IELTS Writing samples, do they help?

I bet you like reading IELTS Writing samples. I also know that you feel your level of admiration rising after every word you read.

As an avid reader, I like to read, too. But because IELTS is an exam, even reading the samples needs a proper strategy to make the most out of what you are reading.

But first, is reading IELTS Writing samples the ideal way to improve your score?

If you are JUST READING the samples, it is not the best way to improve. In fact, reading them may not bring you any benefit, except for some ideas that you may (or may not) be able to use in your own writing later.

Nevertheless, IELTS Writing samples also hold some merits that, if you know how to make the most out of them, will bring you significant benefits. So, let’s dive into an approach that can help you make the most out of every sample you have your hands on.

Make the most out of a sample

  • Make sure the samples are correctly written by a professional

This is the first and, in my opinion, the most important step. If you are about to start your IELTS journey, you don’t want to learn from the wrong sample. And, if you are struggling to improve your score, bad samples can cause you extreme distress and hinder your progress. And, do not think that ChatGPT provides good essays.

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  • Read the sample, learn the structure, and compare it to the same type

When you have a good sample, the first thing you should do is to read the sample carefully, including the statements and the questions/requirements. By reading it, you will 

  • get the structure of the writing;
  • get the ideas that the sample presents, which you can use for your own writing later.

After that, you can compare the structure of this sample to the structure of other samples with the same question. By doing this, you will learn the structure that you should have for the question you are dealing with. This structure can be used as guidance for your future writing.

  • Highlight general and topic-specific vocabulary and grammar used in the sample

Every piece of IELTS writing comes with a topic. In the sample, you will see general vocabulary and grammar that can be used in multiple contexts and topic-specific vocabulary and grammar. 

General vocabulary and grammar are meant for setting the overall tone of your writing, or how your overall English level looks like. Topic-specific vocabulary and grammar are used to push your Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy scores above the “general” level. The more topic-specific vocabulary and grammar you use, the better.

  • Practice with the highlighted vocabulary and grammar

There’s no point learning something if you don’t try to practice what you learn. The same goes for the vocabulary and grammar you learn from a sample. It is best that you do some practice with the vocabulary and grammar by doing quizzes (if provided) and creating your own sentences.

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Where to get good IELTS Writing samples written by professionals?

You get FREE IELTS Writing samples if you join any of the packages available on 👉 Everything IELTS with Writing Evaluations | Everything IELTS with Speaking Evaluations.

All IELTS Writing Samples from Practice9 are written by me – IELTS with Huyen, proofread carefully, and marked at 8.0-9.0 band score. Moreover, you will also get:

  • highlighted vocabulary and grammar;
  • quizzes based on the highlighted vocabulary and grammar, tailored to help you learn effectively.

You will also get FREE access to ALL our exclusive materials with any of the packages.

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Huyen Nguyen

Founder of Practice9, creator of IELTS with Huyen. Huyen has 10 years of experience with IELTS, overall 8.5.

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