Free Sample IELTS Essays
The following sample IELTS essays will give you an idea of how to develop your essay topic into a well-structured, full-length essay. All the essays below will help you; however, the first free sample essay “Computers and Children”, will help you in a special way as it provides two responses to the same essay – one which is good and the other which is great. Read through them to discover the difference and to learn how your essay can go from good to great.
A top-scoring essay has a variety of clear characteristics which distinguish it from a mediocre essay. Here are a few of them:
- Upgraded, advanced vocabulary, instead of commonly-used words & expressions
- Varied sentence structure, instead of only short, simple sentences
- Complex grammatical structures, instead of very basic ones
- Dynamic style, instead of lack of style
- Examples, details and transition words, instead of empty repetition
Please check our list of free IELTS Essay topics and write as many essays as you can. The more practice you get, and the more familiar you become with the type of topics given, the better you will do on the exam. You can also check out this "Ultimate Guide to Essay Writing" from ThePensters for more useful tips.
Even if you think you are a poor writer today, you can learn how to take your simple essay and transform it into something much more effective. Adding some of the winning elements from the sample essays below will give you the extra marks you need to become a high-scorer on the IELTS.
SAMPLE IELTS ESSAYS
Is Tess in ‘Tess of the d'Urbervilles' portrayed as being responsible for her own demise? [pdf 40 KB]
Yours is a beautifully clear essay. You write very well, and your prose is delightful to read. You've also done your research and it shows. There is a remarkable lack of vagary about society or feminism in your piece, and you've picked canny quotes from your secondary sources that elucidate and situate your arguments.
You've also located some wonderfully specific quotations from your primary source to support your argument that Hardy's narrator sympathises with Tess. Some of your close readings are wonderfully astute, as when you point out that Tess implores Angel, rather than commanding him. Slightly less persuasive is your assertion that Tess is the victim of Alec's eyes; I suspect you might have found better quotations, descriptions, or incidents denouncing Alec's gaze.
You are clearly very good at pursuing and proving an argument. I encourage you to be a bit more experimental in your next essay; perhaps choose a less straightforward topic and see where it takes you.
Please see penciled notes throughout on shortening sentences and watching for comma splices (please look this term up in a style manual if it is unfamiliar).