General Training one, the bonus IELTS Writing sections and questions, and the guides above, you should have all the practice and guidance you need to get started. After that, you can get a start on assessing the rest of your IELTS skills by going through the skills checklists and linked diagnostic tests in our article “How Hard is the IELTS?”