Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

We got a great question about whether or not you can include a quote in your IELTS Writing Test.

On the test you don’t have access to online quotes.

Examiners know that.

You can come up with your own creative ideas when it comes to quotes and research.

You won’t be marked down if it’s not real.

IELTS does not grade you on how correct your ideas are.

You can state something ridiculous but as long as it’s still about the topic you will be fine.

How can you do it?

  • Get specific and detailed
  • Include fake research from a known name like a newspaper or a university
    • “Harvard University published a study that….”
  • Make the research specific, you must include a number
    • “Harvard published a study in June of 2015 which said because males have 20% more muscle mass than females they are 20% more likely to succeed in athletic events”
  • Start with a simple idea and go as deep into the idea as you can to get more details


Where in the essay do you put made up quotes?

  • This made up research should be in paragraphs 2 and 3.
  • If you are making up a quote from a famous person you can use it at the end of your essay to conclude the point you are making.
    • “As Shakespeare famously said….”

If you work with a teacher who doesn’t know IELTS then they might incorrectly tell you that you can’t make up quotes but that is not the case.

Make sure your teacher really knows the IELTS Exam well.

Click here to learn more about how to choose a good IELTS teacher.


Have you included any fake research or made-up quotes on the IELTS Exam?

Let us know in the comments below.

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