Top 5 IELTS Essay Resources

The IELTS essay–AKA IELTS Writing Task 2–is the most reliable part of the exam. Why do I say this?

Well, for one thing, the format and difficulty level is much more predictable. IELTS Writing Task 2 will always ask you to write your opinion about a social issue. And the question will almost always ask you to choose between two perspectives in some way.

Best of all, the IELTS essay is the same on both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. So no matter which version you take, any good IELTS Writing prep resource can help.

So what does a good IELTS essay resource look like? I can give you links to several examples. The Magoosh IELTS blog has quite a few different articles to help you with the IELTS Writing Task 2 essay. Let’s look at the very best ones.

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Resource 1: Past IELTS Essay Questions

This is a really important resource. And it’s probably your best starting point for IELTS Essay prep. Before you do anything else, it really does help to see what recent IELTS Essay questions look like. So take a look at Kuangyan’s list of past IELTS essay questions. She’s even organized them by question type!

Resource 2: Tips on the Agree/Disagree Essay Format

Perhaps the most common IELTS question type is the agree/disagree type of IELTS question. This question presents a statement or perspective, and then asks you to say whether you agree or disagree with the perspective.

In addition to being really common, most other IELTS question types are also ask you to take sides, and are really a variation of agree/disagree. So read Kuangyan’s tutorial on this important IELTS Essay question format!

Resource 3: Prewriting Tips

The IELTS Esssay starts in your brain, before you ever put it on paper. Because of this, good prewriting strategies are key!

Here on the blog, Gwendolyn provides some good advice on how to brainstorm for the IELTS Essay before you write it out. Read Gwendolyn’s tutorial, “Brainstorming Ideas for the IELTS Task 2 Essay” to master this important first phase of the second IELTS Writing Task.

Resource 4: Templates and Advice on Structure

Once you master brainstorming, your prewriting isn’t over yet! You still need to map out the structure of your essay. Here again, the Magoosh IELTS Blog can help. Kuangyan offers some great advice on how to organize your ideas on the IELTS essay.

Then, from there, Gwendolyn provides an IELTS Essay template so that your well-organized thoughts have some good guiding structure.

Resource 5: Good Phrases and Sentence Patterns to Use

Finally, we arrive at resources to help you once you’re actually writing out your essay! To write a truly powerful IELTS essay, you don’t just need ideas and structure. You also need to find the right words and sentences.

Here again, there are some excellent resources here on the blog. Check out Kuangyan’s set of good IELTS Essay sentence patterns. Then from there, build strong transitions in your paragraphs, with Gwendolyn’s IELTS Essay linking phrases.

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