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

In this episode, you’ll find out why you shouldn’t read model IELTS essays.

A YouTube subscriber recently posted this question:

I’m reading a book of sample IELTS essays. I’m blown away by the complexity of these essays. In order to score 8 or higher, must one have specialized knowledge that impresses the reader, or is it all about high level vocab. and great grammar structure?

You must consider who is writing these model essays.

It certainly won’t be actual test-takers.

For the most part, the people writing these essays are native speakers, most likely examiners, and they’re writing a perfect essay.

They’re using the thesaurus, taking a long time to proofread, and definitely not producing them in test-valid conditions.

In our course 3 Keys IELTS, you can see a video with me brainstorming, writing and proofreading in less than 40 minutes. Therefore, you can see what is realistically possible in 40 minutes.

If you try to compare your own essays to these model essays that are not IELTS-valid, it is unfair. In fact, it might cause you to lose confidence.


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So, is specialized knowledge required for a high writing score?


However, good ideas help!

Use our resource recommendations to develop your culture of thinking on a wide range of topics.

The specialist knowledge you need is in knowing what the examiner needs to see in your essay, such as high-level vocabulary.

For instance, you are graded on organization, and that’s why we have our templates with linking words in our course. Everything in the course is directly connected to high-scoring requirements.

So, you don’t have to waste your time with model essays that are simply not possible to produce in 40 minutes.

Form a study plan that will help you prepare intelligently and efficiently.

Furthermore, don’t start doing test practice before you’ve learned all the strategies and practiced them individually.

What IELTS Writing questions do you have?

Leave us your questions in the comments section below!

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