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IELTS & TOEFL Sample Answers

About The Samples

These were answers provided by one of my classes, they are marked to IELTs writing rubrics with comments and grammar corrections. These essays are useful to help students to understand the kinds of questions that they will be asked and the quality required to pass the exam. They are also useful for TOEFL as many are very similar to questions asked in the TOEFL iBT independent writing section. Some questions here have been simplified, but all cover topics used in the IELTs exam.

TOEFL iBT scoring

Although these answers were graded against IELTs it is fair to assume that all of these would receive between a band 4 - 5 in the TOEFL iBT banding.

How to use these samples to help you study

Please DO NOT TRY TO MEMORISE THESE SAMPLES! The same exact question is highly unlikely to reappear in IELTS although very similar questions may appear.

Also note that if you copy these samples and attempt to pass them off as your own work you are highly likely to be punished for plagiarism.

These samples will help you to understand:

  • The quality of answers expected
  • The general topic areas asked for in IELTs
  • Common errors made by students
  • Good structure and vocabulary to use.